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Learning and Development

Working for Discovery is both rewarding and worthwhile, and we offer great career progression. There are a range of training opportunities and qualifications we can help you with, include our multiple award-winning development programme, Aspire.

Within the first 12 weeks of working with us, we’ll pay for and support you to complete the Care Certificate – a requirement for everyone working in the health and social care sector.

You will also have the opportunity to complete training courses and diplomas relevant to your role through a City and Guilds accredited qualifications centre. This could make you eligible for a financial bonus when you complete certain qualifications.

Within your first week of employment, you’ll be invited to start your induction journey. In response to the coronavirus pandamic we’ve introduced an online induction. Read more about it here

We deliver online and face-to-face learning across a wide range of topics, including specific skills development to meet the individual needs of the person you support. All of our courses are regularly updated so your knowledge will always be at the forefront of the sector.

All permanent colleagues have regular opportunities to gain a place on our multiple award-winning career development programme, Aspire. The course has won a national business culture award and our coaches have also won a prestigious Chartered Institute of Personal Development award for their work.

Aspire participants explore new ways and opportunities to progress with help from a professional career coach, who will support your training, job shadowing and networking opportunities. From here, you will work with your line manager to establish a career development plan and see how you can achieve your goals.

Learning Connect is an interactive online learning platform available to all our staff. You will have the opportunity to work through a wide range of training courses and development pathways – learning new skills and improving your knowledge in areas relevant to your role and the people you support.

City and Guilds website work

We’re also proud to work with City & Guilds in the Step into Social care. For more information about this, click here.

If you have completed the City & Guilds `Step into Social Care’ course, we would love to hear from you.

We are always looking for staff and if you are based in Somerset, you may just be the right person to join us.

We support people with learning disabilities, autism, challenging behaviour and complex needs throughout Somerset. We are driven by our values of ambition, courage, integrity, partnership and respect to provide exemplary care.

Recruitment process

We take great care during the recruitment process to make sure that we find the right match for the people we support. Here is a quick summary of what you can expect:

The process begins with an online application, followed by a pre-screening call with a recruitment colleague or the manager for a short chat to check your suitability for the service you have applied to work for. We will ask you some screening questions, to check you are happy with the principles of the role and what it entails, and if you pass this stage, you will be invited to a formal interview.

You will be interviewed by the manager of the service, and one other colleague. Sometimes the people we support are also part of your interview, and we welcome this. Currently our interviews are carried out virtually due to COVID-19, but we do usually do face-to-face interviews.

A successful interview leads onto the ‘meet and greet’ part of the interview process, this could be the same day, or a different day depending on the service. This is an opportunity to meet the people you may be supporting and is a two-way process, to ensure you feel you would enjoy spending time together. Ultimately if you are going to support someone regularly, it’s important to have a good relationship.

If this all goes well, we will need you to complete a numeracy and literacy assessment (online) and finalise your application and submit documents, so we have all the information to obtain your pre-employment checks – DBS, references, health questionnaire etc.

This may sound like a lengthy process and a little daunting, but please don’t be put off. Working with us could be the most rewarding job you have ever done.

To look at our vacancies, click here.

If you are undecided and would like to talk to us first, don’t hesitate to get in touch on 0300 303 9202.