Managers group calls for change to age rules

Posted on May 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

The National Care Managers Association (NCMA) says young people interested in becoming care workers are being lost to the sector because legislation prevents them being employed within the sector until they are eighteen, and have called for the entry rules to be reviewed. NCMA member support co-ordinator Carol Onley said some young people who attend social care courses at the end of their schooling find they cannot get into the profession for two years. “By this time, social care has lost any interest it had, as they have by then found employment in other fields of work,” said Ms Onley. “Caring is a profession with the highest level of job satisfaction statistically, in this country, yet our young potential professional carers are denied this opportunity. I am sure a large number of managers, deputy and senior staff will have started their career as I did at 16. It is hands on practical work, but has more growth and development potential than any other profession.”

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