Breaking down the barriers to working in adult social care

If you have a question about working in adult social care, we recommend that you always use a trusted source to find your answers.  This is because so many barriers we hear of just don’t exist; and we find it hard to think that people could be put off joining us in our mission to make a difference to people’s lives, due to these common misunderstandings.

The adult social care sector welcomes a diverse range of people who share the same genuine common goal – to help others. It’s time to push aside misunderstandings about working in adult social care and make way for the truth!

If you are a school leaver, we would love to hear from you!

We want more young people to join this amazing sector and help change people’s perception.

When people think about the minimum age for someone working in care, some often fall into the trap of basing their knowledge on having seen an older workforce in the past. We need to break this cycle!

There are no minimum age requirements, but some rules do apply to those under the age of 18. The government states that everyone between the ages of 16-18, who does not to want to remain in full-time education, must start an apprenticeship or traineeship, or spend at least 20 hours a week working or volunteering while in part-time education or training until you reach 18.

Some of the benefits of choosing an apprenticeship in adult social care include flexibility in working patterns, and the fact that many apprentices are often offered permanent roles with their organisation.

Find out more about adult social care apprenticeships here, ‘Apprenticeships are for everyone. Yes, that includes you!

Volunteering is a potential route into adult social care.

Volunteering in the adult social care sector is incredibly rewarding. You get an insight into what it involves helping you to make up your mind whether it’s for you or not. And, along the journey you get to meet the most inspirational people.

As you receive training and daily support to help you gain valuable experience and to increase your confidence. So many volunteers go on to develop an immense sense of achievement and this sparks a passion they didn’t know existed, a passion to help others live their best lives.

With this on your CV, you’re bound to stand out!

Men make amazing carers.

Society is used to seeing mainly females working in care, men can be put off from applying – don’t be. The truth is that there is a place for everyone in adult social care, all we ask is that you are compassionate, caring, patient, good at listening and have a good sense of humour. Male carers make up an important proportion of the carers whose job it is to look after elderly and disabled people in the UK. It is therefore vital to ensure that men apply for carer positions.

It’s time to change this outdated misconception. Help us challenge the gender!

Damian works as a senior care coordinator at The Garth Care Home

You don’t need specific qualifications to work in adult social care.

There are some roles that require certain qualifications, for example counsellors or therapists. But there are lots where your values, personality and qualities shine brighter than any certificate. And when you do start work, you will discover many training opportunities, allowing you to further your career.

You have great earning potential.

Don’t be put off by thinking that the pay is poor. The wage you will earn depends on your role – AND there are so many roles to choose from! Although you may start on the national living wage, there are many roles with the potential to earn higher salaries. The world is your oyster if you are willing to train and develop your skills!

Find out more about working in the adult social care sector by heading over to our FAQs page. You can also read some amazing stories from the people who work in care on our website too. If you have any questions, get in touch with us. We’re here to help.