Want to join our team? Working with us is so much more than just a job. We offer the opportunity to make a real difference in peoples’ lives.
From support roles to creative workshops, we support adults with learning and other disabilities to lead lives of opportunity.
We want our employees to enjoy what they do, which is why we are looking to recruit great people, to make our communities great places to live for the people that we support and great places to work for our employees.
We are looking for people who share our values and who are enthusiastic about making a difference.
- Building connections
Camphill Village Trust offers a sense of belonging and community. That means we create opportunities for friendship, connecting people to build a community so they can feel valued rather than isolated.
- Enabling potential
Camphill Village Trust enables people to develop, grow and be heard. This means we build confidence and the voice of the people we support informs what we do, at every level.
- Promoting purpose
Camphill Village Trust promotes meaningful, healthy living. This means the people we support live an active life and can contribute to the wider community on an equal basis.
- Environmental respect
Camphill Village Trust values and cares for the environment. This means that we see a connection between the environment we live in and our well-being and promote living sustainably, in harmony with the natural world.
- Social impact
Camphill Village Trust believes our people and resources should make a positive contribution to society. This means we support and develop initiatives to challenge issues faced by vulnerable members of society, which enable the people we support to achieve greater integration into the wider community.
If you are the sort of person who treats others with respect, listens to their needs, understands their emotions, and is warm, kind, and honest, and enjoys supporting people to learn and develop new skills and make the most of life’s opportunities, you would make a great support worker.
Being a support worker requires some core social care knowledge and skills like teamwork and problem-solving, but it is your values, behaviour and attitude that really matters – we can support you with the rest.
Everyone receives a full induction when they start and is supported to obtain the Care Certificate. We also provide opportunities to obtain further health and social care qualifications, to help you progress your career aspirations.
We always welcome the opportunity to talk with you about the role and answer any questions you have before the interview – so please get in touch – email firstname.lastname@example.org with a phone number and we will contact you.
Once we have received your online application, we aim to respond to all support worker applicants as soon as possible. For other roles, you may not hear from us until after the closing date, when we have had the opportunity to review all the applications received.
You will receive an email or phone call inviting you to an interview. If you have not been successful, we will always let you know promptly.
We will send you a link to complete a personality questionnaire before the interview, to help us understand your strengths and suitability for the role.
We will let you know in advance what to expect when you come for the interview and how long to allow. Usually, there is an interview with two or three managers that lasts about 45 minutes and a second shorter interview involving people we support. They will ask their own questions and have a member of staff there to support them.
Sometimes there is a practical task to complete that is relevant to the role. If you need any adjustments due to a disability, please let us know.
We will normally call you the day after the interview if we would like to offer you a job with us and we will then confirm the job offer in writing.
Our offer of employment will be conditional on the satisfactory completion of pre-employment checks and as a social care provider, these need to be carried out before you start. We carry out these checks as quickly as possible but obtaining some checks can take a few weeks.
You will be sent a link to register on our employment screening system and be asked to provide information:
- to verify your identity
- to confirm you have the right to work in the UK
- to undertake an Enhanced or Basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), depending on your job role – this will be paid for by us
- to confirm your fitness to undertake the role and to look at whether we need to make any adjustments to help you
- We will seek two satisfactory references from your current and most recent employers and details of any gaps in employment. If you are a student or have not worked for some time, we can talk to you about who else might be able to give you a reference.
During the recruitment process, we ask you to tell us in confidence about any criminal record, including any cautions or pending prosecutions.
As the role involves access to vulnerable adults, it is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offender Act 1974, and so you will need to provide details of ‘spent’ convictions and cautions unless they are protected. More details about what is protected can be found on the DBS website or contact the Nacro Resettlement Advice Service - https://www.nacro.org.uk/resettlement-advice-service/support-for-individuals/disclosing-criminal-records/disclosing-criminal-records-employers/
We will only take account of information if it is covered by the exemption and is not protected. Having a criminal record will not prevent us from employing you. We will consider the nature of the offence, how long ago it happened, the age you were at the time, and any other relevant factors.
Ready to start
Once the pre-employment checks have been completed and are satisfactory, we will be in touch to let you know and agree on a start date.
We look forward to seeing you on your first day with us.
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- We provide 6.6 weeks of paid annual leave a year, including bank holidays, increasing to seven weeks after two years of service.
- For those who need to prioritise pay over annual leave, employees have the option in January each year of “cashing in” one week of their annual leave to supplement their pay.
- Company sick pay after one month, starting at four weeks and increasing to 12 weeks with service.
- Life cover for all employees which means that families will receive a payment if a colleague dies while working for the Trust (subject to the terms and conditions of the cover).
- We have an auto-enrolment pension scheme, involving a 5% contribution by the employee and 3% by the Trust. We have the option for employees to increase their contribution to 10% and will receive a 6% contribution by the Trust.
- Access to an Employee Assistance Programme with a 24/7 helpline for advice and support, including face-to-face counselling.
- Employees and their families have access to preferential prices and discounts in-store and online for a wide range of goods and services, ranging from laptops and other electronic items, holidays, and cinema tickets and a points-based reward/cashback scheme.
- Induction and training programme for new support workers with support to obtain qualifications relevant to their role.
- Employees who introduce a friend to work with the Trust receive a thank you of £150 through payroll, Terms & Conditions apply.
- Chance to take part in the Health & Wellbeing initiatives within the Trust.
Camphill Village Trust believes that all people involved with the charity whether a person we support, their relatives, colleagues or volunteers should be treated with dignity and respect. Our people should not be discriminated against because of their age, disability, gender, race or sexuality. We actively promote equality, diversity and inclusion within our workplace and welcome applications from all suitable candidates.
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