The Department of Health and Social Care, and with support from the CareTech Charitable Foundation, is inviting applications for funding for projects supporting social care and health employers to explore different ways to recruit people with the right values from groups who are traditionally ‘under-represented’ in their workforce, or who face barriers to employment.
The ‘Recruiting for Potential’ programme is an important initiative as Profiles4Care has long stated that employers will have to look at recruiting ‘non-traditional’ employees, i.e. those with the right values but don’t have experience or training, usually because they haven’t yet considered a career in health and social care.
The Fund is focused on projects for groups who are traditionally ‘under-represented’ in their workforce or who face barriers to employment. This might include, for example:
- people from a looked-after background (e.g. care leavers)
- disabled people (e.g. people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, neurological disabilities)
- single parents
- people with mental health needs
- people with long-term health conditions
- people with hidden impairments (e.g. visual impairment, hearing impairment)
Profiles4Care’s values based recruitment tool does not discriminate against anyone. It assesses people purely on their values and how they match the employers’ own. We see this as a bedrock to any programme of work in the area of non-traditional recruitment and are seeking to work with companies applying for the Fund, access to which will be available from mid-June onwards.
Please get in touch with us to find out more, the link to the Fund information is available here