Health and Social care is a popular industry for apprenticeships, with a record number of 40,000 applications for social care roles last year- double that of the year before. Hillingdon Training offer a wide range of apprenticeships to school and college leavers across London and the South East, and with many roles available in this sector we caught up with them to find out more.

Why are Health and Social care apprenticeships so popular at the moment?

The Health and Social Care sector is steadily expected to grow in size of employees, needing a minimum of 2 million workers by 2025, giving potential apprentices great potential for a career in a growing sector.

What are the different roles that I could be working in?

Care Assistant or Worker
Typically this involves working with people who are extremely sick, impaired in some way physically or mentally, or who are elderly and unable to fully take care of themselves.

Personal Assistant
this involves helping to provide clients with compassionate, considerate assistance with their hygiene, exercise, medication and communication. Personal care assistants are usually supervised by a registered nurse (RN) and may be assigned extra duties such as ordering medical supplies.

Support Worker - Supported Living
this involves helping clients who face a disability or a life-threatening disease or a social problem, such as inadequate housing, unemployment, or substance abuse.

Substance Misuse Workers
These roles involve assessing and treating individuals with mental illness or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.

What do you have to do on a day to day basis?

Typical roles involve assisting and moving people who use the services, working both long shifts and irregular shift patterns as across the health and social care sectors provision of care has to be available twenty four hours a day, undertaking personal care which includes assistance with dressing, feeding, washing and toileting, as well as advice, encouragement and emotional and psychological support. It's tough, but rewarding!

Do I need any qualifications to apply?

There are no formal entry conditions for this framework. This apprenticeship is ideal for you if you are caring, compassionate, calm, positive, gentle, flexible and adaptable. You should have a genuine desire to help others who are in need of support and care.

Potential apprentices should however be willing to undergo an enhanced CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check. Employers in social care and in the health sector carry out CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) checks, as this is a requirement for those working in the sectors, and certain offences may disqualify potential apprentices from employment in these sectors and thus automatically preclude them from completing the framework.

Potential apprentices should therefore discuss any relevant matters with their employer prior to enrolment.

Does it provide me with enough experience/qualifications to get a good job after completion?

It gives apprentices extensive opportunities to gain employment in the social care sector as well as in some health care roles. Health and Social Care is not an easy industry to get in to. The Health and Social Care apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to get your foot on to the ladder.

What's type of career could I have after completing an apprenticeship?

Apprentices can also move to other parts of the sector, for example an apprentice specialising in learning disabilities can take a dementia qualification if their job role changes or if they wish to follow career ambitions in another part of the sector. Other progression opportunities could be to become Care manager trainees, Outreach Workers, Social Care Workers, etc.

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