45 new health advisors for NHS’s 111 service thanks to project arranged by BCTG

One of UK’s leading providers of the NHS’s 111 helpline has recruited 45 health advisors thanks to a successful course arranged by top Midlands training company BCTG.

DHU Healthcare, which has a new office based in Oldbury, recruited the new staff after they had been on a sector-based work academy programme (SWAP) with CPC Training Consultants Ltd, funded via a sub-contract from BCTG.

Georgia-Louise Silakowski, a recruitment assistant at DHU Healthcare, explained that they had been working on the partnership with CPC since November last year.

Ms Silakowski said: “We have successfully taken on around 45 candidates through our recruitment process and offered them roles as health advisors.

“Working with CPC and their candidates has been a brilliant experience that has not only helped the candidates but also helped us to connect better and prepared us for face-to-face interviewing.

“We have had some really strong candidates start with us thanks to the CPC course supporting them prior to interviewing.

“The candidates that we have taken on have had nothing but positivity towards the course they have completed with CPC, a lot of them being very thankful as they feel it has prepared them extremely well for recruitment and the job role itself.

“We have a high level of unemployment in our local area and the work that CPC are doing is really helping to change that.”

Debbie Small, operations director at CPC which is based in Oldbury, said: “We’re delighted that 98% of those that have attended the SWAP programme at CPC have passed the skills, knowledge and interviews required by DHU.

“They have been now offered employment with DHU pending appropriate references and DBS clearance.”

Natasha Williams, the SWAP lead contract manager at BCTG, said: “We’re so pleased that our project run by CPC has been so successful with finding 45 new staff for DHU.

“We look forward to continuing our work with both organisations to continue providing staff who both want and can qualify for the positions needed.”

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For further information, please contact:

Chris Luty, Chairman,

BCTG Group, European Business Park, Taylors Lane, Oldbury, B69 2BN. Tel: 0121 544 6455

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Note to editors:

BCTG Group is a West Midlands-based training organisation which supports almost 10,000 young people and adults each year.

The group has ten sites in Birmingham, the Black Country, Staffordshire and Newcastle-under-Lyme, and includes PTP Training, trading as Performance Through People, BCTG Ltd, Eurosource Solutions, Further Training and The Apprenticeship Works.

The group offers 166 different types of apprenticeship, 84 different adult upskilling and reskilling courses and 27 pre-apprenticeship programmes for 16 to 18-year-olds. These include everything from healthcare and early years care to construction, engineering, manufacturing and logistics, through to business skills in IT, management and team leading.