How to become a Support Worker

Experienced (non manager)

Considering a career as a Support Worker?

The responsibilities of a Support Worker can vary depending on the organisation you're working for, but at the very heart of it, you're there to provide personal, social, physical and emotional support to someone in need, whether that's an elderly person or someone with an illness or disability. Essentially, you're there to help people live their lives as independently as they can. On a daily basis, you'll provide personal care, assist with household tasks, support and monitor health needs and help people pursue their interests and hobbies.

Where can a career as a Support Worker take you?

Support Worker £17,000 2 years
Senior Support Worker £20000 4 years
Support Manager £25000 6 years

Are you the perfect candidate?

Skills and traits

  • Remaining calm under pressure as well as when dealing with challenging or confrontational behaviour
  • Resilience and the ability to cope with emotionally-draining / traumatic situations
  • Commitment to making a positive difference to the lives of service users
  • Expert knowledge of local services

Qualifications and experience

  • No formal qualifications are necessary, but secondary level health and social care qualifications will help put your CV on the top of the pile
  • A driving license may be required if you’re not working at a fixed location
  • Experience, either personal or voluntary, of providing care or working with vulnerable people

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