Your personal development

Working for Sense, you’ll have the opportunity to learn and develop your skills and interests – and make a real difference.

At Sense, we will invest in your learning and development so that you can make a real difference to the lives of people living with complex disabilities.

Sense is a charity for people with energy and empathy, who are caring and creative, patient and proactive.

It can be challenging work. It's more than a job; it's incredibly enjoyable, rewarding and fulfilling. You will grow as a person and, hopefully, build great relationships with the people you support. 

In return for your hard work, enthusiasm and commitment to our values, you'll receive high quality support and some of the best training available to develop you as a person, a colleague and a leader.

New starters

When you start with us, you'll receive a tailored induction.

Every new starter will also complete a range of face-to-face and eLearning induction modules, which include safeguarding and equality and diversity, as well as the opportunity to take an online British Sign Language (BSL) module.

If you take on a role directly supporting people with complex disabilities, you'll complete further courses as part of your induction. These include:

  • 'Living life' training with a focus on supporting people to live as they choose.
  • Emergency first aid.
  • Medication awareness.
  • Dysphagia awareness.
  • Positive behaviour support.

If you are appointed to a management role, you'll have the opportunity to take part in our 'Sense Growing Stronger Leaders Together' leadership development programme, which was awarded a Skills for Care Accolade and was a finalist at the CIPD Awards 2017.

Ongoing development

Following on from your induction, you'll have plenty of opportunities to learn within your job.

Every day you will learn from the interactions with the people you support and coaching from a brilliant team around you. Supported in your role by your manager, your development will be thoughtfully planned through our Sense performance appraisal programme.

Above all, we'll invest in you as an individual. We recognise that your life experiences and interests are just as valuable as having qualifications. You'll have the opportunity to bring the interests that you really enjoy in life - be it sport, perhaps, or art - into the workplace.

 

We have a wonderful opportunity to bring the things that we really enjoy in our lives into our place of work. So, I've supported people rock climbing and I rock climb, so that's great. We have people here who've come from music backgrounds, who have brought in that music experience and really enriched the lives of the people we support.

Jay, Sense house manager

Courses and qualifications

Those working within our services will have access to specialist training programmes such as 'Person-Centred Active Support' and others.

If you'd like to specialise within the field of combined sight and hearing loss, you might go on to take the Certificate and Diploma in Deafblind Studies or a postgraduate qualification in Multi-Sensory Impairment through the University of Birmingham.

Team members are also able to take on further training, such as the Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (adults) and role-specific development courses.