Care assistant Vanessa Kelleher.

Cope hosting career open day

One of the country’s largest disability organisations is looking to recruit care assistants and nursing staff with one of its young care assistants encouraging people to consider it.

Vanessa Kelleher is now working with Cope Foundation after attending a recruitment open day hosted by the Cope Foundation last year. She is urging people to attend 1 of 2 similar events taking place in Cork this month. One event was hosted yesterday, Wednesday, and the other will be in The Metropole Hotel on Saturday 28 January from 10am-2pm.

People are invited to meet with some of Cope Foundation’s team to discuss career opportunities within the organisation. The Cork-based charity hosted 4 recruitment open days in the city and county last year which were attended by approximately 226 people.

One of those was Vanessa Kelleher who attended the event in The Metropole Hotel last April. The 25 year old started working with Cope Foundation last August and has been helping people supported by the organisation to live a life of their choosing, including taking day trips to the cinema and local restaurants.

Vanessa said: “I was already working in a healthcare setting but I wanted a change so I went to the open day. They welcome you in, tell you where to go and it’s like a very casual interview. You’re asked a bit about yourself, what you’re doing now and why you came. They really put you at ease for the actual interview and they set you up for that.

“It was really good as it got me interested in the job at the time. I would say to anyone who is thinking about it to go to the open days as it’s definitely worth it. Not only are you helping people with their needs, the work itself is really enjoyable and it makes you feel good. The staff at the open days are really nice and friendly and they just get to know you and prepare you for the interview.”

Eamon Nash, Chief Operations Officer of Cope Foundation said: “I’m delighted to hear Vanessa’s story and that she found the Recruitment Open Day so beneficial. Cope Foundation can offer a really exciting career opportunity for the right candidates. Many of our team started out as care assistants and are now working at the highest level in the organisation.

“We have more than 70 locations across Cork and some of the benefits of working with Cope Foundation include membership of the Single Public Service Pension Scheme, paid maternity/paternity leave and sick leave paid in line with the public sector sick pay scheme. We look forward to talking to people about the opportunities we have on offer.”