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A Career in Care

A career with Alternative Care can be a rewarding experience and if you join our organisation you will become part of a shared vision to encourage, value and promote people with learning disabilities in society. We are a small organisation employing 110+ staff and we are committed to creating opportunities and promoting successful careers. Employees work across a field of residential care, day care, support & enablement and supported living units, which offers our staff varied stimuli. Care work is challenging and rewarding, and gives you valuable experience alongside a rich skill set that can open the door to many different careers in the public and private sectors.

We support over 100 individuals residing in Wakefield, Pontefract, Castleford and Normanton (including surrounding areas) across a large spectrum of physical abilities and learning difficulties.

Everything we do for our service users depends on our team, and we take the welfare of our workforce very seriously. It is our aim to employ the best people and the qualities we look for are fundamental to the philosophy of our organisation.

Person-Centred Care

We focus on supporting an individual’s needs and desires, promoting choice and independence as much as possible. We encourage people from all walks of life - empowering them to make informed choices. Employees are expected to uphold a high level of respect and to value the differences we may find between people

Changing Lives

Often, people with learning difficulties may not have had access to the same equal opportunities as other people because of assumptions about ability or capacity. This means we are diligent with supporting changes to help people live fulfilled lives to their own expectations.

Do you share our values?

  • Is it important to you to help other people achieve their optimum state of sustained health and well-being?
  • Do you feel strongly about equality in society?
  • Can you work with frequent change and/or rigid routine?
  • Are you familiar with human and citizenship rights?
  • Would you be good at spotting potential opportunities or activities for others?
  • Are you a creative thinker?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to these questions then you do share our values.

Your right to work in the UK

Do you have a visa for working in the UK? If you apply for a job with us we will need you to provide evidence of your right to work here. Suitable documentation includes your passport, visa, work permit or birth certificate.
If you are not an EU or EEA national, please check your right to work in the UK carefully before you apply. Depending on specific circumstances we may be able to offer to sponsor individuals to work in the UK.

Disabled Applicants

As a company that cares for and supports people, we want to employ individuals from all walks of life and this includes those with learning disabilities. If you have a disability and you are interested in working for us then please, get in touch!


Alternative Care offers a structured programme of training and workplace learning which leads to a formal set of qualifications. Apprenticeships can be healthcare specific or cover generic skills which are used in the sector such as, occupational health and safety or business and administration.

What WE can give YOU

At Alternative Care we provide mandatory training within your first 12-weeks of employment. During your ‘Induction’ you will receive 11 mandatory qualification certificates including, ‘First Aid Awareness’, ‘Mental Capacity’ and ‘Communication’.

Prior to employment we encourage prospective employees to come and have the opportunity to spend time with service users and staff for a half-day observation before employment would commence. After your induction you will gain experience quickly by working in all aspects of the company from the beginning. Please see our ‘Training’ page for more details on one-to-one support roles and Diploma qualifications. We regularly have internal job offers and promotion available if you were considering working your way up. Careers are always available with Alternative Care as support workers, senior support workers, and team leaders.

If a ‘work-life’ balance is important to you, we offer flexible and part-time jobs. Certain roles require a full driving licence and all will require an enhanced CRB check, this is due to the sensitive nature of this industry and the protection of the people in our care.

Shining Stars

Ashley Jackson

My name is Ashley and I work on reception at ACL. I welcome people, solve any problems they may have and I also help the carers and service users whenever I can. The best part of my job is making new starters feel welcome and interacting with staff.

Mark Lambert
Domiciliary Care Officer

I started in this company 2 years ago and due to previous experience I started as a D.C.O. (Domiciliary Care Officer). I have always found both management and other members of staff to be extremely helpful and approachable. A willingness to learn is actively encouraged and acted on, with training courses available. Each member of staff is treated equally and like ‘one of the family’. It’s a lovely company to work for!


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