Welcome to the Careers section of our website and thank you for considering AKW with Contour Showers in your current employment search.
AKW Medi-Care Ltd and Contour Showers Ltd are part of a global group of companies which offer a wide range of opportunities which range from Finance, HR, Marketing, Logistics, Production, Customer Services to name just a few of our teams.
AKW Medi-Care is based in Hampton Lovett, just outside Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire in a pleasant semi-rural environment.
Contour Showers Ltd is based in Winsford, Cheshire, and in 2023/2024 will relocate to new modern premises in Middlewich, Cheshire.
If you would like to join our team, but we don’t have any vacancies, or our current vacancies don’t match your skill set, please click on the button below to register your interest.
If a vacancy arises in the future that matches your area of interest, we will make contact with you.
Just over 52% of our current employees have been with us for 5 years or more and this demonstrates the unique opportunity we offer to gain new skills and move your career forward in a supportive team.
We aim to develop our employee’s skillsets by offering secondments between departments, seek to promote internally where possible, operate in house training programmes and also partner with local education providers to offer accredited training courses.
A very warm welcome to the AKW Holdings Group of Companies.
You have joined an organisation whose mission is to provide bespoke products for the Care market. These products are aimed at keeping the elderly and those with reduced mobility living independently in their own homes for as long as possible with safety and dignity. Should the day come when a person has to go into a residential care setting then we also supply products for Care and Nursing homes which not only provides a safe working environment for staff, but which also offers practical and comfortable solutions for the patient.
Whilst our largest market is based in the UK, we also have a growing international business based in Belgium which has the same mission and supplies similar products, mainly in France and we also export to the USA.
You are now part of an organisation which takes pride as being market leaders and innovators in the Care market. We hold many patents for innovative design and continue to strive for excellence in both product design and quality.
You are key to the development of our business. Our philosophy is to ensure all our staff develop their skills through in house training, external training courses and internal career development opportunities. Many of our Directors and Senior Managers are long serving employees who have proved themselves capable of taking on more responsibility during their time with us.
I, along with the other Directors, wish you a long, fulfilling and enjoyable employment with us.
I look forward to working with you.
Please take a look at our new video for the UK market which shows the AKW Holdings group structure from a product idea, through development, to sales
In February 2020, AKW Medi-Care Ltd achieved Level 1 of this local award following assessment by an external panel against nine different standards.
Worcestershire Works Well supports businesses to improve the health and well-being of their employees. Improved employee health and well-being has been shown repeatedly to improve profitability and productivity of businesses.
The achievement of this award demonstrates that AKW Medi-Care Ltd is an employer which values the health and wellbeing of our employees and we take a pro-active approach to providing an enjoyable and productive working environment.
For further information, please visit : http://www.worcestershireworkswell.co.uk/
We believe recruitment is a two – way process and this belief informs how we conduct the different stages in our recruitment process.
Interviewing offers an opportunity for us find out more about your skills and experience so we can decide if you are able to perform the role successfully. Secondly, it allows you the opportunity to find out as much as you wish about the role, team and organisation so you make an informed decision.
We conduct interviews through a variety of different methods.
For positions which offer a hybrid or office-based work pattern, we prefer to conduct interviews in person. This allows you the opportunity to visit our offices and experience the work environment, an important part of your decision-making process.
For positions which are home based, we may also use Zoom or MS Teams. The Manager recruiting for the position will take a decision regarding the interview format.
We believe 8 essential skills are key to ensuring everyone is successful in their role. Essential skills are defined as highly transferrable skills that are important for everyone to build during their education, employment and wider life. They include:
During your interview, you will be asked some questions around the essential skills that this role requires. We recommend that you visit : https://www.skillsbuilder.org/universal-framework/listening to understand the Universal Skills Framework.
Whilst it is likely the role will require you to use all 8 of the essential skills to some extent, you should ensure you read the Person Specification carefully to understand the skills which are particularly important for you to demonstrate during your interview.
Please note that we will also be asking you about your technical skills and experience alongside your essential skills. Please ensure you prepare for this too. We also encourage you to explore our website and prepare any questions you might have for us about our organisation and this role in particular.
We use Psychometric testing for some positions when we are recruiting.
