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A friendly induction

Supporting colleagues from day one


We ensure colleagues feel supported right from the start

Our 12-week induction and Buddy programme help team members become familiar with our vision, values and ways of working.

The induction process

Our 12-week inductions ensure that colleagues are confident and competent in their roles. Your first two weeks will be protected for induction-only activity. After two weeks, you'll have a ‘catch-up’ chat with your manager to see how you’re settling in. You'll have further catch-ups at four weeks, six weeks and 12 weeks.

As part of your induction, you'll be assigned a Buddy from day one. They will be a friendly face to guide you through the first three months of your employment, offering advice, feedback and answering any general questions.

New to care? No problem

We know the first few weeks in a care role can be overwhelming. That's why we've created a new to care pathways for colleagues who wish to build a career with us. 

Training for new to care colleagues

Supporting colleagues to build confidence 

We know that our colleagues are our greatest asset, so we invest time into their first daysweeks and months with us. Our Care UK Buddies partner with new team members during their induction period to help them feel engaged, supported and confident in their roles. 

Buddies are there to offer advice and guidance to new colleagues regarding day-to-day work, as well as encouragement and knowledge, from making introductions to sharing insights about Care UK’s values. 

Support from your Team Leader

What our Buddies say

Here’s what some of our Care UK Buddies have to say about their role supporting colleagues.

I’m an approachable and caring person so I’d hate to think that someone would have questions and didn’t know who to speak to. I like people to be happy and I like to solve problems, so if I can help someone, that makes me happy too.

Sarah Clark Business Administrator at Oxbow Manor

It’s very rewarding to be the first person new starters get to know, to be the friendly face the first time they walk through the door… I give them information about the home and Care UK, and I always assure them that I am here for them when they need me.

Roberta Vilciauskaite Business Administrator at Echelforde

Having a buddy can make such a difference. I let them know that I am always here. Even if I’m not on shift, they can take my number and give me a call. I feel proud because I am sharing my knowledge and giving back what I have learned through other people.

Tanya Abrey Team Leader at Charlotte House