Look after them like they are your own – a career in adult social care

Wakefield Council is using profiles of real people in their adult social care recruitment campaigns to encourage residents to start a career in the sector, supporting people like they would their own families.

4,216 people were being supported by adult social care workers as of 31 March 2021, and that number is likely to rise in 2022.

By making the latest recruitment campaign person-centred, the Council hopes to appeal to the fact that residents would be working with people just like them, with similar likes and dislikes, but who may need a bit more help and support.

A virtual recruitment fair is being held on Wednesday 25 May, between 11am – 7pm, and will provide opportunities to learn more about a career in adult social care, chat live to recruitment managers, and meet local care providers who are actively recruiting for roles.

Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

The event is available on any device with internet connection, and interested residents can register at v2.virtualrecruitmentdays.com/wcch-asc-vrf/home.

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Communities, Poverty and Health said: “We need to recruit more people to join our adult social care teams. Join this virtual 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 join the event and find out more.”

There are many varied and rewarding positions available in the sector, including care assistants (either in residential care or working in the community), domestic assistants, kitchen assistants and support workers (working with people who have a learning disability).

Previous experience and qualifications in social care are not always necessary and candidates will receive a full induction programme, on the job training and support 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 career in adult social care, the benefits, and positions available visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/WFcarecareers.