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Working in Social Care – Skills Bootcamp

Skills Bootcamps are free, flexible courses of up to 16 weeks, giving people the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and fast-track to an interview with an employer. 

Join our Social Care Skills Bootcamp and explore the opportunities in this exciting industry. This program is designed to equip you with the essential skills and knowledge needed to kickstart a successful career in the social care sector.

The course will cover the following topics:
– Emergency First Aid at Work: Learn to assess emergency situations and respond effectively. This element will be certificated by Highfield.
– Care certificate knowledge: Gain knowledge of the 15 standards on the care certificate. You will complete a workbook to demonstrate your understanding and present it to potential employers.
– Skills/Baseline observations: Engage in practical activities where you will learn vital skills such as accurately recording blood pressure, temperature, and assessing patients. This session takes place in our hospital simulation suite.
– Safe manual handling: Obtain a certificate in safe manual handling to prevent injuries when moving heavy loads. This element is certificated by Highfield.
– Introduction to understanding safeguarding: Acquire essential knowledge on safeguarding patients and identifying signs and symptoms. Understand how to safeguard yourself in the process.
– Understanding specific needs in health and social care: Explore various conditions that impact service users. Utilise simulation equipment to experience these conditions and learn how to provide effective support.
– Preparation for interview/interview skills: Prepare for job interviews by gaining insights into common interview questions and understanding what employers seek in responses.
– Tutorial/academic study skills: Receive valuable support on various topics, including letter writing, job applications, and computer skills. The session will be tailored to your individual needs.

This is a certificated course.

The course start date is Wednesday 18 September, then runs every Wednesday for 13 weeks up to 17 December. For more information and a full timetable please contact projects@petroc.ac.uk

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Sep 2024 : North Devon : Part-time
Course Code : PTB686
Level : Level 3
Duration : 13 Weeks
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Course details


Successful completion of the course will be based on all elements of the programme being completed to a satisfactory level. This includes Emergency First aid at Work – Highfield Level 2 – Certificated, and Safe Manual Handling – Petroc Certificated.


The skills level will be equivalent to Level 3. The Bootcamp is designed to help you move into a range of domiciliary or care home roles upon successful completion.

Why Petroc should be your first choice

Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.

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We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can flourish and feel a valued member of the college and wider community. 


Our teaching spaces and facilities are some of the best in the region, providing stimulating and true-to-life learning environments. 


We’ll provide you with the experiences you need to be ready for employment or the next step on your educational journey.

Tom Chambers

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