Social Care Industry Guide

An insight into apprenticeships in the health and social care industry from Skills from Care

Adult social care is all about providing personal and practical support to help people live their lives to the full. It’s about supporting them to help them maintain their independence, dignity and control.

The sector supports anyone over the age of 18 who has a disability, a mental illness, substance abuse problem, or, for the growing number of elderly people, age-related conditions.

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Jobs and career paths available in the health and social care sector

There are lots of different job roles available in this sector, including front line staff who work directly with people that have support needs, people who specialise in areas such as dementia or learning disabilities, and more senior roles: managing services, leading teams and planning support.

There are also non-traditional care roles such as chefs, maintenance and administration roles. A career in social care can be extremely rewarding – in a recent survey 96% of care workers said they felt their work really makes a difference.

The temperament and attitude needed to work in health and social care

To work in adult social care you have to be passionate about making a difference to someone’s life. You’ve got to enjoy working with other people, and be able to show compassion and listening skills.

Adult social care is a growing sector which offers high job security and increasing opportunities for progression. Currently employing 1.63 million people, it’s estimated that by 2025 another one million workers will be needed in the sector.

Do you fancy doing an apprenticeship or school leaver programme in health and social care?

It doesn’t matter about your background, how old you are or your academic qualifications; somewhere in your community there’s a job that you can do to help others. An Apprenticeship is a great way to get into the sector and gain nationally-recognised qualifications.

Starting as an social care apprentice, you would learn the skills and knowledge needed to be a confident care worker, as well as earning you the qualifications to move up the career ladder.

You can progress to a higher apprenticeship, which is equivalent to the second year at higher education level. You could then take your study further and gain a degree qualification.