Learning Support Assistant NEET x2 (Temporary until 28 June 2019)
Howcollege
Worcestershire,GB
4d ago

Type Part Time

Heart of Worcestershire (HoW) College is passionate about developing employability prospects by delivering a wide range of vocational, professional and technical qualifications.

Located across four different campuses, Worcester, Redditch, Bromsgrove and Malvern, HoW College is a thriving organisation with a vast and diverse community of learners.

Our learners and staff benefit from a range of modern facilities and some of the best employee development and training opportunities in the area.

We are offering an exciting opportunity to join our Inclusive Learning team within Heart of Worcestershire College based primarily in our Bromsgrove Campus but have the flexibility to work across all campuses.

To support College attendance, retention and achievement strategies by providing a high quality pro-active support service to learners who have special educational high needs support requirements.

To ensure that all learners receiving support achieve as well as their peers and develop independent learning skills.

To provide learning support that contributes to an outstanding student experience from the start of their college journey to progression into further study, employment or greater independence.

To work directly with curriculum staff, LSDO TAVs, PLCs, Student Services and key external agencies to ensure services proactively engage learners and meet individual social, emotional and learning needs.

To comply with relevant performance monitoring and evaluation systems across the department to ensure quality of provision.

To be considered for this role you must have a level 2 or higher English and Math qualification, experience gained in support services, especially for young people (e.

g. education, Social Services, mental health services, the NHS) and tolerance and the ability to work well with range of learners and colleagues.

In return we offer a friendly, modern working environment, a diverse employee reward scheme, childcare voucher scheme, pension scheme, continued professional development and a generous holiday allowance, along with many other benefits.

Our Vision is :

  • To be the provider of choice for education, training and learning, delivering across Worcestershire, the West Midlands and nationally within our areas of specialism.
  • To be recognised as a college that makes a difference by delivering services through innovation, partnership, co-creation and connectivity.
  • To continue to inspire and enable our learners to be successful. We will raise attainment and meet aspirations by developing the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to ensure that everyone meets their full potential.
  • To create the skills to advance the economic and social prosperity, adding value to the communities we serve.
  • We want our dynamic workforce to share our passion and enthusiasm. We are also committed to working with key stakeholders to enhance the economic prospects in the area.

    Our values of inclusivity, integrity, partnership and trust shine through in all that we do allowing us to provide responsive and informed services within our local community and beyond.

    As one of the largest employers in the area we actively support and invest in our workforce. We pride ourselves on our progressive and flexible approach to both personal and professional development.

    We promote equality and diversity through inclusive practice and work with honesty and probity; placing the interests of our students and staff at the heart of all activities.

    With a growth strategy that aims to further developing the quality of our offer and develop our partnerships with employers, educational institutions, and other stakeholders, there has never been a better time to join our thriving workforce.

    Closing date for this post is : 11 January 2019

    This College is committed to equality of opportunity and to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff to share this commitment.

    All successful applicants will be required to complete and pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service check.The costs of this check will be deducted from the applicant’s first salary payment from the College.

    We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if sufficient applications are received.

    H oW College is a Smoke Free environment from the effects of direct / indirect contact with smoking, and all smoking related products.

  • Job Description
  • AIMS AND PURPOSE OF THE JOB

    To support College attendance, retention and achievement strategies by providing a high quality pro-active support service to learners who have special educational high needs support requirements.

    To ensure that all learners receiving support achieve as well as their peers and develop independent learning skills. To provide learning support that contributes to an outstanding student experience from the start of their college journey to progression into further study, employment or greater independence.

    To work directly with curriculum staff, LSDO TAVs, PLCs, Student Services and key external agencies to ensure services proactively engage learners and meet individual social, emotional and learning needs.

    To comply with relevant performance monitoring and evaluation systems across the department to ensure quality of provision.

    KEY ROLES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES

    To provide (through one to one and / or group work interventions) high quality learning support that enables learners to engage and achieve identified goals to aid their progression.

