Head of Learning and Development (Head of Academy)

Ferham House, Rotherham

About Us

Our mission at Exemplar is to make every day better for the people who live and work in our homes. Our community-based homes and OneCare services provide person-centred care and rehabilitation that focuses on maximizing independence, building everyday living skills and empowering people to live as fulfilled lives as possible. Our portfolio of 36 homes provide specialist nursing care and rehabilitation for adults living with a range of complex and high acuity needs with a more homes due to open this year and an extensive plan for further growth. This is an exciting time to join Exemplar where 95% of our homes are rated good or outstanding with CQC and where fun/integrity/responsive/success and team work are our key company values.

About the Role

As Head of  Learning and Development (Head of Academy) you will be pivotal to the growth plan at Exemplar and responsible for overseeing the learning and development journey for both current and new employees here at Exemplar. You will be responsible for creating a learning academy along with your learning and development team where current employee will have access to future development and upskilling to include Leadership and Management programmes, mandatory training and being central to the smooth running of our induction program. Key focuses for the role are to develop and promote our own staff internally and to ensure we have the best pool of candidates in the sector to promote the current and future needs of the business. Your team will consist of roughly 12 members of the learning and development team and although Ferham House will be your base travel to the homes will be required and leading the team from the front, rolling up your sleeves when required and really making an impact in the role.


  • 30 days holiday plus bank holidays.
  • Excellent pension plan - 3% Employer contribution
  • Bupa cover - single plus optional family
  • Life assurance
  • Outstanding career progression with opportunities over 36 care homes and within the central support teams
  • Exemplar My First Rewards - retail discounts and vouchers.
  • Employee assistance program – 24-hour helpline.
  • Comprehensive induction program
Patients playing with water pistols

Colleague stories

“There are many career opportunities at Exemplar Health Care and the support that I’ve received has been amazing. Everyone at Exemplar Health Care is committed to not only our residents, but each other. I am proud to be part of the Exemplar family.”

Nurse – Exemplar Health Care

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Rewarding your dedication

Whether it’s RCNi membership or NMC Pin payment for nurses, or lifestyle and retail discounts for everyone, we’re always thinking about new ways of saying ‘thank you’ for being part of our team.

Lifestyle and retail discounts

Lifestyle and retail discounts - all colleagues can access great savings and monthly discounts on high street shops, restaurants, pubs and holidays, as well as 2-for-1 cinema tickets.

Employee Assistance Programme

Employee Assistance Programme - all colleagues can access 24/7 counselling and support through our wellbeing partner, Care First.

Pension Plan

Pension plan – after 3 months, you’ll be auto-enrolled into our pension scheme with NOW pensions, where you’ll have up to 5% of your earnings (depending on your salary) put into the pension and we’ll contribute an additional 3%.

Paid DBS Check

Paid DBS check – we’ll pay for all new starters to have a DBS check, so you don’t need to cover the cost.

Referral Bonus

Referral bonus – if you recommend a friend for a care role with us, you’ll both receive £150, and you can refer as many people as you like.

Free RCNi membership

Career development opportunities - there are lots of opportunities to develop your skills and progress in your career at Exemplar Health Care, if you wish. Find out more.

Pro-rated for part-time colleagues and subject to qualifying conditions.

Click here to download your refer-a-friend claim form and view terms and conditions.