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Develop your skills

Many roles in adult social care are more about experience, values and qualities than qualifications, but you can still develop your skills with on-the-job training or formal qualifications.

What we look for

While every role requires some core life skills like teamwork and problem solving, it's your values, behaviour and attitude that will set you apart.

So if you're the sort of person who treats others with respect, listens to their needs, understands their emotions, and is warm, kind and honest, then social care could be the career for you.

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What you can learn

Everyone gets a full induction when they start, including any optional training relevant to your role (such as fire safety and first aid). From there, it all depends on how you'd like to help make a difference and who you'll be supporting.

While you work, you can begin informal training or undertake formal qualifications such as a Diploma in Health and Social Care (up to Level 5), or specialist subjects like dementia care, communication skills and team leading.

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How you can progress

No matter where you start or what path you want to take, there are always opportunities to progress and develop in adult social care. Maybe you'd like to work with a different group of people, specialise in a certain area, or take on more responsibility.

Whatever it is, with the right attitude you could soon move into management, and there are over 50 vocational qualifications at all different levels to help you carve a truly rewarding career.

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The right role for you

With full-time and part-time jobs available in your area, you can start making a difference in a way that works for you.

 

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