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Do you want a challenging and rewarding career with real opportunities to change young people's lives? Then a job at Aycliffe Secure Centre could be perfect for you.
We offer a range of roles from daytime and night-time residential workers, case workers, educational staff and house managers.
If you are dynamic and enthusiastic about making a difference to children and young people in care then we want to hear from you. All of our vacancies are listed at North East Jobs Portal: Social Care - Childrens Service.
Why work with us
Working at Aycliffe is not just a job, it's one of the most rewarding career choices you will make. Our role is challenging, with some physical aspects too, but if you have the drive and dedication, resilience and passion then you will enjoy an exciting and stable career opportunity with excellent training and development opportunities.
Aycliffe Secure Centre prides itself on looking after the wellbeing of its staff and provides an in-house psychologist for the team, as well as other specialist support. As the centre is part of Durham County Council, staff can also make the most of the many additional benefits of working for the local council, including a Better Health at Work programme, flexible working including a family-friendly policy, pension contributions and salary sacrifice schemes, leisure and culture discounts at council venues and a range of other discounts.
Hear from our staff
After 18 years working in the prison service, Scott decided it was time for a change and has found new challenges and rewards in his role at Aycliffe Secure Centre.
Having previously worked with young offenders, Scott had enjoyed his time in the prison service, but increasing amounts of violence and issues within prisons made the dad of three decide it was time for a change of career.
He said: "I saw the job come up at Aycliffe and it stood out for me. I felt like it was a good fit to the skills I already had and played to my strengths so I applied and was delighted to be offered the Residential Worker post.
"Although I'm using my experience from my prison work, sometimes it's in a different way, so different techniques and tools than I'm used to - that's been interesting. I'm also involved in all elements of these young people's lives - I hear about their whole life history and that gives you real insight into what may have brought them to the centre - that level of involvement is very different to what I've done before and hopefully it helps us have a greater impact for the future."
Day to day life
Scott works in one of Aycliffe's "houses" with a small group of young people, he said: "These young people can be very challenging and some days they will push and push against you, but other days you know you've made a breakthrough and you feel that bond getting stronger as they build their trust in you."
Residential staff work with young people in range of settings and Scott said, the variety is a big change from the prison service: "Some days we'll be out kicking a ball around the Astroturf, we might get in the swimming pool or do some cookery, other days we'll plan a trip out somewhere for an activity like bowling or the cinema.
"And all the time you're doing these things, you're helping that young person build their skills in the hope that you can help them stay out of the kind of trouble they've been in before - that's where it's so different from what I've done before and the feeling that you could be making a real difference to a young person is great."
Work / life balance
Work at the centre is in shift patterns with weekend work, but Scott said that fits in well with his life: "I'm a dad and the shifts actually work really well for me because some days I can do the school drop-off and other days I can do the pick-up. Even when I'm working a weekend, it's still in shifts so I still get to spend some good quality time with my family, which is great."
A rewarding career
Scott says he's pleased he made the change in career when he did and says working at the centre offers him real job satisfaction: "One thing I love is that the job is fun, we have a good time and a laugh with the young people, despite the challenges at other times.
"Don't get me wrong, this job is certainly not for everyone, but it's great for me. It's demanding on both your physical and mental strength and it can be challenging but it's really rewarding thinking you might be making a difference to the future of a young person - that's what keeps you coming back into work each day."
- Aycliffe Secure Centre
- Aycliffe Secure Centre
- 03000 263 000
Our address is:
- Newton Aycliffe
- County Durham
- United Kingdom
- DL5 6JB