Working in Health and Social Care

Wanting to help others is all the qualifications you need to start a career in health and social care... 

 IN TEN years' time it's estimated that 2.2 million people in England will be employed in adult social care – well over half a million more than are currently working in this sector – so it’s a massively growing industry. The demand is huge for experienced workers, as well as people hoping to start out a career where they can really progress. 

 And while most jobs are considered rather mundane and badly paid the truth is there really is good long-term employment  prospect in this sector, which can reflect the immense sense of fulfilment a person who likes to help others can get when doing this type of work. For example Lionheart Care Serives are currently recruiting care assiatnts who can earn aything from £13,520 a year to £28,080 depending on experience and hours worked. While their practice nurses having graduated can earn anything
 from £33,280 to £45,760 per year.

 According Skills for Care, the leading development body to help employers train and get people the skills to work in social care, those 1.52 million already working in this sector are very happy indeed. They claim that 88 per cent of people said they were happy in their jobs. A further 96 per cent felt their work makes a difference and a massive 99 per cent agreed that they like
 feeling they help people.

 These basic goals are all you really need before embarking on a career in social care – as you may not always need formal qualifications to begin with. Once you start out in any number of roles available in social care (see list right) there will be plenty of opportunities to acquire more skills, training and qualifications depending on how far you want to take your career.

 Perhaps the first step is speaking to an advisor at your local Jobcentre, a careers advisor or your local college to see what is available in your area. The Skills for Care website have launched a ‘Think Social Care’ initiative to help people who are considering entering this sector.

 There is practical support and training for people who are worried that they might not have the right skills or attitude, as well as a short pre-employment course to give you a good idea of what it would be like to work in adult social care. All training should lead to a qualification and you can then access online vacancies on sites such as to start applying for jobs.

 Apprenticeship packages are also available to anyone aged 16 or over who is staring or has already begun a career in social care. 

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