Posted: Friday 16th June 2017
This week (16-25 June) Hertfordshire County Council is celebrating the fantastic work done by our carers and inviting you to consider the prospects of this fulfilling career. Being a carer can be very rewarding personally and if you have a warm, friendly and helpful attitude it could be the perfect job for you. Many of us have had some experience of caring for family and friends, so why not consider this wonderful opportunity to extend that care to the community you live in and make a real difference.
In the past, this sector has had more women, but male carers like Bradley are changing that perception and inspiring others to follow suit.
Inspired by family:
Bradley Bliss, 20, from Stevenage started on Hertfordshire County Council’s Health and Social Care Training programme in September 2015. Bradley had previously worked in retail and had trained in construction building ICT but had come across care as a career as a result of living with his nan, who had been a carer for more than 40 years.
“I help my nan out at home with my Grandad, who has MS and is partially blind, and my uncle who has autism. Nan said that I’d be an amazing carer so I looked it up and thought ‘this is the job for me’. I was escorting my uncle one day to his day centre and asked the manager if there were any training opportunities there. She suggested the level 2 apprenticeship, which I didn’t get onto but I came across the level one course on the website so I applied for that.
“Now that I’m on the course I think that this is what I want to do. It’s been a real eye-opener going in every day and seeing how one thing can change your life completely. I’ve also developed new skills; I’ve found new ways of communicating with people and it’s built my confidence. When I started I couldn’t talk in groups – I can even do karaoke now.”
Juggling other commitments:
Bradley currently juggles his studies while he continues to work at the weekends in retail. “I used to love working in the shop but now I arrive at my weekend job and I just want to get back to the weekdays.”
As part of the course students study for one day and spend the rest of the week on placement. Students usually do 2-3 placements over the course of the year. Bradley is currently on placement at the Stevenage Resource Centre. “I just love really love going to the Centre. I’ll be gutted when I finish my placement as you get so involved with everyone, it’s really good there.”
Bradley hopes that he’ll be able to progress on to the level 2 course once he completes the level 1 course. “I really want to go on to Level 2 and progress in my career in care. I really want to get to level 3 so that I learn about handling medication and some of the more complex areas of adult care.”
Bradley wasn’t aware of the lack of men in the profession until he started his course. “I was completely surprised to discover that I’m the only guy in my class – it’s completely dominated by females. It’s a shame because most people appreciate having a male around because we’re handy for heavy lifting and the male service users always appreciate having another guy around for more male-focused conversation.”
He advises anyone who has a caring nature to consider a rewarding career in the care sector: “I’d say go for it, it has been one of the best things I’ve ever done. The prospects are great, you can go as high as you want.”
Want to find out more?
Visit our campaign page to find out more about a career in care.