Everyone working in social care needs English, number, digital and employability skills including team work and problem solving skills. What core skills do I need to work in social care outlines some of the skills you need and has short activities to help you think about transferable skills from your previous experiences.
There are also some specific skills needed to work in this role. These include:
- a good knowledge of social care and health
- excellent presentation skills
- ability to motivate others.
You usually need to have some experience in a training or teaching role and might need a relevant qualification such as an Award in Education and Training or an Assessor Award.
It might also be useful to have some experience working in social care and health, and have a social care qualification such as a Diploma in Health and Social Care.
It’s also really important that you have the right values and behaviours to work in social care, as you’ll be responsible for managing a team and leading by example.
If you’re interested in working as a trainer or assessor, there’s lots of advice about finding a role on the Starting your career page. You could look online or in your local newspaper to find vacancies, or you might want to contact local care providers to ask them directly.
If you’re currently working in social care, speak to your employer about opportunities to progress into training roles. You could take on extra responsibilities of training a small team in one aspect of care, such as moving and handling or first aid, to gain some experience before progressing into a full time role as a trainer.
If you’ve completed qualifications yourself you could become an assessor and support others through their qualifications.
When you start in your role you should do an induction which includes training necessary for your role.
When in your role you could do a vocational qualification to develop your skills as a trainer or assessor. Read more from The Education and Training Foundation about specific qualifications and training.
You might want to progress into a training management role in your organisation, or you could move to work in a provider who delivers training to different organisations.
You might also choose to specialise in one particular area of care such as end of life or autism care, and you could become a trainer or assessor in that area. Read more on the Job roles in social care page.