Working in adult social care

Working in adult social careAdult social care is all about providing personal and practical support to help people live their lives the way they want. It’s about supporting people to maintain their independence, dignity and control.

A career in social care can be extremely rewarding – in a recent survey 96 per cent of care workers said they felt their work really makes a difference.

Adult social care is a growing sector and one that offers increasing opportunities for progression.

If you are a good listener, able to communicate well, and are looking for a career which makes a positive difference to other people’s lives, then a career in adult social care could be for you.

There are lots of different types of jobs in adult social care, it just depends what you’re interested in and what role best suits your skills. You could be working in a hospital, in a care home, out in the community or visiting people’s homes.

It doesn’t matter about your background, how old you are or your academic qualifications; somewhere in your community there’s a job that you can do to help others.

Roles in adult social care

Some of the types of roles available in adult social care are:

Care workers: front line staff who work with all types of service users (people who need support and care) to assist with their care, comfort and well-being.

Occupational therapists: assess service users’ conditions and come up with solutions to prevent disability and promote independence.

Technicians: supply and maintain equipment which supports service users and helps them to live more independent lives.

First line managers: manage the day to day running of social care services, supporting and training staff, and maintaining standards of practice.

Senior managers, including directors and chief executives: responsible for developing strategies for care organisations and services.

Apprenticeships in adult social care

An apprenticeship is one way to start a career in social care.  A combination of on and off the job training and learning, adult social care apprentices work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills, getting paid whilst working towards a number of qualifications and gaining experience.

Anyone living in England, over 16 years-old and not in full-time education can apply for an apprenticeship, whether you are just leaving school, have been working for years or are seeking to start a new career.

Most adult social care apprenticeships last around 12 months and at the end you’ll have gained both experience and recognised qualifications, including a Diploma in Health and Social Care.

Joseph McGowan, who is currently doing an Apprenticeship in social care said,  “I would recommend the apprenticeship programme to anyone interested in health and social care, as it can be tough to get into the sector without the right experience or qualifications.”

Find out more

Visit Skills for Care for further information about working in adult social care, including apprenticeships.