Recruitment and Retention
Let’s get interested in a career in social care
Working in social care gives individuals the opportunity to have a positive impact on people’s lives. There are so many different roles to choose from and different work settings – this sector really can offer lots of choice and career opportunities.
Getting people interested and understanding social care is the biggest hurdle
Resources here will support you publicise a range of job roles and support you in raising the profile of the sector. Case studies focus on how to promote the sector and attract recruits using differing opportunities.
Pre-employment in social care
One of the biggest challenges we face in social care is the high turnover of new staff who leave very soon after employment because they didn’t know what to expect from the job. Exploring work experience opportunities and pre-employment programmes helps to support potential recruits in understanding the sector and the work, whilst also giving them initial skills, knowledge and confidence when starting employment. The case studies here showcase pre-employment opportunities including sector based work academies.
Running a recruitment campaign
Running a recruitment campaign always needs a lot of planning and a lot of resources. Several South East authorities have run targeted recruitment programmes and produced a range of resources that are now available for sharing. Start by looking at the guide from NHS England on running a recruitment drive, there are several case studies on local recruitment campaigns and resources that people have produced in support of local activity.
Getting people started
Successful retention partly depends on how quickly we can support people into meaningful employment with the right levels of support so that they feel able to confidently do the job they have been recruited for. Information here can be found on employment checks, right to work fact sheet and information on immigration checks. You will also find a link to a page with full information and resources on how to support someone through the Care Certificate – an essential part of induction.
Developing the skills and talents of all staff is key to retention and starts at the point of recruitment. Local authorities will want to maximise use of their apprenticeship levy and case studies below may give additional ideas for using the apprenticeship route.