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Within the social care sector, there is huge opportunity to train and develop your skills.

Most roles provide many mandatory and non-mandatory training opportunities. If you’re thinking about working in social care but don’t have any experience or qualifications, this isn’t a problem – your induction and ongoing training and development will teach you everything you need to know.

This page helps you understand the training opportunities to start and progress your career in social care.

Training when you start your career

The training you will receive when starting a career in social care depends on the role you choose. Training may be online, in classrooms or one-to-one.

Starting a Direct Care Role

If you're new to social care, most direct care roles will require you to complete an induction to develop the skills and knowledge you need. This can include many types of training:

  • The Care Certificate: This qualification sets out the key skills you need to develop. Your employer will assess you and once you pass, you will receive a certificate that you can take with you if you change jobs.
  • First Aid and Basic Life Support: what to do in an emergency
  • Safeguarding adults or children: protecting vulnerable people from abuse and neglect.
  • Mental Capacity Act: understanding the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and its impact
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS): understanding DOLS and their impact
  • Moving and Handling: reducing the risk of injury when moving objects or people 

Training to Progress Your Career

Once you've had your induction and you're working in care, the importance of training and development doesn't end there. To progress your career, Skills for Care advises you:

  • Do qualifications: Take advantage of over 50 vocational qualifications in Adults Social Care which can develop your skills for the next level. For example, the core qualification for a manager is . Enrolling on to an Adult Social Care Apprenticeship can also develop the skills and knowledge you need to progress your career.
  • Do training: In most roles there will be mandatory training but using any opportunities for additional training at work will help you to develop and widen your skill set. Outside of work, there are also opportunities to train by enrolling on to a course at the college or on the internet.
  • Have the right attitude and show willingness to learn: Take all the opportunities to learn and train that you can and make sure your line manager is aware you want to progress so they can help you. 

If you have a specific role in mind, head over to the Careers Tree to see what kind of training you need.

Adult Social Care Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes which are funded by the government. They allow you to develop the skills and confidence in to work in different areas of Adult Social Care. They include: 

  • work experience
  • a nationally recognised qualification
  • a paid wage

Where can I do an apprenticeship locally?

There are many apprenticeship opportunities in Herefordshire. You can check out some of these training providers:

  • Hoople: A range of health and social care apprenticeships ranging from level 2 to 5. Click here for more information and current opportunities.
  • County Training: Level 2 and 3 apprenticeships across Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford. Click here for more information and current opportunities.

You can also speak to your local school, college or Jobcentre Plus for support  in finding an Apprenticeship or visit the Herefordshire Council website.

For more information on apprenticeships, follow this link to our Career Tree.