Bristol is hoping to encourage more people to sign up to become apprentices for social care during National Apprenticeship Week (5-9 March 2018) as part of its Proud to Care campaign.
New figures launched this week by Skills for Care suggest that 170,500 people participated in adult social care apprenticeships nationally in 2016/17. 91,630 apprenticeships started nationally in the same year, of this 19% were for places within social care which has increased from last year by 5%.
Locally, Bristol wants to encourage more people to become care workers and highlight that one way of starting a career in care is by doing an apprenticeship.
Amy started her care career as an apprentice over five years ago and now works as a support planning coordinator with Bristol City Council.
She chose an apprenticeship as an alternative to university, liking the idea of gaining paid work experience whilst still learning and gaining qualifications. Amy’s apprenticeship was with Care Direct, Bristol City Council’s front door service for adult care. Tasks included dealing with referrals from citizens, health and care professionals and providing information and advice about care and support.
Now her apprenticeship has ended, Amy works for the support planning and brokerage team. This involves working with social workers, citizens and their families to source the right care to enable people to live their life. This also includes working with the local Clinical Commissioning Group and Bristol hospitals to arrange discharges.
Amy says: “I couldn’t work in a job that is the same every day. It’s really important to make a difference with your actions, whatever your job role. I got into care to make a difference to people’s lives…and to think I almost chose to study accountancy.
“I am proud to care and plan to be for some time. It can be stressful at times but the variety means every day brings a different challenge, which I love. I would say to anyone considering it as a career option to just go for it and if your first role isn’t right, don’t be put off, try again somewhere else.”
There will be jobs fairs and information events around apprenticeships every day this week to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week which will be attended by council teams. Details of these can be found on the National Apprenticeship Week website.
Councillor Helen Holland, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “Care work can be an incredibly rewarding career with plenty of challenges. With an ageing population, there is always going to be a need for a skilled and compassionate care workforce and one thing is for certain, the work is never boring.
“We’re actively involved in the Proud to Care campaign, along with a wide range of care providers, because we want to show the benefits and rewards of care work and what a positive career choice it can be. Apprenticeships are a great way to join the caring professions and we want to make sure people are aware of all the options available during this year’s National Apprenticeship week.
“If you’re thinking about giving it a try I’d encourage you to take a look at our Proud to Care website or come down and see the team at a local jobs fair to see what opportunities are available.”
Find out more about apprenticeships and how you can get involved on the government’s website. You can also find out about all the latest job opportunities and read more about the Proud to Care campaign on the Proud to Care jobs site.
Proud to Care
Working in health and care involves much more than you might expect. It’s not just about assisting people with their daily routines. It’s about supporting others to live the best lives they can, making a huge impact as you encourage those that you care for to be as independent as possible. You’re there to help them thrive and get the most from life. And to the people you support, you’ll be so much more than just their carer. Do something extraordinary – be Proud to Care.
Proud to Care Bristol is part of the Proud to Care South West campaign which is being supported by Bristol City Council.