Acacia Training is supporting the government’s Every Day is Different recruitment campaign, which encourages more people to pursue a care career.
The second phase of the campaign launched this month and will run until April 2020, and Acacia will be sharing information on social media using #everydayisdifferent #workincare.
Minister for Care, Caroline Dinenage, said: “The social care sector is crying out for talented care workers with the right values. We’ve seen from the campaign already that there are the right people out there but there is still a huge demand and we must reach out to more people to show them that careers in adult social care can be varied, rewarding and flexible.”
Victoria Sylvester, director at Acacia Training and registered nurse, said: “The care sector is a diverse sector with a huge amount of different roles and opportunities to develop and progress people’s careers. Everyone knows that investing in your staff produces a higher standard of skills and services to the sector, however, investing in staff education leads to higher staff retention – 440,000 (30.8%) of care workers left their post in the past 12 months, but 66% of leavers remained in the sector. By investing in training, employers can keep staff.”
A new report published this month by Skills for Care revealed 7.8% of the roles in adult social care are vacant, equal to approximately 122,000 vacancies at any time.
The report notes: “This rise in vacancies, in the context of a workforce that has grown at a slower rate in recent years, suggests that the sector is struggling to keep pace with demand as the population ages.”
Only around half (50%) of direct care-providing staff were found to hold a relevant adult social care qualification (49% held a Level 2 or higher qualification). Around four in five (83%) senior care workers held a relevant adult social care qualification at Level 2 or above.
Skills for Care said that by holding the correct qualifications, care workers benefit from:
- Quality service – completing qualifications leads to highly skilled and competent workers providing high quality care and support.
- Safety – training and qualifications in the key areas of health and safety provide reassurance about workers’ confidence and competence.
- Value for money – qualification achievements contribute considerable added value and assist in workforce planning for the organisation.
- Retention – workers who receive structured learning and development feel valued and supported and are more likely to remain in their posts.
Acacia Training is endorsed by Skills for Care, which means employers can trust that our education delivery is to a high standard and meets the specific needs of the care sector. Along with our 19-year history of delivering education in the sector and our Ofsted Good grade, we focus on excellent customer service and experience for our employers and learners.
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