Why Achieve Together Is a Great Place to Work
On June 21, 2023, the Paragon Skills Apprenticeships Awards named Achieve together the winner of the Care Large Employer of the Year. This highly coveted award celebrates an employer that goes above and beyond to provide employees with the support and resources needed to deliver exceptional support.
The Paragon Skills Awards, which Care England sponsors, acknowledge and credit outstanding apprentices and apprenticeship employers. The awards also celebrate and showcase the dedication, persistence and accomplishments of these apprentices and employers.
This year, Achieve together won the Care Large Employer of the Year award for its exceptional commitment to 300 workplace-based apprentices. Achieve together’s innovative approach and dedication to valuing its team are a testament to the power of collaboration and working towards a common goal.
The Relationship Manager of Paragon Skills, Jane Williams, nominated Achieve together for the award. One of Achieve together’s Learning and Development Managers, Dawn Buchanan-Hole, has commented on the recognition the organisation will receive as a result of winning.
From offering training and development opportunities to providing flexible working arrangements and competitive salaries, employers like Achieve together set the standard for industry excellence.
25 Years of Expertise at Achieve together
With 25 years of expertise, Achieve together is one of the UK’s leading support providers for autistic people and people with learning disabilities and associated complex needs. The organisation supports around 2,300 adults and young people in more than 420 Achieve together care homes and services across England and Wales.
The organisation provides specialist facilities and round-the-clock support. Although every Achieve together home offers unique features, they all share one thing in common: committed, passionate teams.
Achieve together provides team members with several support services, training opportunities and recognition schemes that enable them to flourish.
The social care industry recognises Achieve together’s learning and development team for its excellence as a proficient training provider. The organisation dedicates itself to promoting team members’ development, offering them fantastic benefits, supporting their wellbeing, and always valuing them.
1. Promoting Team Members’ Development
Achieve together strives to support its team members so they can enhance their abilities, achieve their goals and build stable careers.
The organisation personalises its learning and development pathways so team members have the necessary abilities to offer outstanding care and support. Every new team member undergoes a 12-week training period, which includes an introduction journey with their individual line manager.
2. Offering Team Member Benefits
Achieve together provides team members with several benefits for their hard work and commitment. These benefits include retail discounts, with over 1,000 cashback vouchers and promotional offers available across various major retailers and services.
In addition, they have access to Wagestream, a financial health app that allows users to receive optional pay advances. Furthermore, there is a pension scheme with flexible contributions available.
3. Supporting Team Members’ Wellbeing
Achieve together prioritises the wellbeing of its team members by offering various services, resources, initiatives, and support measures. These include:
- Face-to-face or telephone counselling sessions.
- A 24/7 employee assistance portal with access to self-help resources and cognitive behavioural therapy workbooks.
- 24/7 telephone support for critical incident advice, legal and financial signposting and general health and wellbeing support.
- Team events and wellbeing initiatives.
- Flexible working options to accommodate different lifestyles and enable team members to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
Valuing Team Members
Achieve together runs several schemes to celebrate team members’ achievements. These schemes include the:
- Employee of the Month programme.
- Long Service Awards.
- Annual Heroes Awards.
- Refer-a-Friend bonuses.
Team members are enthusiastic about helping others and creating a positive impact. Through team empowerment, the organisation achieves exceptional care and support.
Careers At Achieve together
The recognition of Achieve together at the Paragon Skills Apprenticeships Awards demonstrates how empowered team members can positively impact those living in Achieve together care homes.
Those who work in Achieve together care homes uphold each individual’s specialist support plan to empower, assist and meet the needs of each person the organisation supports.
Achieve together often welcomes new team members who want to make a difference in the lives of others. These team members deliver outstanding care and support, engaging with people Achieve together supports and celebrating these individuals’ achievements.
Achieve together’s available roles include support workers, senior support workers, home managers and members of the central support team.
Learn about Achieve together career opportunities.