The care sector has been an increasing priority for the ESB since our inception in 2014. This sector is facing a critical demand of more skilled workers to support our Essex residents. We have been working closely with the industry across Essex, as well as our training providers, to help address the skills challenges in the care sector.
This sector employs more than 31,000 people in over 1,300 companies in Essex.
Essex Employers include: Aldanat Care, Care UK Health and Social Care, Essex County Council, Forest Homecare Ltd., National Health Service, Interserve Healthcare, Orchard Care Homes, Runwood Homes Limited.
The local authority areas with the largest clusters of enterprises are Colchester, Southend-on-Sea and Tendring.
The sector has a number of skills challenges which include:
- There are around 36,000 over-85s in Essex and this figure will more than double in the next twenty years.
- Demographic changes will result in challenges occurring within the care industry; it is forecast that there will be a 7% population increase by the year 2022
- Legislation will also contribute to a change in the Care sector; for example, the Care Act 2014.
Care Sector Action Group
What is it?
The sector action group is made up of employers and other stakeholders who want to make a positive contribution to addressing the skills challenges within the sector. The group works together to identify and develop industry-led solutions to the skills challenges within the sector.
What is it doing?
The sector action group has highlighted the importance of building a pipeline of skilled workers to enter the sector. As a result, the group worked with the health sector to develop and deliver a Health and Care Apprenticeship scheme in Essex.
We need employers to help us tackle the skills challenges in Essex. Can you help?