Recruiting for potential

from groups under-represented in the adult social care and health workforce (and/or those who may experience barriers to employment, Oct 2018 - Mar 2010)

Our ‘Recruiting for potential’ project supports social care employers to widen their pool of applicants and explore the untapped potential talent of people who may face barriers to employment (e.g. care leavers, disabled people, military veterans), many of whom are under-represented in the workforce, but have the right values to work in the sector.

Skills for Care, on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care, and with kind support from the CareTech Charitable Foundation, invite applications for funding to take learning from our 17/18 pilot projects and test further innovative and collaborative pre-employment and/or employment models that are contextualised for adult social care providers and/or integrated social care and health partnerships.

We're particularly interested in existing projects and partnerships that have already been engaged in this topic area and envisage our additional funding could add value to what's already been achieved.

Projects may run over an 18 month period from award of contract in October 2018 to completion, and reporting by March 2020 latest. Whilst applications are sought from projects which will run until March 2020, it's important to note that milestones dated after 01 April 2019 are subject to Skills for Care receiving funding for that period.

How can I apply?

It's essential that you read the tender specification before completing the application form. Collated self-evaluation with learning from the 17/18 pilot projects is expected to be available w/c 25 June and will be shared via this webpage.

Download the application form and tender specification document here

Application forms should be completed and returned to by 12pm (midday) on Friday 13 July 2018. Applications received after this time will not be considered. Applicants will be advised the outcome of their application by the end of August 2018.


Any questions regarding applications should be emailed to before Tuesday 03 July 2018. We will respond to questions on an individual basis and collated responses will be posted on this webpage by Friday 06 July 2018. (The originator of questions will remain anonymous).