Explore job roles in adult social care

To start your career in adult social care, all you need is the right qualities, rather than specific qualifications. With on-the-job training and ongoing support, starting a career in care has never been easier.

What is adult social care?

To work in adult social care, you’ll need to have good communication skills and a desire to help others.

  • You'll support people who need additional help to live independently.
  • You could support someone in their own home or a residential home, or invite someone to live with you through a Shared Lives scheme.
  • You'll have plenty of opportunity to progress and gain formal qualifications whilst you work. 

Direct care roles

There are many entry-level roles in adult social care, all of them offering on-the-job training to help you develop your skills and confidence whilst you work.

Below are just a few of the roles available:


Experience required

These roles require more experience, in some cases formal qualifications.


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