Apprentice Community Support Worker - Dorking ROYAL ASSOCIATION FOR DEAF PEOPLE

Are you looking to start an apprenticeship scheme seeking an exciting opportunity to work within a leading Deaf organisation and studying for the level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care? We are currently offering opportunities to work within our Community Support team in various locations; Essex, London, Surrey and Kent/Medway.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 28 Sep 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    37.5 hours per week - shift work MAY INCLUDE NIGHTS.

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    05 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    7 days ago

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Through an apprenticeship programme, you will work with the team to develop skills and knowledge that will enable you to provide high quality person centred support to deaf people with a learning disability and/or mental health challenge (using their preferred method of communication).
Our Community Support Service empowers people to have choice and control of their lives enabling them to live safely and as independently as possible; supporting the development of communication, independence and life skills. All support is delivered in line with an individualised support plan but can include: attending activities, events groups/clubs, carrying out daily tasks such as banking, visiting a garden centre, shopping and/or attending health appointments.
You will be required to complete an Level 2 Diploma  in Health and Social Care as part of this Apprenticeship.

These main duties and responsibilities will be learned through the course of the apprenticeship.  Skills and knowledge will be developed through a programme of learning including shadowing, training and mentoring.

  • Support people in their homes and in the community in a safe, effective, caring and responsive way.
  • Deliver support as per an individual’s support plan.
  • Attend/complete training as required as part of the Apprenticeship programme, and as outlined in RAD’s training plan.

Support the delivery of group activities and events.Empower service users to live in the community as independently as possible; safely and with dignity. 

  • Support communication in community and other settings (working with Interpreters where appropriate).
  • Accompany the people who we support to social groups, activities and events.
  • Informally advocate for people, as appropriate and ensure access to formal advocacy is promoted where appropriate.
  • Ensure service users have equal opportunities.
  • Informally provide deaf awareness to staff, carers and other professionals through your day to day work.
  • Provide information to service users in their preferred language/medium. 
  • Attend regular supervision sessions and team meetings.
  • Support other team members to carry out hearing assessments (if applicable).
  • Provide information and advice as appropriate.
  • Promote the work of RAD through your day to day work.
  • Report safeguarding concerns in line with RAD’s policy/procedure.
  • Ensure RAD working practices and policies are adhered to at all times.
  • Ensure the principles of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) are being applied to promote informed decision making.
  • Ensure your line manager is notified of any referral requirements (to other RAD services, or external services).
  • Maintain open channels of communication within the team.
  • Report immediately any concerns about the conduct of staff and/or financial irregularity to the Social Care Ops or Service Manager, Director of Services or Chief Executive.
  • Any other reasonable duties as agreed with your line manager.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

We welcome applications from Deaf people and those who have some sign language skills/experience (see job description for further information) to work with adults who use a variety of visual forms of communication including British Sign Language (BSL), Makaton, SSE and signs/symbols.

Personal qualities

Do you have a positive attitude to work and learning?  Are you enthusiastic and reliable?  Do you want to learn from a skilled and experienced team?  If so, please get in touch.

Qualifications required

No Qualifications Required
Desired British Sign Language (BSL), Makaton, SSE and signs/symbols.

Future prospects

On-going training and development, following completion of successful apprenticeship.

Things to consider

The key dates are to be used as a guide only. Should the right candidate be found, this vacancy may close early.

About the employer

The RAD Social Care Team provides community support services to individuals to empower people to live more independently. We are currently looking for people to join the team. Are you seeking an exciting and fulfilling opportunity to work within a great organisation, providing support in a wide variety of settings and making a real difference to people’s lives?




316 High Street



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Training provider

Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship 
Functional Skills in Maths
Functional Skills in English
Functional Skills in ICT

Apprenticeship standard

Adult care > Adult Care Worker

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Lifetime Training Ltd

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This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 28 Sep 2017