Trainee Residential Support Worker

from £26,426 per annum
Full Time

My Choice Children's Homes provide residential care for children who are looked after across nine homes throughout Sussex and Surrey - we are looking for Trainee Support Workers who would like the opportunity to work in residential childcare, ideally with some experience of having worked in the social care sector voluntary or employed with children and young people, however limited or no experience is also welcome. You need to be keen to learn the skills required to work in a residential setting.

We are looking for college leavers or adults aged 18 – 21 to join our Trainee Support Worker six-month programme, who may have achieved a Health and Social Care qualification or equivalent at college and looking for a full time employed role with a training programme attached. There will be support provided from the training department and Homes Manager.

If you already have a Level 3 Diploma Health and Social Care qualification this will be an advantage, however if you do not have this qualification we will provide training and support for you to achieve a nationally recognised qualification through the CACHE / NCFE awarding body (worth over £1000+). This will be following successful completion of the trainee programme.

We are offering a competitive salary, training session every two weeks and work our shift pattern alongside other Residential Support Workers, within our homes. 

The company has a fantastic support structure in place and is known for the excellent career development, training and support in career progression that it offers to all its employees. 

We are a child orientated, needs led organisation; established to provide a positive life enhancing opportunity for young people who are unable to sustain a placement in their parental homes, foster homes or conventional children's homes. We provide a safe and nurturing homes for the development of young people. We support children and empower them to face the issues both in their past and present that have caused them difficulties and to provide outstanding outcomes for them.

Hours of work are an average of 42 hours per week, working a five week rolling rota pattern of 'two days on, three days off'. You are required to work any day of the week. You are required to sleep-in at the home (sleeping in room provided) when on duty for which you are paid a rate per night.

Example shift pattern:

Day one shift starts at

10am to 11pm

Sleep in

11pm to 8am

Day two shift starts at

8am to 11pm

Sleep in

11pm to 8am

Day Three shift finishes at

8am to 10am

Applications are invited by CV, if you're application is successful we will need you to complete an application form for vetting purposes etc.

We do not accept calls from agencies for any roles.

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Recruitment Process

Keeping in line with Children’s Homes Regulation 2015, Ofsted requirements and Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022, our recruitment process comprises of two interviews (three for a teaching role), two inductions with online training.


We have an initial interview at our head office to ascertain skills and knowledge, verify identity proofs and DBS status. If a candidate is successful at interview at this stage, they will be invited to a second, informal interview at one of our eight children’s homes–our children and young people have a voice in this stage too!


If a candidate is successful at the second interview an offer of employment will be given and the candidate will be invited to a two day induction at head office to complete online courses including child exploitation and child protection.

The second induction will take place in the home you have been selected to work in.


My Choice can guarantee the following for their staff:

  • comprehensive and continued training
  • career development.

All staff are expected to gain their Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare Englandand are fully supported in this by our Learning and Development Manager. My Choice has a registered training centre with CACHE NCFE and all Diplomas are completed through the centre.

We also offer a bridging course to fill gaps in knowledge if a Level 3 has previously been achieved and we offer Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare England.

All new starters will be enrolled onto a course immediately after employment to ensure Regulation 32 of the Children’s Homes Regulation 2015 is met and adhered to.

My Choice also offer the Therapeutic Practitioners Award facilitated by Lifetrain UK ™ which develops our therapeutic practices within the company. Training provided but is not limited to –

  • Advanced child protection
  • Medication training
  • Self-harm
  • Equality and Diversity
  • CSE
  • Team Teach
  • Restorative justice
  • First aid
  • Food hygiene
  • Health and safety management.

At My Choice, career progression is measured by merit and commitment, not when a vacancy occurs within the company.

Employee Introduction Scheme

My Choice places great importance on the recruitment of experienced employees and we believe that you are the best people to understand the skills and qualities required to work within the Company. We therefore operate an Employee Introduction Scheme which is open to all employees, except Directors and HR.

If you know someone, who is experienced, suitably qualified and possesses the skills to work with young people, you could receive a cash award of £500.00 (subject to deduction of PAYE) made to you when you recommend a candidate who joins My Choice following your introduction.

As My Choice has an independent training centre located near Head office, all training takes place at this venue. The centre is registered with CACHE NCFE and provides a range of courses to staff namely as follows:

  • The Diploma 3 working with children and young people in residential care England
  • The Diploma 5 leadership and management award
  • The CAVA (assessor award)
  • The Level 4 in training and education
  • Early Years Diploma course