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Reach Your Potential

Children and young people are at the centre of what we do, but this wouldn’t be possible without our team. With every huge small victory comes recognition of the hard work and dedication from our employees. Here at WG we offer rewarding careers that change lives, but also we understand that careers are not sedentary, we want you to excel and do your best which means offering great opportunities for progression.

A great number of our Registered Manager’s began their journeys as Residential Support Workers, as well as many members of our school senior leadership teams beginning their journeys as teaching assistants and teachers. There is no end of the road here as our careers offer progression into further leadership including regional director and director positions.

We want the very best experiences for our children and young people so we want you to be the very best at what you do. Don’t worry if you’re only at the start of your training, we recognise early careers so we offer great learning and development opportunities to help you towards your goals. Whether it’s career progression or a sector change, we want you to be happy and working towards your own goals whilst providing the best support.

Don’t want to ever lose what makes us what we are. That little bit of magic that we have got. Don’t want to lose it.

Team Leader, Eaveslea Children's Home

Support In Every Direction

We understand that careers aren't linear, but we want to make sure you have every opportunity to develop and progress. As well as offering external training, we have our own in-house development programmes that will train and support you to take that next step.


Elevate is our internal programme to identify, develop & support and nurture high potential Deputy Managers and Deputy Head Teachers. The purpose of the Elevate programme is to develop current deputies at an accelerated rate with the aim being to have them ready to be considered for vacant Registered Manager / Head Teacher roles anywhere in the country in the next 12 – 18 months. As part of Elevate you’ll have access to leaders across the business. There will be 6 masterclasses with our business leaders and 4 levelling up sessions covering topics such as critical thinking and effective coaching.


Aspire is a programme aimed at anyone wants to develop their skills in leading people; whether you are currently in position with people management responsibility or are looking to take on a role that includes leading & managing people. The purpose is to introduce you to some of the fundamentals and enable you to develop and build on their skills. This programme focuses on developing your abilities in key areas including; personal impact and leadership styles, working with and managing people performance, managing yourself and developing others whilst providing direction. The programme is a mix of a qualification, masterclasses, personal development and group development activities and on successful completion of this programme, they will submit written work to achieve the ILM Level 4 Award in Leadership and Management.

It is a business but the whole ethos is about the kids, it is really, really strong and make me committed to the Group.

Head Teacher, North West

Early Careers

We understand that being at the beginning of your career can be both exciting and daunting, but we want to support you every step of the way. Our support network spans the whole company, not only do you have access to colleagues within your work place, but our clinical and senior leadership teams are always an email or phone call away. Many of the skills we look for in candidates are developed on the job and that can take lots of learning, but you will never be on your own. It goes without saying that our notion of huge small victories is centred around our children and young people, however we celebrate them for our team too as they wouldn’t happen without them.

We are proud to offer entry level positions such as residential support workers and teaching assistants so you can begin your career on the job. Not only that, but we provide training and qualifications too. You can see some early career trajectories below, but remember that changing sector is also an option!

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