Qualifications and Training


How can I become a support worker?  What training will I need? What qualifications are available?

You don’t need any specific qualifications to start work for us as a Support Worker, but there are several training options available that will help you progress in your career in social care.

For new recruits, we use the Government approved Adult Care Apprenticeships to ensure that you get trained up and qualified, while you work as a Support Worker at the same rate of pay as your colleagues. It’s a great way of getting on-the-job training while being paid too.

Working towards vocational qualification such as the Diploma in Health and Social Care at Level 2 or 3 is a great way of building your professional development and gaining the skills needed to deliver excellent support.

Find out more about all of the options available to someone wanting to start a new career in support work, or build on their existing training to further develop their social care career…

  • Apprenticeships

    Paid Support Worker Apprenticeships with Hft are a great way of getting on-the-job training while working towards a formal qualification and earning a wage.
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  • Vocational Qualifications

    Holding a Diploma in Health and Social Care at level 2 or 3 or planning to attain one is a positive for anyone looking to pursue a career in social care.
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  • Degrees

    Undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses in Health and Social Care are available at providers across the country.
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  • Useful Resources

    Useful sources for guidance, resources, advice and information related to furthering your career in adult social care.
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