Are you looking for a new challenge? Jump on board the apprenticeship!

Would you like to earn and learn your way up the career ladder?

There’s never been a better time to build a career in social care. You don’t need any formal qualifications before you start, and you’ll have the opportunity to develop your skills through on-the-job learning and training.

We’re offering apprentice opportunities in our residential, day care and extra care establishments around the county.

As a Adult Social care apprentice, you’ll be supporting people to lead fulfilled and dignified lives by providing care to suit their needs. You’ll be part of a team ensuring people remain as independent as possible by helping with everyday tasks and activities.

These include assisting people to wash, dress, prepare and eat meals, whilst maintaining interests or hobbies to stay socially active. Care work can be challenging but the rewards are significant.

You’ll have ongoing support and mentoring from our experienced staff and after completing the 18-month training you’ll receive a Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care. On successful completion of the apprenticeship we will also be there to help you explore a variety of job opportunities with Derbyshire County Council.

You can be an apprentice at any age – and although previous experience isn’t necessary an understanding of the needs of people who have a learning disability and older people, including those with dementia is an important part of the work.

You will be working 37 hours a week. To help you achieve a full understanding of the role in areas other than day services you will be required to work shifts between 7am and 10pm and up to two weekends out of four. We will not expect you to work nights unless you specifically request this.

We pay National Minimum Wage for your age – which is more than the apprenticeship rate – and you will be entitled to 25 days paid holiday. 

We will provide the workwear, personal protective equipment and training free of charge.

If you think you could make a positive difference to an older or disabled person’s life and would like the chance to be part of our valued, dynamic teams of care workers we want to hear from you.

We will be shortlisting applications as they are received and carrying out interviews on a monthly basis from now until the closing date.

Due to this post having access to children and/or vulnerable adults, the successful candidate will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided.

The job may require unsocial hours working including weekends and Bank Holidays. Payment arrangements will be detailed in any contract offer made.

Saturday and Sunday hours will be paid at plain time where it is part of your normal working pattern unless it is between 7pm and 7am, where enhanced rates of pay apply. Enhanced pay rates are paid for Bank Holiday working.

From 11 November 2021, anyone working in a care home will need to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID-19), unless exempt.

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