Caring about the future workforce

It’s been a tough year for us all, but none more so than for the care industry.

It has been at the forefront of the pandemic, coping with care home deaths and isolation forced on many by successive lockdowns. In addition, the sector has faced the loss of many workers due, in part, to the constraints of Brexit.

But we believe that by strengthening and refining employer links, the Care Team at Dundee and Angus College has done a huge amount to plug the skills gap and raise morale within the industry.

In fact, so successful has the team’s engagement been with employers they have had to increase the pool of assessors and have upskilled a number of staff to meet this increased demand.

Sector Development Lead, Lucinda Mason says,

“We have always worked closely with employers, but in the last year we have intensified this activity not only to find jobs but to engage and train suitable recruits to stem the gap.”

It began at the start of lockdown by staging regular meetings between the Sector Development Leads and employers on Teams. This developed further with D&A staff attending employer workshops so they could gain a better idea of what employers required.

Perhaps one of the most exciting moves was the development of a Modern Apprenticeship intake. Rather than focus on just taking on the 16 to 19-year-old age group, the team encouraged current staff to access training with Scottish Development funding. Approval was also sought and received from Scottish Social Services Council for a Technical and Professional Apprenticeship programme to support upskill of established staff.

If you are a business within the care industry our Sector Development Lead is the perfect choice to work with you. Lucinda is a qualified social worker and therefore understands the issues and concerns of the industry from a practitioner perspective.

Find out more by contacting Lucinda at l.mason@dundeeandangus.ac.uk