Jul 17

Young people in social care: the current situation and future demand

Posted on Monday 17th July 2017

It’s important that we inspire the next generation of care workers into the sector to meet the growing demand for social care services.

According to our latest report the number of adult social care jobs will increase by 31% to around 2 million by 2030; that means we’ll need to find enough people to fill an extra 500,000 jobs.

The sector’s also facing challenges from an ‘ageing workforce.’ Workers aged 55 and over make up 22% of the adult social care workforce and could retire within the next 10 years, whilst only 12% of care workers are under 25.

One of the ways we can meet these challenges is by attracting more young people to our sector.

Younger workers with the right values and behaviours can bring new ideas and different perspectives into your organisation and they’re likely to be digitally savvy with good IT skills.

However, we’re often told that younger people have negative perceptions about working in social care, and we need to do more to inspire the next generation of care workers.

In the lead up to GCSE and A-level results day we’ll have lots of tips and advice to help social care employers attract and recruit more young people.

Follow the campaign and keep an eye out in our enews, on our website and on social media using #newtalent.

Each week we’ll explore different ways you can attract more young people to your organisation. Here’s what’s coming up and you can follow the campaign using this calendar of key dates.

  • 17 July - Young people in social care: the current situation and future demand
  • 24 July – Recruiting graduates into social care roles
  • 31 July – Joining I Care…Ambassadors to promote social care careers to young people
  • 07 August – Setting up an apprenticeship programme to support young people into work
  • 17 and 24 August – A-level and GCSE results day: tips and advice to recruit young people 

This week Lee Stribling, our project manager for the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) talks about how you can use your NMDS-SC account to plan your workforce and meet future demand. Keep an eye out on the blog section of our website