Recruiting the right people

OctNov campaign landing imageDuring October and November, we’ll be helping employers to recruit people with the right values.

The next phase of the Department of Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) national recruitment campaign for adult social care is now live. It aims to drive a new generation of people to consider and apply for a job in adult social care.

The campaign can raise awareness and drive interest to your organisation, but it's vitally important that your team takes action too. During the first phase of the campaign, one in four care staff surveyed saw an increase in either enquiries, applications, interviews or vacancies filled.

Over the next two months we’ll be sharing practical advice and guidance to help employers think about how their recruitment processes can effectively convert a new pool of interested people into recruits.

Recruitment success

Read the blog from Veronica Thomson, HR Project Manager at Nottinghamshire County Council, who shares her experience of running a successful local recruitment campaign connected to the Department for Health and Social Care's (DHSC) national recruitment campaign for adult social care.


 

Skills for Care is running free to attend webinars to help adult social care employers to recruit the right people. During the first phase of the national recruitment campaign, one in four care staff surveyed saw an increase in either enquiries, applications, interviews or vacancies filled. These webinars will help you to maximise opportunities created by the campaign, to turn interested people into recruits.  

How to let people know about your vacancies 

This webinar will cover:

  • tips on writing job adverts
  • how referral schemes can help you to recruit people with the right values
  • making the most of job fairs and recruitment events
  • advertising online, including social media.

Thursday 14 November, 11.00 – 12.00 - FULLY BOOKED
Tuesday 19 November, 11.00 – 12.00 - FULLY BOOKED
Tuesday 26 November, 11.00 – 12.00 - FULLY BOOKED

Thinking about your application process

This webinar will cover:

  • tips on application forms and the importance of speaking to potential recruits
  • using profiling tools to assess potential recruits’ values and behaviours
  • how assessment activity can be effective in predicting candidates’ performance.

Thursday 21 November, 11.00 – 12.00 - FULLY BOOKED
Thursday 28 November, 11.00 – 12.00 - book now
Tuesday 3 December, 11.00 – 12.00 - book now

When providing care and support, it’s vital that this is done in a caring, compassionate way where the person is treated with dignity and respect. As the population grows, it’s never been more important to find and keep more workers who have the right values.

This week, we'll be helping you understand what we mean by a values-based approach to recruitment and will focus on helping employers get started.

Here's some useful links to help you:

Watch our new video animation for an introduction.

Recruitment key cards - order your free copies.

Getting started workshops - come to one of our free workshops.

Download the 'Secrets of success infographic' to see the benefits of using this approach. 

Recent DHSC research showed that almost 40% of those surveyed who considered applying for a job but then didn’t, say they didn’t know how to apply, and 12% didn’t think there were jobs available in their local area.

So how do you let people know about your vacancies? 

You can access a range of free materials, ideas and tips to help support your local recruitment activity on the national recruitment campaign website. Visit www.everydayisdifferent.com/resources.

The website also has an online job search that shows relevant vacancies posted on DWP 'Find a Job' site. Advertise your vacancies on here so people who are interested in working in adult social care know you’re recruiting.

Download the guidance on uploading your vacancies.

It’s important to give some thought to how you advertise your vacancies, and make sure your adverts stand out.

Take a look at our latest article for some top tips.

 

Follow the campaign

Keep an eye on this page as we’ll be updating it every week with useful information. Or follow the campaign on social media #CareToRecruit.