Why work in Adult Social Care

Working in Adult Social Care gives you the opportunity to make a positive difference to the vulnerable people that you support.

It is one of the most rewarding things you'll ever do. If you are kind, caring and compassionate and want to make a difference then this is the career for you.

Leeds City Council roles

We are currently recruiting to the following vacancies in adult social care:

Occupational therapist

Senior Occupational Therapist external link

Social worker

Senior Social Worker external link

Social Worker external link

Newly Qualified Social Worker/Social Worker external link

Wellbeing worker

Wellbeing Worker external link

Leeds Shared Lives roles

Leeds Shared Lives is a Leeds City Council service offering short-term respite care and day support. Shared Lives carers can work flexibly from their own homes and are self-employed.

Care is based on shared interests, lifestyles and a sense of humour. It’s a bit like fostering but for adults. Shared Lives carers come from all walks of life and we provide full training.

Find out more about the Shared Lives carer role and apply external link.

Other roles in Leeds

There are also other agencies across Leeds who provide a range of adult social care services. To find out about other jobs available in Leeds you can:

Find an apprenticeship

Apprenticeships are a great way if you're ready to start work and develop your skills and knowledge at the same time.

Work with a social care employer while getting a qualification. Search apprenticeships on GOV.UK external link.


If you're aged 16 to 24 and don't yet have a job, you could choose to do a traineeship. These can help develop your employability skills so you can go on to become an apprentice or find a job. Traineeships include:

  • help with writing a CV
  • support with your English and Maths
  • a work placement

Search for traineeship opportunities on GOV.UK external link.

Learning programme with We Care Academy

Learn more about working in Adult Social Care and gain a qualification with work experience. The sector routeway offers support to help you find work or go on to further training at the end of the learning programme.

Find out more about the sector routeway through you local Jobcentre Plus external link.

My Care Certificate was completed within the 6 months probationary period, which has passed with no problems arising.

At the time of contact, I am awaiting to start Level 3, the English & Maths tests having been passed on Tuesday this week.

Thanks again to the We Care Academy staff there at all levels for supporting me back into employment.

— John, a testimony from a We Care candidate on our Sector Work Academy programme

Find out if you’re eligible for a Sector Work Academy Programme

If you're looking to start a career or develop new skills and want to earn while you learn, then come and join us!

To apply for an apprenticeship with the council, you will need to:

  • be aged 16 or over (there is no upper age limit)
  • be living in England
  • not be in full time education while doing an apprenticeship
  • be able to demonstrate our values and behaviours


We Care Academy

If you have the right values and behaviours and want to work in Adult Social Care, you can apply even if you have no social care experience.

If you are interested then email wecareacademy@leeds.gov.uk.

If you are an Adult Social Care employer

We can work with you as a Kickstart gateway to look at creating placement opportunities in social care for 16 to 24 year olds. The young person has to be on Universal Credit and at risk of long term unemployment                   

The government will make funding available to cover employment costs for 25 hours per week. We will help with:                  

  • Safeguarding and Cache Level 1 'Preparing to work in Adult Social Care' qualifications
  • how to complete an application
  • best ways to write a CV
  • interview techniques

The placement must not replace any existing or planned vacancies or affect current employees             


Find out more about the Kickstart Scheme call us on 0113 378 9958 or 0113 378 5630 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

Get help with providing training and development opportunities to your Adult Social Care staff with the Workforce Development Fund.                  

You can claim back the money you have spent towards the cost of your workers completing social care Qualifications and learning programmes.              

Find out how to apply for the Workforce Development Fund external link.                  

Get in touch

Contact us if you need help when applying or want more information on 0113 378 5087 or 0113 378 5083 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

You can also email wecareacademy@leeds.gov.uk.

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