Campaign aims to boost jobs in adult social care

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Gateshead Council has given its support to a region-wide campaign promoting careers in the field of adult social care.

The campaign, which was launched by the government earlier this month, is seeking to address the severe shortage of people who are prepared to work in caring for others. Currently, its estimated that there are 110,000 job vacancies in the adult social care sector in England.

The problem is especially acute given that the number of people aged 65 and over requiring round-the-clock care is projected to rise by more than a third over the next 20 years, according to research by Newcastle University and the London School of Economics.

As part of Gateshead Council's support for the campaign, some of the council's own adult social care workers volunteered to take part in a video explaining why they chose to work in the care sector.

Caroline O'Neill, strategic director for Care, Wellbeing and Learning, says:

"A career in adult social care is incredibly rewarding.

"Care work is demanding, but it's a hugely worthwhile vocation with over 100 different roles on offer in both the public and the private sector.

"We know there is a growing need for more care workers in Gateshead and we want to help care providers to recruit the best possible talent, but we also want more people to think seriously about a career in caring for others."

Nationally, it's expected that the adult social care workforce will need to increase by 40 per cent - or 650,000 jobs - by 2035.

30 November 2018

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Gateshead Council has given its support to a region-wide campaign promoting careers in the field of adult social care.

The campaign, which was launched by the government earlier this month, is seeking to address the severe shortage of people who are prepared to work in caring for others. Currently, its estimated that there are 110,000 job vacancies in the adult social care sector in England.

The problem is especially acute given that the number of people aged 65 and over requiring round-the-clock care is projected to rise by more than a third over the next 20 years, according to research by Newcastle University and the London School of Economics.

As part of Gateshead Council's support for the campaign, some of the council's own adult social care workers volunteered to take part in a video explaining why they chose to work in the care sector.

Caroline O'Neill, strategic director for Care, Wellbeing and Learning, says:

"A career in adult social care is incredibly rewarding.

"Care work is demanding, but it's a hugely worthwhile vocation with over 100 different roles on offer in both the public and the private sector.

"We know there is a growing need for more care workers in Gateshead and we want to help care providers to recruit the best possible talent, but we also want more people to think seriously about a career in caring for others."

Nationally, it's expected that the adult social care workforce will need to increase by 40 per cent - or 650,000 jobs - by 2035.

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