New Bridge Multi Academy Trust

£8,774 per annum Full time / Full year

Commencing as soon as possible
New Bridge Multi Academy Trust (MAT) presently comprises New Bridge School, New Bridge Learning Centre, Spring Brook Academy, Hollinwood Academy, and Hawthorns School.  We support the learning, social and pastoral needs of over 700 young people aged between 4 and 19 years. In addition, we offer a post 19 provision, New Bridge Horizons, a cafeteria concession, The Atrium, and a new Future Finders Employability College, all based in Oldham town centre. We also have supported student placements at the Royal Oldham Hospital and Manchester Metropolitan University. All these components form the New Bridge Group. 
We are looking to recruit a resilient, committed, energetic and highly motivated Apprentice Personal Care Assistant who will relish the opportunity to develop their own practice within one of the UK’s most diverse educational organisations.  
The role is primarily to support young people who have a range of learning and physical complexities with their personal care needs, which include toileting, dressing, eating/feeding, and drinking.
Previous experience in a caring or similar environment would be an advantage but we will provide training for the right candidate.  
Main duties include:

  • Maintaining and developing high standards of personal care under the direction of the Director of Care and/or management team within the school
  • Establishing rapport and respectful, trusting relationships with young people, acting as a role model and setting high expectations
  • Promoting inclusion and acceptance of all  
  • Assessing the needs of young people and using detailed knowledge of personal care needs to support them  
  • Ensuring safety, welfare and personal hygiene (basic first aid to be included where appropriate) 
  • Assisting with the supervision and feeding of young people during the lunchtime period 
  • Providing specific feedback in discussion with young people on their progress and achievement, in line with the organisation’s policies 
  • Contributing to the overall development of the organisation and its young people by attending and contributing to staff meetings and training where appropriate 

Key skills and abilities:

  • The ability to demonstrate empathy with young people who have a range of learning and physical needs 
  • The ability to work as part of a dedicated team  
  • The ability to communicate, both orally and in written form, with a range of parties including parents, teachers, classroom support assistants, and para-medical staff  
  • The ability to lift manually and with any hoisting equipment provided (after training) 
  • The ability to feed and supervise young people (after training) 
  • Good literacy and numeracy skills 
  • Familiar with the use of basic technology such as a computer, photocopier etc. 
  • The ability to work to deadlines 
  • The confidence to work on and off site with young people 

 Successful candidates will be employed on a 12 or 18-month contract and complete a Health and Social Care diploma during that time. Whilst we are unable to guarantee a permanent contract at the end of the apprenticeship, we expect opportunities for permanent employment to become available.
Please note there is no age limit to access an apprenticeship. The apprenticeship pay rate applies for the first twelve months and then apprentices move on to their applicable statutory age rate. We would be particularly interested in male applicants.
New Bridge MAT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must have a commitment to safeguarding young people. This post is subject to a satisfactory enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service and references will be sought prior to an interview. 
Salary: New Bridge Apprenticeship Rate £8,774 per annum (£4.59 per hour)

Hours of work: 36 hours 40 minutes per week / full year

Based: At any site of the New Bridge MAT   Commencing: As soon as possible   

Closing Date: Tuesday 27th November 2018 at 8 am

Further information and site visit: Contact Kelly Lockwood, Director of Care on 0161 883 2401 or email  

Completed application forms: FAO Suzanne Smith 

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