The National Care Forum (NCF) has given its support to an initiative that is seeking to redeploy workers from “hard-hit” industries such as hospitality to understaffed care organisations.
The understaffed care sector currently reports a 7.8% vacancy rate, while industries like tourism and hospitality are struggling to retain staff as profits drop.
NCF has worked with People 1st International on the project, with the latter offering a new Redeployment Service.
Displaced, skilled individuals looking for a new opportunity will be able to utilise the service to find new positions in care.
Backed by the NHS Confederation, the service presents a talent pool of work-ready people with sought-after transferable skills.
It aims to match willing and experienced people with organisations, based on shared values and cultural fit.
Nasir Quraishi, group HR director, CareTech, commented: “Our partnership with People 1st International has given us a fantastic new source of talent with the right attributes and transferable skills we’re looking for.
“Having a package of support that not only identifies potential recruits with the same values and behaviours that are important to us but also provides candidates with the introductory knowledge to prepare them to work safely in a new role and industry through online learning is enormously valuable.”