There are lots of different roles in care and health to choose from and in different settings including in the community, residential care, hospitals or supporting people in their homes.
Many of the vacancies advertised on this website are frontline care and support worker roles. With training these jobs could lead to a wide range of future career opportunities, including:
- Working in specialist areas, for example dementia, learning difficulties, physical or sensory impairment, end of life care
- Team leading and management roles
- Moving into support areas, for example as a trainer or advisor
- Regulated roles like social work, nursing or counselling
There are also many opportunities for Personal Assistants who work directly with one or more individuals to support them with various aspects of their daily life either in their own home, in the community, at leisure or at work. Skills for Care has more information on working as a Personal Assistant.
To find out if a career in health and care is right for you, you may find it helpful to take these free on-line quizzes.
Health – Let’s find your health career
Social Care – Could you care?
The Skills for Care website tells you more about the different job roles in social care.
If you are new to working in care, the first step as part of your induction is to obtain your Care Certificate. This supports 15 standards of care and demonstrates your knowledge and competency.
After this the next step would be a level 2 qualification which could be via an apprenticeship. This is a great way of learning on the job from more experienced workers, while being paid.
There are a range of qualifications you can take and progress your career in care. This may be a higher level apprenticeship for a management role, or it may be specialist training in your chosen area of expertise. This includes certificates or diplomas which can be obtained through the local colleges including Cornwall College and Truro and Penwith College.
Get in Cornwall
Get in Cornwall is a locally based initiative about opening more doors to employment and training in the NHS, attracting people with the right values and ability to do an excellent job and gaining the benefits of a diverse workforce. The Get in Cornwall website provides a range of information on careers including apprenticeship, work experience and volunteering opportunities.