Skills for Care has pledged its commitment to Care Friends as part of a mutual aim to help grow the adult care sector workforce.
The employee-referral app aims to help care sector employers in recruiting and retaining staff with the right values at a time when growing the care workforce has never been more crucial.
The app enables care workers to share details of job vacancies with their friends and contacts straight from their phone, earning points instantly at each stage of the referral process. Following a successful EU-funded pilot in Cornwall in 2019, the app has a waiting list of care providers eager to adopt it.
Skills for Care’s CEO, Oonagh Smyth, said, 'With their focus on innovation, their industry expertise and such a unique offering, Care Friends is the perfect partner for us. We’ve supported the development of the app for over 12 months and been impressed with the results and positive feedback from employers.
'It’s, quite simply, exactly what the care sector needs.'
Neil Eastwood, Founder and Chief Executive of Care Friends, added, 'Employee referral is proven to be by far the best source of high performing and long-staying care workers. The problem was traditional referral schemes were hard to keep top-of-mind, unengaging for staff and an admin-hassle. This led to very low referral rates despite the high potential out there. Our bespoke app gamifies this process and means many more care staff become highly effective recruiters for their employer.
'If current trends continue, the care sector will face a deepening recruitment crisis – and I truly believe our technology can go some way to finding a solution to the shortage of staff in the sector.'
Care Friends and Skills for Care are working in partnership to let providers know about the app. Live product demos can be booked on the website.