Social care has long been perceived as a non-traditional occupation for men, but the sector needs more men at the face of the social care system, improving male service user participation and recruitment potential for a hard-to-service sector.
Our Chief Operating Officer Glen Mason expressed his view on this topic.
“In the past social care has been viewed as a non traditional occupation for men but this
is changing as social care employers target men and more and more men realise the job satisfaction offered by social care and the career progression opportunities. Recently I met Richard a former Tesco manager working in our Wrexham branch, Rowan a former Warehouse Manager working in Durham and I had the privilege of appointing Craig, a former Bingo Caller, as a carer also in our Durham branch.
All had experience of caring for family members, were bored with the monotony of their previous jobs and wanted a new and exciting change of career.
Men are a vital and central part of our workforce and we need to target them and support their journey in to care and progression through care.
Men are here to stay in care and enrich care bringing valuable experience and knowledge and ensuring that customers who have a preference for a male carers have their preference met as well as customers with no preference.”
Find the full article in Care Talk Magazine Focus on a Culture of Diversity, Issue 77, page 24-25.