The adult social care sector faces challenges to recruit and retain enough of the right people. Skills for Care estimates there are around 345,000 leavers in the sector every year – that’s over 900 every day – and approximately 90,000 vacancies at any given time.
Offering work experience gives potential recruits the opportunity to see if social care is right for them, and if they’re right for social care.
Adult social care employers can engage, inspire and inform people about what it’s really like to work in social care, so you only recruit people who have realistic expectations about the sector.
This can ensure you make fewer ‘wrong choices’ at the start, and reduce your recruitment costs and your turnover rate.
It can also help you raise your profile in the local community, develop existing staff and bring in new, enthusiastic and motivated people.
Skills for Care has launched new guidance to support adult social care employers to offer meaningful work experience, so you can make it work for your organisation.
Their top tips include:
- plan your work experience based on your business needs
- vary work experience depending on the skills and interests of the student
- make sure they get a thorough induction
- set up a buddying scheme or work experience champion to support people on work experience.
Download step by step guidance to help you plan and deliver work experience, including free templates and sample checklists and policies. Get your free copy from Skills for Care’s website.
You could offer work experience as part of a pre-employment training programme, such as a traineeship or sector routeway. These programmes support people to get ‘work ready’ through work preparation training, social care specific training, and work experience. They’re a great way to find new potential talent for your organisation.