Council to hold job fair to recruit more adult social care workers for the district

Wakefield Council is holding a recruitment fair on Thursday 28 July to offer residents a chance to find out more about why they should consider a career in adult social care and put their questions to experts.   

The recruitment fair will take place at Wakefield Town Hall, between 10am – 3pm, where several local care providers will attend, showcasing their vacancies. There will also be a market stall outside of the Cathedral where passers-by can engage with the Wakefield Cares Careers Hub to discuss a new career. The team will be on hand to provide support and direct people to the Town Hall which is local to the town centre and transport routes.

Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

More than 5,600 residents in the Wakefield district receive long-term care and support from frontline services, but more help is needed.

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Communities, Poverty and Health said: “We need to recruit more people to join our adult social care teams. Come along to this event and find out more about the adult care sector, talk to professionals and learn about the different roles. 

“This is a great opportunity for those who are kind and caring and want to help support vulnerable people in our communities. There are lots of different careers in the sector and no day is the same. So, anyone who thinks they would be interested is encouraged to come to the event and find out more.”

In recognition of the fact the fair is taking place in the summer holidays, there will be a dedicated colouring in table for children, so that their parents or carers don’t have to miss out on the opportunity to talk with the team and providers about social care roles.

Whilst the fair provides a fantastic opportunity to ask questions, learn about different roles, and discover the benefits to working in social care, they’ll also be support on hand around CVs and completing an application, as well as help to express interest and to actively apply on the day for local vacancies. The day could be the first step to a rewarding career.

Previous experience and qualifications in social care are not always necessary. A full induction programme, on the job training, and funding for the appropriate qualification will be provided to successful applicants, along with ongoing learning and development opportunities.

To find out more about starting a role in adult social care, the benefits, and roles available visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/carecareers.