All health and care workers need a few core skills, for example English and basic number skills. You need to be able to do everyday tasks like communicating, counting medication, making notes and using a computer. You also need skills in team work and problem solving.
There are a range of qualifications, including certificates, diplomas and apprenticeships, offered by the two main colleges in Cornwall – Cornwall College and Truro and Penwith College – that you may wish to consider before looking for your first job. However, this is not essential as all social care employers will provide training when you start work.
There are lots of opportunities to earn while you learn in social care – see our Development page for more information.