Social Care Work
“A world of opportunity” with Anchor Hanover
Anchor Hanover is England’s largest not-for-profit provider of specialist housing and care for people in later life, employing more than 9,000 people throughout England.
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The organisation helps around 65,000 older people to live independently in 54,000 homes across 1,700 locations.
It provides retirement housing to rent and to buy, retirement villages and residential care homes, including specialist dementia care.
The trusted housing and care provider signed up to the Care Leaver Covenant signatory in March 2020, and is backing the Care Leaver Covenant’s #WeCanBeHeroes campaign, reinforcing its commitment to support more young people, age 16-25, leaving the care system to consider a career in social care.
Meet the team
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Teagan Robinson, has worked for Anchor Hanover for three years and is passionate about helping and encouraging care leavers into work, whether in an office-based role, or working in one of their care homes or housing locations.
Teagan said: “We’re a care provider and there’s a natural synergy between our organisation and the Covenant. We want to help young people, particularly those who may struggle to take the first step into the workplace, to find their feet.
“The last year with the COVID-19 pandemic has really demonstrated how important care workers are and underlined that health and social care is a vitally important sector to work in.”
Apprenticeship Specialist, Dorothy Alexander, joined the company 21 years ago. Dorothy is usually the first point of contact for care leavers interested in joining the organisation.
She is passionate about helping young people to succeed and last year was awarded the Regional Apprenticeship Champion award 2020 for Yorkshire and Humber.
Dorothy said: “My passion has always been about training and I love to see people develop and grow. Working in care, you’ve got a job for life. We’ve so many different career paths for young people leaving the care system and a variety of roles”.
“There’s a world of opportunity at Anchor Hanover. The great culture here makes it a fun place to work,” said Teagan.
“Everyone is passionate and as a not-for-profit we have a good social purpose – we don’t make money for shareholders; every penny goes back into improving the services for our residents.”
She added: “Being a Care Assistant is really varied which some people may not realise. Care assistants also help with all sorts of activities including catering, gardening, and housekeeping. Our head offices also offer jobs in fields including IT, marketing and recruitment.”
Anchor Hanover also offer 15 or 18-month fixed term apprenticeship contracts nationwide in the following roles: care assistant, catering assistant, housekeeper, as well as business services apprenticeships in areas including IT, HR and customer services.
A thorough support system is in place to provide the best opportunities for care leavers.
Apprenticeship Specialist Dorothy said: “The apprenticeship programme is a great way for care leavers to get paid, learn and develop in the workplace and we’re here to help them every step of the way.
“We understand that starting work in a new environment can be daunting for a young person, especially those leaving the care system. To make it easier, if you join Anchor Hanover as an apprentice, you’ll be supported by buddies and mentors.”
Apprentices will shadow a ‘buddy’ on each shift to help them learn and develop. And mentors are assigned to provide additional support.
If a care leaver needs additional help with their English or maths – as part of their Apprenticeship they will be allocated a tutor specifically to help them reach and achieve the level required.
Apprentices at Anchor Hanover are paid above the national apprenticeship minimum wage. Care leavers who remain on the programme for at least 60 days, also receive a one-off payment of £1,000.
Additional benefits include shopping discounts and cash back at many high street retailers, paid holidays and a £500 travel allowance and help to support ongoing development.
Following six months continuous service and completion of 50% of their course, individuals can apply for a permanent role at Anchor Hanover. And at the end of the apprenticeship, apprentices will get a nationally recognised qualification.
How to apply
Anchor Hanover offers the following support to care leavers applying for any of their vacancies:
- guaranteed telephone interviews, with detailed feedback for entry-level roles in their head offices
- one-to-one CV or interview skills workshop, in person or virtually on request
Dorothy added: “If a care leaver gets in touch, I’ll have a chat with them first to put them at ease and find out more about them. This helps me to then make the best possible match to opportunities in their local area.”