Not-for-profit care home provider Anchor, named in this year’s Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit companies to work for is recruiting more than 50 new jobs in their care homes across East Surrey in a £1.6 million recruitment drive.

Jobs are available at 19 homes across the county, including Barnfield in Horley, Elizabeth Court in Caterham, and Greenacres and Ridgemount, both in Banstead.

“No previous experience is necessary for carer roles” says Chris Wray, National Recruitment Manager at Anchor, “we select colleagues on the basis of having the right values, attitude and desire to make a real and positive difference to the lives of older people. Our in-house training team then provide excellent training and access to qualifications that help people turn their caring nature into a career at Anchor”. He added: “Once care assistants complete the Diploma in Social Care, we increase pay from £8.19 per hour to £8.79 per hour (above the National Living Wage) - and there are lots of other benefits available, too”.

Anchor has also invested in a number of internal development programmes and support tools that help colleagues who want to progress even further can do so. “We have many people who started as care assistants who are now successful Team Leaders and even Care Home Managers” says Wray.

Anchor has produced research which highlighted the care sector has to recruit more than 718,000 carers by 2025 to meet the demand of Britain’s ageing population.

“People are living longer and generally have a more complex range of care needs than in the past, says Wray. “What is consistent though is the variety of life experiences and personalities across our customers, making every day interesting and a good option for job seekers who have a caring nature and natural interest in people. We constantly review our services to ensure we have the right number of staff to provide the high-quality care we’re committed to in our homes”.

And whilst there is a chronic shortage of carers across the country, increasingly the sector needs to attract employees from a diverse background in order to deliver personalised care to customers. “We know that men in Surrey are living longer – they’re catching up with women in the county! So as well as recruiting more women, we are also keen to show more men what a great career care can be.”

Anyone wanting to find out more about all jobs available in Anchor, can go to www.anchor.org.uk/careers 

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