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Skills and values

There 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
Admin/HR

What's next

Senior care assistant
Nursing associate

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