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How can I start work in social care?

There are lots of ways you can start work in social care, including doing an apprenticeship or traineeship, finding a job through your local Jobcentre Plus, or applying for roles online. 

Become an apprentice

If you’re new to social care, an apprenticeship is a great way to gain work experience, achieve a qualification and earn a wage. Apprenticeships usually last between 12 and 24 months and are mainly work based - so you can develop your skills on the job. 

They're a great way into the sector for people of all ages and there are different levels depending on your skills and experience.

Find apprenticeships in your area

Do a traineeship

If you don't feel ready to do an apprenticeship, a traineeship might be a good option for you. They're for 16-24 year olds who aren't in employment, and will help you develop skills such as CV writing, English and maths skills and include a work placement. 

Find a traineeship

Apply for an advertised job 

Use our jobs search section to find the latest job vacancies in the Bath and North East Somerset area...

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Join a care sector-routeway with your local Jobcentre Plus

The care sector-routeway is a six week programme run by your local Jobcentre Plus. It's for people who are unemployed and gives you the opportunity to gain a qualification, develop your core skills, do work experience and get a guaranteed job interview at the end. 

If you're unemployed and interested in a career in social care, speak to your local Jobcentre Plus to find out more

Volunteer or do work experience

If you're new to social care and want to find out if it's the right career for you, it might be useful to do some work experience or volunteering.

Your school, college or jobcentre might be able to help with this or you could contact organisations directly or look on these websites to find local volunteering opportunities:

Community volunteer service