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Training and development for those new to adult social care

Find out more about training we can offer you if you are new to adult social care.

Starting a career in adult social care can be very rewarding. There are lots of different roles depending on what you want to do, who you want to work with and where you'd like to work.

Ready to find out more? Ask about the County Durham Care Academy online.

Why work in County Durham

Adult social care is the second largest industry in our county, and it is growing each year with over 14,000 job vacancies advertised for County Durham in 2018/19.

It is one of the county's growth sectors where jobs are increasing, offering significant numbers of long-term career opportunities in the current job market.

A career in social care can provide many opportunities and offers long-term employment prospects. There are flexible ways to develop skills and experience and increased opportunity for further training, promotion and progression. 

If you like working with people, social care offers a worthwhile job that can turn into a rewarding, long-term career. For information on different job roles visit Skills for Care - job roles in social care.


County Durham Care Academy offers a range of 'get into care' courses for those new to adult care.

Routeway into adult social care

Icon for pdf Routeway into Adult Social Care - video transcript (PDF, 74.5kb)

Have you ever considered how you might contribute to the care of vulnerable adults in society? This course prepares you for any role within adult social care, in order to ensure the needs of vulnerable people continue to be met. View the  Icon for pdf Course overview - Routeway into Adult Social Care (PDF, 346.7kb) .

Course starting dates and times: 

VenueCourse titleDayTimeStart dateNumber of weeks
Seaham Learning Centre, SR7 7JE    Routeway into Adult Social CareTuesday / Wednesday9.30am to 15.30pm7 January 20207
St Paul's Centre, Spennymoor, DL16 7LRRouteway into Adult Social CareTuesday / Wednesday9.30am to 15.30pm25 February 20207

Contact us to book a place. 

Personal Assistant induction training

Icon for pdf Personal Assistants training - video transcript (PDF, 82.5kb)

The role of a personal assistant is extremely varied, and no two jobs will ever be the same. This is because the individual employer can choose exactly how they want you to support them. You'll work directly with one or more individuals to help them with various aspects of their daily life, to help them live as independently as possible. You'll be employed directly by an individual who's managing and paying for their own care through a social care direct payment or personal budget. View the  Icon for pdf Course overview - Personal Assistant induction training (PDF, 365.3kb)

This part-time course is delivered one day a week over two weeks (two days in total).

Skills for Care - Supporting People to Become an Individual Employer

Course starting dates and times: 

VenueCourse titleDayTimeStart dateNumber of weeks
Stanley Louisa Centre, DH9 0TEPersonal Assistant Induction TrainingTuesday9.00am to 4.30pm14 January 20202
The Pavilion, Peterlee, SR8 1ER    Personal Assistant Induction TrainingTuesday9.00am to 4.30pm4 February 20202
St Margaret's Centre, Durham, DH1 4QJPersonal Assistant Induction TrainingTuesday9.00am to 4.30pm3 March 20202
The Literary Institute, Ferryhill, DL17 8PPPersonal Assistant Induction TrainingTuesday9.00am to 4.30pm24 March 20202

Contact us to book a place. 

Contact us
County Durham Care Academy
03000 266 115
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • Crook Council Offices
  • Crook
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL15 9ES
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