So, you’re sold that Health and Social Care is the path for you. That’s great and all, but where on earth do you start...
- Help the elderly or those with disabilities on local journeys
- Option to become a driver, which would open up more full-time opportunities
- Job is physically demanding as you may do some lifting to help people on and off vehicles
Care escorts are also known as community transport assistants. You may work for a local education authority, social services, or a voluntary organisation. You'll accompany passengers on journeys, usually in a mini-bus.
- Checking timetables for pick-ups
- Talking to carers and families
- Helping people to and from the vehicle
- Securing passengers, wheelchairs and baggage
- Dealing with emergencies
- Supervising passengers at all times
- Keeping the mini-bus tidy
- Filling in paperwork
You may be paid minimum wage for a set number of hours.
Part-time work is more common, working a split shift for a few hours in the morning and evening. School jobs are term-time only. The job can be physically demanding as you may do some lifting to help people on and off vehicles. You may get a uniform.
This role is ideal for someone that has sensitivity and understanding, the ability to work well with others and has patience, the ability to remain calm in stressful situations, and an understanding of disability needs.
There are no set entry requirements however you could do a college course like a Level 1 Certificate in Health and Social Care which can give you an introduction to working in the care sector.
Experience in social care or customer service may help you get a job. You could start by volunteering for a charity like a hospice.
You'll need to pass enhanced background checks for this role.
With experience, you could move into administration or management. You could also become a driver, which would open up more full-time opportunities.