HUNDREDS of care workers are to be recruited across Leeds as the city council takes action to support vulnerable residents during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The council has launched a recruitment drive to help care providers - and it aims to have new staff in place within two weeks.

People are being invited to apply for jobs this week.

A spokesman said: “In the coming weeks and months, social care providers will play a crucial role in keeping the city going and protecting our most vulnerable residents.

“As the demand on these services goes up, the council is working with providers across the city to safely and quickly recruit hundreds of part-time, full-time, temporary and permanent care workers.

“A variety of roles are available in a range of different settings including at home care, supported living care and residential care. They are suited to people who care about the quality of life and welfare of other people.

“The jobs require a caring and nurturing personality, empathy and patience. Full training will be provided, so previous experience isn’t necessary.

“People whose jobs have been affected by the pandemic are particularly encouraged to apply.

“The council is working quickly to ensure people can be fully trained and in their roles within two weeks. An assessment centre is set to be held on Thursday and Friday, March 26 and 27 in Merrion House, Leeds City Centre, with training taking place the following week.

Anyone interested in applying or wanting to find out more information should contact We Care Academy at

Councillor Jonathan Pryor, Leeds City Council’s executive member for learning, skills and employment, said: “Social care workers are doing an amazing job throughout this pandemic but as the demand on the service increases, the city needs many more of them.

“We will be recruiting at a faster pace than in the past to ensure we get workers ready and out caring for people as soon as possible, while still being vigilant and following the same checks and procedures as always.

“This is a great opportunity if you are worried about staying afloat during these uncertain times. As long as you are willing to learn and have the nurturing attitude we are looking for, you don’t necessarily need to have experience working in care to be successful.”