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Apprentice Childrens Support Worker

Seashell Trust
£7 an hour - Full-time, Temporary contract, Fixed term contract



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  • Casual dress
  • Company events
  • Company pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Discounted or free food
  • Employee discount
  • Free parking

Full job description

Job Title: Apprentice Childrens Support Worker

Salary: £7.00 per hour

Job Type: Apprenticeship Scheme (2 year’s – fixed term contract)

Location: Cheadle Hulme, SK8 6RQ

Hours: 37.5 per week, 52 weeks per year

Start date: September 2024

We’re looking for enthusiastic, passionate and positive apprentices, that want to change the world, one life at a time.

About The Seashell Trust

Seashell Trust is a 200-year-old, nationally recognised and registered charity based in Cheadle Hulme, Stockport.

The Trust is made up of the Royal School Manchester, Royal College Manchester, Residential Care Homes, Outreach Health and Family Services.

We provide residential care and education for children and young people with severe, profound, and complex learning difficulties and disabilities, sensory impairments and communication disorders and autism.

Our fantastic services are based on one-site at Cheadle Hulme, which deepens our sense of community for our children and young people and the Seashell team.

The Seashell Trust Apprentice Scheme

Our innovative Centre of Excellence has a range excellent opportunities for dynamic individuals to join a high performing team whilst completing your apprenticeship.

As one of our apprentices, you’ll be assigned a Mentor to support you, and our Centre of Excellence offers the chance to prepare for the world of work and develop a broader range of skills whilst completing training to a high standard with top quality providers.

You will gain valuable ‘on the job experience’ whilst completing qualifications to support your personal and professional development.

About the role:

We are currently recruiting Apprentice Residential Support Workers within our Centre of Excellence. You'll be working with Children, between the ages of 2-18.

This is a fixed term contract positions for two years until August 2026 in the first instance, then you will have the opportunity to apply for our permanent positions in our Young Adult's Residential Care Services.

As an apprentice at Seashell, you’ll become part of an experienced and welcoming team and endeavour to develop warm and trusting relationships with our children and young people – no one day will be the same!

Our 17 state of the art Residential Homes are currently rated ‘Good’ with OFSTED and most who reside in the homes attend our on-site specialist Royal School or Royal College.

This is an exciting opportunity to work towards developing an incredibly rewarding career path.

What we’re looking for:

  • GCSE English and Maths grade A-C/grade 4 or above, or equivalent level 2 qualification in literacy and numeracy is essential –

Where this has not been achieved or cannot be evidenced, candidates must commit to completing a functional skills exam to level 2 standard prior to completion of the apprenticeship qualification.

Training and Development

As an apprentice at Seashell, you will spend four days per week working in your allocated department, and a minimum of one day of on-site study with the Learning and Development team, and you will achieve one of the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 Adult Social Care.
  • Level 4 Children, Young People and Family Practitioner.

In addition to your one day of on-site study you will be working the following shift patterns:

  • Early shifts (7.30am–3pm).
  • Late shifts (3pm-10pm).
  • Occasional split shifts (7.30am – 9.30am then 3pm-10pm).
  • Weekend shifts 2 per year.
  • Nights 9:45pm – 7:45am (very occasional).

Apprentice Role and Responsibilities:

  • Work as part of a team providing person centred care to individuals who have a wide range of physical and learning disabilities including children and young adults with profound, multiple learning disabilities and complex health needs.
  • Support children and young adults attending to their individual needs, preferences and wellbeing.
  • Ensure that all actions and decisions take consideration of the impact on our children, young people and families in accordance with Seashell Trust’s Core Values.
  • Acting as a role model for colleagues in terms of standards of behaviour, professional expertise, and integrity.
  • Assisting with daily routines including personal care, eating and drinking, mobility needs and supporting with access to social and community activities.
  • Assist with infection prevention and control policy and procedures.
  • Undertake domestic duties such as cooking and cleaning to ensure high standards are maintained and compliance with health and safety and risk assessments are met.

In addition to your Apprentice Training and Development we also offer:

  • Fully paid British Sign Language Course
  • Use of the on-site gym and swimming pool.
  • Free on-site parking.
  • Cycle to work scheme.
  • Company Events.
  • Refer a friend scheme.
  • Paid DBS.
  • A comprehensive health and wellbeing provision including Employee Assistance, wellbeing programmes and Occupational Health.
  • Retail, food and leisure discount card.
  • Choice of pension scheme.

Our Recruitment Process

  • Apply to the role online, you’ll be sent an application form to complete and return.
  • You will then be invited to an assessment centre to interview for our positions week commencing 15th April 2024. We aim to let all candidates know the outcome of their interviews within 1 week.

About Seashell Trust

Our vision is for the children and young people in our care to be safe, happy and to achieve the best possible outcomes so that they are valued and valuable members of their communities.

We provide an environment that is safeguarded and as part of our safer recruitment policy, successful candidates will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check (no cost) and full references will be taken.

This charity is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We value diversity and are committed to equal opportunities. Disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria on the person specification will be guaranteed an interview.

We are an inclusive employer and welcome applications from all identities.

Our vision is for the children and young people in our care to be safe, happy and to achieve the best possible outcomes so that they are valued and valuable members of their communities.

Job Types: Full-time, Fixed term contract
Contract length: 24 months

Pay: £7.00 per hour


  • Casual dress
  • Company events
  • Company pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Discounted or free food
  • Free parking
  • Gym membership
  • Health & wellbeing programme
  • Life insurance
  • On-site parking
  • Referral programme
  • Sick pay
  • Store discount


  • 8 hour shift

Application question(s):

  • Please outline any relevant experience that you have for this position.
  • What has attracted you to apply for this apprenticeship with Seashell?

Work Location: In person

Expected start date: 02/09/2024