Support more people into work this National Careers and Apprenticeship Week

We’re celebrating National Careers and National Apprenticeship Week, and want to help you promote careers in social care.

The adult social care sector will need up to 650,000 more workers by 2035 to meet growing demand, and with lots of different roles and plenty of opportunities to progress, social care is a great choice for your students or jobseekers who are thinking about their career.

Below are some of the ways we can help you to provide informed career information, and some of the routes people can take into care. 

Bring social care to life

I Care…Ambassadors are care workers who have been there and have experience in the job they’re promoting. They deliver careers activities, talk about what it’s like working in the sector and can be a great source of information and inspiration to those thinking about their career. 

If you provide advice, training or support to people who are undecided about their career direction, I Care...Ambassadors are passionate about what they do and can add real insight to your work. Request support from an ambassador here.

There’s a wide range of case studies from those working in the sector in many different roles, highlighting how they got into care and the career progression available. View our case studies here.  

We can also send you resources to help you promote care careers. These include leaflets and booklets giving an overview about working in social care, the different job roles available and the routes people can take to start their career. Request your free resources here.

Which route to take?

There are lots of options for people who want to work in adult social care. 

Apprenticeships are great for those new to the sector, to develop their skills and knowledge to become a confident and skilled care worker. Live apprenticeship vacancies can be found at the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) website.

Traineeships are for 16-24 year olds who aren’t in employment. They include work preparation training including CV writing, English and maths support, and a work placement. They are relevant for young people who are motivated to work but aren’t quite ready for permanent employment or an apprenticeship. Search for opportunities here.

A sector routeway includes a learning programme and a work placement. At the end of the routeway, support will be given to find permanent work or do more training. They’re usually set up by a local employment service such as the Jobcentre Plus.

The Graduate Management programme gives graduates the opportunity to gain invaluable experience with forward-thinking health and social care employers. It lasts for one year and includes a health project placement and opportunity to complete two fully-funded leadership and management qualifications. Applications are open until 1 April 2019.

You can find more information about how we can help you promote care careers here. Follow us on social media @skillsforcare #NCW2019 and #NAW2019.