It’s no secret that working in care is a hugely rewarding career that attracts people who are motivated to help others. And with workers increasingly valuing job satisfaction and a sense of worth over higher salaries, it’s a career path that is becoming more appealing – particularly as the average Brit works for more than 3500 days of their life.

In this article we’ll look at how working in care makes a positive difference in people’s lives, some of the training available for carers and what career progression looks like in this sector.

Key skills for care workers

As with any career path, good quality training is the key to unlocking the full potential in any employee. But success in this industry requires some important character traits that are inherent in the best carers such as:

  • Empathy
  • Compassion
  • Patience
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Resilience

These are life skills that don’t necessarily come from academic success but from a desire to be the best you can be and help those around you.

Of course, training and qualifications can enhance these attributes. But forging a career in care work doesn’t require a university degree. Anybody with the right attitude and passion for care can succeed and make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable people.

Training and apprenticeships for carers

Learning the ropes and gaining new skills in care work is far more hands-on than in some other careers. While there is an element of classroom work required, it’s a practical role that relies heavily on practical learning opportunities.

Apprenticeships encourage learners to focus on skills and knowledge that can be applied to their role with immediate effect. An apprenticeship is a 360-degree method of upskilling that requires active learning and participation on the part of the learner and can be tailored to the needs of an individual or organisation as required.

And if you thought apprenticeships were just for new starters, think again. Professional development is an ongoing process and those in leadership roles or seeking career progression can benefit from apprenticeships just as much as people who are new to the industry.

Continued professional development leads to a broader range of skills, knowledge and experiences that combine to make you a more rounded carer. And that will naturally result in you providing an even better service.

Career progression in the care sector

Already, there is a huge demand for carers all over the UK and the sector is growing fast. An ageing population means that more carers will be required in the coming years. And that will result in plenty of career progression opportunities for those who want to climb the ladder to become supervisors, care home managers or join senior leadership teams.

Depending on your career goals, apprenticeships are available for roles as:

  • Adult Care Worker
  • Lead Adult Care Worker
  • Lead Practitioner in Adult Care
  • Leader in Adult Care
  • Coaching

All of these roles are vital to the continued success of the UK care sector. And regardless of which of them suits you best, high quality training will enable you to excel in your position and ensure the end result is the best possible care for those who need it most.

Benefits of being a care worker

In addition to the feel-good factor of knowing you are making a difference to people, there are other aspects of care work that benefit those who work in the sector:

  • Flexible working hours: Caring is a 24/7 profession so it’s possible to fit it around other commitments such as family and the school run.

  • A sociable role: You’ll meet and interact with all kinds of people. It’s a job that is great for extroverts with a bubbly personality, but also those who are more reserved but thrive in a one-on-one situation.

  • Variety: No two days are the same.

  • A job for life: People will always require carers.

  • Ongoing training: You’ll learn something almost every day that will help you grow as a person. And regular training is a key part of all roles, so you’ll continue to develop.

  • Helping society: It’s easy to focus just on how you help those you care for. But aside from supporting them to live as comfortably and independently as possible, you’re also assisting their family and friends – and in some cases, the wider community.

Richmond Training

At Richmond Training we’ve been delivering high-quality training and apprenticeships in the care sector for many years.

Our speciality is identifying learning opportunities and delivering tailored outcome-focused training. If you’re a care manager or supervisor looking for ways to improve service levels by helping employees with a genuine passion for care to learn new skills, call 01244 344322 or enquire online.

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