Not just a job
One job title, but a variety of tasks, teams and environments, all coming together to create a rich variety of roles, as diverse as the children and young people themselves.
Working with the children and young people attending Young Epilepsy is a challenge but for the right person it brings its own rewards, not to mention excellent opportunities to develop your experience and build a career.
Young Epilepsy employs more than 750 staff, over half of which work directly with the children and young people as Support Workers.
A competitive salary is available and pay progresses with development in the role. Training starts with a five day Induction Programme and continues with mandatory training courses and other informal and formal training methods including NVQ 3 or CACHE 2/3 in School.
Supporting the children and young people accessing Young Epilepsy's services involves working in a variety of environments including:
St Piers School
At St Piers School students aged 5 to 19 are supported in the safe, happy and creative environment of a class team, to develop to their full potential in this outstanding educational environment. This includes a sixth form for students aged 16 to 19. There are opportunities to work over lunchtime for two hours a day, a good entry route into the organisation if your time is limited.
St Piers College
At St Piers College young people aged 16 to 25 learn a variety of educational, vocational and essential skills programmes. Support workers help a wide range of students according to their individual needs and individually tailored learning programmes.
Residential homes provide care and 24 hour learning in a home environment for students attending both the school and college. Each individual is supported to reach their full potential whilst making life as enjoyable as possible, in a fun and caring atmosphere. Shift patterns operate over seven days during term time only in some units, and all year round in others.
Children’s care homes provide onsite accommodation for students throughout the academic year. For children attending St Piers School, whose complex needs require specialist support beyond term time live in onsite registered Children's homes.
Adult registered homes provide a home environment for young people attending the college during term time. For those with the most complex needs, a 52 week Adult Home service has been developed to cater for the students specific needs.
Night staff support the children and young people between the hours of 10pm and 7am in most residential houses. Attendance during the day for six hours per half term is essential for personal development.
The Assessment Service, part of Young Epilepsy's Neville Childhood Epilepsy Centre, provides care and support to young people who attend for diagnostic or multidisciplinary assessments for periods of three days to six weeks and beyond. This offers a diverse and challenging role as part of a multidisciplinary assessment team working with a changing client group.