The government has launched a new platform to fast-track social care recruitment. Join Social Care, developed by Cera Care, is designed to tackle the staffing shortage in the social care sector, part of an ongoing plan to increase resource in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

To allow for an efficient hiring process, care providers who use the service will be able to search for existing candidates in their local area, view their application form and watch pre-recorded interview-style videos. Candidates will also have access to free training, in partnership with Skills for Care and their endorsed training providers, which includes infection prevention and control, basic life support and first aid and safeguarding adults. This means less work is required for employers, helping speed up the final necessary steps in getting a new carer on board.

The Minister for Care Helen Whatley followed up on the announcement via Twitter to say:

Care for others. Make a difference, is the slogan for the overall campaign aimed at attracting jobseekers to fill thousands of adult social carer vacancies across England. It highlights the difference that can be made to the lives of people who need help and breaks the sector down in an easy and relatable manner. It presents personal experiences, offers a quiz to determine whether becoming a carer is the right move, details what roles are available and how you can progress in a career.


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