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Workplace Learning

A well-trained, well-qualified workforce is at the core of delivering good quality support.

All new workers undergo a 6-month probationary period. This includes induction training and mentoring with experienced staff, which happens within the first 6 weeks of starting work with us.

The induction training includes inputs on:

  • Supporting people to keep safe and well
  • Health and Safety, emergency aid, moving and handling, and medication
  • Codes of Practice, Care Standards, Adult Support and Protection, and the roles and responsibilities of a social care worker
  • Enabling choice and control and supporting communication
  • Promoting citizenship and supporting people to get involved in their local community.

Our training is delivered by our in-house Staff Learning and Development team, who are all experienced practitioners encompassing a wealth of knowledge and specialisms, for example, Autism, Dementia, Behavioural Support Strategies, Intensive Interaction and Mental Health Awareness. We also work closely with family members and other professionals, which enables us to build training which is individually tailored to the needs of each person we support.

As a Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) approved centre, we can offer Key and Community Lifestyles staff the opportunity to study for a relevant SVQ award, such as SVQ 2 and 3 (Social Services and Health Care) and also PDA (Health and Social Care Supervision).

Whilst undertaking their qualification candidates have access to a range of support including a one-day induction to SVQs, regular face to face meetings with their named Assessor and also an online forum which acts as a one-stop shop for relevant course materials and resources.

The achievements of successful candidates are celebrated at a special awards ceremony; a day which reflects not just upon personal achievements but also on the importance of having a highly skilled workforce to deliver good quality person-centred support.