What qualifications should a carer have?

You want to become a carer but don’t know how? We summarised all the possible ways for you!

In times of social distancing and isolation, there is more need to support each other. So what better job could there be than working with those in need of help to master their daily life? If you agree, then becoming a carer might just be for you. 

We at White’s Training Services would love to help you achieve your dream by offering carers the support and qualifications they need. Once you have decided to become a carer, we will help you with our expertise every step of the way. But what qualifications do you need to become a carer? In this blog, we summarised the most important information for you!

What would I do as a carer?

As a carer, you are working with people who can’t perform everyday tasks such as the elderly or people with disabilities. You are there to support them in every aspect of their lives and make it easier for them. Since you’ll be working with a variety of people, no day looks the same. Every person has different needs and that makes the job as a carer varied. You will need to be trustworthy, reliable and work with integrity, as part of the role could be supporting people with their money or medication. It is a very important job and one of the most rewarding career paths you can take. It also doesn’t stop there – the opportunities in the Health and Social Care sector are endless.

How can I become a carer?

There is more than one way to become a carer. First of all, it is not necessary to have formal  qualifications such as GCSEs, A-Levels or degrees. This makes it possible to commence an Apprenticeship in Health & Social Care at the age of 16 or over, although you will not be able to work unsupervised until the age of 18 , or you may be a mature person who wishes to change your career path, whatever way you choose we can support you. The minimum standard for someone starting in the Health and Social Care sector is completing the Care Certificate. If you want to undertake further career-oriented training, a Diploma in Health and Social Care would be the next progression on from the Care Certificate. It is a non-exam-based certification and can be acquired without having any previous experience in Health and Social Care. If you are already working in the Social Care sector, you can also acquire a Level 3 Diploma after completing Level 2. These certifications can help you keep updated on newest developments and practices.

What are my career prospects? 

A junior carer is likely to receive around £14,000 a year. The longer you work and the more certifications you have, the more money you can get. This can be a salary between £18,000 and £24,000. 

How can White’s Training Services help me become a carer? 

White’s Training offers Mandatory Training which is aligned to the Care Certificate. It consists of 15 Standards including themes such as Mental Health, Dementia, Learning Disability, Health and Safety, and Infection Control. On average, the course doesn’t take longer than three days and it can be delivered both virtually or face to face. After completing the course, you’ll receive an awareness certificate. White’s also offers Additional Mandatory and Specialist Training Courses. Depending on where and with whom you work, you might need some special training. We offer a wide range of additional courses, from Dementia Awareness to Fire Safety.  

If you need any more information or want to take part in one of our courses, get in touch with White’s Training today. We are very much looking forward to hearing from you!