“Then, as I became more familiar with the role, a full-time contract was the natural progression for increased pay, responsibilities, and benefits. I was also able to complete my Level 2 and 3 Health and Social Care qualifications. I found support work an extremely rewarding experience and undoubtedly a challenge; I knew throughout that I was working to improve a person’s well-being and quality of life. Being able to choose from several locations allowed me to gain a wider view of the care sector and where I wanted to fit into that; whether this was in an assisted college, community house, domiciliary care, etc.
With Acumen, there is also the opportunity to gain experience in other areas of the company, outside of the role of a support worker. For myself, this involved being allowed to work with the recruitment team conducting interviews alongside my support role. I found this a great way to learn new skills without the need to change jobs, whilst showing me that Acumen recognized the experience that I had gained to assist with recruiting others.
After recently deciding to step back from my role as a support worker, for the time being, Acumen was very supportive and offered me a role with the sister company Connective Care Education as an exam invigilator and admin assistant.
My experience working with Acumen has been a great one. I would certainly recommend them to those that are looking to work in health and social care. They have been so supportive throughout my time with them, with some of the best training before starting work and listening to my suggestions to expand that training. As said before, there have been many opportunities to learn new skills and roles with them- including recruitment, education, and the training sides of the company. The team is so welcoming and great to be around; they are so supportive of new starters as everyone at Acumen has experience in support work and can empathize with the work that support-workers are doing.
To summarise, Acumen has been a pleasure to work for and I am looking forward to seeing what the future brings for me with the company!”