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Expected to earn

The starting pay is around £10.42 and can increase to £12.50.

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 enabler 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.

What roles can I do to gain experience?

Volunteering or work experience
Care Assistant

Opportunities to develop

You will complete a full induction training 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. You will receive on going mandatory training and you might also receive specific social care training such as Infection Control or Dementia awareness

What's next

Senior Care Assistant

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