£16,800 pa / £8.62 ph



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Kent Autistic Trust

Support Worker

Support Worker

We are proud to say that support workers at the Kent Autistic Trust are quite unique. Firstly, we recruit staff who really value every person whether its the people we support, their families or carers, or staff as an individual, respect their aspirations and commitments in life, and seek to understand their priorities, needs, abilities and limits. Secondly, we provide a 12 month comprehensive training and assessment programme for staff, and after that we continue to develop our talent through an ongoing learning and development curriculum.

At the end of the initial 12 months of training and assessment, our new recruits graduate as KAT Specialist Support Worker which reflects their ability as a front line autism expert. Ensuring they are equipped with a broad range of skills to care and support people with challenging and complex needs.

Compassion is at the heart of our business as is empathy, dignity and respect. We ensure any personal care needed is given in a kind and safe manner. We truly offer the people we support opportunities that will enrich their lives through community involvement and new experiences.

Having a flexible workforce means that there is opportunity for staff to seamlessly transition between our residential and day services, and also support our tenants with living as independently as possible in supported living accommodation or at home or in respite. Working for us often means that no two days are the same, but the care and support that the people we support is consistently high quality, with CQC rating all our services good, and many outstanding.

The logistics of the work we do necessitates transporting the people we support to appointments, activities or days out. Driving is therefore an integral responsibility of many of our jobs. Drivers need a full driving licence and the confidence and willingness to drive a small minibus (people carrier) or a mobility car.

For this role we require a driver who is happy to drive a manual mobility car.

Staff need to have a sufficient level of fitness in order to participate in activities such as swimming, cycling, walking and housekeeping duties. In addition, some of our accredited mandatory training is physical as it includes management of aggression and self-injurious behaviours.

Support Worker

We offer many benefits, which include some salary sacrifice arrangements, although some benefits are dependent on a minimum earnings threshold:

  • 28 days holiday, rising to 33 days after 1 year (Pro Rata for Part Time Positions)
  • Generous occupational sick pay scheme after completion of probation
  • Pension
  • Life Assurance
  • Long Service Awards
  • Counselling Services
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Significant Retail and Leisure Discount Scheme that could save staff an average of £1,000 pa
  • Discounted Gym Membership
  • Financial Well-being Scheme (loans and savings)
  • Voluntary sleep-ins, currently £60 per night
  • Opportunities to pick up additional voluntary casual shifts
  • Paid training
  • We also have plans to introduce both a Cycle to Work Scheme and a Car Lease Scheme.

Summary Details - Support Worker

Salary - £16,800 p.a. / £8.62 ph

Hours - 37.5 hours per week on average, with some additional paid training outside these hours, plus casual shifts and sleep ins regularly available.

Driver - Of a Mobility Car. Full Driving Licence.

Shift - Six week rolling rota. Shifts include weekend work.

Hours worked will be between the hours of 7.30am to 10.30pm depending on shift. Shift duration is generally 9 hours. Night shifts are available 10pm to 7am.

Location - Wayfield Road, Chatham

Indicative Closing Date: 22nd May 2019

We will review applications promptly and will generally commence interviews before the indicative closing date.

Interview Dates: Date to be arranged with the shortlisted candidate directly.

We do not accept applications made via agencies.

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