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Recruitment & Retention

Background

This project began in January 2018 and was funded by Shropshire Council through the improved-Better Care Fund for 12 months. The aim of the project was to promote careers in the sector, the wide variety of jobs available within it and support care providers with their own recruitment and retention strategies.

Throughout the project we delivered various events, two of which included key note speaker Neil Eastwood, founder of Sticky People who is an experienced social care provider, entrepreneur and analyst. His research into recruitment and retention in adult social care has provided him with a great understanding of the sector, why people leave and the ways in which providers can improve their recruitment processes. His presentations provided employers with tips and techniques to find and keep quality care workers.

Other events included careers fairs at local schools/colleges as well as the joint Health and Social Care careers event, which gave us the opportunity to promote the sector to students thinking about their future careers. We also ran an event in Shrewsbury Town Centre – ‘Care in the Square’ where along with a group of providers we set up information stands in Shrewsbury Square to promote the sector and care providers to local people.

To further support providers with their recruitment we set up our Facebook page as a ‘jobs hub’ where we advertised current vacancies on behalf of employers. We also used the Facebook page to promote the sector by posting adverts and boosting these to target a specific audience.

Legacy

Although the funded project has come to an end Shropshire Partners in Care (SPiC) continues to support its members with Recruitment and Retention.

The ‘jobs hub’ will remain live so providers can still have their vacancies advertised via this route and other promotion via the Facebook page will also continue.

SPiC will continue to have a presence at local careers/recruitment fairs in order to promote the sector as widely as possible, and will arrange further events for its members when appropriate.

If you have any queries regarding recruitment and retention or would like to find out more about how we can help your organisation please contact Sophie Price, Project Support Officer via email sprice@spic.co.uk or phone 01743 860011