Training and development
We provide a full induction and training programme when you join us. In addition to regular 1-2-1s and annual appraisals, we’ll help you develop and progress your career.
Within the first 12 weeks of working for us, we’ll pay for and support you to complete the Care Certificate, a requirement for everyone working in the health and social care sector.
You may also have the opportunity to complete other awards and diplomas relevant to your role. You could be eligible for a financial bonus when you complete certain qualifications. Our Assessment Centre is an accredited qualifications centre with City and Guilds and Lifetime Awarding.
Everyone who works for us is trained to meet mandatory and essential standards and you’ll find Dimensions trains its staff beyond the minimum requirements. Within your first week of employment, you’ll be invited to start your induction journey.
We have our own learning academy. You will complete a majority of your mandatory training online and learn a variety of topics, including health and safety and fire safety at work. All our courses are regularly updated so your knowledge will always be at the forefront of the sector.
You may also have opportunities for more specialist training to meet the needs of the people you support.
- “Dimensions trained 18 of us for Level One and Two British Sign Language to help meet the needs of someone we would be supporting.” – Ailish
- “In my role I’ve learnt Makaton, which is a communication tool. I’ve also started teaching Makaton workshops to about 60-70 members of staff so far… I feel as though Dimensions has put its faith in me.” – Mark
Our career development programme – Aspire
All permanent staff have regular opportunities to gain a place on our multiple award winning career development programme, Aspire. Aspire has won a national business culture award and our coaches have also won a prestigious CIPD award for their work on Aspire.
Aspire participants explore new ways and opportunities to progress with help from a professional career coach.
Your coach will support you to develop your training, job shadowing and networking opportunities. From here, you’ll work together with your line manager to establish a career development plan and see how you can achieve your goals.
Aspire is a key reason why Dimensions colleagues are more than twice as likely to choose to stay at Dimensions, compared to staff in other social care organisations.* See some of the reasons here.
*figures from skills for care, 2018
Our skills development programme – Learning Connect
Learning Connect is a fresh and interactive online learning platform available to all our staff. You’ll have the opportunity to work through a wide range of training courses and development pathways – learning new skills and improving your knowledge in areas such as assertiveness, time management, project management and handling conflict.