You don’t need any previous qualifications to become a care and support worker – you will be supported in the workplace to develop your experience and skills. Employers provide essential training and they also offer support to gain recognised qualifications. The qualifications are work-based and recognised by all employers within health and social care.
It’s worth doing some research into the employers you may be interested in applying to and checking their website for details on training and development and to see if they have the vision and values you’re looking for. If they are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) they will also have an inspection report and other information on their website.
Trainee Nurse Associates
The Trainee Nursing Associate is a highly trained support role to deliver effective, safe and responsive nursing care in and across a wide range of health and care settings. Nursing Associates work independently, and with others, under the leadership and direction of a Registered Nurse within defined parameters, to deliver care in line with an agreed plan. To find out more about Trainee Nurse Associates click here: Trainee Nurse Associates
Have you just completed your A-Levels? Are you considering training to be a Nursing Associate? Please click here to find out information on UCAS entry and the Apprenticeship Route.
With further training and development, care and support worker roles can lead to career development opportunities such as:
Working in a specialist area, e.g. dementia, learning difficulties, physical or sensory impairment, end of life care
Team leader or management roles
Moving into support areas, for example as a trainer or advisor
Regulated roles like social work, nursing or counselling.
Adult Community Learning resources in your local boroughs
Each borough offers a wide range of day time and evening adult learning courses to improve your job prospects, develop new skills and confidence, learn English, or build your confidence. Some courses lead to qualifications, some don't and the variety of courses on offer means there is something for everyone, so check out your local provision.
City and Islington College offers a range of health and social care courses from entry to degree level, with full and part-time options. They have excellent links with local employers, which allows students to get fantastic work experience and placement opportunities. Visit the City and Islington College website for full details.
Westminster Kingsway College, College of Haringey, Enfield & North East London, plus Barnet and Southgate College all offer a range of health and social care courses from entry to Level 3, with full and part-time options. They have excellent links with local employers, which allows students to get fantastic work experience and placement opportunities. Visit the Westminster Kingsway College website for full details. https://www.westking.ac.uk
Barnet and Southgate College offers a large and vibrant community that benefits you as you prepare for the workplace or university. Health and Social Care courses are offered as part or full time. Visit the college’s website for more details: https://barnetsouthgate.ac.uk/
London Metropolitan University offers a range of health and social care courses, from Level 5 to Level 8, with full and part-time options. Visit the London Metropolitan University website for more details. https://www.londonmet.ac.uk
Middlesex University offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, from Levels 5 to 8, in health and social care, including Healthcare Sciences, Mental Health, Midwifery, Nursing and Social Work. On social work courses, you can build a solid understanding of the theory and practice of changing people’s lives. Our qualifying courses feature a 170-day placement where you’ll get experience with London’s leading local authorities. You’ll be supported every step of the way by teaching sessions and interactive seminars from expert tutors. https://www.mdx.ac.uk
If you are currently working in care and health and would like further information to help you understand what qualification would be right for you or your work setting, visit Skills for Care and Health Education England.