Career Pathways

Career Pathways

New to Social Work?

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You don’t necessarily have to have worked in care before.  What is most important is your values and attitude to working with people who need care and support.  Find out more about the values, beliefs and attitudes required for care workers.

If you are new to working in care, the first step as part of your induction is to obtain your Care Certificate.  This supports 15 standards of care and demonstrates your knowledge and competency.   

After this the next step would be a level 2 qualification which could be via an apprenticeship.  This is a great way of learning on the job from more experienced workers, while being paid. 

Looking to Progress?

There are a range of different job roles you can progress to. 

These may include:

  • Senior care worker
  • Health care assistant
  • Occupational therapy assistant
  • Mental Health Support Worker

There are a range of qualifications you can take and progress your career.  This may be a higher level apprenticeship, or it may be specialist training in your area of expertise.  This includes certificates or diplomas which can be obtained through the local colleges.

A Management Role?

Whatever your role in management, whether it is your first role, or you are looking to progress your management career, there are apprenticeships or higher level degrees available to support your development.

Find out more on the Skills for Care website