Survey: Only 20% of care workers have professional certificates
Only a fifth of all care workers in Estonia have a professional certificate, a survey of the Tallinn Health Care College showed.
A total of 1421 care workers are employed by the 30 healthcare institutions that participated in the survey. Only 278 of them have a professional certificate for the specific area they work in, the survey brought out.
Director of the Tallinn Health Care College Ülle Ernits said that the college had collected the data because there were no official statistics about care workers and the labor force needs of healthcare institutions.
“Although the respondents confirmed that the majority of their positions were occupied, they would still be ready to immediately hire more than 70 certified care workers,” Ernits said. She added that the actual need for skilled employees was higher, as only a third of all healthcare institutions had returned the questionnaire.
Apart from the obvious need for skilled personnel, employers also considered further training to be necessary. The reality of healthcare was that there were new requirements, new equipment and tools, and new responsibilities with which a care worker couldn’t work without instruction.
The survey was carried out between January and March 2016. The 30 respondents included various healthcare institutions, care homes and hospitals among them.