An Ambassador's role is to inform and motivate people to consider social care or social work professions as positive career choices. They share their experiences of working in social care or social work with those who are considering these career options and those who have not previously considered work in this sector. Their purpose is to help people have a better understanding of what these roles involve and how social care and social work professionals support adults, young people, families, children and older people to manage circumstances which make them vulnerable and in need of social care and social work services.
Ambassadors highlight the range of different career opportunities that are available and what motivated them to join their professions. They provide positive news stories to raise the public profile of the care sector and to reinforce the vital role they have within multi-disciplinary teams, our communities and wider society. They do this work by engaging in one or more of the following activities;
- Providing information talks or discussions, for example: to students or job seekers at university or college open days or school career days.
- Engaging in interactive group activities, for example: to students or job seekers in schools, colleges and at careers events.
- Supporting an information stand at events
- Supporting work experience placements
- Facilitating guided workplace visits
- Speaking to groups of teachers, careers advisors and other health professionals to refresh their knowledge and understanding of the care and social work sectors.
- Acting as mentors for their own professions.