Careers and training opportunities

Start your journey into care

If you would like a career you can be proud of that is rewarding and flexible, then this is the place to discover the career of your dreams and make a difference in your community.

Working in care isn’t all about qualifications, it’s about your values and attitude towards the people you support. If you are motivated by supporting people and helping people to thrive, a role in care may be perfect for you. Your transferable skills and real-life experience could help to make an incredible difference by supporting people who need your help and companionship.

Care and support work can offer flexible working hours that can fit around study or family commitments.

There are many different job roles within care and support depending on your interests, who you want to work with and where you want to work.

The role

Care workers provide support to adults of all ages in the community or a care home setting.

Care workers who work in the community are sometimes called domiciliary carers, which often involves travelling to different people’s homes.

The people you would be caring for could include adults with learning disabilities, physical impairments, dementia or those who need mental health support. Your compassion would enable support people to:

  • Remain living independently in their own homes
  • Live in residential or nursing care homes
  • Be part of their community

Your role may include some personal care (washing, bathing and dressing) and assisting people with their mobility and domestic jobs. It could also involve engaging people with social and physical activities, helping them to access services in their community or communicating with their family.

Female carer advising couple

At Proud to Care we have a great wealth of training and development opportunities for people who enjoy caring for others and seek career progression.

The following resources may help you to find out if you have the right values and attitude to begin a career in care.

Take the adult social care quiz on the Department of Health and Social Care’s Every Day is Different website.

Try the interactive video challenge on the A Question of Care website.

Read the document ‘What values do I need to work in social care?’, produced by Skills for Care. You will also find more information on the different types of care role on their website.