Health and Social Care Apprentice

High Wycombe
£14,601 pa/ £280 per week plus 5% salary increase during programme*
12 Nov 2017
16 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

This is a fantastic opportunity to work with Hightown Housing Association, a local charity supporting people with Learning Disabilities and Mental Health Problems in the Buckinghamshire area whilst working towards a Level 2 Adult Care Worker qualification.

Annual wage: £14,601 pa/ £280 per week plus 5% salary increase during programme*

Working week: You will work a set rota that includes weekends (if you work at the weekend you’ll get your days off in the week)

Total hours per week: 37.50

Apprenticeship duration: 18 months

Start date: January 2018

·You’ll make a real difference to the lives of others who have learning disabilities or mental health problems to encourage them to live independently

·You’ll undertake a comprehensive development programme that will include a Level 2 Qualification in Health and Social Care which will equip you to progress your career in the care sector which will be a mixture of on the job and classroom based learning

·You’ll work in a small home with 4 – 6 adults between 18 and 65 years of age who have learning disabilities or mental health problems to help them live fulfilling lives. Activities may include, taking residents into the community such as shopping, visiting the doctors, helping residents to manage their budgets, encouraging them to participate in music therapy, organising events and putting interest and fun into their days

·You may be required to help with some personal care (including washing, dressing, bathing, eating and serving meals)

·You will also complete health related records and contribute to care plans under the full supervision and guidance of your team

·You’ll have the support of other apprentices and a buddy who will coach and mentor you through your apprenticeship

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

·Possess good people and communication skills

·Able to learn from experience

·Able to work as part of a team

·Physically able to carry out work involving moving and handling

·Ability to use own initiative

·Ability to work with people who have difficulty communicating

Personal qualities

·Caring and compassionate

·Committed to learning

·Responsible and reliable


·Taking ownership for resolving problems

Future prospects

On successful completion of the programme you will be guaranteed an interview for our Assistant Support Worker Roles (currently paying £8.32 per hour) and can apply for our Support Worker Roles (£10.34 per hour) should you wish. Those looking to progress in to a management role have the opportunity to become an Assistant Manager. We also have opportunities across the organisation to work with people who are homeless and young people.

Things to consider

This is a full time job. This could be your first job, or you may be returning to work after a career break or seeking a new direction. You’ll be working occasional weekends and must be able to work both early shifts (starting at 7am) and late shifts (usually finishing at 10pm). You’ll receive full training to support you in working with the people we support. You may be asked to provide some personal care. You must complete the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check which will be paid for by Hightown and an initial health questionnaire. This can be the start of an incredibly rewarding career working whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification.

About Hightown

Hightown is a charitable housing association transforming thousands of lives every year. We do this by building hundreds of much needed new homes and providing care and supported housing services for a wide range of people. We have high ambitions, a principled approach and a dependable, flexible team that delivers.

Hightown currently has over 80 small homes based across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire. The Hightown apprenticeship will offer you a broad experience of care for those with learning disabilities and mental health problems.

To find out more and apply visit our website:

Closing date: Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Interview date: 4th - 6th December 2017

Hightown is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Successful candidates will need to have a satisfactory enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service, together with any other relevant recruitment checks. We are an Equal Opportunities Employer.

*Terms and conditions apply – you must have successfully completed stage 1 and 2 of the programme in order to qualify for the pay increase. Clawback provisions will apply should you leave during the programme

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