Solihull Council is organising a careers fair with Solihull College and University Centre’s Health and Social Care department on Tuesday 7 March to connect local care providers with people looking to pursue a career in care.
It’s a year since the Council launched its ‘Great Care, Great Careers’ workforce strategy for adult social care. Recruitment support is one of the priorities and with an estimated 600 vacancies in Solihull, there is high demand for people to join the care workforce.
Councillor Tony Dicicco, cabinet member for Adult Social Care and Health, explains how social care has changed in the last few years. “Providers are looking for people with a wide range of skills and interests,” he says. “As well as the traditional roles helping people with personal care tasks, providers need activity co-ordinators, gardeners, housekeeping and catering staff. The careers fair is a great opportunity to hear from people already in those roles and find out about the benefits of working in home care or residential care.
He continues: “It's also a chance for the 200+ students at Solihull College working towards health and care qualifications to find work placements with local providers. And we’re keen to attract older people looking for a career change or people who have recently resettled in the borough. Come along and find out how you could start your career in care.”
The careers fair takes place from 9:30am to 2:30pm on Tuesday 7 March at Solihull College and University Centre, Blossomfield Campus.