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Discover how to get into jobs in Health and Social Care in Birmingham and Solihull.

The I CAN programme is aimed at providing unemployed people within Birmingham and Solihull with opportunity to get into health and social care careers.

We know that it can be hard to get into roles without qualifications or experience in that field that’s why we are more interested in your qualities. After all, we can teach skills but we need people with the right attitude.

There are hundreds of different roles in health and social care – not just doctors and nurses. We employ thousands of people in Birmingham and Solihull from catering staff to cleaners, librarians to logistics managers, play workers to payroll officers.

If you are unemployed and live in Birmingham or Solihull you can apply.

Training to get a job with support along the way

Guaranteed
interview

Full support during training and after appointment

I’m interested, how do I register my interest?

There are a number of ways, website, QR code, or click on the ‘Register your interest’ link on this page to register your details.

An advisor will contact you on one of the times you have selected. Please allow 20 minutes for the call and please make yourself available for the times that you have selected.

What is the offer? Is it training, a work placement or a job?

We are offering you a fantastic opportunity to come and work for the NHS and which is supported at every stage of the process. As part of the offer you will:

  • undertake a training programme to learn more about the role you have expressed an interest in or understand what job opportunities there are to allow you to make a choice
  • receive support when applying for jobs and learn much more about working for the NHS.
  • be supported to fill out your application form and have interview practice
  • be guaranteed an interview for available jobs in a location you want to work in
  • receive ongoing support during training and after appointment from our team of experienced educators.

What experience or qualifications do I need?

Whilst you may need some qualifications for some of the roles available, the most important things we are looking for are people with the right values, to ensure we employ the right people in the right jobs and that we employ people who are keen to come and work for the NHS.

For more information please click on the job families links to see the types of roles we have available, the type of applicants we are looking for, what a day might look like, how you can develop in the role and undertake further training and what the pay and benefits will be.

How do I apply if I am not good with forms or don’t have access to the internet?

If you need assistance with the application form please ring the numbers below for assistance and one of our team will be happy to help and support you:

  • If you live in Solihull ring – 0121 704 6869
  • If you live in Birmingham ring – 0121 74 88 100

Once I have submitted my details what will happen next?

One of our team will contact you on one of the times you have selected. Please allow at least 20 mins for the call and please make yourself available for the times that you have selected. You might also like to prepare a list of questions to ask our team when they call you.

If you don’t answer the first call we will try and contact you once more

Will I have to be interviewed?

It is likely that you will have to be interviewed for the role that you apply for, but please don’t worry as our team will be there to support you with this and as part of the training programme that you attend we will include interview preparation and practice.

If there is training involved, when and how long for?

Yes, you will be required to complete and attend a training programme. The training programme will be based on the role that you have selected so that you can find out more about the role and to support you in applying for jobs and being interviewed. Full details of the training content/length of the programme will be sent to you prior to you starting the training.

The length of the programme will likely differ dependant on the role you have selected and your training requirements but generally training is likely to be 2-6 weeks.

We will ensure you are informed well in advance of the length of the programme, dates you are required to attend and training locations. If you need support with travel costs please let us know and we will see how we can help you.

Will the training require me to be on site somewhere or online? And what if I don’t have internet?

Our aim is for all the training to be face-to-face, at one of the many training venues we have across Birmingham and Solihull. However, we need to be mindful of the on-going Covid situation, which may result in some online training delivery but this is unlikely.

If you don’t have internet access that is not a problem as we have a variety of means by which we can support you to complete an application or training. Should you require additional help with this one of our team will be able to support you.

What do I get out of this at the end? Will I get a job?

Upon successful completion of the pre-employment training we will a guarantee you an interview for the role you applied for. We will support you through the application and interview process and, if you secure the role, we will also support you for the first 6 months in the role. If you don’t secure employment at the first interview we will continue to support you to give you the best opportunity to secure a NHS role.

What roles are you offering?

There are roles in Facilities (Portering, Housekeeping, Catering), Administration and as a Healthcare Assistant. These are outlined in some detail in the job families documents, in the links below/above.

What is the pay?

The current pay-scale for these roles is £18,546 – £19,918 for a full-time role. Working for the NHS also has additional benefits, including:

  • access to the generous NHS pension scheme
  • access to the health service discounts
  • 27 days paid annual leave, plus bank holidays
  • paid sick leave
  • opportunities for promotion/progression

Can I work part time?

All our jobs are offered on a flexible basis and we are keen to match people to the right roles for their situation. There will be a range of roles and some may be part-time. We will support and advise you on this issue during training and try to ensure we match you to vacancies that suit your situation.

Is there support for people with disabilities/difficulties?

Yes. We encourage all applicants to share their disability with us. We are able to consider a range of reasonable adjustments and flexible working patterns for all roles.

Where will the jobs be?

There are a large number of key NHS locations across Birmingham and Solihull. The locations available for any role will be determined by where the vacancies exist at that time but we will try and match you to roles that suit your location and situation.

Will I need to work nights and weekends?

For some roles there may be a requirement to work different shifts, mainly the Health Care Assistant and some Facilities roles. There may also be an opportunity to perform some Admin roles, or parts of roles, from home.

The job families documents on this page give more detail on the roles and our training staff will be able to ensure we match you to the right roles for you.

Do I need to be fully vaccinated?

From April 2022, NHS workers will need to comply with mandatory COVID-19 vaccination legislation. If you haven’t been fully vaccinated yet, please book your vaccinations as soon as possible as we would not want to have to revoke an offer due to your vaccination status.