Social Care Workforce Development: Recruitment and Retention

WeCare Employer Portal

The WeCare employer portal is now live!

Employers: we've made it easier for you to publish and manage your vacancies in one place, along with your list of applicants.

Visit our 'Submit a job page (external website)' to create a profile – it takes less than a minute. Once approved, you can post your vacancies free of charge immediately, just at the click of a button. From your dashboard , you can manage multiple job postings. It couldn’t be easier to edit them, and you can even duplicate your job ads and edit the details to save time when you’re recruiting for similar positions.

Take a look at our short video (external website) to help you understand how to use the Employer Portal.

You can book online to attend a webinar (external website) to learn more about the Portal.

The Health and Social Care Sector in Wales currently needs around 2,000 additional people per year to work in Care in order to ensure everyone gets the service they need.

Here are online resources to help with recruitment and retention of staff for your organisation.

We Care Wales

WeCare Wales is a national campaign developed by Social Care Wales, which aims to raise awareness and understanding of social care, early years and childcare and attract more people with the right skills and values to work in caring roles with children and adults.

WeCare Wales provides an online portal to submit vacancies, stories of people working in Health and Social Care across Wales to be used in your own recruitment campaigns plus a stakeholder toolkit that inclues useful marketing materials.

WeCare Wales (external website).

Apprenticeships

Recruiting an apprentice can help you expand your workforce and its skills base. Support is available towards the cost of training and assessments.

You will work with an approved training provider who will manage the apprentice’s training and assessment programme.

Welsh Government: Apprenticeships (external website).

KickStart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment.

Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers:

  • 100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months
  • associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021.

Further funding is available for training and support so that young people on the scheme can get a job in the future.

Working Denbighshire KickStart scheme.