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Planning your career in adult social care


There are lots of different roles in social care depending on what you want to do, who you want to work with and where you'd like to work.

In response to COVID-19, we have changed the way we deliver training following guidance Skills for Care: COVID-19 - Essential training.

We will now offer training in a range of ways using digital resources where possible. We continue to offer a range of distance learning courses.

Adult social care is one of the few sectors where jobs are increasing, offering a wide range of long-term career opportunities. A career in social care offers long-term employment prospects, with lot of opportunities for promotion and progression within the sector. 

Why you should choose social care 

Somewhere in your community there's a job that you can do to help others. If you like working with people, social care offers a worthwhile job that can turn into a rewarding, long-term career. There are lots of different job roles in social care; it just depends what you're interested in, who you want to work with and where you want to work. 

Interactive careers tool

Skills for Care have an interactive PDF which has been created to support anyone interested in finding out more about a career in care.  

It can be used by job seekers, students, people considering a change of career or care workers wanting to progress in their career. Careers advisors, teachers or job brokers can also use it with people they are supporting.  

The tool highlights the range of job opportunities within the care sector and how you can get into and progress a career in care. It includes case studies of people currently working in a range of different roles who talk about how they have progressed their career. 

Go to Skills for Care - develop your career to access the tool.

There is also information about the wide range of roles available. There is information on the skills you need, the experience and qualifications you require, how to get started and what routes there are for progression. See Skills for Care - job roles in social care.

Contact us for information on the qualifications and training to help you find your perfect job in adult social care. 

Contact us
County Durham Care Academy
03000 260 222
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • Crook Council Offices
  • Crook
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL15 9ES
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