Work Experience 

In 2019 alone the St Monica Trust has supported over 100 people within their chosen departments, across our five retirement villages. Based on previous figures, our programme is continuing to flourish and numbers are growing each year. We offer a rewarding work experience programme for our participants providing an insight into a chosen department which enables confidence, new skills and an insight into the Health and Social Care sector and working with the older generation. Based on their work experience placements, some of our participants have successfully applied to be employed within the organisation. This greatly supports our vision of growing our own workforce and aids the statistics of the younger generation embarking on a successful career path within the Health and Social Care sector.

Our Sites and Locations 

Cote Lane Retirement Village Cote Lane, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS9 3UN 
Monica Wills House Retirement Village Cromwell Street, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 3NH 
Sandford Station Retirement Village Station Road, Sandford, Winscombe, BS25 5AA 
The Chocolate Quarter Retirement Village Trajectus Way, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 2GJ 
Westbury Fields Retirement Village Cricket Lane, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS10 6TW 


Cote Lane retirement community | Monica Wills House retirement community | Sandford Station retirement community | Westbury Fields retirement community | Care at Home Service (Henleaze)

Applications are currently open for work experience placements from February - March 2020, closing on 31st December 2019.  

Applications received after this date won't be processed for placements in spring 2020. 

Should your placement dates fall outside of these key times or if you require any further information please contact Work Placement Coordinator, Ella Britton, on

  1. Complete our online APPLICATION FORM 
  2. Ask a school/college tutor to submit a SUPPORTING STATEMENT 
  3. Application received by our Work Placement Co-ordinator
  4. Availability for placement checked with the chosen department
  5. If successful, you will be invited to attend an interview with the Work Placement Co-ordinator
  6. Undertake a work experience placement.

All applications are subject to availability, receipt of a supporting statement and an interview. Please allow up to one month for a response.Due to high demand, it is best to submit an application with plenty of notice, to ensure that you are successful with obtaining a placement. Applications that are received with less than one months’ notice are unlikely to be successful. If you are not a student, please ask someone you know (non-relative) to provide you with a personal statement for the supporting reference we require.


We are dedicated to investing in our people. Exceptional people who always go the extra mile. Caring, committed and passionate people who support and celebrate the lives of our residents and customers. 

Our Adult Care Worker Level 2 Apprenticeship Programme

Our care worker apprenticeship programme will provide you with the opportunity to: 

  • Earn while you learn
  • Further your career 
  • Achieve fully funded, valuable and nationally recognised qualifications (including Functional Skills level 2 in English and/or Maths and the Care Certificate, if required)

Who can apply for our apprenticeship programme?

  • Anyone aged 16 and over 
  • School leavers or those wishing to change career
  • Those wishing to enhance their career or professional development

Employed as an Apprentice Nursing Care Assistant within one of our nursing care homes for the duration of your apprenticeship.

The qualification is fully funded by the St Monica Trust – all that we ask is that you complete and achieve the apprenticeship. The average duration to achieve the apprenticeship standard is 12-15 months.

Learners will be assigned to a dedicated training provider, as well as receive a dedicated learning mentor for the duration of their course. If an applicant does not hold a GCSE grade C/3 or above in English and Mathematics, they will be able to study these subjects at Functional Skills Level 2 via the training provider and alongside their apprenticeship.

If new to care, applicants will also undertake the Care Certificate, alongside their apprenticeship, which must be completed in 12 weeks.

20% off-the-job training is a mandatory element of the apprenticeship. Learners must be given this time within their working hours to ensure successful completion of their apprenticeship standard and guidance on this aspect will be shared with the learner’s line manager. Continual assessment will be undertaken for the duration of their apprenticeship, to ensure that the learner is fully supported and can access any further guidance, in accordance with their learning needs.


For more information, or if you require support with completing an application, you can send an e-mail to or speak directly with Ella Britton, our Work Placement Co-ordinator, by calling her on 0797 643 0058.