Trainee Autism Practitioner

Job description

Everyone deserves an incredible future!

Become a Trainee Autism Practitioner at Underley Garden Residential School, part of Options Autism and start working towards yours.

The opportunity

This is a new role with an exciting career and development plan, structured to ensure our staff are trained, supported, and continually developed. We want to give you the best possible toolkit, to deliver outstanding care and support to our Autistic Children and young people and help them achieve incredible outcomes.

There will be fully paid courses throughout the year which will help you expand your knowledge, get qualifications and prepare to become a Qualified Autism Practitioner. It is an incredible opportunity to launch your career and see it flourish.

This home is located in the idyllic countryside of Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria and is within commutable distance from Lancaster, Morecambe, Penrith, Kendal and Skipton.

The Role

At Underley Garden Residential School, we work directly with vulnerable children with Autism and complex needs. Our Children exhibit a wide range of abilities, from non-verbal to high-functioning and you will use your creativity and compassion to tailor your approach to each individual’s needs. This will involve learning about the young person’s interests as well as their dislikes and their triggers, using that connection as a launchpad for a rewarding relationship. Patience and a passion for this kind of engagement is essential.

You will be responsible for the wellbeing of the children or young people in your care. This will include chaperoning the children to appointments and activities, completing relevant paperwork, delivering personal care, undertaking household tasks, and where appropriate administering medication.

Empathy and warmth are crucial to this role, helping you meet the challenge posed by young people with specific emotional and behavioural challenges.

Working as part of an incredible team of committed colleagues, you will co-operate and share knowledge and learning to the benefit of great care. Excellent communication skills are essential, both in terms of teamwork and – most importantly – as you will be in close contact with the children you care for.

Kindness is key. In this role, a warm smile can make a massive difference.

Who are we are looking for?

You don’t need any experience to join our team. If you come from hospitality, the army, outdoor activity centres or an office based job but are eager to help vulnerable children and young people to live happy, fulfilling lives, this is the role for you.

As part of our essential care giving team, you will be flexible, creative and able to act on instinct to find the best, bespoke approach for a wide range of individuals.

Many of our children and young people have difficulty with self-expression and we are looking for Trainee Autism Practitioners who are passionate about making connections and overcoming barriers to communication.

You will be friendly, approachable and kind in your dealings with the children and young people. You will be committed to giving them the space and opportunity to thrive, playing your part in creating a nurturing environment in which they can fulfil their potential.

You will play a key role in the smooth-running of the site, and you will have a good grasp of safety and hygiene, and a conscientious dedication to the young people’s wellbeing. This is a role in which attention to detail really counts – and one that touches the real lives of people every day.

Why join Options Autism?

  • We are a values-driven organisation that puts people first
  • We provide continuous professional development to take your career further
  • Our year long trainee program helps you to be prepared to deliver outstanding care and future courses and development will be provided at each career step
  • Free parking, meals, and Gym membership
  • We build our bonds through a great social events calendar
  • Our Your Wellbeing Matters initiative provides total support
  • Our Employees Rewards Hub offers great rewards such as discount vouchers
  • A minimum equivalent of 5.6 weeks annual leave per year
  • £25,620 (£10.50 per hour and inclusive of 6 sleep in’s per month) rising to £27,180 (£11.25 per hour and inclusive of 6 sleep in’s per month) once qualified
  • Earn £1000 by referring a friend
  • Bupa medical insurance
  • Further earning potential through sleep ins, overtime and Bank holiday supplements.

We are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. All successful applicants will be subject to fully Enhanced DBS.

Care assistant/ Support worker/ Children’s care worker/ Children development /Working with children/ Autism practitioner/ Career/ Trainee


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