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Support more people into work this National Careers and Apprenticeship Week

Posted on Monday 5th March 2018

Today marks the first day of National Careers Week and National Apprenticeship Week – a week of celebrating high quality careers education, information, advice and guidance.

Adult social care employers can play a big part in providing careers guidance and inspiring more people to work in our sector.

Following the publication of the Department for Education’s career strategy back in December 2017, more and more teachers and careers advisors will be looking to employers to provide engaging, first-hand accounts of what it’s like to work in their sector.

The strategy calls for young people to learn from employers about work and the skills that are valued in the workplace, and places emphasis on the importance of work experience.

This is an excellent opportunity for adult social care organisations across England to work closely with young people and students, to break down some of the negative stereotypes about working in care and inspire them to consider a career in the sector.

To mark this occasion, we’ve launched new online guidance about how you can support people who are new to the sector, to start work in your organisation.

Offering pre-employment training as part of your recruitment process is a great way of ensuring people have realistic expectations about working in social care, and can develop the skills and knowledge they need before they apply for a job. This can help you to stem the flow of wasted resources in recruiting people that aren’t going to stay.

You can decide what you offer, based on the needs of your business, and it might include offering:

  • an apprenticeship
  • a traineeship
  • work experience as part of your local sector routeway.

Download our overview poster which explains the ways you can support people into work.

We also have practical and step-by-step guides to help – visit our website to find out more.

A key part of any pre-employment training programme is giving people the opportunity to do work experience. This can help see if adult social care is right for them – and if they’re right for adult social care.

Borough Care work with their local Jobcentre Plus and college, to support people interested in working in social care, to do work experience. They say:

“We’re passionate about supporting people who are interested in working in social care, to have a meaningful experience and really understand what it’s like to work here before applying for a job with us.

Offering work experience has also developed the skills of Borough Care’s existing staff who support placements through mentoring and coaching.”

Download our new Offering meaningful work experience guide to help you plan and deliver work experience.