Future Proofing Your Career In… Health & Social Care and Early Years | #NCW2021

According to Labour Market Information we can expect careers in care providing and educating to skyrocket over the next 10 years with growth and high growth predicted across advanced and developing economies. This is no surprise given the increase in ageing populations and provides a fantastic opportunity for young people to become our key workers of the future! 

With many careers opportunities available upon completion of Cheshire College’s Health & Social Care courses as well as Early Years & Education study programmes, you could become a… 

Health & Social Care

  • Social Worker – £39,374.39pa
  • Nurse – £38,563.19pa

Early Years & Education

  • Welfare Professionals n.e.c. – £35,505.60pa
  • Primary and Nursery Education Teaching Professionals – £46,924.79pa

What skills will I need to progress into a Health & Social Care or Early Years career?

Many of the soft skills Employers look for when recruiting people into these important but extremely rewarding roles are transferrable within the varying sectors.

Communication
This involves more than just talking to your patients or children or other professionals. You need to listen patiently, synthesise the information carefully and take appropriate action.

Team Work
Teamwork and dependability are interpersonal skills that help professionals work together in a positive environment. The ability to work as a team is critical to patients or children receiving the care they deserve. To have good teamwork skills, you must also be dependable. 

Ethics & Confidentiality
Ethics are a set of moral principals used to guide an individual’s behaviour and decision making. Working with vulnerable people means having a strict code of ethics that you must follow.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
Critical thinking and problem-solving skills involve the ability to handle complex situations in the workplace and calmly develop creative solutions.  

Time Management & Stamina
Time management skills help you complete your work responsibilities in a timely manner before deadlines. You will also need good stamina to work long hours in high-pressure situations while maintaining your composure.

Level 1 – Level 7

At Cheshire College we offer a range of courses from Level 1 through to Level 7 in both Health & Social Care and Early Years to help you achieve your career goals whatever they may be. Work placements are a huge part of a learners’ experience whilst studying these courses and with opportunities available in care settings and day nurseries, you’ll be supported to gain real-life experiences before embarking on your career journey. 

To find out more about the College’s career services or to book an appointment with a member of the team, email careers@ccsw.ac.uk or call 01270 654653 (Crewe Campus) / 01244 656200 Chester and Ellesmere Port Campuses).