Skills for Care is asking for feedback from across adult social care, to explore how a national recruitment campaign might work for the sector.
They’re running an open scoping study to explore how a national recruitment campaign could help the sector attract the right people to take up adult social care roles, and want to hear from as many people as possible who are willing to share their knowledge and experiences.
The sector faces ongoing challenges to recruit and retain enough staff with the right skills and values, and Skills for Care analysis of the NMDS-SC suggests that vacancy and turnover rates remain high as the demand for services grows. Skills for Care estimates that there were around 345,000 people leaving their jobs every year – that’s over 900 every day – and approximately 90,000 vacancies at any one time.
The study is a response to the growing demand for social care services and the challenges associated with finding enough high quality people to work in them.
Skills for Care’s created a short online survey, that should take 10-20 minutes to complete and can be done individually or as a team. It’s open until Thursday 01 February 2018.
They want respondents to share their views and experiences about how to:
§ raise awareness and improve perceptions of the social care sector
§ help people understand whether a job in social care would be right for them
§ inspire people with the right values to want to work in adult social care
§ connect people, locally, to a vacancy, work experience or relevant training programme.
In the medium-term, it’s expected the campaign would provide an increased stream of quality applications to employers and education/ training providers, and in the long-term reduce vacancy and turnover, rates.
You can complete the online survey or sign up to a webinar to give your feedback. Find out more and book your place at www.skillsforcare.org.uk/nationalrecruitmentcampaign.