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99 St Olaf Street, Lerwick, ZE1 0ES
£12.32 - £15.17 per hour
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Adult Services are recruiting individuals to join an existing care team in Lerwick supporting adults living with learning disabilities and autism.   

Whilst we value previous experience, this is not essential.  We recognise that many potential applicants will have no previous formal experience in care work.  However, they will have the required transferable skill to successful begin a career in the caring profession.   Support will be given to these individual.  Both during the application process and in the initial stages of employment. 

Working within the Social Care Sector can bring great satisfaction for both staff and customers. So, if you are interested in working with people, have good interpersonal and communications skills, and a fair degree of personal resilience then Adult Services would welcome your application.

There are various positions and hours of work available.  Some of these posts are permanent and others are temporary.  There will also be openings to gain Relief work. 

Permanent contracts from 10 to 37 hours per week

Temporary contracts from 10 to 30 hours per week

Relief posts available

Hours of work will be discussed and established as part of the Recruitment process

The Assertive Community Transition service (ACT) will deliver a local provision of support for people who have learning disabilities and/or complex needs, to develop options for access to direct, flexible support where significant difficulty is being experienced and there is risk of breakdown of current arrangements. The fundamental outcome of the service being that no young person or adult with learning disability and/or complex need in Shetland, who require care, support or protection from the statutory services, is placed off island.

People who use the service could include:

  • Young people, including those with additional needs;
  • Adults with learning disability and/or complex needs ,
  • People requiring repatriation from off island placements

In addition to learning disability and/or complex need, users of the service may have emotional, learning, social issues and associated behavioural challenges requiring enhanced support to understand, prepare for and manage life transitions.

Working within the ACT team will be very physically and emotionally demanding and a high level of personal resilience and strength is essential.  Support activities may include:

  • Social skills learning, risk assessment, planning and risk enablement, positive behaviour support, budgeting and all activities involved in successful daily living and citizenship.
  • Outdoor and indoor activities that promote a healthy lifestyle and wellbeing, which may include; swimming, gym, sailing, climbing, hiking, cycling.

The purpose of the service is to provide person centred, individualised transition support, skills building and whole life learning using assets based approaches and outcome planning.

The successful post holder will possess a set of core, strength based approaches, practices and values including: passion, drive, commitment, unconditional positive regard, trust, patience, resilience, innovation and solution focussed thinking.

The Assertive Community Transition (ACT) service sits within the Adult Services department of Community Health and Social Care Directorate, and uses a range of best practice approaches and guidance, including those promoted by National Institute for Health and Care Guidance (NICE), Scottish Transitions Forum, Association for Real Change (ARC) and Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).


Additional Information

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

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  • Rate of pay is inclusive of Distant Islands Allowance of £1.2415 per hour
  • Permanent Full Time & Part Time posts for 10 up to 37 hours per week, 52.18 weeks per year.  These hours are graded F/G/H and your salary and career progression will depend on your experience and qualifications. Rate of pay for F/G/H is £12.32 - £15.17 per hour, including Distant Island Allowance.  A Career Graded post, is a career development opportunity. This means that the Council is committed to supporting the successful candidate to obtain the necessary skills, abilities and knowledge to become fully competent in the role. Please see the Career Grade document attached to this advert that outlines the entry level requirements for the job and the expected career progression route.  The successful candidate will be supported to become fully competent in the role and progress through the career grade. Where there is a requirement to achieve a qualification, this will be fully funded by the Council.
  • Temporary Full time & Part Time posts for 10 up to 30 hours per week – for a period of 12 months covering family leave.  These hours are grade G and not career graded. Rate of pay for G grade is £13.30 - £13.82 per hour, including Distant Island Allowance
  • Relief Social Care Workers are also required at grade F (no career grade). Rate of pay is £12.32 per hour including Distant Island Allowance
  • 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
  • A relocation package does not apply to this post
  • We will pay interview expenses from within Shetland
  • You must have the ability to travel throughout Shetland at short notice and where public transport is limited
  • 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.

These post are based at St Olaf Street, Lerwick 

For further details relating to this post, please contact:  Elaine Laurenson- Team Leader on Telephone 01595 74 4390 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. Take the quiz!

Information about Shetland

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