You could apply directly and do training while in the job. You’ll find it useful to have experience of working with people.
Some employers may expect you to have GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths, or equivalent qualifications.
- sensitivity and understanding
- the ability to work well with others
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- customer service skills
- a desire to help people
- excellent verbal communication skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
- getting to know clients and their interests and needs
- helping with personal care like washing, using the toilet and dressing
- food preparation, feeding and giving out medication
- carrying out general tasks like housework, laundry and shopping
- helping clients manage their budget, pay bills and write letters
- going with clients to and from a residential home
- supporting families with new caring responsibilities
- giving emotional and practical support to children and young people
- working with other health and social care professionals to provide individual care and development plans
- helping to organise leisure activities
You could progress to a more senior role, managing people or services.
As your career develops, you can move on to higher level qualifications, such as a foundation degree, social work degree or Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care.