    To provide support for the delivery of specialist foundation programmes which may include those for autistic spectrum conditions, mental health, emotional and behavioural difficulties, severe, moderate and mild learning difficulties and disaffected groups (NEET Not in Employment, Education or Training) and students accessing mainstream courses, in need of additional support.

    To ensure learners with support needs are fully engaged with Learner Services and to reinforce College attendance policies.

    To support a flexible caseload of individual and / or groups of supported learners, with a specialist need.To assist in pre-

    entry activities such as recruitment, enrolment and assessment of support needs.To assist in the delivery of entry screening and initial diagnostics and use results to inform Personal Learning Plans, set targets and monitor progress.

    Liaise with LSDO TAVs, PLCs and other lead delivery staff prior to the start of learning to ensure support can be targeted and managed within the learning session.

    To assist in the planning, implementation and measurement of the impact of one to one and group work carried out in order to evaluate its effectiveness and work towards continual improvement of the service.

    To maintain accurate records of all information and interventions, ensuring all administration is completed promptly and efficiently within agreed timescales.

    To contribute to the negotiation, monitoring and support of individual learning objectives.To enable learning support procedures to be carried out in line with best practice guidelines with regard to Safeguarding, Prevent, Equality and Diversity and Health and Safety.

    To make an active contribution to the attainment of Functional Skills for supported learners.To provide incidental personal care support where necessary.

    To commit to the safeguarding and promotion of the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.To take direct responsibility for own continuous professional development.

    To participate in the College’s performance management scheme.To undertake such other duties as are commensurate with the grade and purpose of the post.

    To comply with the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Regulations.To take reasonable care for the health and safety of him / herself and for others affected by his / her work and to co-

    operate with the employer in ensuring that the Health and Safety responsibilities are carried out.To comply with the requirements of College Single Equality scheme.

    To operate / conduct all HR tasks and functions within the principles of GDPR.

    This Job Description is current at the date shown below, and is a guide to the work you will be required to undertake.In consultation with the post holder, it may be changed from time to time by the College to meet changing circumstances.

    CONDITIONS OF SERVICE

    The appointment is subject to the Conditions of Service for Business Support Staff.

    All successful applicants will undergo the following checks :

    Enhanced DBS2 x References, one of which must be your current or most recent employerQualification validation checkMedical check

    SALARY

    The salary range for this post is from £16,075 - £16,374 per annum / pro rata. Your starting salary will be dependent upon your qualifications and experience.

    Once you have successfully passed your probationary period, your salary will increase within the salary band on an annual incremental basis, until you reach the top of the salary scale.

    HOURS OF WORK

    The hours of work will be based on :

    30 hours per week for 36 weeks per year.

    ANNUAL LEAVE

    As this is a term time only appointment you will receive a payment in lieu of holiday, which is in addition to your salary.

    You will also be paid for any Statutory Bank Holidays and concessionary days which fall within your working week.

    PENSION SCHEME

    The College operates an occupational pension scheme, namely the Local Government Pension Scheme’.

    PROBATIONARY PERIOD

    All newly appointed staff have to serve a 6 month probationary period.During the probationary period you will have to attend the Corporate staff induction day and additional mandatory courses on : Equality & Diversity session, Safeguarding Training session, Prevent and Health & safety training session.

    Failure to attend these will prevent you from successfully completing your probation.

    FIRST AID & FIRE MARSHALL

    As defined in the person specification of the job description, those staff with these responsibilities are required to undertake first aid and or fire marshal duties across the College, when called upon to do so.

    Staff must ensure they are up to date with the relevant training.

    REFERENCES

    Please note that without 2 satisfactory references being received before the end of the probationary period, new staff will not be able to successfully pass their probationary.

    LOCATION

    The successful applicant will be based at Bromsgrove, but may be required to work at other locations from time to time.

    MEDICAL

    The successful applicant will be required to satisfy the Medical Officer as to his / her fitness to carry out the duties of the post.

