How to share career opportunities in social care this National Apprenticeship Week 2018
With the mixed messages running in the press at the moment social care is not always seen as a positive career choice for students and young people entering the profession. However care homes and care facility staff can use National Apprenticeship Week (5th-9th March 2018) to help to encourage, inform and motivate potential care staff for a career where they can make a difference.
How can care home managers and senior staff help to encourage people towards getting involved in care? National Apprenticeship Week is an excellent opportunity to link up with local schools, colleges and job centres to talk about care and share experiences. Here are a few ideas:
Offer work experience – the value of workplace placements is obvious as the student can see for themselves what it’s like to work in care, meet patients and perhaps help towards developing an interest in a particular specialism such as dementia care.
Arrange a visit from a local school – letting pupils into the care home not only helps with career guidance but is also a valuable way for the two different generations to learn more about each other. Recent experiments with nurseries and primary school children has shown the value of mixing age groups for both sides.
Will your local school or college let you come into their venue to talk and share your experiences – some students may feel more confident talking to you in a familiar classroom environment.
Have a stand at a career fair – these events are often well supported by schools and colleges and offer a great way to talk to students.
If your care home has a social media presence such as Facebook or Twitter, or a website, why not promote your experiences and knowledge of a career in social care this way? Videos, photos and stories from care providers, life around the care home, daily life and opportunities for progression from the care staff – there are lots of ways you can tell the story of life in social care. And remember to tag and share where you can!