Kickstart - Trainee Support Worker

Job details
Posting date: 23 September 2021
Hours: Part time
Closing date: 30 October 2021
Location: Retford, DN227JJ
Company: DWP Kickstart Scheme
Job type: Temporary
Job reference: V0000317860

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To apply for this job, you must be claiming Universal Credit and 16 to 24 years old.

Autism East Midlands

Purpose of the Post:
To learn how to provide professional, flexible support for adults and young people with autism spectrum conditions, and to go on to provide that support and care. Contributing to the promotion of the development of a Service User’s full potential by supporting our Service Users to live as independently as possible at home, within day care provision, and, whilst in their local communities.

Trainee Support Workers will be supernumerary so will be roles that work in our Services in addition to our required staff numbers and ratio of support from staff to Service Users. The Trainee Support Worker role is a training role. Trainee Support Workers will complete the Care Certificate as part of their training. Training on the Care Certificate is delivered by AEM’s in-house learning and development team. The Care Certificate is a recognized qualification within the Health and Social Care setting, and completion of it will equip trainees to be eligible for future roles within the sector such as Care Assistant and Support Workers as well as AEM’s Autism Support Worker role.
These workers will be assigned to one of our Services located across the East Midlands region. Within the Service, Trainees will be assigned a mentor who will be an experienced AEM Autism Support Worker. The mentor will support Trainees through learning tasks and sharing experience relevant to the full support worker role, along with work shadowing. The Trainees will be given the opportunity to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to progress their career within the Health and Social Care workforce.
The aim of the Trainee Support Worker programme is to enable participants to be trained to progress to AEM’s Autism Support Worker roles.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:
- To become proficient in Autism East Midlands systems and processes in delivering high standards of care and support to Service Users, and to go on to deliver a high standard of care.
- To be supported to develop positive working relationships with Service Users, families and team members. To demonstrate the ability to recognize and know own limitations and to seek support from others when appropriate.
- To be supported to ensure high standards of professional care for all Service Users are maintained. Including providing appropriate attention to independent living, physical, cultural, social, learning, vocational aspiration, recreational and emotional need for our Service Users.
- To ensure all records that you are asked to maintain are up to date and are kept secure and confidential, adhering to the dignity of our Service Users all times and the general data protection regulations (GDPR).
- To develop a working understanding of autism and autism care and implement in practice. To develop a working understanding of communication methods of those supported in the service.
- To develop the working practice of CALM and Positive Behaviour Support and embed within the Service.
- To complete all elements of the Care Certificate and mandatory training.
- To work flexibly as required by the Service rota as directed by your manager.
- To effectively communicate within the team to ensure continuity of care is maintained.
- To work in a safe way, following individual support plans and risk assessments as well as company policies and procedures.
- To adhere to the Autism East Midlands Code of Conduct.
- To ensure attendance and timekeeping is satisfactory.

Have a passion for providing support to autistic individuals.

Desire to learn and develop skills, knowledge, and ability within the role.

Commitment to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion.

Commitment to safeguarding.

Legal right to work in the UK.

Ability to pass a DBS check.

Weekly rota according to the needs of the service.


Autism East Midlands has an in-house training team who will support every trainee through key segments of the care certificate and mandatory training within their first two weeks with the organisation. In addition to on-the job training, all trainee staff will be able to access additional training provision on:

• Autism for practitioners
• Autism in women and girls
• Autism and mental health
• Autism and ageing
• Autism and mental health

Each trainee would be assigned a workplace mentor, as well as a manager. The mentor will be an experienced support worker who will work closely alongside the trainee (shadowing) and would be the go-to person for day to day activity and queries, and the manager would play an overseeing role within the service (the specific day service or residential home).

In addition, Autism East Midlands has our own in-house employment support team, comprising of coaches who help people secure employment and access jobs. We will dedicate time from our employment coaches to this programme, providing general workshops, and personal support (through structured, booked sessions) to the candidate around:

• General CV workshop
• CV consultancy sessions
• ‘Soft skills’
• How to interview well
• How to search and apply for jobs

Our employment coaches would also be on-hand to offer ad-hoc advice when requested by either the trainee’s manager, or the trainee themselves.

On commencement of their employment at Autism East Midlands each learner would receive a development plan and learning log designed to guide and ensure their progress towards future employment, as well as performance in their job role. They would receive regular meetings with their manager, and their progress would be noted against this plan.

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