Learning on the job

Posted on November 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

|A host of training opportunities are available within the care home environment. John Burton looks at the issues of staff qualifications, training and recruitment| Like most people, I started in this work untrained and inexperienced. In fact I started not as a worker but as a resident. As an 18-year-old, new to London, I was given lodgings in a hostel, and I worked as an assistant in a secondary school. The hostel turned out to be a probation hostel, where I shared an attic room with three other young men all of whom had been in or had just avoided being in prison. Many of the hostel residents had been in care as children. I learned a lot, fast. I learned by experience ­ about myself, about “care”, about institutions ­ and it still influences my work 38 years later. By the time I was 25, I was deputy manager of a large children¹s home ­ still unqualified. But then, with the support of my employer, I did my “in-service” course and qualified as a residential child care worker, and became manager of the hom

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