Why Work for Us?

Education and Services for People with Autism Limited (ESPA) is a leading charity within the North East of England who supports individuals on the autism spectrum.  ESPA seeks to promote and provide care, education, support and opportunities for people with autism throughout the North East of England by providing the specialist care and support they need to lead a fulfilling and rewarding life.

HR Approach

Our approach is all about individual support that’s designed around specific needs.  This ethos also extends to the way we look after our staff.

Join us and you can be sure of a truly supportive working environment, where every effort will be made to make you feel as part of a caring organisation, and to help you develop in whichever direction you decide to follow.  We offer a range of full time and part time employment opportunities across all departments and services.  These roles can range from support in a residential care home to management opportunities.

Learning and development

We aim to provide the best service we can to people on the autism spectrum and their families, so we have a strong commitment to providing a high level of training for all our employees.  We invest heavily in your training and as an organisation, we aim to develop and support all staff through a range of internal and external programmes that will offer all staff to grow within their roles.

The application process

The application form is your first opportunity to demonstrate suitability for the post.  Please ensure that you read the job description and person specification and then use these documents to guide you on the completion of the application form ensuring that you demonstrate you have the relevant competencies/ requirements for the role. The information contained on the application form will be used in the short listing process.

Please complete the application form and return it before midday on the closing date by email to humanresources@espa.org.uk or by post to The HR Department, 2a Hylton Park, Hylton Park Road, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear. SR5 3HD, unless otherwise specified in the Job Advert.  Please DO NOT SEND CVs as we will not consider them.

Employment Checks

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references, relevant disclosure checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – DBS) being completed and evidence to support that the applicant has achieved the relevant qualifications/registration status applicable to the post.  Further information on the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) can be found at www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service.   All successful applicants following interview and offer of employment are required to complete an Occupational Health Questionnaire.

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