Young people working in care:
What’s next?

Thinking about recruitment and young people working in care? In the next 12 years the number of jobs needed to support those who need access to social care must increase by 31% to around 2 million by 2030; that’s a staggering 500,000 additional people needed to meet the demands of a social care society.

Who will fill these roles?

Attracting young talent in sectors such as banking, FMCG and retail has increasingly become more competitive when it comes to recruiting the next generation of leaders. Having more substantial budgets and focussed recruitment teams helps to meet the dynamic needs of an ever changing workforce.  Revolutionary ideas are needed to tap into a millennial mind-set and competing with that may prove to be challenging. Or is it?

The latest UCAS data shows that university applications have decreased, whilst there are various explanations, with the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, there’s an opportunity to reach young people who want to take advantage of these routes to gain further education and employment.

“I qualified in my profession when I was 21. I even got my job as a mental health nurse before I graduated.” *

Young people do care

Young people more than ever are wanting to have an impact on the society they live in. The last general election saw the highest turnout of people between the ages of eighteen to twenty-four in more than two decades want their voice to be heard. The Community Life Survey 2017/18 also highlighted an increase in the number of 16-35 year olds who take part in volunteering in their communities.

 “I think it’s important to have young role models for mental health patients as there are individuals as young as eighteen who enter adult services. I’ve found that the young ladies feel they can open up more to me as most of the time we’re quite close in age. Working as a mental health nurse can put a strain on my own mental health from time to time, so I have to remember to detach myself at the end of each day and ensure I have a good work-life balance.” *

It’s necessary to be aware that a young person working in care may have different expectations from their employer and their career. Young people are in a position to make a more considered choice about the career they would like to do, so addressing any concerns about working in care and offering support is paramount.

Check out our future blogs where we will look at the challenges as a young person working in care, young leaders in care and how to secure your career in care.

* Chenayde, 26, Mental Health Nurse