Oxfordshire job seekers are being offered a route into the care sector from an employment support specialist.

The latest statistics show that more than 2,000 positions are vacant in Oxfordshire's adult social care sector, a figure that Raj Sahota and Oxfordshire County Council are aiming to decrease.

Mr Sahota offers free, one to one, independent support for people considering a change of career.

He said: “Working in adult social care is so flexible and varied. There’s a job and career out there for everyone but it can sometimes seem difficult to pinpoint exactly what that is.

“That’s where I come in. People can contact me, ask me any questions, and I can support them to find their ideal role.”

Working together with the Oxfordshire Association of Care Providers, Oxfordshire County Council highlights the diversity of roles available through the joint Proud to Care Oxfordshire website.

This online hub provides a job search tool, and an email support service aimed at matching individuals with fitting roles and guiding them through the application process.

Mr Sahota added: "We’re really trying to highlight the variety of fantastic career and job opportunities that are available within adult social care. It’s not all about personal care.

"There are jobs available in kitchens and maintenance, as well as administrative roles.

“I can help by answering any questions as well as offering tailored support, including reworking CVs and giving advice on interview techniques.”

Furthering his support, Mr Sahota's "Ask Raj" series, with hints, tips regarding entrance into the care industry, and answers to frequently asked questions is set to be released on social media in the coming weeks.

This service aims to help people who are just starting out in their careers in care.

Councillor Tim Bearder, Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet member for adult social care said: “We have an aging population with increasingly complex health and care needs and we need a talented workforce to help support people, across a variety of roles.

“Raj offers a unique service, helping people who are just starting out in their careers in care and I would urge anyone considering joining the sector to get in touch with him to find out more.”

Mr Sahota can be contacted by email on p2capplicant.support@oxfordshire.gov.uk, after which, a follow up conversation can be arranged.

NHS Digital figures show people in Oxfordshire paid £43.7 million for adult social care services in 2022-23, up from £41.3 million the year before.

In total, Oxfordshire council spent £340 million providing services.