Core values and skills


You will already have a number of core values and behaviours that match those required when looking to work in Adult Social Care. In our everyday lives we usually communicate with a lots of people, therefore having good social interaction and communication skills are key. Consider the time you spend meeting up with your own family and friends, socialising and taking time to see that they are ok, this is showing that you care.    

Let’s look at the core values needed in a social care environment.  

  • Willing to learn and develop new skills.
  • Spending time listening to people to get to know them and their needs.
  • Respecting people's rights to make their own choices and decisions.
  • Committed to working as part of a team.
  • To give people your full attention and help people when they need it most.




When working in health and social care you do require a few core skills, for example you need to be able to carry out everyday tasks such as using a computer, updating records, making notes, communicating in person and over the telephone.

What qualifications do you need?

You will not necessarily need any previous qualifications to work in Adult Social Care, as you will be supported in the workplace to develop your experience, gain qualifications and learn all relevant skills.  

If you are new to health and social care, your employer will support you with an induction programme, which will help you gain the Care Certificate. The Care Certificate shows the minimum standards that should be covered as part of your induction. Your employer will also make sure you are kept up to date with the latest legislation and best practice relevant to your job role. 

Our clients are also actively seeking applications from individuals who are looking to gain an Apprenticeship in Swindon, working with a number of local based professional Training and Learning Providers, who will help you to achieve all of the academic and work based learning required.