Support worker Ric, helping a young person to make sandwiches.

Expected to earn

On average you can earn from £10.70 to £11.00 an hour. This can increase depending on the role and experience.

Skills and values

Here are a range of skills and values that are needed to work in care settings. These include:

  • Excellent communication, observational and listening skills
  • Good verbal, digital, written and numeracy skills
  • Treating people with dignity and respect
  • Ability to follow policy and procedures

Entry requirements

Relevant experience is not essential as full training is provided; having the right values is key. If you are caring and compassionate with good communication skills, a care assistant role could be for you. Many people bring their own personal experience of caring, as well as transferable skills and life experience. There are a range of free training courses to support you into employment and to progress your career in care. You can also enter the sector by the direct apprenticeship route.

What roles can I do to gain experience?

Volunteering or Work Experience

Opportunities to develop

You will complete an induction and opportunity to complete the Care Certificate, which will cover a range of areas including safeguarding, communication, privacy and dignity, basic life support, infection prevention and control, and awareness of mental health, dementia, and learning disabilities. Opportunity for continuing professional development qualification such as dementia, end of life or autism care.

You can explore apprenticeships to develop your knowledge and understanding from Level 2 Adult care worker, Level 3 Lead adult care worker, Level 4 Lead practitioner in adult care, these apprenticeships can take from 18 months to complete. Or further apprenticeship or degrees such as the Nursing Associate or Occupational Therapist which can take up to two/three years to complete.

What's next

Senior care assistant
Nursing associate

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