How to become a care home advocate
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- applying directly
- a course run by a private training provider
You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Relevant courses include:
- Level 2 Certificate in Health and Social Care
- Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care
You'll usually need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
Starting as a volunteer advocate would be a good way to get experience. As a volunteer you would receive training and support to develop your skills.
You could apply directly to become a care home advocate. Employers are likely to place more importance on your skills than on your qualifications.
Experience in care work, social work or counselling could give you an advantage.
You'll need to have an understanding of the needs of older people and show a positive attitude to ageing.
You may also find it useful if you've had experience as a user of advocacy or care services.
Some private training providers offer nationally recognised qualifications that include units on advocacy.