Trainee Child and Youth Care Worker Aidan has progressed to become a permanent team member at Kibble. Aidan found our trainee programme an unbelievable opportunity to develop new skills. His advice to people who are considering completing an application form is, “go for it, it is a life changing decision.”
What did you do before Kibble?
Previously I was a professional footballer for Greenock Morton FC and I have also worked as a lifeguard.
How long have you worked at Kibble?
I have worked at Kibble for a year. Initially I joined as a Trainee Child and Youth Care Worker and was then successful in applying for a permanent annualised contract.
What made you want to work for Kibble?
I was keen to change my career and had always been drawn to the care sector. The opportunity of Kibble’s trainee programme was too good to miss. It gave me the chance to work and learn on the job while having the guidance of a dedicated mentor to provide help and support.
Can you give us an overview of your role at Kibble and what area you work in? Please explain about the service
Upon completing Kibble’s Child and Youth Care Worker Trainee Programme, I became an annualised Child and Youth Care Worker within our Safe Centre. This supports young people at a time of crisis, providing consistent care, education and support to help them move forward.
Within my role I work alongside a specific young person and provide a range of support to ensure they get the highest level of care. The safety of the young people is paramount in the day-to-day running of the Centre. I help to ensure that young people feel safe and supported, that the environment is nurturing, and to give them the confidence to accomplish anything they want in life!
What is the best thing about working at Kibble? Tell us one thing you love about your job?
Every day is different. The young people have amazing personalities which create an atmosphere that you want to work in.
Can you share a defining moment or story about your time at Kibble?
I was able to bond with a young person I cared for over a common interest in football. As a result, I encouraged him to attend football training. The young person did extremely well that the club asked him to continue training and eventually play with the team. His skills progressed and his overall confidence grew as a result.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of joining Kibble?
Go for it, it is a life changing decision. A career with Kibble is an amazing opportunity to meet fantastic young people and staff. The trainee programme is an unbelievable opportunity to develop new skills. Although I have only been here a year, I have learned so much.
Please complete the following statement using one word – “Kibble Inspires…”