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Grantfield Lerwick, ZE1 0NT
£15.51 - £17.38 per hour
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Part Time
28 hours per week

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Social Care Worker (Entry/Main) - Adult Services

‘Are you looking for an opportunity to make a positive difference to someone’s life?’

Can you show us how you would treat the people we support, with the dignity and respect they deserve? Are you kind, caring and compassionate and a good listener who is patient?

If caring comes naturally to you and you find reward in supporting people, this could be the perfect job for you!

No qualification? No Problem! Although experience and qualifications are always desirable, for Entry Grade Social Care Workers your personal values and attitude are the most important attributes. We are looking for thoughtful, caring and inspiring people to join our team!

Adult Services – what we do:

The people who use our services (individuals) have additional support needs associated with learning disability or autism and require support to continue to live independently in their own homes, to attend Day Support and meaningful activity or have short break respite. For further details on our individual services, please see service descriptors attached below.

What you’ll be doing:

As a Social Care Worker in Adult Services:

  • You will be responsible for providing direct support to individuals in a variety of settings.
  • You will play a key role ensuring that individuals receive high standards of care and support to help retain their potential level of independence and dignity throughout their lives.
  • You will support people with varying abilities and complex needs, enabling them to achieve their goals, identified priorities and personal outcomes.
  • You will work as part of a team to provide the highest quality of care. This may include; intimate personal care, developing daily living skills, training, social activities and other meaningful activity in accordance with their identified needs and wishes, whilst supporting individuals, as far as possible, to avoid danger and harm.
  • You must evidence that you can demonstrate the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) core values of;
    • Respect
    • Collaboration,
    • Participation & Dignity and Empowerment

What’s in it for you? Following a review of responsibilities and reward for social care worker roles across Council services, it was recognised that an uplift in salary was required. In this respect, you’ll be undertaking valuable work in more than one way! Your benefit package includes:

  • Excellent Salary and Conditions
  • Distant islands allowance
  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Local Government Pension scheme
  • Flexible working and family friendly policies
  • A varied and interesting workload
  • Excellent training and development opportunities
  • Various other employee benefits

Do you share our values?

In Shetland Islands Council, Excellent service is at the heart of everything we do. We provide excellent service by taking personal responsibility and working well together.

It is important that you share our values and would demonstrate this by:

  • Providing an excellent level of service, by making sure you understand, meet and manage our service users’ needs.
  • Working in an open and honest way, reflecting on your performance and looking for opportunities to improve and develop.
  • Having a positive attitude by being open-minded, fair, respectful, trustworthy and honest.
  • Taking your responsibilities as an employee of the council seriously.

Additional Information

Social Care Workers shall provide care in a variety of settings including within the community. Therefore the worker will, in the majority of cases, be required to travel to undertake their duties. An ability to drive with a full driving licence is therefore highly desirable and may be essential depending on the demands of the service. The travel requirements of each post will be made clear through the recruitment & selection process.

Above all else we’re looking for someone who’s compassionate, respectful, empathetic and honest, with a values and integrity to make a very real and positive difference to the people we support.

For further details relating to these posts, please contact:

Find out more about:

  • Social Care careers in Shetland: here
  • Values for a career in Social Care: here
  • Living and working in Shetland: here
  • The Shetland Islands Council: here

More detail is provided in the Job Profile, Person Specification and Conditions of Service Summary attached to the bottom of this advert.

  • The grade of this post is G/H
  • Your salary and career progression will depend on your experience and qualifications
  • Rate of pay shown in the advert is inclusive of Distant Islands Allowance of £1.4202 per hour
  • Temporary, Part Time post for 28 hpw, 52.18 weeks per year for a period of approximately 12 months. This is for the duration of a period of maternity leave, and will terminate following the return to work or resignation of the postholder
  • Preferred candidates will be required to join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme or undergo a PVG Scheme update prior to a formal offer of employment being made
  • The successful candidate will have to complete registration with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) within 6 months of the agreed start date
  • A relocation package does not apply to this post
  • We will pay interview expenses from within Shetland
  • We are happy to talk flexible working

During the application process you are required to give the names of two persons not related to you, who we can contact to provide a reference to support your application.

This post is based at Grantfield, Lerwick, Shetland.

For further details relating to this post, please contact: Diane Colvin, Team Leader, Telephone 01595 744306 or email

If you have a disability which prevents you from applying online, please call 01595 744032.

If you’re a kind, compassionate person who’d like to make a difference to people’s lives, then social care could be the right career for you.

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Information about Shetland

Shetland is an archipelago in the north of the British Isles where you'll find freedom, wildlife and wild beauty, but also a rich culture and dynamic, forward-looking society. The Islands have a thriving and diverse economy full of opportunities and offer residents the ideal work/life balance. Shetland combines stunning coastal landscapes and wide open spaces with friendly, bustling island communities. Factor in Shetland's impressive modern amenities, highly regarded schools and the Islands offer a work life balance rarely found elsewhere.


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