Against the backdrop of an ageing population that is seeing a shortfall in young people considering care as a career choice, Solomon Vanderpuye and Scott Brent, from charity and care provider, The Fremantle Trust, reiterate why they see it as a rewarding choice.
Both Scott and Solomon are incredibly passionate about care and would like to see a shift in government statistics, which state that only 16 per cent of carers are male – a figure which has apparently remained static since 2012.
Solomon, aged 36, has recently been promoted to the role of deputy manager at Sancroft Hall, Harrow, a care home which provides high quality, person-centred care for 50 people. A decade since he joined the Trust, he has risen through the ranks starting off as group care coordinator at Dell Field Court care home in Finchley, and has relished the opportunity to learn along the way, having achieved NVQ levels 2 and 3 and is now working towards a leadership and management qualification.
Scott, aged 27, is an assistant manager at Dell Field Court, which provides specialist support for older people. He began his career with the Trust as an apprentice just over nine years ago, as the eldest of six siblings, which he claims meant caring for others came naturally. Scott has completed NVQ level 2 and QCF level 3 in Dementia and hopes to progress further up the ladder at The Fremantle Trust and undertake Level 3 Business Management.
A report by the International Longevity Centre-UK and The Anchor Trust claims that England could face a shortfall of 718,000 care workers by 2025.