Do I need to have a sign language qualification?

No. The vast majority of our staff join us without a sign language qualification. You will be provided with the opportunity to train up to British Sign Language Level 3. In some cases achievement of these qualifications are mandatory for the role. You will find that once fully immersed in the organisation you will be able to pick up signs very quickly.

What opportunities are there for career development?

A number of our senior managers have been promoted from within the organisation. The skills and experience required are very unique to us at the Academy. The fact we have managed to develop so many of our staff is a testament to the training we provide, not just in British Sign Language (BSL), but within other areas. We also welcome applications from senior or experienced people from other sectors, who may be able to bring in new ideas which is something we strongly encourage, demonstrating our commitment to continuous quality improvements.

I am interested in applying for a role with you, can I just send in a CV?

As much as we are delighted to receive a CV, we are unable to accept a CV as a form of application. All applicants must apply for jobs via our online recruitment system where we advertise all our vacancies. You will need to be able to demonstrate a full career history in months and years, with no unexplained gaps shown. This is part of our commitment to safeguarding.

What is the working environment like?

Within an environment such as ours no day is the same and every day brings new and rewarding challenges. Our students are of paramount importance to us and their safety comes first. Our staff are committed to this and work as part of a cohesive team, not only enhancing safety but also enabling our students to be the very best they can be and to give them independence. There are many different roles within the Academy, presenting opportunities for career enrichment for the right people.

What qualities do you look for in a candidate?

A commitment to our students and their safety. We are looking for team players who have the necessary qualities to demonstrate our values of being:

  • Committed
  • Respectful
  • Ambitious
  • Caring
  • Positive.
Do you use recruitment agencies?

We have our own Human Resources and Recruitment Team and all of our recruitment is done in-house. We may occasionally choose to use an agency for temporary positions, and in such instances we have a preferred suppliers list that we refer to.

What training do you provide in relation to safeguarding?

Safeguarding induction is provided on your first day as part of your induction. Additionally, all staff receive enhanced safeguarding training, which is refreshed every two years. You are also required to complete Prevent duty training and refresh every two years. Senior safeguarding leads within the organisation are trained to Level 5 (Safeguarding Managers course).

All HR staff have received safer recruitment training and all managers frequently involved in recruitment will receive this training as well.

Do you have any guidelines for completing my application?

Please include two references, one of whom must be your current or last employer. Your application must contain all the jobs you have undertaken with no unexplained gaps in career history, and dates presented must show months and years.

When completing the supporting statement, please demonstrate how your skills and experience meet the requirements in the person specification. When assessing applications we score against the person specification and the examples you have given in your supporting statement. The more you include in your supporting statement may mean you receive a higher score and may be more likely to be invited for an interview.

If I am hired what happens next?

We are committed to making the onboarding process as effective as possible to ensure that you feel feels familiar with us and our culture, prior to joining. Once an offer of employment has been made, we will complete the referencing process, get you to complete the enhanced DBS check and take the online training in safeguarding Level 2.

You will receive a comprehensive offer pack and contract of employment. We are open to you coming in to visit us prior to you joining and our HR team is always open to take calls and questions from our future joiners.


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