You don’t necessarily need any qualifications to become a personal assistant. What’s really important is that you have the right values and behaviours to work in social care.

Here are some examples of the values and behaviours which are important when working as a personal assistant:

  • Dignity and respect
  • Learning and reflection
  • Working together
  • Commitment to quality care and support

Your employer might ask that you have qualifications showing good English and number skills such as GCSE A-C in English and maths. It might also be helpful to have a social care qualification such as a Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care, but this can be done once you start the job.

It might also be useful to have experience working in a similar role or with vulnerable adults. You could gain this experience through a work placement, from your personal life, through volunteering, or as part of a traineeship or apprenticeship.

The following specific skills are highly sought after by most employers:

  • The ability to work on your own initiative
  • Good listening and communication skills
  • Flexibility and time management
  • Good interpersonal skills to work with someone on a one-to-one basis