About Lifeways Group
As the largest provider of specialist support and care services for adults, we are here to help people live ordinary, independent and happy lives through the extraordinary support our employees provide. Established in 1995, the Lifeways Group has over 10,000 employees providing specialist support services for people with learning disabilities, mental –
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A day in the life of a support worker
By joining the team at Lifeways you will have the support and friendship of colleagues who share your skill, enthusiasm and motivation. Your work may be challenging, but always stimulating and rewarding. You will receive competitive pay and a package of benefits which reflect your qualifications and experience. Most importantly, you’ll be working for a company that really values its people. With our excellent training, you can develop personally and professionally, and take advantage of the diverse career opportunities that await you
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Working for Lifeways in 2021
We are currently in strange times and it can be difficult to find work. You don't need to turn to retail, explore a career in care. Care is a stable and permanent sector that is now more appreciated than ever. With no prior care experience required to join our team of amazing Support Workers, you can work for a growing and important organisation. With full training provided, you will be prepared for your first day on the job. We also offer flexible working, permanent and sessional contracts so we can fit around you. Every day our Support Workers get to see their hard work pay off through the achievements of those they support. Seeing our service users live a happy and fulfilling life is enough for our colleagues to feel like they have made a true difference in others' lives. Many of our current colleagues are not originally from a care background but because of the transferable skills from their previous roles in sectors such as retail or hospitality, they are a great fit. Many of our current colleagues who started in retail or non-care roles, have progressed and developed through Lifeways and are now at a manager level.
All of our colleagues receive full induction training and training tailored to assist those we support. The first formal qualification you will receive is the Care Certificate after 12 weeks. Training and development doesn’t stop here. Training and development is ongoing in the job. As a Lifeways employee, you can gain access to nationally recognised qualifications. You will also have access to My Lifeways Learning. A tool for additional training and refresher modules We have so many opportunities for you to progress in your care career through training and development, and support by your manager. You can even move to other departments so you can pursue your career goals.
This past year has been a challenging time for us all, and we are proud of all our apprentices who have carried on learning remotely. We have supported up to 260 people to enroll onto an apprenticeship, which is a fantastic achievement during 2020. An apprenticeship could give you the vital skills and knowledge to build your future. There are over 590 apprenticeship standards approved for delivery, so there may be one available for you to complete. There isn’t a better time to get started with an apprenticeship
Declan Smith, Scheme Manager
Tracey Nickless, Team Leader
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Tips for an Interview
For most people, job interviews for a company within the care sector are nerve-wracking situations and can be stressful. The best way to counter this pressure is to be prepared. Knowing what to expect and being ready to make a good first impression will ease nerves and boost confidence. Ann Senior, one of the Regional Recruitment Coordinators for Lifeways, is here to share some of her recommendations for preparing for a job interview. Do your homework: Research the company and its background. Look at what they do, how old the company is, and the CEO. Information can be found online on the company website and the advertised job description. Prepare your questions: Interviewers usually end the interview by asking if you have any questions for them, so it's always good to have a few questions prepared. This demonstrates that you are prepared, enthusiastic, and committed to the role. Questions can include: Where do you see the company in 5 years? Why do you work here? When will I find out if I got the position? Is there a uniform? Practice your interview technique: Make notes of your skills that relate to the role highlighted in the job description. How can your experiences and abilities contribute to the role? Confidence is key, so try practicing interview questions/answers with a friend/family member. Technology: Before your interview, make sure the device you are doing the video interview on is fully charged and is kept plugged in during your call. In order to give the video interview your full attention, make sure you are sitting somewhere quiet. Lifeways interviews are done on Microsoft Teams but there are lots of video platforms that can be used. It's important to familiarize yourself with the video platform. Also, check that you received the link to your video interview and confirmed your attendance. Most importantly, don’t leave your preparation to the last minute. You want to present the best version of yourself and by taking these simple steps, you’ll be able to do just that.