Following the ‘Great Resignation’ of 2021 when employees around the UK left their jobs in record numbers – with the care sector among the hardest hit – a new survey has revealed that 100% of care managers continue to find it hard to retain staff.

Yet while almost 90% believe that further training investment would help with recruitment and retention, less than 40% of care businesses offer apprenticeships to staff at all levels. Over a third have been deterred from offering training opportunities for new and existing employees due to the time investment needed.

Apprenticeships have pulling power

A further 37.5% of care managers are put off by the risk that an employee would leave after completing their training, even though more than 90% of people working in the sector have said they would be more likely to stay in a role if their employer invested in their training from the outset.

Flexible training options

The study showed that most care operators are interested in flexible training options with 75% of employers in the sector saying they would consider front-loaded training to help speed-up the process. Over 90% of employees in the field would be more willing to start an apprenticeship or training course if they could condense learning into a shorter period.

Unlock skills and potential

“While most care operators see the value in training when it comes to attracting and retaining staff, too many believe they don’t have the time to invest in this,” says Jill Whittaker, Managing Director at Connect2Care. “But with the sector continuing to struggle with staff shortages, they can’t afford not to.

“As well as playing a role in attracting and retaining valuable team members, apprenticeships have always been one of the best ways to unlock skills quickly and fast-track staff into positions where they can make a real impact.

“New flexible training models under consideration by the Government are set to make this process even quicker. For example, front-loaded training will be invaluable in helping apprentices to hit the ground running and operate efficiently for their employers from the very beginning.”

A new toolkit made for the care sector

To maximise the benefits businesses can reap from the flexible training options available, Connect2Care has released a toolkit answering common questions businesses may have about apprenticeships. The Q&A toolkit is also full of advice for care operators desperate to solve their staffing issues by creating more opportunities to upskill their workforce.

To download the toolkit visit our resource page.

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