We are thrilled to have been named ‘Health, Medical and Social Care Employer of the Year 2020’ in the national BAME Apprenticeship Awards.
Delayed from last year due to COVID, PJ Care beat off competition from three other providers, including Great Ormond Street Hospital, at a ceremony in Birmingham.
Since introducing apprenticeships two years ago, we now have 8% of our near 600 staff enrolled, from Level 2 entry roles up to Level 7 post-graduate roles.
Staff who identify as BAME total 38% of our workforce and we decided it wanted to go further in supporting BAME individuals.
We’ve established an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee which supports staff across our three sites, and have introduced new policies relating to EDI which are shaped and informed by feedback from staff members.
“We are delighted to have won this award because we are genuinely attempting to remove barriers to employment and learning,” said Chairman, Neil Russell.
“We believe to our core that everyone is a lifelong learner but many people have barriers that require support to be able to overcome them. Apprenticeships are a key opportunity for our teams to develop in the career they wish to pursue.”
Lockdown brought additional challenges to staff at the height of COVID but rather than pause learning during this period, we supported staff to continue their learning as we understand the importance of career development.
“We’ve done as much as we can to maintain people’s incomes while they learn, so they don’t have to choose between the two,” added Neil.
“Apprenticeships have been hugely beneficial to our team and to us as a company. It’s a sound investment as staff are likely to continue working with us if they have a clear career goal, and their skills and knowledge develop too.
“We can now share best practice with the sector and ultimately encourage more BAME staff to come through our doors and work for PJ Care, where we genuinely want to make a difference to their lives and personal circumstances.”