#LearningAtWork opportunities all year round at Demelza

16 May 2017
It’s National #LearningAtWork this week, but learning, training and personal development are all topics that are taken very seriously all year-round at Demelza. 

Helen Rolls, our Nursing Care Coordinator commented that training “makes all the difference in being prepared and being in a better position to offer that first-class service, rather than muddling through and taking someone in when you’re not upskilled to do it.”

As well as having a dedicated Learning and Development Manager, Demelza also boasts a Governance Team who are collectively responsible for workforce development across the organisation. 

When you join Demelza access to training and development opportunities is evident from day one. We have a thorough induction programme delivered in person that really allows you to get under the skin of the organisation and understand how all of the teams at Demelza come together. This is supported by an online training package covering key issues such as Health and Safety and Data Protection. 

The induction window for Nurses, in particular, continues for another six months, with them being supported by a mentor and taught how all the equipment works. It gives newcomers time to settle in and ensure their clinical skills are up to speed as so many children have complex needs.

As well as personal development and skills based training, Demelza also provide excellent support for all the mandatory training that Demelza is required to provide to comply with regulatory requirements and support good practice. We also hold Lunch and Learn sessions where staff and volunteers are invited to share their skills and knowledge from perhaps outside of Demelza to the rest of the organisation. Topics have included everything from Tai Chi to Driver Awareness. 

For line managers, Demelza runs a Leadership Development Programme for everyone who has people management responsibilities.  There are a total of 8 modules covering a wide range of subjects.

Demelza are in the process of rolling out an Apprentice Scheme for Demelza, which follows on from the two successful Apprentice roles we have had in the past.  Sophie (pictured above) was our first apprentice and said of her experience “my time spent as a HR Apprentice at Demelza was really exciting and valuable. I have learnt so much and everyone has really helped me to develop my knowledge and skills. I was made to feel so welcome and fitted straight into #TeamDemelza ”. We have vacancies for five non-care apprentices currently and hope to be able to offer care roles too, after the initial pilot.  Recruitment starts on 15th May, and you can register your interest with hayley.clark@demelza.org.uk  

For ongoing interest in your personal development and opportunities to do so, Demelza see this as a key benefit in working or volunteering with them. To see more about our benefits and current vacancies, check out our website