What qualifications do you need?
All health and care workers need a few core skills, for example English and basic number skills. You need to be able to do everyday tasks like communicating, counting medication, making notes and using a computer. You will also need skills in team work and problem solving. You will often be tested on these skills at interview.
Learning on the job
The Care Certificate shows the minimum standards that should be covered as part of induction training for people new to health and care. Your employer will also make sure you are kept up to date with the latest legislation and best practice relevant to your role.
You may choose to do additional formal qualifications depending on your area of work or chosen career path, for example NVQs. Your employer will often work with a training provider to ensure you are learning the right skills and working towards the right qualifications. Western Training Provider Network (WTPN) has a list of local training providers.
If you already have NVQs in health and social care and have some experience already, there are even more opportunities for you to progress your career.
Apprenticeships are government funded work-based training programmes for people aged 16 and over. They can be for new or existing employees and are a great way to enter a career. Read more about apprenticeships on www.getingofar.gov.uk
Higher level qualifications
Once you are working in a care and support role, you can choose to progress along a wide range of career paths including degree level professional qualifications.