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Recruitment and Retention

Finding Workers

There are a number of alternative recruitment routes you should consider, as well as a wealth of advice on recruiting and keeping staff. 

Disability Confident

Recruit people with disabilities and health conditions for their skills and talent. Click here to find out how you can become a Disability Confident employer, and see how the scheme can help you recruit new staff.


Values based recruitment and retention

Find out more as to how this approach can help your business find the right workers for your service(s), and discover how this in turn can help workforce retention. Below are examples of tools available to you.

National Recruitment Campaign

Ensure you reach as many potential applicants as possible by advertising your job vacancies on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Find a Job website. 

The campaign also has a wealth of information to help you recruit. 

Digital images videos for you to use on your Facebook and Twitter platforms and in your emails.



Find out about how to employ apprentices and the benefits. Funding depends on whether your organisation pays the apprenticeship levy. Below are guides to help whether you pay or not:

Below are examples of apprenticeship standards (courses) available:

Recruiting Graduates

Host a graduate for 12 months with Skills for Care's Graduate Management Programme.


Care Certificate

Recruiting younger workers (aged 16 & 17)

"It's both legal and beneficial to employ young people (aged 16 and 17)" (Skills for Care). CQC supports Skills for Care guidance for the employment of 16 & 17 year olds in care. Please read the guidance which details the steps employers need to make, and includes homecare and community-based services. With an ageing population, and workforce, it is increasingly important that we support the next generation of workers.




Keeping Workers

A skilled workforce is essential to keep services safe for our vulnerable residents, but training also serves to reduce staff turnover. The good news is ECC provides a lot of free training opportunities, and there is also assistance from Skills for Care's Workforce Development Fund (see Funding).

Free training opportunities

ECC's Quality Innovation team operates a number of initiatives giving providers access to free training and opportunities. This includes the award winning Prosper programme, MyHomelife Essex and the Dementia Programme. 

All training opportunities are detailed on our Events page.


Retaining your staff

Find out what has helped other social care organisations achieve staff turnover of 10%.

Free Staff Wellbeing Programme

The free Working Well programme can support you to improve the health and wellbeing of your staff. 

Click here to see the Flyer and for more details email:


Skill Up

Adult Community Learning (ACL) in partnership with Essex County Council Economic Growth team are delighted to offer a number of subsidised training opportunities to the care provider market. These training programmes aim to support the development of care management skills, leadership and team skills, and digital skills. In addition to these programmes, there is the opportunity to undertake unit accreditation towards achieving a L4 Adult Social Care Diploma.

The training is subsidised by Essex County Council and there are a limited number of places on each programme.

Please see attached flyer for course information and contact details.

New courses added 

Level 2 Understanding to Technology Enabled Care (flyer attached) 

Level 2 Certificates in:

  • Care and Management of Diabetes
  • Cleaning Principles
  • Common Health Conditions
  • Dementia Care
  • Dignity & Safeguarding
  • Equality & Diversity
  • Falls Prevention Awareness
  • Infection Control
  • Information, Advice & Guidance
  • Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
  • Principles of Care Planning
  • Principles of End of Life Care
  • Safe Handling of Medication in Health and Social Care
  • Understanding Autism
  • Understanding Behaviour that Challenges
  • Understanding Safeguarding and Prevent
  • Understand Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Customer Service for Health and Social Care Settings

For more information or to book a place please email or call Lorretta Wiltshire: 03330 138387 or Shane Carter : 03330 320985




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