Exploring Care

Exploring care

The care sector is a big industry in Essex - 28% of all apprenticeships started in Essex were in the health, public services and care sectors. So why is it so popular?

What could I do in care?

The care sector is a one of the most rewarding industries to work in, allowing you to make a real difference to the people who need it most in your community, and developing true friendships along the way. Working in care is all about providing personal and practical support to help people live their lives.

There are lots of different roles regardless of what you want to do, who you want to work with and where you’d like to work. You could be supporting someone with a physical disability, autism, dementia or a mental health condition. You could be working in a care home, out in your local community, in a hospital or from someone’s home.


"Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love" - Mother Teresa

Top skills

  • Communication
  • Planning
  • Leadership
  • People Skills
  • Computer Skills

Top advertised job titles

  • Care Worker
  • Nursery Nurse
  • Youth & Community Officer
  • Care Manager
  • Play Worker

Learning about care

It's time you got to know even more about the care sector! After all, you might be able to build your career in this amazing industry!

Care Vacancy Data

What's out there for me?

We've got a little taster of some of the in-demand career roles in the care sector, but there are many more for you to discover. Feel free to take a look at the Skills For Care website. 


Social Worker: £26k - £33k+

Social workers work with people and families to support them through difficult times and make sure that they are safe. They offer information and advice to families to help them through financial, mental health, physical health, social or leagal issues.

Youth Worker: £20k - £30k+

Your childhood can affect what you do in life and everyone deserves the opportunity to do their best. Youth workers give support and encouragement to children and teens in their personal and academic life, as well as give them an opportunity to talk to someone about what makes them happy or unhappy.

Activities Coordinator: £16k - £26k+

Activity coordinators are responsible for developing an activity plan for care home residents which will stimulate new interests and skills to meet their individual needs. These activities are also a great way for the residents to feel included and social which is what makes this role so important. Put the fun into people's lives with the events that you organise and deliver.

Equality and Diversity Officer: £18k - £25k+

Everybody's equal but unfortunately not everyone is treated that way. Equality and diversity officers support those who have been discriminated against - in any way: age, race, gender or religion. These officers deal with the issues and take action to prevent them happening in the future within school or companies.

Community Development Worker: £15k - £26k+

Community development workers look to improve the communities that people live in. Finding out the issues that people face in their community, bringing them together, providing them with valuable activities and making their home a better place.

Daniel Wylie

My experience in care

I started my career in care at a very young age, volunteering at weekends and school holidays in a care home for people with Learning Disabilities and Mental Health challenges. At 16, I left school and started an NVQ level 3 in Health and Social Care. That meant at 17, I could start a professional qualification as a Registered Nurse (for Mental Health) at University.

Care is open to everyone though, so you don't always need a University degree or start working very early - there are a lot of fantastic opportunities in Care.

Now, I'm the Managing Director of my own business, Aldanat Care. Whatever your age, you can have a really rewarding experience in the care sector and build your career whilst making a difference to real people in your community. - Daniel, Aldanat Care

How to get into care

The care sector offers many opportunities at the entry level for if you're looking for your first full-time job. Having a qualification in care such as an NVQ or A-level is a good route into care, but apprenticeships are also a good option and give you working experience in the industry. You can find a list of colleges and training providers that offer a care course here.

If choosing an academic route isn't for you, as long as you have a passion to give your help to people who need it the most, there will be a role for you.

Typically you will be working with people so you might be expected to go through a DBS check (especially if you are looking to work with children), but some employers may be happy to help with this. Don't forget that volunteering is a good way to get experience and help you stand out on your CV.

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