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Mismatch between supply and demand in Social Care could be 1 million workers by 2025

With headlines such as "Humanitarian crisis in the NHS" dominating the media and Jeremy Corbyn warning that "the entire social care system is at serious risk of breakdown" during his recent Fabian Society speech, the whole subject of adult social care is again in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, and now research from Skills for Care, sponsor of the Guardian Social Care Network, report that employers are failing to ensure their staff's knowledge and skills are up to scratch.

They highlight five common excuses for failing to develop their staff….

  • All my staff have qualifications so they don't need help with basic skills
  • I can't afford the cost of training
  • Shouldn't this be sorted out by schools - it's not my responsibility
  • People don't really need to do much reading or writing in this job. They can certainly manage without being good at maths and computers
  • I know some of my staff struggle but I don't know how to bring the subject up without upsetting them

These challenges aren't wholly unique to this industry but with limited resources available and a growing requirement for adult social care it's a burning platform scenario.

Fortunately for both employers and employees within the social care sector, there is a hassle free solution that can start to address a lot of these issues and provide real tangible benefits for everyone involved in Social Care - employers, employees and most importantly - those receiving the care.

WDR Ltd, based in Horsham, West Sussex, is a learning provider of the Level 2 Apprenticeship for Adult Care Workers and has formulated an integrated programme to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours expected to provide high quality compassionate care and support within a regulated environment.

Working closely with employers from nursing and residential homes, domiciliary care, day centres and clinical healthcare settings, WDR will customise this Apprenticeship Programme so that it addresses your internal and external training requirements and aligns with the specified knowledge, skills and behaviours required for the standard.

There are a range of funding models available and large employers with an annual wage bill over £3million can utilise the Apprenticeship Levy to train and develop their existing staff.

Building a future Talent Pipeline in Social Care

In social care the mismatch between supply and demand could be 1 million workers by 2025, a 35 per cent shortfall on predicted demand (Fenton 2011). Between 2010 and 2030 the number of people requiring informal care is expected to grow by 1.1 million to 3 million, (Wittenberg et al 2011), while the number of people living alone and isolated from family support is growing.

WDR also support organisations with their talent planning and also enable them to be a force for good in their community. For each individual undertaking Apprenticeship development training within your organisation, WDR will credit one delegate place on their award winning Our Club Community Programme which helps unemployed young people into work.

Some of the Our Club graduates will want to work in Social Care and will be looking for a progressive employer to help them develop their careers - it's a win win outcome.

Contact us for further information on working with WDR to support you with:

  • Apprenticeship Levy funding
  • Level 2 Apprenticeships in Adult Social Care
  • The Care Certificate
  • Talent Management

Visit the Level 2 Adult Care Worker page for more information.