People decide to change career and become a Support Worker for many reasons. The need for flexible working hours, family commitments, wanting to do a job that’s worthwhile, making a difference to the quality of life for others or just plain boredom in their current job, the list is endless.
So, how do you make that leap? Do you think you are too old, too young, under-experienced, not able to pass the tests, or just too nervous?
It’s a lot simpler than you think and with the support provided by our staff, you’ll wonder why it took you so long to decide it was the right choice for you.
So let’s get started…..
Firstly, we offer out of hour’s telephone screening calls and interviews. We know how difficult it is to make time for these whilst working or with family commitments. We don’t do ‘formal’ it’s all very relaxed, because we are interested in meeting the real you, not someone who is nervous about what outfit they are wearing or answering the questions correctly and in our experience there isn’t a right or wrong answer because, after all, we are in the business of people and we are all very different!
So, you’ve had your telephone screening, been invited in for an interview and got your job offer….what next?
If you are new to the industry you’ll be offered a ‘taster session’ so you experience first hand what it means to be a Support Worker. This is the real thing, so hang on to your hat, we don’t do anything differently because you need to know that this is the right move for you and we need to know that you are the right fit for us and our clients.
Now you’ve decided this is what you want to do but do you doubt your ability? This is where our support really helps; we’ll get you up and running in no time. The DBS and reference checks are made, we set you up to complete your Care Certificate (which you do remotely via e-learning), once that’s complete you come in for your Induction Training and Manual Handling Training, all of which is provided free of charge with the support of our friendly staff at our offices.
The next stage is called shadowing. Each new staff member is appointed a ‘Shadowing Mentor’, think of them as already having a friend at the company. They will teach you the hands-on practical aspects of the role in our client’s homes and answer any questions about the role and working for Chilworth Care. Once you are ready to start on your own, your Shadowing Mentor will continue to support you for as long as you need, actually, they’ll probably never stop, we have a great team here and everyone always looks out for each other.
Do you still doubt your ability or suitability for this change? That’s perfectly natural, why don’t you give Kyria or Jacqui a call to discuss it further and find out if this is the next exciting change for you.