Courses to build your confidence and your career in adult social care

There are lots of opportunities to develop yourself and progress in adult social care – this could be through mentoring, training or qualifications.

If you’re looking to start a career in social care, you don’t necessarily need any qualifications – what’s really important is your values and what you’re like as a person. However, you might want to do some short courses or elearning to help you prepare.  

Once you start working in adult social care, your employer should give you full training as part of your induction, and you should be supported to develop throughout your career with them.

But if you’re keen to learn and want to develop, you might choose to do additional courses in your spare time.

If you’re not sure what training’s right for you, Me Learning, one of our endorsed learning providers, share with us what type of courses you could do.

“A career in caring is a fulfilling and rewarding one, it can also be emotionally challenging. But with the right training, career progression can be imminent and something to look forward to.

At Me Learning we think one of the best things about life is that we always have the opportunity to keep learning. More so today as we’re living in the golden age of information and whatever we need to know is now readily available at our fingertips.

It’s perfectly okay not to know everything as long as you can find what you need to continuously learn.

Every social care course is designed to build your knowledge and confidence. Imagine yourself at a job interview where you no longer feel under pressure because you already have the knowledge the role requires. This makes a huge difference when talking to potential employers and your awareness of the role could make them remember you.

Once you develop a core understanding of ‘the fundamentals of caring’ it’ll become part of your daily working life. So, no matter where you choose to begin your career, whether it be a personal assistant, a support worker or a kitchen assistant, you’ll have the transferable skills to adapt, to keep growing, and keep progressing.

What type of course is best for you?

If you’re new to a care worker role, we’d suggest a courses that teaches you about your overall ‘duty of care’. This will give you a complete understanding of the moral and legal obligations involved in ensuring the safety and well-being of others. Duty of care courses cover various factors and scenarios you should be prepared for in your role, from managing conflicts to understanding the health and safety legislation.

If you choose to work with the elderly, pick a course that teaches you how to support people with specific health and medical conditions, such as dementia to diabetes. You’ll also need to know about nutrition and fluids, which are covered in food safety courses.

If you’re thinking about working in nursing, an important part of the role involves keeping good records. Keeping clear, honest, accurate, and timely records demonstrates the practical application of your knowledge and skills, it provides evidence of your work activity and helps keep those who are in your care safe. A course in record keeping will cover what kind of records you should keep, why it’s important, what the principles are, and the difference between good and bad record keeping.

Whichever area you choose to start in, also invest in your personal development plan (PDP) as this will help you further your career in adult social care. A PDP helps you to identify where you want to be and how you can achieve it. PDP courses use case studies and videos to show you how to set workplace goals, how to expand core skills and the benefits of feedback.

Don’t forget about The Care Certificate

Whilst a career in care doesn’t require formal qualifications, all new care workers in England should do the Care Certificate as part of their induction – these are a set of standards that you’ll need to adhere to in your daily work.

It will help you gain a deeper understanding of the skills and knowledge you need to provide high quality care and support, including communicating with tact, remaining calm under pressure, and your health and safety responsibilities.

Carry on learning to keep on growing

There are lots of opportunities to keep on growing in the sector, which can help you to progress into senior and managerial roles.

You might want to do training to develop your knowledge, for example around risk assessments or medication awareness. Or you could do a formal adult social care qualification.”