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Building the future social care workforce: a scoping study into workforce readiness, recruitment and progression in the social care sector

This report presents the findings of a scoping study into workforce readiness, recruitment and progression in the social care sector, with a specific focus on East London. The research was carried out by SCIE, supported by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.

The purpose of this scoping study was to research the latest data and evidence about the challenges in increasing workforce readiness in the recruitment of appropriately skilled staff and the development of high-quality career pathways in social care. The aim was to provide practical recommendations on how funders and employers can invest in a demand-led1 system in East London which promotes access to social care employment and good career progression.

The findings are based on:

  • qualitative interviews with a sample of both national and local stakeholders, including care providers and education and training providers
  • a review of existing research and data to build up a picture of what the available evidence already tells us about the state, size and structure of the social care workforce
  • five case studies looking at a range of current initiatives that are attempting to address issues surrounding the readiness, recruitment, retention and progression of the social care workforce
  • a futures workshop with stakeholders from across the social care sector.