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We have published two new papers on understanding workforce movements and training in the sector.

Working with our partners, we’ve gathered and analysed a range of data to improve our understanding of current entry routes and career progression in social services.

Developing new entry and career progression opportunities could help attract new people to social services as a place to start and continue a career. These opportunities are important in developing a sustainable workforce which is highly skilled, confident and flexible. They create the potential for more rewarding careers for social service workers and improved outcomes for the people they support.

We’ve also used evidence from this work to help develop a careers website to support the public to learn more about careers in the sector, from seeking work in social services to finding out about qualifications available.

Using SSSC registration data to examine workforce movement focuses on movements of the workforce to improve our understanding of the flow of workers between different parts of the sector and what this indicates about the career paths people take. This is the first time we’ve analysed registration data to explore movement of the workforce. Although it doesn’t cover all parts of the social service sector it does include major service categories and offers a unique and authoritative perspective on entry and progression.

Exploring education and training to improving our understanding of social service career pathways focuses on education and training in the sector as it plays a role in supporting entry and progression.

Read the reports here

Using SSSC registration data to examine workforce movement
Exploring education and training to improving our understanding of social service career pathways 

Background

Part two of the National Workforce Plan for Health and Social Care sets out current and future workforce challenges and identifies several recommendations.

We are leading work to identify how to improve career opportunities along with relevant training and education to support the workforce.

This data analysis is a longitudinal piece of work and we intend to expand our collaborative and explorative approach with the sector to enhance the process and ultimately the usefulness of the findings.

More information about the workforce data, information and intelligence we publish can be found at our Workforce Data website https://data.sssc.uk.com/