Candidate case study 1

Daniel's journey

It isn’t easy leaving home to find work in another part of the world. Just ask Daniel.

Back in 2015, Daniel made a huge sacrifice - he decided he could better support his family in Bulgaria by pursuing a career in UK healthcare. But that meant being apart from his wife and child.

Young, apprehensive, yet hopeful - at first Daniel wasn’t sure what to expect. All he’d heard from friends was that life in the UK was rewarding - especially for caring people who gave back to society.

 “I want to live in a country with higher ethics and working conditions standards, where your hard work is appreciated and valued. I like to help people in need, elderly people are very vulnerable and need proper help and support, something that I believe I can deliver.”

So Daniel began by scouring the internet for job vacancies. He soon found plenty of employers but they left important questions unanswered. Like how do you find somewhere to live?, what training do you need to work?, and what’s it really like living in the UK?

Daniel discovered you could also get work through recruitment companies. Again, plenty of companies made big promises about job opportunities, but he found only Avanta Care took a genuine interest in his well-being, and getting him settled in the UK.

So he read reviews about us, stories from people we already employ as care workers, and compared our offer with the competition. Daniel felt a little nervous putting his livelihood in someone else’s hands, especially in a foreign country, but he really appreciated the honest answers we gave to his questions over Skype. That was enough for him to put his trust in Avanta Care.

Soon, Daniel was on the plane to the UK, with a place to stay when he arrived, and a week of intensive Care Certificate training ahead of him.

“Avanta Care are a professional company willing to go the extra mile to help you. Everyone I've dealt with has been great! I would recommend highly to anyone wanting to go into the healthcare industry. The team are amazing as they have helped me every step of the way.”

When he was fully trained and ready to work, our recruitment team offered some suitable jobs to Daniel. He then picked the best one for him and moved into accommodation nearby, which our welfare team also arranged. The job was challenging but Daniel understood that from the start, because we’re always up-front about what to expect.

“The most unusual privilege was to be involved in a family's care at their most difficult time. You can train for this but the only way to cope is feeling supported and prepared by a friendly team like Avanta Care. The most rewarding part is knowing you are helping people every day. You also are given the opportunity to learn new skills and improve current skills all the time.”

Daniel has been a valuable member of our team for two years now. In that time he says his standard of living improved greatly, and he feels completely settled into UK life.

He didn’t have to wait long to be reunited with his family, either. By dedicating himself to his career; making vulnerable people’s lives easier, he soon saved enough to support his family’s move to the UK. He now lives happily with his wife and child in their home in Leeds.