Health and care

Health and care is something we often take for granted, but couldn’t cope without. People who work in health and care go home at the end of the week with more than just a paycheque. They know their work helps other people and makes our society a better place.

It takes more than doctors to keep our health service running. Apprenticeships could lead into a range of careers in health care, including dispensing medicines in a pharmacy, giving eye tests, working as a dental nurse and many more.

Looking after people in hospital isn’t the only type of care. Many disabled people and older people, for example, need support in their own home or in the community – this is known as social care.

The care system is set to change a lot over the coming years as the UK population ages. But the very young need looking after too – as more parents go out to work, there’s a growing demand for trained childcare providers.

In such a large sector, working environments and the skills you need will vary. Technical and scientific knowledge is important in some areas – if you work as a pharmacist, for example. In youth work or social care, by contrast, your people skills are all-important.

There are several Higher Apprenticeships available in the Health & Care sector. If you fancy working as a nurse, physiotherapist, radiographer, podiatrist, speech and language therapist or occupational therapist, the Assistant Practitioner apprenticeship will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to work in one of these role. Alternatively, the Care Leadership and Management apprenticeship is ideal for taking the next step in a career in adult social care and is designed for anyone aspiring to a more senior role, perhaps as a manager or specialist practitioner. The new Dental practice manager apprenticeship will prepare for a role managing all non-clinical aspects within a specific practice, while the new Dental technician role is a laboratory-based position that requires great manual dexterity and a certain degree of creativity.

At a glance

  • Higher apprenticeships available – see Assistant Practitioner, Care Leadership and Management, Dental Practice Manager
  • Working in Health & Care is about more than just a paycheque – it helps other people and makes society a better place

Qualities

  • Have good communication skills
  • Be presentable
  • Be able to interact with people from all walks of life
  • Enjoy helping other people
  • Be polite and tactful
  • Be reliable, responsible and trustworthy
  • Be well organised

Useful contacts

The Building Futures Group – Representing the property, housing, cleaning, facilities management and parking sectors

www.buildingfuturesgroup.com

Skills for Care and Development – Sector Skills Council for people providing social work, social care and children’s and early years services

www.skillsforcareanddevelopment.org.uk

Skills for Care – Workforce development body for adult social care

www.skillsforcare.org.uk

Skills for Health – Sector Skills Council for the UK health sector

www.skillsforhealth.org.uk

Skills for Justice – Sector Skills Council for justice, planning, community safety and legal services

www.sfjuk.com

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