Reading through this ThinkCareCareers website can help you better understand what care career opportunities there are available. Whilst Skills for Care is not a recruitment agency, we hope the information will help you to approach employers and be in a good position to highlight to them your understanding of care roles and how you would be a good employee for their organisation.
As you look for work, you will come across some organisations who have very stringent requirements as to who they are looking to employ. Some of these care organisations may be looking simply to employ people who already have considerable care experience and qualifications. If you do not believe you have what they are looking for, give them a call and ask – this is much quicker than applying for a role and waiting to hear back. If you are suitable, you have already established an initial relationship with the employer and if you are not, you have saved time writing out an application form or sending them your CV.
Whilst some care organisations advertise jobs online or via Jobcentre Plus, many do not due to the costs involved. Some use recruitment agencies whilst others advertise directly in local newspapers or on their own websites. The Care Quality Commission lists a lot of care organisations across England and you may want to use information like this to approach employers directly.
If you are not currently working, you could enquire with the Jobcentre Plus or local colleges to see if they offer any introductory training (such as the Level 1 Award in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care). Sometimes government funding is made available to such organisations to offer courses like this which provides a background to the care role.