Residential Care Worker – Erin
Why did you apply to work at the Deaf Academy?
I was working in a children’s nursery and although I enjoyed it, I wanted to work somewhere where there was more variety and where I could really get involved and make a difference to young people’s lives.
My mum works at the Academy and encouraged me to apply. I wasn’t sure if I could apply as I hadn’t worked with Deaf people before, but that’s not a problem as you are fully supported and have access to British Sign Language (BSL) training, up to Level 3.
What training have you received since joining?
I’ve been offered lots of training. I’m currently studying for my level 3 in Health and Social Care. I am able to study at my own pace and have been supported throughout by my colleagues and my tutor.
What do you enjoy most about the role?
Working with the students is obviously the most rewarding part of the role. No two days are the same and you can be planning and organising lots of local activities with them, as well as trips further away, such as Thorpe Park. We also cook together and enjoy BBQs and water fights in the summer!
I enjoy the shift pattern. It works so well for me. Although I live approximately 20 miles away, due to the shift pattern and sleeping over I save more money on fuel than if I was working Monday to Friday somewhere else in Exmouth.