Congleton based care firm to create 200 jobs
TWO hundred new jobs are up for grabs across North Staffordshire and South Cheshire after a national care company announced plans to expand.
Congleton-based home care franchise Caremark (Cheshire South East) is expanding into the Staffordshire Moorlands.
It is looking for 100 new recruits to staff its new service covering Leek, Cheadle and the surrounding areas and it also wants to take on a further 100 people across South Cheshire.
The recruitment drive comes just two years after the Mountbatten Way franchise was set up and means its workforce will be more than quadrupled. It currently employs 55 people.
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Caremark provides home-based personal care and support for older people as well as people of all ages with physical disabilities, learning disabilities or terminal illnesses.
It has landed contracts from Staffordshire County Council and Cheshire East Council and also provides private care.
Bosses are currently looking at premises in Leek and are aiming to have the new service up and running by October.
Recruitment is underway for office based care co-ordinators, field care supervisors and for care support workers.
Managing director Mark Birrell said: "Demand for our services continues to increase and we are delighted to be able to announce this new investment in services for the Staffordshire Moorlands area.
"Recruitment for full and part-time care workers and office staff is underway.
"There are a large number of jobs available and experience isn't necessary as we provide training at our Congleton headquarters but candidates do need to have a considerate and caring nature.
"We like to employ people to work in their own communities which means that we require staff in towns and villages throughout the region and not just the main centres."
Paul Colman, acting chief executive at South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: "New jobs for this area is fantastic in the current climate and we are delighted Caremark is expanding."
Caremark is looking to recruit care and support workers in Leek, Cheadle, Congleton, Crewe, Nantwich, Sandbach and Alsager.
Leek mayor Pam Wood welcomed news of the expansion, but added that more needs to be done to create highly-skilled jobs in the area.
She said: "It's good news that we're going to be getting some more jobs because one or two firms have closed down.
"But I still feel what we should be doing is trying to attract more well-paid jobs."
Caremark's services include help with washing and dressing, assistance with shopping, preparing light meals, domestic duties and companionship.
It also provides a 24 hour live-in service and delivers care support to children and young adults with learning difficulties and physical disabilities.