There are a number of ways in which you can become involved in care work whether you are new to social care or are a returning worker.
Firstly, you don’t necessarily need qualifications to become a care worker. What’s really important is that you’re a compassionate, kind and thoughtful person. Your employer might ask that you have qualifications showing good English and numeracy skills such as GCSE A-C in English and Maths. It might also be helpful to have a social care qualification such as a Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care. Don’t worry if you don’t have these qualifications though – if you’re interested, you can work towards them once you start the job.
Work experience and apprenticeships
If you’re new to social care and want to find out if it’s the right career for you, it might be useful to do some work experience or volunteering.
In Surrey our schools, colleges or jobcentre will be able to help with this or you could contact organisations directly. View our resources page for more information
Alternatively, a social care apprenticeship is a great way for people of all ages to gain experience, achieve a qualification and earn a wage. Apprenticeships usually last between 12 and 24 months and are mainly work based – so you can develop your skills on the job.
There are different levels depending on your skills and experience. Read more about social care apprenticeships.