There are lots of ways you can start work in social care, including doing an Apprenticeship, speaking to your local Jobcentre Plus, or applying for roles online.
Volunteering or work experience in a similar role can also help to get you some experience before you start working in social care.
How can I get into social care?
There are lots of ways you couold get into social care. Before you apply, think about what types of roles you'd like to do.
Apply for an advertised job
Jobs might be advertised online, such as Fish4Jobs or Indeed, or in your local newspaper. You could also ring local care providers to see if they have any vacancies, or check out their social media accounts such as Facebook. Your local council might also have social care roles advertised.
Volunteer or do work experience
If you're new to social care and want to find out if it's the right career for you, it might be useful to do some work experience or volunteering. Your school, college or jobcentre might be able to help with this or you could contact organisations directly or look on www.do-it.org to find local volunteering opportunities.
Apply for an Apprenticeship
As a social care apprentice you'll gain work experience, achieve a qualification and earn a wage. Apprenticeships usually last between 12 and 24 monhs and are mainly work based - so you can develop your skills on the job.
They're a great way into the sector for people of all ages and there are different levels depending on your skills and experience. Read more about social care Apprenticeships, including how to find one here.
Join a care sector-routeway
The care sector-routeway is a six week programme run by your local Jobcentre Plus. It's for people who are unemployed and gives you the opportunity to gain a qualification, develop your core skills, do work experience and get a guarenteed job interview at the end.
If you're unemployed and interested in a career in social care, speak to your local Jobcentre Plus to find out more.
Do a traineeship
A traineeship is a programme for 16-23 year olds who aren't in employment but are motivated to work in social care. It'll help you develop the skills, knowledge and values to work in social care whilst gaining work experience. Read more about traineeships, including how to find one here.