Support Worker Career Development

No matter what kind of role you start in or where you are in your career path, there are plenty of opportunities to develop and progress as a support worker. 

Dimensions Career Development Programme – Aspire

All permanent staff have regular opportunities to gain a place on our multiple award-winning career development programme, Aspire. Aspire has won a national business culture award and our coaches have also won a prestigious CIPD award for their work on Aspire. 

Aspire participants explore new ways and opportunities to progress with help from a professional career coach. 

Your coach will support you to develop your training, job shadowing and networking opportunities. From here, you’ll work together with your line manager to establish a career development plan and see how you can achieve your goals. 

Aspire is a key reason why Dimensions colleagues are more than twice as likely to choose to stay at Dimensions, compared to staff in other social care organisations.* 

We have now had almost 450 colleagues take part in the Aspire programme, with many describing the impact of the coaching as transformational to their confidence and focus both within and outside of work.

Coupled with this, 73% of participants have reported measurable career growth as a result of being on Aspire. 


What Progression Opportunities are there in Support Work?

Support work is always changing, this means that care organisations are working on new ways to create new and exciting job roles. 

There are different ways to progress, you could move into a different setting or specialisation, working within a new team or group, taking on greater responsibility, developing new skills, knowledge, and qualifications. 

How Can I Progress as a Support Worker?

Here are a few things you can do to support your support worker progression: 

Complete Qualifications 

There are a number of vocational qualifications at different levels in social care, and you can pick which ones are specific to what you want to do. You could also do an apprenticeship to help you progress and gain practical skills and knowledge. 

Show a Willingness to Learn 

As well as having the right qualifications, it’s also important to show the right attitude and make the most of any learning opportunities you get. 

Let Your Line Manager Know

Make the most out of having a line manager who can guide you in your next step in support work. If you want to learn and develop, make sure they know, so they can let you know about any opportunities.