There is a constant, and ever increasing, demand for the services offered by the public health, social care and childcare services sector. The services provided are vital across the country and workforce shortages put the population’s most vulnerable at risk. Apprenticeships ensure the sector continues with a skilled workforce that will bring the positive changes needed in the population.
Public health, social care and childcare services are all careers where people, health and the best interests of individuals in the community are at the centre of every role and project. You might aspire to run your own early years day nursery or perhaps you’d love to head up a charity or work with vulnerable people to help make their lives better. There are also opportunities to be involved in policy-making and driving positive change in communities.
There are a vast number of different roles in this sector and depending on the route you choose, roles could include housing officer, care worker, health and safety officer, welfare officer, social worker or public health manager.
Employers in this sector vary enormously, from the NHS to the Prison and Probation service to local authorities and private care homes. Many charities such as Age Concern, Mencap, YMCA, alongside schools, colleges and nurseries offer apprenticeships in public health, social and childcare services.
An apprenticeship in this sector would be a good choice for you if you have a passion for helping people, an aptitude for solving problems, have great communication skills and are seeking a career that will be both meaningful and rewarding.
Apprenticeships in public health, social and childcare services are available at all levels in many different disciplines. With such a wide range of options available, it’s essential to check the individual vacancies for details.
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- You can make positive changes in people's lives.
- It’s a sector that puts people at the centre of every project or service.
- No two days are the same, so there’s plenty of variety.
- You’ll need to be able to cope with having difficult conversations.
- Programmes in public health are still being shaped and developed.
- You could be dealing with emotional situations.
Many of the skills required to excel in this sector can’t be developed through classroom learning alone and this makes an apprenticeship an important pathway to a career in public health, social and childcare services. You’ll be exposed to a number of different real-life situations during your apprenticeship, and these will build your experience and confidence in communicating with empathy and understanding.
There are sometimes difficult conversations, but you just have to learn to listen to what people need.
Chris Taylor, Apprentice at Walsall Council
As an apprentice, you’ll not only gain valuable on the job experience, but you’ll be supported to gain a recognised qualification that will be valuable in the future. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn from, and be supported by, more experienced colleagues as you learn how to navigate your new career.
The sector can be demanding, both physically and mentally, and the support of your employer, and colleagues can be invaluable on both a personal and professional level.
Our apprentices see first-hand how the work they do actually makes a difference in the population and peoples’ lives.
Rachel Metcalfe, Employer at Bristol City Council
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