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The Top 3 Ways into the Care Profession



The care profession is one of the most rewarding professions you can work in and it’s also one of the most accessible.


But how do you get into the care sector? Our top 3 paths are: volunteering, apprenticeships, or through recruitment firm.


In this blog, we go into detail on those paths, whether you'll need qualifications, and how we can help you start your career in care.


Do I need qualifications?


Although qualifications help, they aren’t necessary to work in care.


In fact, through working in care, you can actually earn a variety of qualifications, such as the QCF qualification levels 2, 3 and 5.


To work in the care sector, it’s more about the type of person you are and the skills you have intrinsically, or have gained through other jobs.


If you’re a people person, driven by the desire to help others, you already have two of the most important qualities needed in care work, so don’t let qualifications put you off!


How Can I Get Started?


We’ve listed our best paths into care work below.


1. Volunteering


If you’re unsure about wanting to pursue a career in care, volunteering is a good way to test the waters.


By giving your free time to a local organisation, you’ll be able to find out whether care work is for you, but also gain real world experience and knowledge at the same time, better equipping you for future job interviews should you decide to continue down the care path.


This option is good for both younger people just starting their professional careers, or those who already have a career, but are considering a change.


2. Apprenticeships


Depending on your situation, apprenticeships can be an excellent way into the care profession.


Another way to get quality, hands-on experience, apprenticeships are excellent for younger people to get a taste of the care sector, while also earning a wage.


3. Contact a Recruitment Firm


Perfect for anyone considering a career in care, a recruitment firm can help young people get their start, experienced care workers take the next step in their career, and those who are looking to change professions.


How Care First UK Can Help?


At Care First UK, we’ve been helping candidates find the perfect job since 2015.


With over 30 years’ total experience, including 14 years in the health care sector at a provider level, we know what it takes to work in care.


We pride ourselves on taking the personal approach, we don’t just look at your CV and match it to a position, we get to know the person behind the CV and what makes them tick, so we can find you the perfect match.


We want our candidates to feel confident throughout the process, so we will guide you through each step ourselves and we'll be there to celebrate your successes with you, as well as help talk through any obstacles.


To find your perfect placement, contact us today by emailing recruitment@carefirstuk.co.uk, or calling 01202 854777 Monday to Friday, and 07785 331104 or 07810 349555 evenings and weekends.



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