ERIC Number: ED422517
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Supporting Skills for Care Workers.
Dench, S.; La Valle, I.; Evans, C.
The changing skill requirements for the occupations of childcare worker and eldercare provider in Great Britain were examined. Data were collected from the following: review of existing literature; preliminary exploratory interviews with representatives of voluntary organizations, professional bodies, training providers, organizations involved in supporting caregivers, and others; in-depth interviews with 16 representatives of 8 organizations providing eldercare and 9 managers of childcare programs; and a seminar to refine the study findings and conclusions. The study focused on the following: the childcare and eldercare sectors and changes affecting them; current and future job skill requirements for entry and senior care workers and managers; recruitment, recruitment difficulties, and skill shortages; and provision of training. In 1996, approximately 4% of the British work force worked in child care and related occupations and 2% worked in eldercare. Although both occupations have recently experienced and will likely continue to experience significant growth, both remain among the lowest-paid occupations. The personal skills and attitudes and personal, social, medical, and domestic care requirements for both occupations were identified. Although training has not traditionally been considered very important for either occupation, some respondents were beginning to pay greater attention to training and development. (Contains 39 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Day Care, Adult Education, Child Care Occupations, Child Caregivers, Early Childhood Education, Education Work Relationship, Educational Demand, Educational Needs, Educational Supply, Employer Attitudes, Employment Opportunities, Employment Patterns, Employment Qualifications, Foreign Countries, Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Market, Labor Needs, Literature Reviews, National Surveys, Needs Assessment, Occupational Home Economics, Occupational Surveys, Older Adults, Postsecondary Education, Recruitment, Salary Wage Differentials, Secondary Education, Trend Analysis
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Sussex Univ., Brighton (England). Inst. for Employment Studies.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)