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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:

  • Good verbal, digital, written and numeracy skills
  • Kind, compassionate and empathetic
  • Honest, trustworthy and reliable
  • Respect
  • Courageous and principled
  • See the whole person
  • Flexible, open and learning
  • Proud and positive

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

The care workforce pathway is a new career structure for the adult social care workforce. Take a look to see the behaviours, knowledge and skills. This role covers category A and B.

New to care: role category A

Care or support worker: role category B

There is opportunity to progress into the supervisor or leader: role category C and Practice leader: role category D

You will complete an induction and opportunity to complete the new Level 2 Care Certificate. Opportunity for continuing professional development qualification such as dementia, end of life, autism care, learning disabilities, mental health and more.

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

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