We nurture skills and careers through Learning and Development
Our people come from all sorts of backgrounds. They bring with them a rich array of experience. We employ people who may be starting out in their career or changing career and are keen to experience working in a support role.
Whether you join us as a support worker, a home manager or in one of our head office teams, you’ll receive clear learning and development support from the start. That means regular reviews with your manager to explore your career goals and to put a personal development plan in place to help you achieve your potential. While we believe in opportunity, choice and success for the individuals we support, it’s equally true for our own colleagues.
The best in coaching and development
All our new team members receive a comprehensive induction to Consensus. If you’re joining as a new support worker, you’ll also receive the necessary mandatory training – in the form of the Care Certificate – that every new support worker must receive.
Then the training you’ll receive will become more specific to the service and work that you’ll be doing. In this way we take a person centred approach to your skills and career as much as we do to the lives of the individuals we support.
For our colleagues in leadership and management roles we offer the ILM Level 3 – Award in Coaching qualification. This provides the tools, knowledge and confidence for managers to coach colleagues who report to them and to constantly improve their coaching ability.
At any given time, Consensus colleagues are studying for a range of exciting qualifications – and we even offer apprenticeships. Training can be online, face to face, in small or large groups or even one-to-one and it can range from physical intervention to conflict management, support planning to positive behaviour.
Supporting individual career goals
We all have different interests, lifestyles and goals. While one person may love working as a support worker and they’re happy to continue doing that, another person may be determined to move up the career ladder. Whatever the situation, we give our colleagues every support.
If you’ve got leadership potential you may be eligible to join our Future Leaders Programme and do vocational qualifications to develop your team leadership skills. Whatever you’re keen to do, your line manager, and our Learning and Development team, are on hand to support and advise you every step of the way.
“Care providers with a significant number of homes and services, have a distinct advantage over smaller providers for providing career development opportunities and training. Our central team for learning and development can deliver across the group, creating opportunities to develop new skills above and beyond the industry standard plus programmes for high achievers. In an industry where recruitment is a constant challenge, retaining well-trained and motivated colleagues is a key attribute.” Liz Willis, Director of Learning & Organisational Development.