Jobs and Careers Autumn 2017 - 105
ROLES IN CARE
A highly qualified role in which you
work to resolve emotional health
issues of both adults and children.
Requires a degree approved by the
British Psychological Society, followed
by further accredited qualifications.
Salary: From £26,302 (NHS trainee)
HOUSING POLICY OFFICER
Develop housing policies for local
authorities and housing associations.
Applicants need a relevant degree,
such as town planning or social policy.
Salary: From £22,000
PRIMARY CARE GRADUATE
MENTAL HEALTH WORKER
Provides help to adults coping
with mental health issues such as
anxiety. A common entry-level role
for those wishing to progress within
mental health services, requiring
a degree in counselling, nursing,
psychology or social work.
Salary: From £19, 217
career. One of its advantages is its
ﬂexibility, meaning it can suit a
range of lifestyles - for instance,
if you want to ﬁt it around your
family's needs or another job.
Working with the elderly may not
seem like the obvious choice for a
young person. However, if you can
demonstrate an aptitude to caring
and are enthusiastic and willing to
learn, many clients really appreciate
having a young person around to
help them, particularly if they don't
usually get to interact with diﬀerent
age groups on a day to day basis.
You don't need any speciﬁc
qualiﬁcations to work in the care
sector, but they will help you to
progress in your career. You can
often do more training while you're
working, perhaps taking Regulated
Qualiﬁcations Framework exams in
health and social care. Lower level
qualiﬁcations are designed for care
workers, with higher levels intended
for senior practitioners or managers.
If you're over 16, a so-called "earn
and learn" apprenticeship will give
you an all-round learning experience
in social care. At the end, you'll
have a qualiﬁcation that will stand
you in good stead when it comes to
ﬁnding a paid job in the sector.
You'll work alongside experienced
staﬀ, gaining the skills and knowledge
you need to be a competent and
conﬁdent worker. Some care providers,
such as companies running homes
and home carer schemes, have set up
their own apprenticeships, which can
lead to jobs within the company.
Anyone over 16 years of age and not
in full-time education can apply for an
apprenticeship - it doesn't matter if
you're just leaving school, have been
working for years or are seeking to
start a new career - and there's no
upper age limit. Most apprenticeships
last up to two years and are workbased, which means you can develop
those important practical skills.
BTEC apprenticeships have two
levels - intermediate and advanced -
and involve a placement in a care home
for one to two years while you study for
a qualiﬁcation. You will usually need
GCSEs in English and maths. Previous
caring experience or a proven interest
in helping and supporting others
is also desirable. If you've already
taken an intermediate or advanced
level apprenticeship and want to
build and develop your skills and
knowledge, you may want to consider
a higher or degree apprenticeship.
All care workers are legally required
to have a Disclosure & Barring Service
(DBS) check, formerly known as a
Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.
However, only employers and licensing
bodies can request a DBS check - job
applicants can't apply for a criminal
records check on themselves. Your
employer will give you the details.
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