Orchard Care Homes uses a blended approach to learning, which involves a range of teaching styles and formats to meet the learning requirements of our staff, and the different care needs of our residents.
All staff in our homes complete mandatory training courses on induction into the home, and then regularly as refreshers. Many of these courses are delivered online via our interactive Orchard World of Learning (OWL). These OWL courses are then backed up with a range of other means of learning including; practical face to face training, workshops, distance learning, workbooks and observations. This combination of training helps us to ensure our staff are fully trained and competent within their roles.
Orchard Care Homes invests time and money into developing their staff, offering an additional range of clinical and professional development courses. All our staff can undertake QCF awards as part of their development within the care sector. Awards are role specific and offered to all levels of staff. They include Management Awards, Team Leading, Level 2 and 3 Health and Social Care, Cleaning and Support Services, Activities and Administrative awards and Professional Cookery.
Orchard has a dynamic team of full time Training Executives and a Lead Trainer across the UK. The team delivers a wide range of face to face courses, conducts observations and competency assessments, mentors staff and helps to roll out company initiatives. Additionally, the Head of Training & Development and two Administrators manage the regional teams and coordinate the department from the Head Office in Harrogate.
The training team comes from a variety of backgrounds including teaching and assessing, nursing, elderly care, learning disabilities, mental health services, adult learning settings and community care. The combination of skills and knowledge in both adult learning and a variety of care settings creates a skilled team able to meet the ever changing needs of our residents. Orchard Care Homes strives to provide the highest possible level of care for all of its residents, and the company recognises this can only be achieved with a highly skilled and motivated workforce, which is always developing and improving.
We invest in an additional range of clinical and professional development courses in-house, as well as externally led courses. All our staff can undertake QCF awards as part of their development within the care sector. QCF awards are role specific and offered to all levels of staff and include Management Awards, Team Leading, Level 2 and 3 Health and Social Care, Cleaning and Support Services, Activities and Administrative awards.
We take great pride in developing our staff and helping them reach their career ambitions with us. Read of of the success stories below and see how we can help you develop your career in the care industry.
Cheryl Green - Registered Home Manager, Norton Lees Lodge Cheryl started with Orchard Care Homes 12 years ago as a care assistant. Working through the Orchard training and development programme, she has been the registered manager at our Sheffield based care home for over 2 years. Looking back over her time with us she says;
"Orchard gives you every tool to be where you want to be. It’s down to the individual to choose whether or not they want to be successful. Orchard is a good company to work for; they want to grow so there are career opportunities available. If you work for a company which only has two or three homes you have to wait ages for an opening. But with Orchard I know that if I can demonstrate the right attitude and experience there will be opportunities for me – just look at me so far!"
Bev Oliver - Operations Manager, Orchard Care Homes Bev joined Orchard in 2005 working at York House, Dewsbury. She worked her way up to senior carer and then deputy manager in under 12 months with the support of our training programme. Wanting to advance her career further, Bev underwent further training and is now project manager for a number of homes in the North of England.
"Don’t think that you need a background in care to apply; I joined Orchard after ten years working in a shop because I wanted a career change. I’ve definitely been given all the training I need to succeed, it’s always been more than the minimum, and Orchard covers the costs!"