JOBS & CAREERS SPRING 2018 - 196
A career rich
For the ultimate in job satisfaction and the opportunity to
climb the career ladder, take a look at the adult care sector
Adult learning disability
This broad role involves supporting
adults with learning disabilities to
live fulfilling lives in a way that allows
them to be as independent as possible.
You could help with shopping and
cooking, plan trips out or manage their
finances - and you'll need to be a kind
and reliable presence in their lives.
What skills and qualifications do I
need? There are no specific qualifications
needed, but patience, tact, compassion
and resilience are vital. Voluntary
experience in the social work or care
sector can help, and you'll need some
English and maths skills, as well as a
clean driving licence. You'll also need a
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
check. Charities such as Mencap offer a
wide range of learning and development
programmes for support workers,
including management training.
How much can I earn? Starting
WORDS GEORGINA MARIC IMAGES SHUTTERSTOCK SOURCE: SKILLS FOR CARE
elping adults with physical
or mental disabilities retain
their independence makes
for a fulfilling and rewarding career.
There are 1.58 million jobs in the
sector, and the number of available jobs
increased by 20,000 between 2015 and
2016 alone, so it's growing fast. And the
majority (90%) of the workforce enjoys
the job security of being employed on a
permanent contract, too. Here, we look
at the most popular roles in adult care.
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