Skills for Care

Building and growing your workforce

Throughout July and August, we’re shining the spotlight on #BuildingYourWorkforce and growing your team.

We’ll be sharing resources, information, blogs and articles and inspiration to help you to plan who you need in your organisation, to find and attract people with the right values and behaviours to join your team, and to develop the workforce you currently have.

It’s vital that your workforce not only has enough people but the people with the right values and behaviours to provide quality care. That’s why using values-based recruitment and recruiting in innovative ways is key to growing a secure and successful team both now and in the future.

Looking after your team, both during induction and throughout their time with you is also important in building a team that will stay with you for the long term.

Research has shown that the first 90 days of employment are vital in ensuring the members of your workforce feel confident and valued in their new role, and those who have a positive induction experience are more likely to stay.

Blogs and articles

Keep an eye out for our blogs and articles throughout the next two months! We will be sharing advice and real-life examples of different recruitment and retention initiatives in action.



Our resources can help with planning, finding, and keeping the right people for your team. 

Developing new managers and deputies guide

See practical examples and checklists to help you to identify talent and understand what learning opportunities are available to prepare your aspiring managers to become a deputy, care or registered manager.

View the guide


Buddying and mentoring guide

Linking up your new starters with an existing member of the workforce can help ease them into their new role, offering an extra level of support for new starters.

View the guide


Supportive Induction

Ensuring your workforce are properly supported through a thorough induction reduces the risk of employees feeling out of their depth, in turn reducing their stress and increasing their enjoyment of their job.

Learn more about supportive induction


Care Friends employee referral app

Launched in partnership with Skills for Care to support finding and retaining high quality care staff.

Care Friends allows your workforce to refer their friends for job opportunities at the tap of a button. Workforce members can share job roles directly with their contacts or on social media.

Learn more about Care Friends


Creating a positive place to work

Creating a positive place to work helps the workforce feel valued, engaged and want to continue working in your organisation.

Learn how to create a positive worklace culture



Apprenticeships are a great way to build your team, giving you the opportunity to take on someone new to the sector and lead on their development in a cost-effective way.

Get started with apprenticeships


Recruitment planning

Consider who you need and when, as well as learn from examples of ways other care providers have successfully recruited high quality workforce members with our recruitment planning resources.

Learn more about recruitment planning 


International recruitment

We have guidance and FAQ's that cover the legalities of hiring from overseas as well as shared experiences from care providers who have successfully hired and supported international workforce members.

Learn more about international recruitment


Individual employer information hub - Employing personal assistants toolkit

Our Employing personal assistants (PA) toolkit was developed for individual employers to help them think about their responsibilities as an employer, and includes guidance, templates and resources about recruiting, training and managing your team.

View the Employing PAs toolkit


Registered manager webinars

Our registered manager webinars cover a range of topics to support managers and their services and are around 30-45 minuties long.

Take a look at our two recorded webinars in partnership with Neil Eastwood which are packed full of top tips and innovative recruitment and retention initiatives as well as a list of associated resources to support your planning and approach to recruitment and retention.

Duration 31 min 46 secs


Duration 43 mins 7 secs


Watch more webinars


Blogs and articles