Accredited Care Worker Training
Before undergoing any care worker training, it's important to understand the role of a care worker and the pathways into social care before investing in any care worker training.
Being a care worker can be a rewarding and fulfilling role for people who care about providing quality care to service users and clients. By the time you've finished reading this page, you'll have the answers to the following:
- What is a care worker?
- What a care worker does?
- Where do care workers typically work?
- The experience and qualifications necessary to be a care worker
- How to get started as a care worker (with little to no experience)
What Is a Care Worker?
A care worker is a person who is employed to support and supervise vulnerable or disadvantaged people, or those under the care of social services.
The main role of a care worker is to provide support to a person in need of care, improving their lives by attending to their specific needs, and assisting them with daily tasks.
You may find yourself working with children, the elderly, or people with disabilities or learning difficulties.
What Do Care Workers Do?
As a care worker, you have a unique opportunity to bring a ray of sunshine into the life of someone that may be isolated and lonely or in pain or distress. You'll be supporting people with many aspects of their day to day living, including social and physical activities, personal care, mobility and meal times.
The work you do can bring peace of mind to family carers that, as much as they would like to, can’t always be there with their beloved mum, dad, grandparent or child.
You can bring hope and inspiration or even just company, kind words and a cup of tea. And at the end of hard day, you will sleep well knowing that you have made a real difference. That’s not a job – it’s a vocation.
Care workers work within many different environments such as residential care homes, inside a person's own home or in a community setting. Care workers who work in the community are sometimes called Domiciliary Care Workers; which often involves traveling to different people's houses.
Roles and Responsibilities
Throughout your day, your role as a care support worker might include several of the following:
- Provide personal care and support to clients with a wide range of needs, illnesses and disabilities.
- To undertake the tasks detailed in the client's care and support plan using a person-centre approach and in the least intrusive way.
- To encourage the independence and motivation of the client and not foster dependent behaviour
- Assist client's wash, bath and shower
- Assist client's dress and undress
- Assist client's to look after their skin, teeth, hair and nails
- Assist client's with toileting, continence management and personal hygiene
Experience and Qualifications
You don't necessarily need any qualifications to become a care worker. But it is important you have the right attitude, values and approach to work in social care.
You may be expected to have some qualifications showing good English and numerical skills such as GCSE A-C in English and Maths.
Equally, it may prove useful to have experience working in a similar role or with vulnerable adults. You could gain this experience through a work placement, from your personal life, or volunteering.
There is usually always a way to translate your life experience into skills and experience into care work.
How to Get Started and Progress
If you're just starting out on the path to become a care or support worker, our accredited care worker training can help.
All new care and support workers are expected to, at a minimum, complete the 15 standards of the care certificate. These are the minimum stands that everyone working in social care needs to know. This usually forms part of your induction training.
However, you may also be expected to complete training necessary for your role such as health and safety, first aid, moving and handling, or specific training such as autism awareness, communication skills or working with people dementia.
There may be other opportunities to progress into more senior positions or you might opt to go into different roles such as an advocacy works, personal assistant or rehabilitation worker.
You should start apply for jobs once you've gone through some of our care worker training. When in your role, you may have the opportunity to do a vocational qualification such as a Diploma in Health and Social Care or a Continuing Professional Development qualification such as dementia, end of life, or autism.
Take your first step towards a rewarding and fulfilling career as a care worker and sign up to our accredited online care worker training.