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Apprentice Residential Assistant

Job details
Posting date: 12 June 2024
Salary: £12,348 to £12,348 per year
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 26 June 2024
Location: Basildon, Essex, SS16 6HY
Remote working: On-site only
Company: Essex County Council
Job type: Apprenticeship
Job reference: req17123_1718186686


Apprentice Residential Assistant

Fixed Term, Full Time

£12,348 per annum rising to £22,072 per annum on the second year

Location: Basildon

Working Style: Fixed-base worker

Closing Date: 26th June 2024

Are you looking for a challenging new role within an organisation who values your current skills and will encourage you to develop these further? Would you love to work alongside a supportive, friendly, welcoming and high achieving team whilst being paid to complete a nationally recognised qualification? This could be the opportunity you are looking for!

Essex County Council are dedicated to training and development; therefore, this role is offered with a Level 2 Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship.

This role involves shift pattern working, early and late shifts as well as every other weekend. on alternate weekends - details can be discussed further at interview.


  • Healthy work life balance; flexible and hybrid working options
  • Wide range of learning and development opportunities
  • IT equipment and home-working equipment supplied
  • 26 days annual leave + bank holidays + choice to buy extra
  • Generous Local Government Salary related pension scheme
  • Access to hundreds of discounts and benefits through Essex Rewards
  • Access to our health and wellbeing support platform with LifeWorks
  • Disability Confident Leader: we are committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job
  • Up to 4 days per annum volunteering leave
  • An Adult Care Worker Level 2 qualification via Adult Community Learning (ACL)

The Role:

ECC Adult Social Care, through effective practice, is moving towards a model with four key principles: - prevention; early intervention; enablement and safeguarding. This will enable people, their families and carers to be able to access information and tools to live healthily and independently. Providing an opportunity to respond pro-actively to growing service demand in a sustainable way, within the financial constraints of the Council.

The Apprentice Residential Assistant opportunity involves undertaking the Level 2 Adult Care Worker qualification within a Health and Social Care setting. You will be working in a residential and short break home for adults with learning disabilities and you will be learning and developing the skills needed in order to provide a high quality level of care. As an Apprentice Residential Assistant, you will be supporting adults with all aspects of their lives including supporting with personal care tasks, in accordance with their wishes and identified needs, both in the home and in the community.

The successful individual will have the opportunity to work alongside highly skilled and knowledgeable staff as well as undertaking training required to further their own knowledge and skills. You will have the opportunity to undertake induction and have regular supervision.

The successful candidate will work as part of a shift pattern working, early and late shifts as well as every other weekend.

What our apprentices say:

"I love the apprenticeship process as you're getting paid as you learn. I have been able to make good connections with other employees and really good relationships throughout my journey so far. It's a great starting point to anyone who hasn't got a clear idea of what work they would like to pursue. Also, the apprenticeship allowed me to try multiple different types of jobs when opportunities came up, so I was able to see what I liked, and what I was good at."

"The team I work with are very supportive and everybody is happy to help and answer questions. They will rally together to give you the correct information, whether it be for an assignment for my apprenticeship or something on the job"

About You:

You will:

  • Good verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate in a manner which is easily understood and tailored to meet the needs of the audience
  • A commitment to learn with the ability to learn key components of care: the principles of respect, dignity, privacy and promoting choice
  • Ability to learn and understand the safeguarding of vulnerable adults and how to apply this
  • An understanding of how to manage sensitive and/or personal information
  • Open to new work practices and responsive to change

Essential Requirements for the role:

  • Due to the occupational requirements for this position, we can only consider applications from individuals aged 18 or over
  • Functional Skills Level 1 in Maths and English (or equivalent), which is a Grade D/E or 2/3 to begin the apprenticeship
  • Ability to reach a Level 2 Functional Skills in both Maths & English by the End Point Assessment (EPA), if you do not already have this
  • Have the right to work and study in England
  • Have been ordinarily resident in the UK or EEA for three years before the apprenticeship start date

What will you be doing?

You will assist with the delivery of routine administrative tasks, dealing with day-to-day work including (but not limited to):

  • Contribute to upholding the Duty of Care for all clients to ensure a safe and high quality service
  • Understand and ensure compliance with all external and internal regulations
  • Undertake all mandatory training to ensure personal, customer and colleague safety at all times
  • The successful individual will work alongside the home's residents and staff, using a range of communication methods and supporting them in accordance with their wishes and identified personal needs in all aspects of their lives
  • Complete a course of study and achieve the relevant Apprenticeship framework
  • Deliver a quality service to individuals, ensuring consistent adherence to both designed outcomes and agreed service levels
  • Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework

Why Essex?

Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England's oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest - Basildon and Harlow - are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We are committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you need any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We are also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

To read more about us please visit:

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Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

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