Ayrshire College encourages the promotion, training and recruitment of men into Health, Social Care and Early Years and inspires more men to consider a Career in Care.
We spoke to Alistair Weir, age 31, from Prestwick, studying HNC Additional Support Needs.
I’d already been at university for a time where I studied Computer Aided Mechanical Engineering, and I’ve got to say, that I didn’t enjoy the course. I discovered it wasn’t for me.
I’d always thought about doing some kind of care work. My mum had been a support worker, and I saw how much she enjoyed her job. I felt like it could be something I could make a career of too.
I left university and got a job as a support worker in Glasgow to get some experience. I loved it, and have been a support worker for the last 4 years. It wasn’t until about a year ago, I thought, where am I going with this?
I knew I still wanted to work in care, and having recently moved to Prestwick, had seen the course at Ayrshire College. I’d always seen myself as more of a classroom assistant, working with people with additional support needs, so the course was perfect.
In my job as a support worker, I felt that a lot of the people I worked with hadn’t had the opportunities in education that they deserved. That’s when I started to think about working as a support worker in schools and helping to provide a better service for people with additional support needs.
I start my placement soon and will go to Kyle Academy two days a week. I’m definitely more hands-on, sitting in a class full time doesn’t appeal to me, so it’s the best of both worlds with this course as its 50:50. I get to learn on the job which is a bonus.
Coming from an engineering background, this course is really different, which is what I wanted. A complete change of career.
In terms of myself, supporting people, I think men are really employable in the care sector.
I think it’s a different day and age now, even from 10 years ago. When I was 18 I wouldn’t have thought about working in care.
I think if you’re an outgoing person and don’t really want to be working in an office, it doesn’t matter if you’re male or female, or what age you are, you can just get stuck in.
Ayrshire College are hosting a #ThisManCares event on 13 December 2017. The event is an information event to promote Care as a career choice, where men can find out more about making a career in health, social care and early years.
As well as finding out information, there will be the opportunity to join in practical sessions and hear talks from former students.
You can register here.
If you would like more information please contact Lynsey.firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Lynsey on 01294 559000 ext 3249.