Why younger people are switching to a career in care

Why younger people are switching to care careers

A recent poll by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) showed that most people aged 18-24 (57%) and 25-34 (56%) would consider changing their career for a job in care or supporting others.

This comes as positive news as a recent report from Skills for Care has shown that the estimated turnover rate of directly employed staff working in the adult social care sector was 30.8% – equating to approximately 440,000 leavers over the year. Showing a massive gap in the sector!

Recognising this and the growing need for staff in the social care sector, the DHSC launched Phase Two of their recruitment campaign focusing on “When you care, every day makes a difference” with the aim to fill the 122,000 vacancies across the sector.

Current figures show that the average age of those working in the sector is 45 years old and around 385,000 jobs are held by people aged 55 years old, who are likely to retire in the next ten years.

The survey completed by DHSC showed that 64% of 18-35-year olds would consider a career in adult social care and over half of people aged 18-24 would consider changing their current career for a job that helps or supports others. Currently only 19% of the workforce is aged under 30, so it is important to fill this gap!

Why should young people look for a career in care? Although nearly 1.5 million people work in the care sector, the ageing population means that an additional 580,000 workers are needed by 2035.

That’s why the DHSC are promoting the range of different roles available including carer in a nursing home, activities co-ordinator in the community, hospital occupational therapist and personal assist in a person’s home. This campaign has been targeted at people who are aged 20 to 39 to help fill the roles that are needed.

A career in care is one of the most rewarding careers that you can get, with every day being different and allowing you to enrich somebody’s quality of life. At The Human Support Group we provide on-the-job training, appraisals and progression to make sure that you become the best carer that you can be.

Take a look at our vacancies and together we can end the crisis in care! https://www.humansupportgroup.co.uk/work-with-us/vacancy-listing/

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