What does it involve?
As a care worker you will be assisting vulnerable people to manage their daily activities so that they can live as independently as possible. This involves providing physical, emotional and social support in a residential home, day centre or in their own home.
- Personal care: dressing, using the toilet and washing
- Socialisation: making conversation, listening and understanding
- Mealtimes: preparing food, feeding and cleaning up
- General tasks: housework, washing and shopping
People who need help because of their illness, frailty, disability or mental health problem who cannot cope without support. This includes children, vulnerable adults and elderly people.
Why become a care worker?
You’ll impact the lives of many and be able to see the direct impact of your work as they open up to you.
There are currently 1.48 million social carers in the UK, with the number rising due to an aging population. This means that care providers are in high demand.
What skills/characteristics do I need?
Among others, the following are key for carers:
- Ability to remain calm under pressure
Do I need qualifications?
No, you don’t usually need qualifications to start your career, since many employers hire based on values and attitude. This is possible because on the job training is provided by most employers. However, some employers may request a C or above in GCSE Maths and English, but many do not. To improve your chances of getting a job you can complete a college course, apprenticeship or university course in health and social care.
How do I become a care provider?
If you’ve been unemployed for 6 months or more Work Routes can help you find a career in the care industry. We can help you build your skills, apply for jobs and support you once you’re in work.
When James joined the Work Routes programme last year he knew that he wanted to work in the care sector. However, he lacked confidence and communication skills, so James’ employment adviser booked him onto training sessions to ensure that he was fully prepared. James also attended employer engagement days to connect with employers in the care sector and see what roles were out there. From here James secured an interview for a care provider role and was successful in obtaining the role. This employer has given him full in-house training to ensure he is comfortable in the role and is able to provide a high quality of care.