"At Southdown we want to enable staff to provide good, effective support"

Training Manager

We know that learning happens all the time. It happens in services, whilst staff are doing their job, working with clients, and talking to colleagues.

At Southdown we want to enable staff to provide good, effective support to the people who use our services.

I’m the Training Manager for Southdown and I’m responsible for ensuring the formal learning opportunities we provide meet the needs of our staff and the organisation.

We know that learning happens all the time. It happens in services, whilst staff are doing their job, working with clients, and talking to colleagues.

We want to supplement that with a programme of more formal learning from induction to management development.

We put a lot of emphasis on induction. It helps people feel they belong to the organisation and are welcome here. An induction helps them learn Southdown’s values and the key approaches and processes we use. We really want people to have the tools to do their job in a safe way.

I work with senior managers to design formal input for staff who are beyond their induction. This picks up on innovative approaches, new research, changes in legislation, needs identified by managers and staff, and client feedback on how to do things better.

New support staff in our learning disability services get a really solid induction and training in our well-recognised training programme. This, and a portfolio they complete, gives them the Care Certificate, the nationally recognised standard for induction in care.

Once they’ve been in post for a year they have the opportunity to apply for our qualification programme where they can do a Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care.

There is also the opportunity for career progression in Southdown. There are opportunities to be senior support workers and managers in our learning disability services.

We have examples of more senior managers who started their career in Southdown as bank staff!”

We have many employment opportunities we can offer to skilled, caring people who embrace our values. Please visit our Southdown Jobs page to see our current positions.