Maybe you want to help people with mental health issues? Or maybe you want to make a difference to young people in your local community? Care services is all about looking after the most vulnerable people in society and making a positive impact on their lives.

What is a care services apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship in care services is a practical, work-based route into your chosen career. You will gain the qualifications and skills to work in the field while earning a salary and not paying tuition fees.

You could be making a difference to the lives of people with mental health conditions, learning difficulties, older people, or children and families, to name a few.

Career opportunities from a care services apprenticeship

An apprenticeship in the industry can lead to a range of careers, including a:

A day in the life of a Public Health apprentice

Ash is a public health apprentice at Bristol City Council.
Up to £27,000
Average salary for a care worker
According to Reed, correct as of December 2022
Over 1.5 million
The number of people working in adult social care in England
GOV.UK, correct as of January 2023

Chris Walsall, degree social worker apprentice at Walsall Council

To get this place I had to go through a rigorous process, but I think that demonstrates the personal resilience you’ll need to be a social worker. I’d highly recommend taking the apprenticeship route because the combination of theory and application enriches your knowledge.

Ash, public health apprentice at Bristol City Council

University wasn’t exactly for me. I would always prefer a different blended experience of on and off the job learning, as well as earning a wage at the same time. I’m glad I chose a public health apprenticeship as it’s definitely the right place to tackle health inequalities.
Pros
  • You’ll truly be making a difference to people's lives.
  • You’ll get to meet lots of types of people.
  • Every day is different and brings its own challenges.
Considerations
  • Some roles require shift work or unsociable hours.
  • Working life can be unpredictable.
  • You may have to deal with emotional situations.

Who would suit a care apprenticeship?

You might be interested in a care services apprenticeship if you:

  • want to take care of people
  • are interested in working with vulnerable people or those who need additional help
  • are looking for a hands-on role working closely with people

You might be a good fit for a care services apprenticeship if you:

  • are responsible
  • can work well under pressure
  • are kind and caring
  • are able to deal with challenging situations
  • work well as part of a team and on your own
  • are adaptable and flexible

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FAQs about care services apprenticeships

Rachel Metcalfe, public health programmes and partnership Manager, Bristol City Council

We’re looking for people who can think outside the box and who are passionate about making positive changes in people's lives. If you can show you’ve researched and understand issues around equality and diversity, there’s a role for you in this sector.

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