If you would like to be a care assistant, you may be wondering how to get started in the field. Luckily, a care assistant can be considered an entry level job, as there are many positions available in the field for those that don’t have any experience. Further to this, you should also consider whether you want to work for a home or an agency. You can find out more information about working for an agency here.
So how do you become a care assistant? Well, look around to see if there are any vacancies with your local homes/ agencies (If you would like a job with elite care, you can fill out one of our application forms here) and speak to them to see what will be required from you, in order to work for them. The 2 primary things you will need are; a DBS certificate (usually child and adult workforce) and full training. To begin with, let’s look at the job role.
Working as a Care Assistant
Working as a care assistant is a challenging, yet very rewarding job. Your job will be to assist a resident throughout their everyday lives and complete day-to-day tasks such as washing them, dressing them, feeding them and helping them go to the toilet.
When working in a care environment, the residents (whether they’re elderly or have learning disabilities) look to you for help. When you have helped that resident to go about their day, all it takes is for them to say thank you to leave you gleaming ear-to-ear. Why don’t you check out some of our videos to hear what some of our staff had to say about what it’s like working as a care assistant here.
The DBS certificate is incredibly important for anyone working within a care setting to have. So important, that it is a legal requirement to have one in order to work in a care setting. The DBS certificate will alert the employer/ clients if any workers have been banned from working with children and vulnerable adults.
Now, the DBS certificate will have to be renewed each year to remain in date. However, to save yourself some money, you can always register your certificate to the update service. More information can be found on the DBS certificates and the update service here.
Obviously, if you don’t have any experience working in care then you would need to do some training in order to ensure that you are qualified to carry out the job. Now, most agencies and care homes should be able to provide you with their own training, but be aware that some organisations will outsource their training. It’s also worth noting that you may be required to pay some upfront costs for your training, and that you will be required to complete an update training course for Moving and Assisting, as the certificate for this does expire annually.
Now, I can’t exactly speak for the training courses for other care companies, but I can tell you that Elite Care train all of their staff to the care certificate standard, meaning you will be taught to 12 of the 15 standards in your first week of mandatory training, and then the following 3 standards will be taught in the following weeks. We also offer update training, for those staff who would like a refresher on certain subjects, as well as developmental training, including subjects such as epilepsy, medication awareness and first aid.
If you are interested in becoming a care assistant, why not fill out an application form here.
Or, for Hampshire applicants, email your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or call: 0800 084 3604
For Sussex applicants, email your CV to email@example.com
Or call: 0800 520 0896