Are you looking for a rewarding, dynamic and fun career where you can make a difference? Have you finished your education and are now looking for some valuable experience and hands on training to launch your career? Or perhaps you're wanting to change your career and do something more fulfilling? With our Trainee Autism Practitioner roles you can earn while you learn and help build a future for young people with autism.

You will undertake full training to join a team within one of our residential houses, each of which is home to between 4 and 7 young people with autism from the ages of 5 - 25. 

Key information:
Unqualified salary: Trainee Autism Practitioner / Support Worker £16,897pa 
Qualified* salary Autism Practitioner / Support Worker £18,637pa
Hours: Rolling shift pattern
Contract type: Permanent
Apply:  Online application form

*Qualified status is determined by holding a relevant Level 3 qualification as outlined in Prior’s Court Diploma Qualifications Guidelines 2015


Prior's Court was set up by Founding Patron Dame Stephanie Shirley, whose vision of a centre of excellence for children with autism became reality with the opening of Prior's Court School in 1999. We have since grown to support around 80 young people with severe autism aged between 5-25 years with the opening of Prior's Court Young Adult Provision in 2011.

Since opening, our autism practitioner / support worker team has grown from around 20 to 500 and we have built a reputation as a leading edge educational, vocational, and residential facility for young people with autism at the severe end of the spectrum. Working with our young people can be challenging but extremely rewarding. Read more about what it's like to work at Prior's Court and the difference you can make here.


Using our specialist approach, you will support young people in building their independence, communication, social skills and leisure and vocational opportunities to enable them to lead fulfilling and purposeful lives. 

Our thorough training and induction programme will ensure you have the support, skills and tools you need to deliver quality care for each young person. We will support you to complete your Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare if you are not yet qualified - a statutory requirement for a career in childcare. Many of our staff members become experts in supporting those with autism and are able to progress to more senior roles.

We operate a rota based on a rolling pattern of early and late shifts throughout 52 weeks of the year, including weekends and public holidays.


Our Autism Practitioners / Support Workers are the key to the progress and achievements of young people at Prior’s Court and we aim to make them feel valued and supported with training in autism along with knowledge and skills they need to do a great job and develop their careers. Find out more about the benefits we offer, including our relocation scheme available for eligible employees.


Read through the application documents below, then complete a short online application form to apply. You may be required to fill in additional forms depending on the role and will be advised by HR following your application. You can read about our application process in detail here.

 Application links: 
Job description    Online application form

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All positions at the school are subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure & 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.