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17 Jan 2022

Recruiting overseas workers - UK Home Office sessions

With care workers being added to the shortage occupation list from mid-February, the Home Office is delivering two events on 21 and 25 January 2022 to provide an overview of the points-based system, the routes available for the care sector and how to become a sponsor.


14 Jan 2022

Scottish Government fee waiver pilot for people applying to register in adult care services and residential child care services including school care accommodation services

New social care staff starting a career in a care home, care at home, housing support, adult day care* or a residential child care service including school care accommodation must apply to register with the SSSC within 12 months of starting their employment. 

SSSC registration

10 Jan 2022

Health and care visa scheme expands to include social care

(Updated 24 January 2022)

The UK government has announced a temporary expansion to the existing Health and Care Visa Scheme.

Social service workforce

22 Dec 2021

A Christmas message

SSSC Chief Executive Lorraine Gray thanks the social work, social care and early years workforce for their continuing work in tackling the pandemic as winter begins. 

Social service workforce

20 Dec 2021

Consultation on a Register for the future

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) is seeking views on their plans to create a Register for the future in a consultation launched today. They are proposing changes to the Register, processes and the qualifications accepted for registration.

Consultations and surveys

14 Dec 2021

Make sure that cyber security is top of your Christmas list

At this time of year, some organisations will start to close, while others may be running with reduced staff which can make organisations vulnerable to online attacks.


07 Dec 2021

Staff Vacancies in Care Services 2020

The Care Inspectorate and the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) have today published new figures on the levels of staff vacancies in Scotland’s social care services. It shows the level of reported vacancies in social care is more than three times that across all types of employers. 

Workforce data

06 Dec 2021

Scottish Social Services Council 2020-2021 Annual Report published

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) has published its 2020-2021 Annual Report.

SSSC corporate

06 Dec 2021

Introduction to a career in social care employer awareness event – recording now available

Last month we shared information about this new college course, funded by the National Transition Training Fund, which can help people to prepare for a new career in social care.

Careers in care

06 Dec 2021

New careers in care for Scottish Ambulance Service employees

SSSC’s Learning and Development Adviser, Kerry Cannon recently spoke with Sarah Allison, Learning and Skills Manager at West Lothian College, who told us about a new initiative designed to help mobile testing unit operatives start new careers in health and social care.

Careers in care

06 Dec 2021

Can you help us to improve our letters and emails?

We want to make sure the letters and emails we send are as clear, helpful and easy to understand as possible and we really need your help to do this. 

SSSC corporate

06 Dec 2021

Get a taste for a career in childcare

This new course is available to people over 25 who are unemployed (or at risk of unemployment or redundancy) and considering a change of career. It’s funded by the National Transition Training Fund which means there is no cost to take part. 

Careers in care