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Wales will need thousands more people to work in caring roles with adults and children by 2030 if it is to keep pace with the growing demand for care services and provide support for communities across the country.
As more people in Wales live longer, more will have specific needs that require support inside and outside the home. Projections indicate that around 20,000 more employees will be needed over the next 10 years to answer the growing demands of the population.
Currently, around one in 17 adults in Wales works in social care or early years and childcare (around 113,000 people), making it a bigger employer than the NHS. But this area of work is still growing.
The WeCare campaign aims to show the variety of roles and career progression opportunities available. By using real care workers, the campaign focuses on the challenges they face, as well as what makes their work rewarding and worthwhile.
Amanda Calloway has been working as a childminder for 12 years. She says: “I used to work in banking, in quite a stressful role, but after having my children, I decided to look into childminding temporarily.
“Twelve years later I’m still at it. It’s allowed me to access education alongside running my business and as I work from home, it’s flexible enough to fit around my life.
“I enjoy running and being outdoors, so I take the children to the nature reserve, the woods or the beach as much as possible. It’s a rewarding career, even though it’s hard work. To have the opportunity to shape the future of children’s lives is fantastic.”
For more information about some of the roles available and to see examples of real people who work in Wales and those they support, visit WeCare.wales. This website will be updated frequently, with further details and useful information.