Summer 2019

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HAFLS supports #EveryDayIsDifferent campaign with new course launch

Every Day

It is a fact that with advances in technology, healthcare and lifestyle, Britain's population is growing and people are living longer than they would have previously.

In 1997, around one in every six people (15.9%) were aged 65 years and over, increasing to one in every five people (18.2%) in 2017 and is projected to reach around one in every four people (24%) by 2037. An estimated 18.9% of the population were under 16 years old and 62.9% were aged 16 to 64 years in 2017.

According to projections, the population share of later-life age groups is set to increase further in future years too. By 2041, the 1960s baby boomers will have progressed into their 70s and 80s, and by 2066 there could be an additional 8.6 million people aged 65 years and over in the UK – a population roughly the size of present-day London. This would take the UK’s 65 years and over age group to 20.4 million people, accounting for 26.5% of the projected population. (Figures from ONS; https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/populationestimates/articles/overviewoftheukpopulation/november2018#the-uk-population-is-ageing).

With this in mind, there is a growing demand for employees within the adult care sector and yet, with a 30% turnover rate and the number of vacancies standing at over 110,000 at any time, we are falling far short of the required staff levels within the sector. Skills for Care (https://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/Home.aspx) estimates that by 2035, a further 650,000 people will be needed to cope with the demands from an ageing population.

In response to this, a campaign has been launched by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to promote social care as a career with good progression and professional development. (https://www.everydayuk.org/campaignlaunch/).

Consequently, the team at HAFLS has developed a 5-week course outline for 'An Introduction to Working in the Health & Social Care Sector' and has been running the first of these courses at our Waltham Cross hub.  During the course, learners are finding out more about how the health and social care sector works in the UK. Learners are looking at the way that the industry is structured, the variety of job roles on offer and the importance of communication skills. They are also gaining an overview of policies that are central to working in the industry.

So far, the course has proved to be a great success and the next course is planned to run in November, starting on the 7th November. To book onto this course, please book online at https://www.civicaepay.co.uk/HertfordshireEstore/estore/default/Catalog/Index?catalogueitemreference=E0000848 or call us on 01992 556194.

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