    VALIDATION OF QUALIFICATIONS

    The College will undertake qualification validation by writing to the appropriate educational institute.Only those qualifications which are essential for the post will be followed up.

    SAFEGUARDING

    The College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

    All newly appointed staff will be required to undertake safeguarding training following their appointment.

    DISCLOSURE & BARRING CHECK

    All successful applicants will be required to complete and pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service check.The costs of this check will be deducted from the applicants first salary payment from the College.

    The College adheres to the DBS Code of Practice and has policies covering the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders and the Secure Storage, Handling, Use, Retention and Disposal of Disclosures and Disclosure Information.

    Copies of these are available on request.

    RECRUITMENT OF EX-OFFENDERS

    The College is committed to the fair treatment of its staff, potential staff or users of its services, regardless of race, gender religion, sexual orientation, responsibilities for dependants, age, physical / mental disability or offending background.

    As an organisation we use the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) to assess the suitability of all prospective appointments.

    We undertake not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of conviction or other information revealed.

    Applicants / employees are required to declare any pending criminal prosecutions they may have as well as any spent criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings as defined under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

    The only exception to this requirement is that applicants / employees do not need to disclose any protected’ cautions, or convictions as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2013.

    Please read the Guidance Note to applicants on disclosing information about cautions and convictions in their application’ document before you complete your application form.

    Having a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from working with us. This will depend on the nature of the position and the circumstances and background of any offences.

    TRAINING

    All successful applicants will be required to undertake any appropriate training and development as required, including Health and Safety.

    NO SMOKING POLICY

    HoW College is a Smoke Free environment from the effects of direct / indirect contact with smoking, including using the following :

    CigarettesE-cigarettesVaporisersPipe smokingCigarsAnd all other associated smoking products

    APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES

    Candidates with a disability should contact the HR Department before interview if they require any adjustments to be made for the interview and / or selection tests.

    APPLICATIONS

    A completed application form should be submitted. Curriculum vitae will not be accepted as a substitute.

    It would greatly assist the shortlisting panel if the information submitted on your application clearly identifies and demonstrates how your qualities match those listed under the essential requirements on the person specification.

    Please remember that it is not sufficient to merely repeat what is in the specification you must show how you meet each requirement.

    You must also provide details under previous employment’ which must include all employment undertaken since leaving full time education.

    Completed application forms should be submitted by 11 January 2019.

    INTERVIEWS

    The Interview date for this post is TBC; short-listed candidates will be notified with the details for interview.In view of the high cost of postage, it is not our intention to notify unsuccessful applicants.

    If you have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful and accept our thanks for your interest in applying.

    Updated 4 December 2018

  • Person Specification
  • Requirements

    Attainment (e.g. Qualifications, Experience)

    Essential :

    Level 2 or higher English and math qualifications.

    Desirable :

    Level 2 / 3 qualification in Learning Support. Manual handling accreditation.

    Essential :

    Experience gained in support services, especially for young people (e.g. education, Social Services, mental health services, the NHS).

    Experience of working with young people and vulnerable adults. Experience in providing support in a classroom and one to one.

    First Aid Trained, or willingness to undertake the training and remain up to date Fire Marshal duty trained or willingness to undertake the training and remain up to date.

    Desirable :

    No Desirable General Skills

    Essential :

    Ability to work within a team. Ability to provide amanuensis and reader support. Willingness to provide incidental personal care support where necessary.

    Desirable :

    Previous knowledge and ability to support learners with : Autistic spectrum conditions Profound and multiple learning difficulties Moderate / mild learning difficulties Behavioural difficulties Mental health difficulties

    Disposition / Personal Qualities

    Essential :

    Tolerance and the ability to work well with range of learners and colleagues. Commitment to own continuing professional development.

    Motivated and enthusiastic. Ability to work on own and take the initiative.

    Desirable :

    No Desirable Disposition / Personal Qualities

    Essential :

    No Essential General Points

    Desirable :

    Ability to work flexible hours

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