Carers Week – Could Flexible Training be the Answer?
June 12, 2019 / Libby Barrett
This Carers Week, our CEO Samantha Rutter asks the question “With an ageing population and more need for carers, could flexible training be the answer?”
“Carers Week (10 – 16 June) highlights the amazing work done by unpaid carers across the country and aims to raise awareness of the support that is available.
There are 6.5 million people in the UK who are carers – that’s almost 1 in every 10 people. They are pillars of the community, looking after family members or friends with disabilities, mental or physical illness, or who are elderly and in need of extra help.
As a population we are growing older, and health and social care is set to become even more important as time goes on. The UK already faces a shortfall of at least 90,000 adult social care staff. This gap could grow to as high as 380,000 by 2026, according to the Global Futures thinktank.
Luckily, I can see encouraging signs that people are looking to develop their skills and qualifications in this area. At Open Study College, health and social care courses are among our most popular, particularly amongst females in the 18-45 age bracket. In fact, the CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Health and Social Care is consistently one of our top 3 most-subscribed courses.
And we are seeing an increase in popularity of other related courses too, such as Caring for the Elderly, Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities and Caring for Children. All of these programmes develop practical skills and knowledge that can be applied to a career in social care.
Given the health and social care skills gap the UK faces, this seems a very positive sign for the future.
And whilst there is still some work to be done to close the gap, distance learning provides the flexibility to gain the knowledge and skills needed. When we asked our students why they opted to study their course, the biggest single reason was a planned career change, as well as the need for flexibility alongside current work commitments or family life.
All this suggests that there is plenty of interest in developing a career in health and social care, and greater access to flexible study options could be the key to unlocking the potential of this burgeoning new workforce.”
Visit our website to browse our full range of health and social care courses, or call our student adviser team on 03300 563100 for more information.
This article was originally published on LinkedIn.