Apprentice-Physiotherapy Support Worker

Posted: 10/10/2023 Reference: Salary: £20,441 per annum pro rata Location: Employer: Central Bedfordshire Council

About Us

Central Bedfordshire is an ambitious authority, determined to be an exemplary one. Our strategic location and high quality of life mean we are one of the fastest growing areas in the country.


As a council we face the same challenges every business does – investing in the right places and delivering great results. Except for us, it’s all about our 289,000 residents. We’re totally focussed on helping to improve their lives and making Central Bedfordshire a great place to live and work.


We have set values and principles to represent the way we work and how we operate as an organisation. You can view a list of these in detail on our website.


This is a great time to join us on our journey.



Are you looking for an opportunity to start a new and exciting career?

We are currently seeking two people to join us as apprentices  in our Community Reablement and Step Up/Step Down teams which support people as they leave an acute hospital to recover and rehabilitate following an episode of reduced health, mobility, and wellbeing.  Whatever your background whether it be hospitality, administration, retail or anything else, we want to hear from you as transferable skills are invaluable when you are working with people.


These roles are part of a new and exciting rotational apprenticeship program across a network of various Health and Social Care providers in Bedfordshire.  You will be earning whilst you are learning with support from dedicated and experienced professionals, either as a Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy Support Worker.  The rotational element of this program will help you gain a wide range of skills and experience, in a diverse range of settings (care homes, acute hospitals, hospices and community nursing/therapy teams), whilst working towards a Level 3 Senior Healthcare Support Worker apprenticeship.


About the role

You will be supporting our residents to recover and rehabilitate through a diverse range of interventions which can range from the prescription, issuing and guidance to use new mobility aids, supporting and encouraging people to safely care for themselves, promotion and delivery of therapeutic exercise programs, helping people to adjust to life following major or life changing surgery, writing reports and updating records and supporting people to make decisions around their onward care and support needs.


The Apprenticeship

By participating in our apprenticeship program as a Senior Healthcare Support Worker, you will open doors to numerous exciting career paths within the health and social care industry. This program serves as a springboard for your professional growth and offers a solid foundation for your future career.


Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, you will be equipped with valuable experience, skills, and knowledge that will make you a competitive candidate for a wide range of health and social care roles. Whether you choose to pursue a career as a Social Worker, Nursing Assistant, Mental Health Support Worker, Therapy Assistant, or explore other health and social care professions, our apprenticeship program will set you on the right track.


What we will do for you

  • Support you to achieve the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for your apprenticeship
  • Experienced assessor and mentor to assess your work and practice
  • Individual learning programme tailored to your own needs
  • E-learning, training, and monthly tutorials specific to your apprenticeship
  • A minimum of 20% paid time to be used for learning and development opportunities
  • Provide you with a range of employee benefits including paid leave for 24 days per year, retailer benefits, employee assistance programme, access to excellent in-house training and the opportunity to join the Local Government Pension Scheme


Important Information

Maths and English GCSEs at grade A* to C or 4 to 9 are desirable but not essential. You should have the ability to achieve Maths, English functional skills at Level 2 alongside your apprenticeship.


Due to the nature of the role and wider rotating apprentice program, you will need to have a full UK driving licence and access to a car to be able to visit people in a range of settings.


We are a Council that is very committed to our apprentices and provide a number of additional supportive development opportunities alongside membership of the Association of Apprentices to give you the very best experience of working with us.


What we can offer you 

As well as joining a friendly, dedicated, and hardworking team you will have access to numerous benefits, including:

  • A hybrid working arrangement giving you the option to work from home and access any CBC office location. We recognise and value the importance of supporting our employees to balance their home and work life and to be able to work in the most efficient way.
  • A £250 one-off hybrid worker payment to help you adapt your home for safe and suitable working conditions
  • A comprehensive IT package to support you to work safely and effectively
  • The ability to work abroad for up to a month a year
  • Generous family friendly policies and practices
  • A welcoming and inclusive environment that empowers differences
  • Friendly and supportive staff networks
  • Annual leave allowance 25 days + statutory holidays rising to 32 days with length of service.
  • Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). This is a valuable part of our rewards package for employees and includes Life Assurance. You can find out more on the Bedfordshire Pension Fund website.
  • An exceptional Employee Assistance Programme which helps support employees with workplace changes as well as other work, family and personal issues
  • A huge variety of courses and role-specific training and learning to help you succeed and develop
  • Access to discounts on top UK retailers and local retailers


Central Bedfordshire Council has its own vision and values that are integral to everything we do. Our area vision is to make Central Bedfordshire ‘A great place to live and work’.


Sustainability matters to us. We aim to lead by example in tackling climate change. Read more about the action we’re taking on our website: Climate change – tackling it and our strategy


Our aspiration is to be a truly flexible employer.  We welcome discussion on location, hours and working pattern as part of the application process.




You will be expected to demonstrate how you meet the key accountabilities and competencies detailed within this Recruitment Pack


For an informal discussion about this position, please contact: Anthony Prior or Vijaya Babu –


For queries related to the recruitment of this vacancy, please contact: The Recruitment Team at  




Central Bedfordshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees, volunteers and contractors to share this commitment. This post is subject to the disclosure of criminal records.


Central Bedfordshire Council is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to improving the diversity of our workforce to better reflect the communities we serve.  Therefore we welcome applications from everyone. In addition we are a  Disability Confident employer, we are working to become a Disability Confident leader in our community.


To maintain a fair and consistent approach for applicants, it is Central Bedfordshire Council’s policy to only consider applications made via our online application system and we therefore thank you for not submitting your application offline.


If you require assistance to apply for our roles, help with writing your CV, interview techniques or careers advice please contact our team of careers advisors at Our service is confidential, impartial and free for all.


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