Learning Support Assistant- FLEX

Askham Bryan College (York)

£21,786 (Annual)

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Askham Bryan College is a specialist land-based college based across the North of England with centres in York, Middlesbrough, Saltaire, Wakefield and Newcastle.

We offer a wide-ranging curriculum to our Further Education students, including Arboriculture, Horticulture, Agriculture, Animal Management, Countryside and the Environment, Engineering, Equine, Floristry, Motorsport, Professional Tree Surgery, Outdoor Adventure Sport, Sports Development, Coaching and Fitness and Uniformed Public Services.

Our award-winning FLEXible Learning Provision focus on meeting the needs of our local communities by using outdoor learning to inspire people into employment, training, education or social engagement.

The FLEXible Learning Provision is offered around the Yorkshire region and was created for learners aged 19 and over – with no upper age limit – who can study the course at either a level one or a level two to gain a nationally recognised qualification, alongside improving their confidence, professionalism, communication, and teamwork skills. The course is as flexible in nature as it is in name, and can be easily completed alongside work or family and childcare commitments. In addition to this, the uncapped upper age limit means you will meet people from all walks of life and professional or educational backgrounds.

The programme is designed to support learners to achieve their goals and provides the stepping stones to employment, further education, or apprenticeships.

We are looking for up to 3 part time Learning Support Assistants to support our FLEXible Provision; one at our York campus, one at our Leeds provision and the other at our Huddersfield provision. Please confirm your site of interest within your application.

As a Learning Support Assistant, you will support the Course Manager in the recruitment of learners to our FLEXible Provision. We are seeking an enthusiastic individual with experience of working with vulnerable adults. Your responsibilities will include

supporting the Course Manager with the day-to-day workings of the programme. Support learners on a one-to-one basis to complete assessments and support their learning throughout the Programme. Supporting the Course Manager, you will assist with learners personal development through the programme and working towards individual objectives to ensure the programme objectives are met and support their development to get into work and/or further education/apprenticeships.

The qualification you will be supporting is the Certificate in Employment, Teamwork and Community Skills and/or Certificate in Skills for Professions.

On each 12-week intensive programme, you will support a cohort of approximately 15 unemployed people aged 19+, taking them on a journey through ice breakers/team building, outdoors activities, employability skills and mock interviews plus a team challenge. It’s an extremely challenging, but infinitely rewarding job.

The successful candidates will be excellent at engaging with, and motivating, vulnerable adults. You will have experience of working with, supporting, and engaging hard to reach adults on a one-to-one basis and in a group setting. Communication and interpersonal skills are paramount as we need an individual who will be able to work confidently with a range of stakeholders, vulnerable adults to deliver this programme. One-to-one mentoring and support and teaching are essential to the role and it is key that this is done in creative and innovative ways that vulnerable adults will enjoy.

This is an exciting and challenging role for a highly motivated, dedicated and creative individual who is passionate about helping young people & adults make positive changes in their lives.

The successful candidates will, under the direction of the Course Manager:

Assist in the smooth operation of the department in co-operation with other members of the team
Assist with the administrative workload of the Course Manager
Support with various activities as per programme.
Provide excellent customer service skills and support internal and external stakeholders, students and the wider Adults & Future Skills community.
Contribute to efficient communication within the team
Support the Course Manager to ensure systems and processes are maintained and up to date.
Provide learning support guidance to learners, ensure successful completion of their programme
Support the Course Manager in the retention and achievement of learners throughout their programme.
Assist the Curriculum Area Manager in any other duties relevant to the post.
Ideally you will have:

