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Be The Reason Pink RSCould you or someone you know be the reason others are able to feel safe and cared for?

Providing care and support to older or vulnerable adults can be a hugely rewarding career, knowing that you are making a difference to people's lives every day.

Care providers are one of the largest groups of employers in Essex, and have a diverse range of roles available. This can range from residential and home care to support for people with learning disabilities or mental health issues. More than 450 care and support jobs are advertised every month, including full-time, part-time, and flexible roles that can fit around other commitments. Full training and support is available to new recruits, and there are many opportunities for career progression - see future career options

Your free local events

To help employers recruit and retain new staff, Essex County Council has launched the Gift of Care campaign. Gift of Care job fairs are being held across the county in March. Come along to meet employers, browse the information stands, and find out about:

  • 1:1 advice and support
  • free training opportunities
  • flexible hours which fit around your other commitments
  • informal interviews
  • help with job applications

Free refreshments are available.

Maldon Gift of Care Jobs Fair - Mon March 6th 

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 10am to 2pm at Maldon District Council, Princes Road, CM9 5DL. Book now

Braintree Gift of Care Jobs Fair - Sat March 11th 

9am to 12 noon at Braintree Town Hall, Fairfield Road, CM7 3YG. Book now 

Saffron Walden Gift of Care Jobs Fair - Sat March 18th

9am to 12 noon at Saffron Walden Town Hall, Market Place, CB10 1HR. Book now 

Great Dunmow Gift of Care Jobs Fair - Sat March 25th

9.30am-12.30pm at United Reformed Church Hall, CM6 1BH. Book now 

Clacton Gift of Care Jobs Fair - Thurs March 30th

10am-2pm at The Princes Theatre, Clacton Town Hall, CO15 1SE. Book now 

Caring Essex

You can read some heartwarming stories from care workers old and new in the Caring Essex supplement. This Newsquest newspaper supplement outlines how Essex County Council providers and staff are working to make a difference to the lives of adults in need of care and support.

What is the Gift of Care campaign?

Essex County Council has launched this campaign to change perceptions about working in the care sector, and to support employers in recruiting and training local people. They are working with local councils, care providers, and other partner agencies, to organise a series of events. During these events, social care sector employers who have vacancies can meet job seekers, and find ways to make it easier to recruit, train, and keep quality employees. Activity is focused in areas across the county with the highest need, or where filling jobs is most difficult. You can contact the organisers at:

Future career options

A job in care can help you towards a career pathway to many exciting opportunities such as roles in nursing, midwifery, paramedics, or managing a home or care service. You may also decide to specialise in fields such as dementia care, or helping people with learning disabilities. To see an example of how your career could progress, see our Career Pathway Diagram.

Launch your career in care with ACL

Essex Adult Community Learning offers a range of apprenticeships and programmes in the medical, health, and care sectors, helping you to gain the qualifications you need for a career in this industry. The health and social care sector offers lots of job opportunities. From becoming a qualified care worker or manager to owning your own care provider business.- the opportunities are endless. To find out more, read our apprenticeship brochure, call 03330139502 or email

Career path for health and social care:

  • Traineeship / Study programme (Level 1 Care Certificate)
  • Intermediate Apprenticeship
  • Advanced Apprenticeship
  • Qualified Care Worker
  • Senior Care Worker / Team Manager (Level 4 Diploma QCF)
  • Registered Manager / Deputy Manager (Level 5 Foundation Degree)
  • Area Manager
  • Care business owner

Visit Skills for Care to find out more about careers in health and social care.

Could you be a care sector entrepreneur?

Have you ever thought about starting your own business? Do you currently or have you previously worked in the health and social care sector? The Eastern Enterprise Hub is running a free programme on behalf of Essex County Council called the 'Inspiring Entrepreneur Programme for the Care Sector'.

Starting in February in Colchester, the 10-day pilot course, will offer potential care sector entrepreneurs business development skills and techniques as they set up a new business.

Led by an experienced Eastern Enterprise Hub facilitator in partnership with expert business leaders, the course will offer a care sector focused action learning programme. Students will apply skills learnt from real life experiences and expertise of established business leaders such as Ashtons Legal, Ensors Chartered Accountants as well as Adult Services commissioners.

The 10 day programme is targeted to various groups and individuals in the care sector including:

  • registered nurses that have left the profession
  • individuals with care experiences that have not been active in the sector
  • individuals looking to start their own business
  • university and college social care graduates

The course will run on Wednesdays from 10am-4pm, starting on Feb 8th. These dates and times may however be subject to change depending on the volume of applications received. Dates will be confirmed when applicants are accepted. The course takes place at the Wilson Marriage Centre in Colchester.

Digby Chacksfield, CEO, and Eastern Enterprise Hub, speaking at the launch of the programme said: "This is a new course for the Enterprise Hub. The new reality for the care sector is an increase of demand outpacing current business ability to provide care, which means that there is an opportunity for returning and new carers to set up and sustain business and micro enterprises. We want to help people gain business knowledge, become more self-confident and be a part of a community of like-minded business leaders and entrepreneurs, impacting on the care sector."

The need for more alternatives and flexible health care services in Essex has inspired Essex County Council to fund this programme to further support local businesses in effort to maintain a healthy county.

To sign up to the course please visit the Eastern Enterprise Hub website. You can also call or email them at: 01473 527100, or




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