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Health and Social Care Apprentice L'ARCHE



20th February 2024

Employer description

L'Arche is a social care provider, supporting adults with learning disabilities to live life to the full. Here in Ipswich we are a lively community where people with and without learning disabilities share daily life together; where everyone is valued, differences are accepted and talents are recognised and celebrated. We are committed to developing personal responsibility and growth in a community setting. What makes L’Arche different is the attention we pay to building relationships and a sense of belonging, which goes beyond work and the provision of a service. We aim to celebrate people with learning disabilities and build circles of support around them. We go beyond basic needs to attend to people’s emotional and spiritual lives.

Main description

This is your chance to make a real difference and help support, befriend and share life with people in one of the most marginalised groups in our society. As an Apprentice in a L’Arche Community, you’ll not only learn transferable skills and gain a valuable Health and Social Care qualification (Adult Care).

As an Apprentice in a L’Arche Community, you will be supporting adults with learning disabilities along side qualified Support Workers, in a supported living setting. Your training will be monitored by a local training provider, but the vast majority of learning will take place on site.

Apprentices at L’Arche will engage with community members with holistic support. This means undergoing specialist training, as well as developing mutual relationships with people with learning disabilities.

The day-to-day duties of an Apprentice differs depending on the needs of the person they are supporting. This can include:

* Providing physical support which may include helping with household tasks and personal care.

* Providing emotional support for an individual and their families.

* Supporting and helping with health care needs, including routine checks or administrating medication.

* Encouraging and supporting the development of personal skills through hobbies and interests.

* Teaching life skills, such as shopping, using public transport and paying for bills.

* Working with other healthcare professionals to ensure that all care needs meet the highest possible standards.

Being part of the L’Arche family involves some hard work and resilience, as well as lots of joy, fun and laughter. But why take our word for it? Watch some of our assistants talk about their role and why they love working for L'Arche.

Training Provided

The learner will be studying the Lead Adult Care Worker Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard qualification.
Day release to West Suffolk College.
Functional skills will be studied if equivalent qualifications are not held.

Entry requirements

GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade 4-9) Essential

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness

Things to consider

The values of the organisation can be reflected in your daily work. You will: Be respectful of the privacy, dignity, independence and rights of people with learning disabilities, be able to gain the confidence and trust of people with learning disabilities, work collaboratively and supportively with your teammates.

Future prospects

Successful apprenticeships completing their qualification is full are invited to join the community as a fulltime member of staff and continue through the career progression route with L'Arche.

Closing Date

The closing date for this job offer is on 10/05/2024




This job is located in Ipswich, Suffolk

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West Suffolk College is an ambitious vocational and academic College, with a stunning main campus set in the heart of Bury St Edmunds. We are committed to providing outstanding education to all our students.

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