Routes into working in care

Beyond full-time roles, there are lots of ways to start your career in care. We want our borough to be a place that fosters and grows ambitions, which is why we are proud of our different routes into working in care. Find out more below.

Future Carers

Future Carers gives you a flavour for what adult social care is like. This short programme teaches you about the sector and starts you on your adult social care career. It's an unpaid opportunity focused on training.

  • The Future Carers scheme is a six-week accredited programme.
  • It's three days a week, with the course totalling 72 hours of classroom teaching.
  • You can apply if you’re 19+ and in receipt of a job-seeking benefit.

By taking part in Future Carers you’ll gain a Level 1 Diploma in Health and Care.

The scheme also offers all participants a three-week placement in a care home after they complete their training. Or guaranteed access to an interview with a care provider.

You can sign-up on the Future Carers webpage.

Trained to Care

Trained to Care is your chance to upskill!

Gaining Level 2 qualifications in English, maths and care.  This training programme will help you prepare for a future career in care. Trained to Care is also committed to improving digital skills.

It's an unpaid opportunity focused on training. It works well alongside a relief position or part-time job - so you can earn while you learn!

  • Each Trained to Care course lasts between six and 12 months, as everyone will start out with different levels of experience.
  • It involves one night of evening school and a few hours of home learning a week.
  • You can apply if you’re 19+ and in receipt of a job-seeking benefit.

By taking part in Trained to Care you can also gain a Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care.  We'd encourage you to complete one Level 2 course at a time.

Throughout Trained to Care you’ll be linked with employers and different workplace experiences.  This will help you to get an understanding of where you might like to start your career.

The scheme guarantees you an interview with us, a care provider, or the NHS. Enquire online about Trained to Care.


Apprenticeships are fixed periods and allow you to achieve a formal qualification whilst gaining on-the-job skills, knowledge and experience.

  • Apprenticeships run for at least 12 months.
  • 20% of your working week will be spent completing training and development activities.
  • Anyone over the age of 16 who's not in full-time education can enrol as an apprentice.

During your time as an apprentice you'll gain experience and training to equip you for your future career in care. Additional qualifications vary depending on your apprenticeship, but can be the equivalent of a Masters!

We ensure that our apprenticeships are fully funded for care leavers or people with Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP).

Keep an eye out for updates on apprenticeships in adult social care.


There are lots of different job roles available within care, all offering chances to learn, develop and grow. You'll find roles helping people to continue living independently in their own homes and lead happy, healthy lives in one of our care homes.

For many of our roles, you don't need any previous experience. If you've the right caring qualities, we can teach you the rest.

You'll need a few core skills, like working well in teams and being able to build strong relationships. Most of all, we're looking for passionate people who love helping others.

Domiciliary care providers

You can find available options on the following care provider websites:

Provider Description
Caremark Professional and personal home care services tailored to people's needs.
Cera Care assistant roles helping people to stay living independently.
Home Instead Home Instead combines care and compassion to provide quality care for older people.
Medacs Medacs work within local communities to deliver personalised home care to meet people's needs.
Trust Home Care Operating in Barnsley, Trust Home Care provide high quality, personalised care in peoples' homes.

Residential care providers

You can find available options on the following care provider websites:

Provider Description
Exemplar Health Care Offering specialist nursing care for adults living with a range of complex needs.
Hillcare Supporting older people and those in need of a little extra help with a caring and can-do attitude.
Prospect House Prospect House has been at the heart of the community for over 20 years, providing residential, respite, and end-of-life care.
St. James Court (Crown Care) Crown Care's approach to care has long recognised that “people make places”.
Wood Care Group Wood Care Group provide first class care to residents in warm and comfortable environments.

Larger organisations

You can find various health and social care options from larger organisations on the following websites:

Organisation Description
Barnsley Council Roles in the reablement service (helping people get back to living independently) and for personal assistants (working directly for the person you care for).
Made with Care Care vacancies from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) find a job website.
National Autistic Society Transforming lives and changing attitudes for people on the autism spectrum.
NHS Roles available in Barnsley through the NHS.

National job sites

You can find various health and social care options advertised on the following national job websites:

Website Description
Indeed Indeed host many vacancies in Barnsley across the health and care sector.
Totaljobs Totaljobs have many vacancies listed for Barnsley.

Joy's story

Watch the video to hear from Joy, a team leader at Crossroads Caring for Carers who helps people in their own homes. You can hear about what working in care means to her.

Whether you're new to working in care or have years of experience, find a rewarding care career perfect for you by browsing the care roles below and applying today.

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