Finding a graduate job that you enjoy is one thing, but finding one that also offers genuine career progression and the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of others, is another.
Internationally recognised Autism charity, Prior's Court, are offering you just that.
Their unique Berkshire-based Graduate Autism Practitioner programme, of which there are very few like it in the country, provides graduates with a direct, hands-on pathway into a career in care, without needing any previous experience working with young people who have autism.
Whether you've always been interested in pursuing a career in care but were unsure how to get there without having a relevant degree, or you haven't considered it but do want a graduate job where you can leave work every day knowing you've made an impact, this role at Prior's Court could be the right option for you.
The 18-month programme is divided up into four different placements, designed to give you a well-rounded perspective and understanding of the specialist approach Prior's Court use to support their young people. One month you could be in a residential home working one-to-one with young people and their families, and the next you might be learning all about how the charity works from the eyes of the Fundraising or Marketing teams. Plus, Prior's Court's graduate team, many of whom started their careers as Autism Practitioners too, will be on hand to offer help and guidance whenever you need it.
The support doesn't stop there. Prior's Court are dedicated to constantly striving to improve in everything they do, and they want to give you the tools you need to do the same. You'll have the opportunity to gain a range of industry specific qualifications in Childcare or Residential Development, complete internationally recognised autism training, and conduct a supplementary project in an area that interests you, with the aim to help further enhance the lives of the people you care for.
The programme requires hard work and commitment, but with this role, the more you put in the more you get out. By working so closely with the young people at Prior's Court on a day-to-day basis, you'll get to see the direct impact your work has upon them and their families, whether that's something as small as making them smile, or bigger personal and learning goals. Cherri Cook, who runs the programme at Prior's Court says, "Prior's Court is an amazing place to work. We are like a family and achieve outstanding outcomes for young people."
Once the 18 months is up there will be plenty of opportunity to progress further at the company; the skills, experience and qualifications gained from the Graduate Programme provide the perfect platform into a Managerial or Senior Practitioner role. And if that's not enough, you'll also receive a whole range of benefits throughout the programme, from an employee discount platform to flexible working options.
What do Prior's Court want from you?
Prior's Court care more about who you are as a person than what you are on paper. You don't need any particular degree to apply, or even any previous experience working with young people with autism or complex learning difficulties.
Ambition, resilience and strong teamwork skills are essential on this programme, and of course, a genuine passion to help progress the Prior's Court mission to give young people with autism what they deserve: the very best chance at leading a fulfilling and happy life.
Applications are open now
If the idea of starting a rewarding career with the Prior's Court family is of interest to you, you can apply for their Graduate Programme through our website. There's limited places on offer though, so submit your application while you still can.