Hundreds of Health and Social Care students across Rhondda Cynon Taf have received their exams results today, which will set them up to progress onto careers within the health and social care sector.
The coronavirus national emergency has highlighted the critical importance that health and social care professionals play in our society. They have been at the frontline throughout the pandemic, caring for the most vulnerable and nursing people back to health.
As we have seen over the recent months, social care staff, such as those who provide care to people living in their own homes and those working in residential homes, have shown how their skills, knowledge, and professionalism have been vital in saving lives. They have also been a lifeline for many elderly and vulnerable people who have been shielding and unable to see their friends and families, by providing care, comfort, and a familiar face during these unprecedented times.
All students who have received their results today have a range of options to advance onto careers in social care. Some are choosing university, some have chosen apprenticeships, while others are going directly into working in the social care sector.
Lucy Evans, a student at St John Baptist High School, Aberdare said: “Health and Social Care, has shown me how different healthcare sectors work together to provide care for all ages and backgrounds. It has encouraged me to work towards a goal of helping people, and I feel the course has helped me to accomplish this. I may take my studies further, as there are so many job opportunities available. I advise anyone who is passionate about helping out, teamwork and community service to study Health and Social Care."
The social care sector has a huge variety of roles available, which people may not know about. Roles in the sector often carry a high level of responsibility, such as taking care of the elderly or those with disabilities or mental health issues, safeguarding and caring for children, supporting people with substance misuse issues, and even working to rehabilitate offenders.
Councillor Geraint Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services, said: “A huge congratulations to all those students who are receiving their results in health and social care today.
“The health and social care sector is incredibly diverse in terms of roles and career avenues available, however they all share the same objective which is to support and care for people in our society.
“The coronavirus national emergency has thrust social care, and the staff that work in the sector, to the forefront, showing people how vital the work that they undertake is to our society as a whole.
“I am incredibly proud of the work that our social care staff do on a daily basis, caring and supporting people across our County Borough in a variety of ways. Social care is a professional, skilled, and extremely rewarding sector to work in, and I would urge more people to consider working in the social care sector as career.”
Wales needs thousands more people to work in social care by 2030 to keep pace with growing demand for care and support for communities. To support and encourage more people to work in the social care sector, WeCare Wales has been established to raise awareness and understanding of social care, early years and childcare and attract more people with the right skills and values to work in caring roles with children and adults.
Andrew Bell, WeCare Wales, said: “A huge well done to all the students who have passed their Health and Social Care qualifications this week. I wish you all success in your future careers that will play such a critical role in supporting some of the most vulnerable people in Wales.”
If you want to know more about a career in social care, what opportunities are available, or to find out more about WeCare Wales, please visit www.wecare.wales