Our Graduate Scheme offers a pathway to a career in care. Could you be our care leaders of tomorrow?

    We are looking for ambitious and dependable individuals to care for the young people at Prior's Court. You should have an approachable personality with good listening and communication skills, as well as empathy and calming qualities. We are seeking confidence, positivity and self-discipline, an individual who always strives for the best results. These skills will allow you to adapt and search for positive outcomes for young people's lives.

    Please note: The recruitment process for the scheme starting 2nd September 2024 is now open for applications. This scheme is open on a shortlisting basis so spaces are limited each academic year. This is a rolling recruitment so the applications will be closed once the vacancies have been filled.

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    Key job information:


    £23,000+ per annum

    Hours: 37 hours per week. Variable and flexible. Includes weekend and Bank Holidays.
    Start date: 2nd September 2024
    Contract type: Fixed two-year contract, full-time

    Job description

    Designed to give graduates an insight into the specialist autism approach we use, and the positive impact we have on the young people we support and their families, you will be working as an Autism Practitioner, but also getting placement opportunities in departments around the organisation and finalising with an added value project or research. Whether you have experience in a care environment, or don’t have experience but have a passion to help transform the lives of autistic young people with complex needs – we would love to hear from you.

    The structure of the two-year scheme is:

    • Start scheme September 2024 with three weeks induction of training.
    • September 2024 to February 2025: Working directly with young people supporting them with their wellbeing and learning as an Autism Practitioner.
    • October 2024 induction onto Diploma Level 3 in Residential Childcare.
    • March 2025 to August 2025: Continue working as an Autism Practitioner, but released one day per week to carry out a graduate placement and support the Wellbeing department from behind the scenes.
    • September 2025 to August 2026: Continue progressing as an Autism Practitioner, with a focus on completing an Added Value Project and/ or a piece of research.

    Expectations of the scheme:

    • To complete the Diploma Level 3 in Residential Childcare, in 12 months.
    • To complete a placement day for six months to support residential from behind the scenes.
    • To lead and implement an Added Value Project or piece of research, in 12 months.

    You will gain:

    • Experience of working with autistic young people with complex needs.
    • In-house training with industry-specific qualifications and continued professional development.
    • Ongoing support from our dedicated Entry Level Talent Coach.
    • Direct mentorship from our leadership team.
    • Experience of being part of a team and multi-agency working.
    • Access to our comprehensive benefits package.

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    How to apply

    Please note: The recruitment process for the scheme starting September 2024 is now open for applications. This scheme is open on a shortlisting basis so spaces are limited each academic year. This is a rolling recruitment so the applications will be closed once the vacancies have been filled.


    Application stage

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    Our recruitment team will confirm we have received your application within three working days.

    On receiving your application

    Shortlisting stage

    You will then be contacted for a telephone call to review your application and interest in the Graduate Scheme at Prior’s Court.

    2 weeks later

    Interview stage

    If you are shortlisted for the next stage, you will be invited for an interview. 

    You will be required to do a presentation on a topic given. You can also expect to do a short assessment and a formal interview.

    You will also be required to bring certain documents to your interview. We will need proof of relevant qualifications and original documents for the right to work in the United Kingdom, along with documents required to complete a Disclosure and Barring application. We will notify you of all the documents that you will need to provide prior to your interview.

    3 days after your interview

    Result day

    We will contact you to confirm the outcome of your interview. Should you be successful and accept our offer of employment, we will start all pre-employment checks. During this process, you will be kept informed of the progress.


    If you would like to find out more or have any questions about the Graduate Scheme before applying or during the recruitment process, please get in touch via email at: [email protected]
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    Additional Information

    All positions at the school are subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and references. Prior’s Court Foundation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

    Prior’s Court is proud to be an equal opportunities employer and we actively seek and embrace differences in thinking, experience, ethnicity, age, gender, faith, personalities, and styles.  

    The different skills, experiences and backgrounds our employees bring to their roles create a workforce as diverse and individual as the young people we support and makes Prior’s Court a special place to work.

    We strive for an inclusive environment where employees feel safe, engaged and supported to make a difference.