Further information is available from : www.thomas.co and we will explain our reasons for using this method of assessment and also offer an opportunity to discuss your test results.
Onboarding and induction
Onboarding paperwork will be completed via our recruitment system – Blue Octopus and you will be expected to demonstrate your right to work in the UK prior to commencing employment.
We will work with you to establish a personalised welcome to our team and offer a comprehensive introduction to our organisation.
What information does the organisation collect?
The organisation collects a range of information about you. This includes:
The organisation collects this information in a variety of ways. For example, data might be contained in application forms, CVs, obtained from your passport or other identity documents, or collected through interviews or other forms of assessment including online tests.
The organisation will also collect personal data about you from third parties, such as references supplied by former employers, information from employment background check providers, the DVLA and information from criminal records checks. The organisation will seek information from third parties only once a job offer to you has been made and will inform you that it is doing so.
Data will be stored in a range of different places, including on your application record, in HR management systems and on other IT systems (including email).
Why does the organisation process personal data?
The organisation needs to process data to take steps at your request prior to entering into a contract with you. It also needs to process your data to enter into a contract with you.
In some cases, the organisation needs to process data to ensure that it is complying with its legal obligations. For example, it is required to check a successful applicant’s eligibility to work in the UK before employment starts.
The organisation has a legitimate interest in processing personal data during the recruitment process and for keeping records of the process. Processing data from job applicants allows the organisation to manage the recruitment process, assess and confirm a candidate’s suitability for employment and decide to whom to offer a job. The organisation may also need to process data from job applicants to respond to and defend against legal claims.
Where the organisation relies on legitimate interests as a reason for processing data, it has considered whether or not those interests are overridden by the rights and freedoms of employees or workers and has concluded that they are not.
The organisation processes health information if it needs to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process for candidates who have a disability. This is to carry out its obligations and exercise specific rights in relation to employment.
For some roles, the organisation is obliged to seek information about criminal convictions and offences. Where the organisation seeks this information, it does so because it is necessary for it to carry out its obligations and exercise specific rights in relation to employment.
The organisation will not use your data for any purpose other than the recruitment exercise for which you have applied.
If your application is unsuccessful, the organisation will not keep your personal data on file in case there are future employment opportunities for which you may be suited.
Who has access to data?
Your information will be shared internally for the purposes of the recruitment exercise. This includes members of the HR team, interviewers involved in the recruitment process, managers in the business area with a vacancy and IT staff if access to the data is necessary for the performance of their roles.
The organisation will not share your data with a third party Applicant Tracking System during the recruitment process. If your application for employment is successful and it makes you an offer of employment, the organisation will then share your data with former employers to obtain references for you, employment background check providers to obtain necessary background checks and the Disclosure and Barring Service to obtain necessary criminal records checks.
The organisation may share your data (name and email address) with a third party provider who provides Psychometric profiling. This does not form part of the decision making process and is used to generate candidate specific interview questions.
The organisation will not transfer your data outside the European Economic Area.
How does the organisation protect data?
The organisation takes the security of your data seriously. It has internal policies and controls in place to ensure that your data is not lost, accidentally destroyed, misused or disclosed, and is not accessed except by our employees in the proper performance of their duties. These policies and controls include but are not limited to : system restrictions on who can access your data, HR vetting and retention schedules.
For how long does the organisation keep data?
If your application for employment is unsuccessful, the organisation will not hold your data on file after the end of the relevant recruitment process. At the end of the relevant recruitment process, your data is deleted or destroyed within a 6 month period, this includes any psychometric testing via Thomas International.
If your application for employment is successful, personal data gathered during the recruitment process will be transferred to your personnel file and retained during your employment. The periods for which your data will be held will be provided to you in a new privacy notice.
As a data subject, you have a number of rights. You can:
If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact
If you believe that the organisation has not complied with your data protection rights, you can complain to the Information Commissioner.
What if you do not provide personal data?
You are under no statutory or contractual obligation to provide data to the organisation during the recruitment process. However, if you do not provide the information, the organisation may not be able to process your application properly or at all.
You are under no obligation to provide information for equal opportunities monitoring purposes and there are no consequences for your application if you choose not to provide such information.
Recruitment processes are not based solely on automated decision-making.