You don’t need any qualifications or previous work experience to get a job in care. What’s important are your values and attitude towards working with people who need care and support.


If you’re new to care, an apprenticeship is a great way to gain work experience, achieve a qualification and earn a wage. Apprenticeships usually last between 12 and 24 months and are mainly work based – so you can develop your skills on the job.

They’re a great way into the sector for people of all ages and there are different levels depending on your skills and experience.

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Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • excellent verbal communication
  • basic number skills
  • carry out basic tasks on a computer
  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations

You may be tested on these skills at interview.

Learning on the job

When you start you will get an induction which includes the Care Certificate. This is a set of standards that everyone needs to do their role. Your employer should also ensure you have mandatory training relevant to your role such as fire safety, moving and handling and first aid.

You may choose to do additional formal qualifications depending on your area of work or chosen career path. 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) and Skills for Care both have a list of local training providers.

If you already have qualifications in health and social care and have some experience already, there are even more opportunities for you to progress your career.

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.

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