On Thursday 12 June, Cumbria Social services officers attend a National Recruitment Fair at Manchester Town Hall to recruit Social Workers and Social Care staff to Cumbria. The Fair is timed to attract newly qualified Social Workers to posts in Adult and Child and Family Services.
The recruitment drive follows the County Council's latest investment of £1.8 million to increase staff capacity in Social Services.
Mike Siegal, Director of Social Services says,
"The County Council's increased commitment to Social Services gives new opportunities for social worker and review officer posts, to work with older adults and those with physical disabilities. There are also opportunities for qualified social workers and family workers in the Child and Family care teams and residential services.
The Department is running a number of local events later in the year to attract people who might not be qualified in social work but are interested in a career in the social care field."
County Councillor John Mallinson, Cabinet spokesman for Care and Social services welcomes the recruitment initiative. He says,
"This is one of the biggest recruitment initiatives for many years and follows our attendance at the Birmingham Recruitment Fair in March. It comes after significant investment by the Council into Social services. I am pleased that the additional £1.8m enables the recruitment of more social workers review officers & family workers to join our skilled, committed team. Recruitment and retention of Social Workers is a national problem, not helped by the negative attention of the media rather than the positive promotion of the valuable and essential work carried out by a dedicated work force.
Cumbria County Council is committed to improving quality of services to the people of Cumbria. A key to that commitment is our workforce. I am delighted that officers from Cumbria are involved in the recruitment fair and hope that there is a lot of interest in posts within the county. I look forward to securing more quality social care workers for Cumbria."
The new recruitment drive aims to encourages social workers to move to Cumbria, outlining not only the attractions of working for an innovative employer but also in the lovely surroundings in the county. The Recruitment Fair will act as a shop window for the Council, who like other local council's, has found it difficult to recruit and retain staff recently in all sectors of the Caring Business.
Anyone interested in finding out more about a career in social work can call the national hotline on 0845 604 6404 or log on to the website.