How We Grow Registered Managers

Our Management Trainee Programme is an exciting new way to build a rewarding career. Over four to five years, you will learn, gain qualifications and see yourself fast-tracked into the role of Registered Manager. We want you to inspire this team to do more than care – to give every child a bright and promising future.


You’ll start by getting to know our organisation: our schools, homes and head office. You’ll meet our directors and senior leadership team, and build an in-depth understanding of Witherslack Group. If you haven’t got a Diploma Level 3 in Residential Childcare, your first step will be to achieve this, studying over 12-18 months while working as a Residential Care Practitioner. Throughout the Programme, you’ll be working alongside a highly skilled and experienced team and will also be able to rely on a ‘Training Buddy’ and our Trainee Programme Manager to provide ongoing support. Then there’s our range of excellent Leadership & Development training. It’s all designed to help you succeed and speed you on your way.


We’re looking for the drive to succeed in a demanding but highly rewarding field. To be a Management Trainee, you must be passionate about changing children’s lives and committed to doing your best for them. You need to be robust, organised and brilliant with people. After all, you’ll be dealing with children, parents and teams as well as outside agencies. If you can bring high standards and a talent for communication, you could have the potential to be an exceptional leader.

Begin your journey with us. Are any of these you…

You have completed your A levels and gained work experience from any sector and thinking of a career in child care?

You have completed your degree and looking to start a career that allows you to flourish and grow?

You are a professional working in any sector who seeks a fresh new challenge and opportunity to develop your skills?

You already work for Witherslack Group and want to progress your career even further?

Introducing We Grow

Witherslack Groups’ Management Training & Development Programme.
A unique training programme developed by the UK’s leading provider of
specialist education and care for children and young people.

Follow the Career Path to Registered Manager

Step 1. Residential Support Worker

Join us and begin your journey as a residential support worker and complete training including Diploma level 3 in residential childcare.


What does a Residential Support Worker do?

Step 2. Team Leader

After two years, with our continued support we would expect you to have flourished and become a team leader and hold that position for 18 months.


What does a Team Leader do?

Step 3. Deputy Manager

Through dedication and hardwork you have been promoted to Deputy Manager and will hold that position for 18 months, completing a Diploma Level 5…


What does a Deputy Manager do?

Step 4. Registered Manager

Congratulations, you have worked your socks off to get here and have been promoted to Registered Manager.


What does a Registered Manager do?