Kick start a career in social care at a series of free information events

PEOPLE interested in working in the social care sector or looking to advance their career can find out more at a series of free events.

The information events, being organised by Staffordshire County Council’s Care Market Development team hope to attract new people into the sector and help those already in it to develop their skills.

Staff from the team will be available to talk to people about the different types of jobs available and employers will be recruiting to current vacancies on the days. Training providers will also be on hand with information and advice on qualifications available in social care.

Richard Harling, Director for Health & Care at Staffordshire County Council said: “Our number one priority is to make sure that people in Staffordshire can access the best care possible and to do this we need to have the right people in the sector.

“The need for care of one sort or another is growing as our population becomes older. It’s one of the few parts of the economy which is guaranteed to grow strongly for years to come and with this brings new jobs and career opportunities.

“Working in care can be an extremely rewarding profession and our events are the perfect way of finding out what’s involved, along with a chance to talk to employers about current vacancies. I would encourage anyone interested in starting, or looking to further develop their career in care to come along.”

Forthcoming information events include:

• Wednesday 13 November, Burton Upon Trent Job Centre – 10am to 12noon.

• Friday 22 November, Uttoxeter Library, 9.30am to 1pm.

• Saturday 30 November, Burton College Open Day, 10am to 2pm.

A separate information and training event for companies working in the care sector will also be held at Branston Golf & Country Club on Friday 15 November, 9.30am to 12.30pm. To book, contact the Care Market Development team on 0800 3284122 or visit the Staffordshire Connects website.

Even in challenging economic times the care sector continues to expand. Adult social care currently employs 1.63 million people in England and is expected to grow to over two million by 2025. Within Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent, there are currently 17,000 jobs within the adult social care sector which is also expected to grow over the next few years.

The information events have been funded by Skills for Care as part of the ‘Every Day is Different’ campaign, a National drive to Recruit more people to the social care sector. Visit the Every day is Different website to find out more.