National Careers and Apprenticeship week will be taking place between 05 and 09 March 2018.
It’s a great opportunity to link up with local schools, colleges and job centres to promote adult social care as a positive career choice – and you can help!
There are lots of low cost and easy ways you can inspire people with the right values to consider social care.
Here are some of the ways you can get involved.
Arrange a visit from a school to your organisation
There’s nothing like seeing things with your own eyes, and workplace visits are great to give students a first-hand experience of the workplace.
Offer work experience
You could even go that step further and offer work experience to interested students.
Actually doing the job can really help people see if social care’s right for them – and if they’re right for social care.
Care Careers Suffolk is a social care information and apprenticeship service, who offer work experience. Leading Lives is one of the employers who hosted a student and said:
“All of the places were taken by some fantastic young people who all had a genuine interest to work with people with learning disabilities. All three who took part … have gone on to do an apprenticeship with us and we are delighted with their progress. I recommend this method of supporting people into the sector.”
Make a video blog about why it’s great to work in social care
Ask your enthusiastic workers to do a short clip about why they love working in adult social care, and share it on social media. It’s a great way to engage with people on social media, especially young people.
Make sure you tag local schools, colleges and Skills for Care in your post – we’ll share it for you!
Deliver a careers lesson or activity
We know that hearing from someone who’s been there and done the job, really motivates and inspires people who are considering their career choices.
Get in touch with your local school or college and offer to do a lesson or activity.
Support a stand at a careers fair
Lots of schools, colleges and other community groups will be running careers fairs in March so make sure social care’s represented.
I Care…Ambassadors is a great way to build links with local schools, colleges and Jobcentres. When you register, you’re details will be added to a national Search Register which is accessed by hundreds of teachers, careers and employment advisors each month.
You’ll also get exclusive access to a Resources Bank of useful templates, guides and presentations to help you deliver engaging activities.
You can also download practical resources to help you attract and recruit people, including young people on Skills for Care’s Finding and keeping workers toolkit.