Your Ultimate Guide to a Career in Social Care

Social workers offer help and support to vulnerable or disadvantaged children, adults, and families.

Social Care professionals work to safeguard and improve the lives of individuals or families and play an integral role in public health and well being. Social care apprentices work and study to gain the experiences and qualifications they need to be able to start helping those in need.

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The basics

The work social carers do is varied and there are different roles within social work.

Social workers and carers may work within these remits:

  • Children, family & school
  • Medical & public health
  • Mental health & substance abuse
  • Community
  • Military
  • Office/multiple locations
  • There are different entry routes you can take into the social care industry. One pathway you can take is to enrol in a social care apprenticeship.

Just like an apprenticeship in another industry, a social care apprenticeship involves ‘earning while you learn’. Through an apprenticeship, you can qualify, while getting hands-on experience and earning a living wage.

Social work may not be the first industry that comes to mind for an apprenticeship. However, there are several recognised social care apprenticeships, offering a route into these important social worker roles.

Types of Social Work Apprenticeships

Adult Car Worker

Adult Care Workers are the frontline staff who help adults with care and support needs to achieve their personal goals and live as independently and safely as possible, enabling them to have control and choice in their lives.

Social Worker

Protecting vulnerable children and adults from harm or abuse, and supporting adults to live independently. Social Work is an exciting and fulfilling international profession. Social Workers work in partnership with adults, children, carers, and families in a range of different settings to support and promote positive change in people’s lives in order to improve their wellbeing and independence, and to reduce risk and harm.

Occupational Therapist

Occupational therapists work with people of all ages and can look at all aspects of daily life in your home, school or workplace.

Occupational therapists work across a range of settings, including health, social care, education and other private and voluntary sector organisations. They work with individuals of all ages, including those with physical and mental health conditions, injuries, learning disabilities and palliative care needs, as well as those who are displaced or marginalised from their communities. Occupational therapists also work with families, carers, employers and organisations that support the individual.

Entry requirements?

Each apprenticeship may have its own slightly different entry requirements, but there are some hard and fast rules:

  • You must be at least 16 years old
  • You cannot be in full-time education

GSCE (or equivalent) of A* – C in English and maths may be required for social care apprenticeships of Level 3 and above. You may be able to study for these qualifications as part of your apprenticeship. Some apprenticeships will require five GCSEs A* – C, including maths and English.  In some cases, you will need previous experience as a support worker.

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