"Secondments give you an opportunity to see a broader spectrum of Southdown’s work"

Secondment Position

Being office-based, I’ve found it valuable and interesting to see the challenges frontline staff face. It gives me a more rounded view of Southdown – of what we do.

Secondments give you an opportunity to see a broader spectrum of Southdown’s work. If you’re working in one service, you don’t always appreciate what others do.

I’m a Training Officer and this is my second secondment since I started working for Southdown in January 2010!

I started as a Support Worker in Learning Disability Services. After just under four years I came to Southdown’s Head Office in Lewes on a year’s secondment as an Assistant Finance Officer. I was offered a permanent job there so I stayed!

My background is actually in finance and admin – support work was me going out on a limb! The role was advertised and I sent an expression of interest. I took it as a secondment because I knew I could go back at the end of the year. There’s a great security in doing secondments.

I’ve been a Training Officer for three and a half months. Even though it’s only been for a short time, I feel very much part of this team. The role was for a specific project - to support staff in Learning Disability Services to use our new training system, e-learning.

I wasn’t looking to move, but I always check the job vacancy emails we are sent to keep up to date with what is going on in other services.

What appealed to me was that the role was for a short period and involved IT training and working in Learning Disability Services – it ticked all my boxes!

I’ve been learning new skills, different things. I’ve had to up my IT skills and I’ve felt supported in that.

Within Finance, I often see the names of our clients in the rents that come in or goods and services that have been bought for them. So to actually work in Learning Disability Services and meet the clients and put faces to these names was lovely.

Being office-based, I’ve found it valuable and interesting to see the challenges frontline staff face. It gives me a more rounded view of Southdown – of what we do.

It’s valuable because it gives you a perspective of something you wouldn’t ordinarily have and an appreciation for the work colleagues do.

I have really enjoyed working in Training. I’ve loved working one-to-one and one-to-two with Support Workers in the services, working alongside people and talking people through training.

I’ve learnt that I’ve got more patience than I thought I had! And that given time and support, everyone can successfully complete the training.

I’ve also learnt how to use a sat nav! I’m an East Sussex girl and I’ve had to find my way around West Sussex for this role!

I would recommend a secondment to anyone. They are a great and secure way of learning new skills and seeing more of the organisation.

 

An internal secondment can be a constructive and beneficial opportunity for both the organisation and the staff member. A secondment enables staff to enhance and develop skills for a set period of time, with the ability to return to their previous position when it ends.