As part of the UK-wide sector skills council, Skills for Care and Development, we have launched a new online tool to support recruitment for social work, social care and early years services across the UK. The tool is part of a project supported by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) through its Employer Investment Fund.
A Question of Care tests the aptitude of potential recruits against the requirements of both employers and people who use social services. Employers report that every vacancy costs thousands to fill so getting recruitment right first time is crucial and this new tool aims to help do just that.
A Question of Care can help people looking to see if a career in social work or a career caring for older adults or people with learning disabilities or a career working with children or young people is for them. Career advisors in schools, colleges and job centres will find this tool helps them with their role and employers can use it as part of their recruitment.
Anna Fowlie, SSSC Chief ExecutiveÂ said:
â€śPeople can learn the skills needed for working in social services but itâ€™s really important that they have the right values and attitudes to start with. This tool is about getting the right people into the right roles by helping them get a down to earth picture of what working in care is really like. Weâ€™ve developed and tested it with schools, colleges and employers with a very positive response.â€ť
There are short films to watch and then people make judgements about what they see which they record. They then get a personal profile based on the feedback which helps them understand what they have to offer or need to develop, and which they can take to interviews to show prospective employers.
Find out more about A Question of Care at: http://www.aquestionofcare.org.uk/