This pathway develops the knowledge and skills needed when working with adults in health and social care environments. It covers a wide range of areas including supporting individuals with their physical and emotional care, daily living needs and health care procedures.
The workforce is projected to expand by 10% over the period to 2024, adding 11,728 jobs. In the same period, 33% of the workforce is projected to retire, creating 37,538 job openings.
Social workers provide information, advice and support to those who are socially excluded or are experiencing crisis; they protect the welfare of vulnerable groups including children, young people, people with disabilities, elderly people and people who are mentally or physically ill, and they may specialise in specific areas of work.