By 2036, over 20% of Hertfordshire's total population are expected to be aged 65 or over. The growth in the elderly population combined with increasingly complex care needs calls for an urgent upturn in the training and recruitment of staff in the adult social care and nursing sectors.

The Hertfordshire Care Providers Association (HCPA) estimates a need to recruit 4,000 additional paid carers per year in Hertfordshire alone. Therein lies the challenge, as the county’s consistently low unemployment rate ensures employers face stiff competition to recruit the best staff for their business.

In order to meet the industry’s recruitment needs, steps must be taken to make a career in care more attractive and boost employee retention. Hertfordshire LEP has partnered with HCPA to host a free ‘Creative Care Career Pathways’ workshop on 24 January to support employers and training providers in the adult social care and nursing sectors, as part of the Good Care Month campaign running throughout January.

The workshop will deliver essential information on how businesses can overcome training and recruitment challenges and attract a skilled and motivated workforce. It will also focus on the benefits of apprenticeships as a flexible solution, enabling employers to work in tandem with training providers to offer employees clearly defined long-term career progression opportunities and a chance to earn while learning on the job.

Delegates will have the opportunity to gain practical advice from a range of guest speakers including Hertfordshire care providers Quantum Care and Care 4 Freedom, their apprentices, and training providers North Herts College and the University of Hertfordshire, on how to develop a successful care apprenticeship programme.

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