Location: - Supported Living and Residential Services in Colchester and Peldon

Rate of pay: - £4.15 per hour

Hours of Work: - Monday – Friday 8am–3pm or 9am-4pm (or in line with the needs of the service, these hours may be flexible)

Autism Anglia is a well-establish charity providing provision for people within the Autistic Spectrum from pre-school to adults. We provide a range of services to enable people with Autism to live as independently as possible and experience choice and inclusion in society. The ethos of our work is based on the following five key themes

  • “Skills and strategies” for people with ASC
  • To always adopt a personal approach (understanding the person and ASC)
  • To have a shared understanding of a person and their strength and needs, and what is important to them.
  • “Power with” approaches (support versus care)
  • To see people with ASC as independent and valued citizens

 The charity also seeks to promote a greater knowledge and understanding of autism through training, education and supplying information to the public and professionals.

Your duties as an Apprentice Support Worker will include:

  • Supporting adults who have diagnoses of Autism or Asperger’s, and maybe additional needs. Supporting the individuals in their everyday lives in their homes or in the community, whilst promoting independence.
  • You will be responsible for enhancing people’s lives - you may be supporting with personal care, home duties - such as cooking and cleaning, accompanying individuals in the community to activities, appointments and shopping.
  • Working alongside experienced support workers, senior support workers and team leaders within a Residential home.
  • You will be expected to follow agreed ways of working including recommendations from Speech and Language therapists and Psychologists.
  • You will need to attend all relevant in house and external training to be able to support the individuals.

The key skills we are looking for are as follows:

  • Good spoken and written communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to respond to the changing needs of the service and it’s users
  • Ability to identify needs of service users and staff
  • Ability to maintain accurate records
  • Willing to learn how to manage emotionally and physically challenging behaviour
  • Ability to adhere to policies and procedure
  • Ability to work and interact with a wide range of professionals
  • Ability to respond appropriately to a variety of demands

We are looking for candidates with the following qualities:

  • A caring, positive, energetic, enthusiastic, proactive & flexible approach
  • Self-motivated
  • Ability to make decisions, encourage, motivate and advocate for others
  • Display a tactful and diplomatic approach when dealing with individuals
  • Ability to react with sensitivity and empathy when appropriate
  • Ability to present one’s self as a good role model in terms of conducting in an appropriate manner
  • Commitment to ongoing professional and personal development
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Willingness to undertake the Apprenticeship Diploma Level 2 in Care or Level 3 in Adult Care

The Apprenticeship could lead to a permanent opportunity as a Support Worker within one of Autism Anglia’s services, depending if a vacancy exists and if the individual is able to demonstrate the required competence.

It should be noted that the position can include all different types of working, including personal care and working indoors and outdoors. The Apprentice may be expected to participate in sports and leisure activities such as long-distance walking and swimming. 

There may be times when an individual displays behaviour which may challenge either physically or emotionally. To ensure that your and others Health and Safety is upheld at all times, you will be working alongside skilled & experienced staff, attend regular supervisions and receive relevant training to assist you in your job-role.

To apply for these vacancies please contact Mandy Zimmer, Training Manager, on 01206 577678 or by email to [email protected].

The closing date for applications is 31 May 2020. We hope to conduct interviews during the week commencing 8 June 2020 with a view to the successful candidates commencing their roles on 1 July 2020.

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