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Learning & Development

At Aspire we recognise that staff require ongoing learning and development opportunities in order to further develop existing and new knowledge and skills. We believe that continuous development is of paramount importance and have therefore developed a range of opportunities which build on induction.

All learning and development opportunities are designed to complement and prepare staff for SVQ qualifications. After successful completion of induction and satisfactory performance in our employment, staff are eligible for access to SVQ places, which we source from an accredited SQA centre.

Induction and Training

Our staff receive induction and ongoing training which cover the values and skills required to meet individual, service and organisational expectations and also enhances individual staff Members’ knowledge, capabilities and confidence.

Feedback received includes:

Just a quick message to let you know how much I value Cammei [Cameron Gilchrist, Aspire L&D Facilitator] support. I'm due to do zoom training next week and was very apprehensive about it as I'm not to good on computers. Cammei set up a trial run this morning and has settled my nerves as he explained everything so clearly. I just feel everyone is quick enough with the negatives, I feel it's only right to give praise where it's due. Thanks [Teresa , Support Worker, Sept 2020]

"Good course, we covered a good amount. After today I feel as if I've made a good move in joining Aspire.  Very professional."  [Successful new employee speaking about Induction Training and joining Aspire, Nov 2019]

"Aspire L&D Facilitator comes across as so devoted to his job and the way he delivers the training makes this so apparent/  It's the best training I have ever received, including training provided by the Navy! His wealth of knowledge is amazing and passion throughout made attending the course a pleasure , top guy!” [Aspire Employee, May 2019]

Staff support and development

Aspire ensures that each Member of staff receives regular 1 to 1 meetings with their line manager in which they have the opportunity to acknowledge achievements, identify any problems or challenges, prepare personal development plans, plan action together and improve motivation for improved individual and team performance.

See following pages for appraisal and recruitment.


Staff participate in an initial 3 month appraisal followed by annual appraisals with their line manager. The aim of the appraisal is to help maintain and improve individual job performance, realise staff potential and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the organisation.

Within the appraisal the staff Member and manager will assess past performance, establish current performance and set objectives to maintain and improve future performance. Staff are supported and encouraged to participate in a range of activities and learning opportunities which will assist their ongoing development.