Station House, Station Road, Kendal
Cumbria LA9 6SA
This page goes into more detail on what we do at Oaklea in terms of helping people progress their career - you will also find examples of employees who have risen through the ranks as it were.
Oaklea have been making great use of the Apprentice Levy and have been supporting Manager’s to obtain their Level 5 Diploma in Management. A number of employees have applied through internal vacancies when new Team Supervisor positions have arisen and those who have been successful in obtaining a promotion through Oaklea’s succession planning process have embraced the change.
All Team Supervisors are currently attending training sessions run by HR or from external training partners to help support them in their new roles. Training consists of supervision, performance and achievement, recruitment, grievance, disciplinary and managing performance. Being a Team Supervisor enables employees to manage a small team of Lifestyle Co-ordinators (LSC -Support Worker) who act as a coach and mentor to employees within the team. This enables the Team Manager to spend time concentrating on the quality, safety and management of their area of responsibility. Oaklea’s reward to Team Supervisors following their six month probation period is a fully paid qualification level 2 Diploma in Team Leading. Team Supervisors have been able to enhance their current skills, learn new and exciting tasks and take on a small amount of additional responsibility.
If any employees are interested in further development within the organisation please contact a member of the HR team who will be happy to discuss this with you.
Helen Shaw, HR Manager
The stories below shared by North East based colleagues Bob Parkinson and Nichola Bainbridge are real life examples of the success career progression has been for these employees at Oaklea Trust.
NICHOLA BAINBRIDGE (Seen in this image with some of the people she supports)
I have been an employee for the Oaklea trust since August 2008. I started my job as a Lifestyle Co-ordinator (LSC) supporting adults with learning disabilities in supported living. I have completed all training that is required to complete my job role such as NVQ level 3 in Health and Social Care, LDAF, Administering medication, Safeguarding etc. In June 2016, I became a Team Supervisor and recently completed my level 2 Team leader award with Northumbria College. I have enjoyed being a LSC and still enjoy my current role as a Team Supervisor. I still support customers to complete activities and everyday living.
As a Team Supervisor, I have completed other training such as;
These workshops help me fulfil my Job Role as a Team Supervisor and if I need more training then it is always available for me. I would recommend to anyone if they wanted to progress their role within the Oaklea Trust, as they will be supported to develop themselves through training and mentoring.
ROBERT (BOB) PARKINSON
I started working for the Oaklea Trust in March of 2005. Standard training followed including LDAF (Learning Disabilities Award Framework), Health, and Hygiene level 2 and 3 as well as all the mandatory training needed to complete my role. In November of 2012, I started a new role as Team Supervisor with Oaklea and I thoroughly enjoy my role. I then completed a Team Leader level 2 diploma with Derwentside College in Consett. Training is always available to help me in my role. In December of 2018, I passed NVQ 3 in Management. I have since completed training in all aspects of team leadership including:
For anyone aspiring to progress within their role at Oaklea I can recommend this as you will be supported to develop yourself through training and mentoring.