There are a real lack of male care and support workers in the Care industry today, and there is no real need for this to be the case.
Darren works for a care organisation in Milton Keynes, and his Career in Care was recently profiled in a daily newspaper. Darren spent his early career working in factories, warehouses and gardens, but after he found himself out of a job, and struggling to feed his six children, he decided to make a significant career change and start a Career in Care
Read Darren’s Story In this article, Darren shines a light on how satisfying it is to work in care.
SkillsForCare state that 1,00,000 new workers will be required to work in social care by 2025. Men can play an essential part in the Social Care sector, especially when caring for men from the older generation. This is even more true for younger males – approximately 25% of applicants to the sector are under the age of 25 and only 40% of them are men.
Getting a job in Social Care has not only allowed Darren to make a difference in other peoples lives but has also significantly made a difference in his own life. Darren highlighted that helping others does wonders for your self-esteem. It’s often forgotten how many different job roles there are within the Care sector. Depending on what you’re interested in, who you want to work with and where you want to work, there will be something out there for you. Because of the increasing number of people living longer and the growing number of older people needing care, adult social care is growing and there is a huge demand for workers. With plenty of opportunities for progression, social care has a lot to offer. Just like Darren, SkillsForCare state that 96% of workers said they feel their work makes a difference.
Despite not having worked in Care previously, Darren was given the break he deserved and was given all the required training needed. By implementing a more values- based approach in recruiting, the care sector are much more ready to employ more people like Darren. The great thing about finding a career in caring is that if you want to help people there is a social care job out there made for you. Something to remember is that you don’t necessarily need the qualifications and what is really important is the values and behaviour towards people who need care and support.