Social care apprentices: 'It's a myth young people don't want to work in the sector'

There will be up to 2.4m jobs in social care by 2025, so it is essential the sector attracts school-leavers and graduates to meet demand.

Like many of his peers, Bradley Bliss had no real plan for his career after leaving school at 16. He trained to be a bricklayer and dipped his toe into the world of IT, but was still clueless about which path to pursue. The answer, however, was closer to home than he thought.

Bliss lives with and looks after his grandmother, a care worker with more than 40 years’ experience, his grandfather, who has multiple sclerosis, and an uncle with learning disabilities and autism. On the suggestion of his grandmother, he applied for and was accepted onto Hertfordshire county council’s health and social care training programme in September 2015. He hasn’t looked back since.

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