Knowledge of working with and support vulnerable adults in an education setting
Experience of supporting learners in a group and one-to-one setting.
Experience of working in an outreach and community-based role with a range of agencies and organisations
The ability to effectively support and build trusting and positive relationships with vulnerable adults, resulting in positive outcomes and progression
Experience of recruiting young people to take part in training/outreach activities in the community
Experience of building and maintaining positive and productive relationships with stakeholders and professionals in aid of the recruitment process
Experience of supporting challenging behaviour of vulnerable adults in a group setting, or one-to-one
A sound knowledge of Safeguarding children and young people and experience of managing such situations
The ability to work as part of a team to achieve common objectives
The ability to complete funder paperwork and achieve performance outcomes
Demonstrate that you take responsibility and ownership, e.g. meeting deadline and managing own diary
Safeguarding Statement

The College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff, volunteers and partners to share this commitment. The Governors and Staff at Askham Bryan College regard each learner as a unique individual and therefore seek to support learner development in ways, which will foster security, confidence and independence. We recognise that high self-esteem, peer support, a secure College environment and clear lines of communication with trusted adults helps all young people and adults particularly those at risk or suffering abuse. These are regarded as central to the wellbeing of the individual and are therefore seen to be an intrinsic part of all aspects of the curriculum and ethos.

Specific measures relating to pre-employment checks:

We may undertake online searches on internet activity as part of our pre-recruitment checks.
We ask applicants for details of any convictions and cautions, regardless of whether these have been deemed as “spent”. It is a condition of employment that applicants provide these details.
We undertake Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Checks for prospective employees. Please note that it is an offence to apply for a regulated role if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity involving children or vulnerable adults.

Note on “regulated activity”: You are engaging in a regulated activity if you:

Will be responsible, on a regular basis in a school or college, for teaching, training instructing, caring for or supervising children or vulnerable adults;
Will be working on a regular basis in a specified establishment, such as a school, or in connection with the purposes of the establishment, where the work gives opportunity for contact with children or vulnerable adults; or
Engage in intimate or personal care or healthcare or any overnight activity, even if this happens only once.
Job Description

Main Purpose of the role

Learning Support Assistant’s provide pro-active in-class support to all students and maintain high quality records of that support in line with identified needs and support strategies.

Key Tasks / responsibilities:

All tasks to be carried out in a consistent manner with the corporation’s culture.

To assimilate relevant information pertaining to their assigned students’ needs and support requirements, e.g. summary of EHCP content
To engage students in accessing and achieving their learning goals
To work with, and assist, teaching staff in the planning and delivery of sessions
To facilitate student integration into mainstream learning and enrichment activities
To provide assistance and supervisory support and, where necessary, mediate social difficulties at break and meal times
To accompany students on residential, day trip or work experience as required
To be available to support other students in the classroom or College as required
To record their daily interventions and support with students via the College’s electronic recording system, ProMonitor
To support students in assessments by providing the support arrangements the students have in place
To work in the College setting to ensure that all policies and procedures are complied with.

Role Dimensions

Participate in professional development activities as required
Key Interfaces

Curriculum Area Managers and Curriculum Team Leaders
EHCP and SENDCO Curriculum Team Leader
Progress Tutors
Teaching staff
External Partnerships – Local Enterprise Partnerships, local schools, HEIs, Funding Agencies, Awarding Bodies
Supporting College Goals and Values – all roles

In addition to the particular requirements and characteristics of individual roles, all people employed by Askham Bryan College are expected to actively support the achievement of the College’s goals and, at all times, both internally and externally, to behave in a manner consistent with the College’s mission and values.

This means:

Performing your role and delivering your service in a way that helps the College achieve its strategic objectives and annual development and improvement plans - taking account of available resources and national developments.
Promoting the image of the College as one that is committed to the highest standards of delivery and service.
Sharing the College’s commitment to safeguarding and prioritising the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and demonstrating it in your day to day work.
Sharing and prioritising the effective implementation of the College’s Equality and Diversity Policy.
Promoting and implementing best practice in Health and Safet

Measurable Performance Standards for this role

In line with the College’s QIP and curriculum plan ‘sign off’:


Askham Bryan College (York)

North Yorkshire

£21,786 (Annual)

Ends on 28 Feb 2024

16 days ago