Ambassadors for careers in care

Recruiting the right people for the social service workforce is vital now and for the future. When we asked employers and social service workers what they would like us to focus on in the next 10 years, they highlighted the need to promote social care careers and to raise awareness of what a career in care involves, to help people to understand the skills required and to help people of all ages and experiences to see it as very satisfying and positive career choice. We have recruited a number of enthusiastic people who have experience in different aspects of care and who are able to promote both a realistic and positive view of a career in care, they are Ambassadors for Careers in Care.

What does an Ambassador for Careers in Care do?

The Ambassadors' role is to describe what working in social services is like at events like careers fairs, talks at schools or colleges and to provide information on what the job really involves to people considering whether a career in care is for them.

With a minimum of one careers event or talk per year, Ambassadors can do as many events as they like to help promote working in this sector. The events might be during normal working hours or may be in the evening or weekends. Career fairs can mean a few hours at a stand meeting people and answering their questions. Going into schools may involve giving a short talk or leading a workshop. It also gives social service workers the opportunity to spread the word about the vital role they have in supporting people from children and young people to older people and families.

Who can be an Ambassador?

Anyone working in social services can be an Ambassador, from front line workers to people with experience who are now office based. Some front line experience is important to be able to give a real picture to people who want to find out what the job involves. We have social workers, people who work in early years, with children and young people in residential child care, with adults and older people in care homes or who get care at home, in adult day care services, housing support and all sorts of other types of social care work.

How employers support Ambassadors for Careers in Care

Employers support Ambassadors for Careers in Care by encouraging workers to get involved in this rewarding programme. Employers may have one or more Ambassadors in their service. Supporting Ambassadors in Care can help organisations improve public awareness of their service and encourage recruitment of new staff by promoting care work as a rewarding career.

Contacting an Ambassador for Careers in Care

A register of ambassadors has been set up to help you search for a suitable ambassador by geographical area, experience and/or suitability for the audience and invite them to speak about a career in care at your event.

For further information please contact Kerry Cannon kerry.cannon@sssc.uk.com or write to us at:

Ambassador for Careers in Care
Scottish Social Services Council
Compass House
11 Riverside Drive
Dundee
DD1 4NY