There is a wide range of information available to support employers including the following.

Finding and keeping workers

Skills for Care has a range of information on finding and keeping workers, including how to widen your recruitment options, finding the right people and guidance on retaining employees.

Values based recruitment

Values, behaviours and attitudes are important for any workplace, but using a values based approach in your recruitment and retention has potential to unlock new pools of candidates who are likely to perform well and stay with you. Read the Skills for Care toolkit on Values Based Recruitment

Inspiring others to join the care and health sector

The Proud to Care initiative was set up to inspire and motivate people to consider a career in care and our Proud to Care Ambassadors are instrumental in doing this. Proud to Care Ambassadors are care and health workers who are passionate about their work and attend a variety of career events to talk about what they do. Their aim is to inspire people to start a career in the care and health sector by demonstrating how rewarding it can be.

To find out more about the Proud to Care Ambassador Scheme in Cornwall contact proudtocare@cornwall.gov.uk

Skills for Care has information on the Ambassador Scheme across England.

National Recruitment Campaign

The Department for Health and Social Care are running a national recruitment campaign When you care, every day makes a difference, promoting the message that ‘when you work in care, every day makes a difference’.

Accompanying the campaign is an Adult Social Care Recruitment Toolkit which you may find useful for your own recruitment along with other resources on the website. There is also plenty of other information for both employers and individuals looking to pursue careers and job roles in social care.

Developing skills

Investing in your people and nurturing their talents will help you tackle skills gaps and recruit and retain the right people.

Skills for Care provide information on the range of Learning and Development options available to develop your staff including finding Learning Providers.

Workforce Development Fund

The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is a funding stream from the Department of Health, distributed by Skills for Care and which makes a substantial contribution to the costs of care staff completing units and qualifications. The fund enables care employers to have a continuing commitment to staff learning and development by enhancing their learning and development budgets.

In Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, WDF is distributed by CAHSC, on behalf of Skills for Care, as the care partnership for Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly and Devon. Full details of the fund and eligibility are available on the CAHSC website.

Did you know an existing member of staff can become an apprentice?

Apprenticeships are also available in a wide range of team leading and management subjects as well as health and social care. Larger employers pay the Apprenticeship Levy and this can be used to fund training for existing staff. Smaller employers may also benefit from some of this funding through levy transfer schemes such as Cornwall Council Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Scheme.

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP was launched in May 2011.  Private sector-led, it is a partnership between the private and public sectors and is driving the economic strategy for the area, determining local priorities and undertaking activities to drive growth and the creation of local jobs.

It provides a range of information and support for businesses including details of funding streams and projects such as the Growth and Skills Hub to help businesses develop.

The Beacon Project may also be of interest in helping tap into and foster an underutilised pool of talent of people with a disability or long term health condition that makes it more difficult for them to find and stay in employment.

Wheels to Work

Cornwall Wheels to Work has been supporting people in Cornwall to reach employment since 2004.

They are able to loan or hire a moped or electric bicycle to people who have a firm offer of employment but have no access to public or private transport.  Further details on the Wheels to Work Cornwall website.

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