Young people could be the heroes of the hour in a bid to solve the recruitment issues faced by providers in the social care sector.

In Derby and Derbyshire, we are aware of an increase in requests for home care and providers in the private, voluntary and independent sector are trying to meet this upturn in demand.

While we know demand for home care services is growing, interest in roles in this area has increased recently due to the impact of Covid-19.

Indeed, according to the Home Care Insight website: “A third (31%) of UK jobseekers would now consider working in social care, with the pandemic significantly improving people’s perceptions of working in the sector, according to new research.”

The Home Care Insight view is based on research conducted by The Work Foundation and Totaljobs. It shows how this new-found appreciation for carers could help the Government and care providers improve the historic skills and labour shortage in the sector. It says a shift in perceptions is influencing people’s career choices, with the number of applications to social care roles increasing by 39% between January and March, compared to the same three-month period last year.

Home Care Insight state: “Over half (53%) of the general public say their view of social care work has become more positive following the pandemic, with a quarter (26%) noting that Clap for Carers impacted their opinion. Just 16% of people noted that government recruitment campaigns shaped their view of the sector.

“Younger candidates are most likely to be planning to pursue careers in care, with one in four (25%) 16–25-year-olds expecting to pursue a career in the sector in the near future. More generally, 17% of all jobseekers confirmed that they are likely to move into the sector in the near future.”

Joined Up Careers Derbyshire has information on what it is like to be a care worker on our website. We also have a whole section on our website on careers in social care.

Furthermore, we have a vacancies page on the website which points to various roles in the health and care sector.