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  • Writer's pictureLove Ballymena

Council programme puts Colin on path to career as carer



Colin Miller’s participation in Council’s Health and Social Care Academy, facilitated by People 1st has provided him with the job-specific skills and attributes required to access employment in the caring profession.

For most of his career, Colin had worked in engineering until he was made redundant.


Within his family there is a long history of people working in the care sector and with family members having sensory disabilities, he had always seen this as a career he wanted to get into.

Colin left school with no qualifications and when a family came along, he had to secure a job to support his young family. Colin started working in a factory and as his career settled, he found it was easier to stay put and do what he knew, than change career to follow his passion. However, going through redundancy and with his family grown up, Colin is now able to pursue the career he wanted in the caring sector.

Colin participated in the five-day Health and Social Care Academy with People 1st, which is funded by Mid & east Antrim Council. The academy provides participants with an insight into the career pathways available within the sector, employability skills, including assistance with application forms, CVs, and interview preparation.

In addition, all participants are guaranteed an interview for live vacancies.

After successfully completing the academy, Colin has secured employment as a carer. He says his clients are very friendly, and are patient with him as he learns about their individual needs. With the support of his team lead and manager, Colin feels prepared for each new day; they phone him regularly to find out how things are going and update him on new clients or changes.

He said: “I see myself doing this for the next 10 – 15 years”.

Congratulations Colin, we are proud of your achievement and are delighted to have been part of your journey.

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