There are an estimated 300 adult social care establishments providing 8,600 jobs in Bristol (Skills for Care 2015). Combine this with an estimated 21% increase in the over 65s population between now and 2025 and you will see a growing demand on employers to recruit and retain the right staff.
Finding and keeping workers
Skills for Care has a range of information on finding and keeping workers, including how to widen your recruitment options, finding the right people and guidance on retaining employees.
For tailored support, contact Lindsey Thomas, Skills for Care locality manager covering Bristol.
Ways2Work is a Bristol City Council service which supports people to find work with local employers. To find out more and join their employer network visit www.ways2work.org.uk. The team also works closely with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to deliver jobs fairs and other initiatives.
Values based recruitment
Values, behaviours and attitudes are important for any workplace, but using a values based approach in your recruitment and retention has potential to unlock new pools of candidates who are likely to perform well and stay with you. Read the Skills for Care toolkit on Values Based Recruitment
Inspiring the next generation
Only 10% of the adult social care workforce is under 25. There are a range of opportunities to challenge misconceptions and attract more young people with the right values into care.
- Free, impartial Apprenticeship advice from Skills West
- Graduate Management Programme on Skills for Care
- I Care…Ambassadors on Skills for Care
We work closely with local universities and education providers to encourage students to choose care and support work to supplement their income. By providing opportunities for students over evenings, weekends and holiday periods you will be gaining a committed workforce that is willing to work when others ask for time off.
Investing in your people and nurturing their talents will help you tackle skills gaps and recruit and retain the right people. Skills West is a partnership between Business West and Western Training Provider Network (WTPN). Skills advisors provide free, impartial advice and can help negotiate the right training for your business, including access to government funding incentives.
Skills for Care can also provide advice and link you up with government workforce development funding. Contact Lindsey Thomas for details.