We have expanded into new training space for our growing number of care assistants

Published: 22/05/2019

At Bluebird Care Slough, S.Bucks & S.Wycombe, we have taken on an additional office to create a dedicated training area for our growing number of care staff.

Bluebird Care Slough, S.Bucks & S.Wycombe currently has over 100 care assistants, and all new staff must complete thorough training upon joining, with 19 care assistants recently completing BTECs in Dementia Awareness.

As numbers of staff have grown this year, space at our Summers Road office has grown tighter and when the appropriate space became available, owners Anne and Ian Inglis decided to expand.

The new office provides a dedicated training facility and a separate meeting room. The existing training room has been converted into additional office space for staff, also enabling a staffroom to be created.

Director of Bluebird Care Slough, S.Bucks & S.Wycombe, Ian Inglis, commented:
 
We have always invested heavily in staff training and encouraged staff to do additional courses – which benefits both their career and gives our customers the very best care, based on the latest guidance and best practice. The new training area means that we have room to grow and invest in helping our staff to reach their true potential.”
Bluebird Care Slough, S.Bucks & S.Wycombe, recently won an employer Achiever Award from Bracknell and Wokingham College. The achiever award, usually reserved for individual students, was awarded to us, in special recognition of our commitment to staff training. We took part in the college’s Skills for the Workforce programme, a Government-funded project which allows local companies to access free, accredited training for staff aged over 19.

Our deputy care manager, Katy Cresswell, who works closely with the college said:
 
The new training area will give us the additional facilities to ensure that our staff are highly trained, capable and confident when working with vulnerable adults in the community.”
Over the past two months, we have recruited 25 additional members of staff and are planning further jobs as demand for our homecare services continues to grow.

Since June, we have strengthened our office and management team with Elaine Phillpot joining as Recruitment Manager, Kellie Murray appointed as Office Administrator and Annie Greenfield joining as Office Administrative Support. We have also recruited additional care assistants – swelling our total number of staff to over 100.

There have also been a number of internal promotions; and we are planning further appointments for a number of additional senior care assistants and field supervisor positions to support those already in place.