Temporary Learning Support and Care Assistants (immediate start with varying hours)

Activate Learning (Merrist Wood)


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We are looking for a number of Learning Support & Care Assistants on a temporary basis to join our team at Merrist Wood College.

The post holder will be supporting courses which are designed for young adults with learning difficulties and/or disabilities to gain more independence, learn life and living skills and progress into a supported living environment. Learners are working from pre-entry up to level 1. Topics include: meal preparation, independence skills, enterprise, communication, travel and leisure and money. This will also include:

To provide support for students with severe and complex learning difficulties and/or disabilities (LDD), and tutors to ensure the delivery of an effective programme of further education and to work as part of a co-ordination team.
To support learners with managing behaviour and accessing the curriculum.
The role requires a great deal of flexibility and some manual handling tasks are also intrinsic to this post.
Duties include: Physically supporting learners, pushing wheelchairs, walking distances, working outside in all weathers, using escalators/lifts, working with plants/gardening implements, working in catering/kitchen areas, working 1:1 with students, moving around the campuses, moving across the programme as required.
Personal care is part of the duties of this role and training will be provided in giving medical care and support. This list is not exhaustive.

We offer a friendly and supportive working environment, where no two days the same, staff are valued and CPD is provided. We are looking for part-time staff (term time only) and have several positions, ranging from 18 - 30 hours per week, on an ongoing basis until the end of July 2021. For applicants that would like to further their career in this area we will have further opportunities that you can apply to.
When submitting your application for this post, please ensure that your CV highlights your relevant skills and experience and in the cover letter/personal statement section of the application form please state why you would be suitable for the role. Please also list in this section any other details of your availability such as only being available on certain days of the week or shift patterns which may affect your ability to be available.

What do you need to be successful in this role?

This is a challenging role that requires resilience, motivation, initiative and patience.

You will be able to provide support to students with learning disabilities and/or disabilities; some of which are complex. You will have good communication skills to be able to work with tutors to ensure the delivery of an effective programme of further education and to work as part of a co-ordination team.

What are the benefits of this role?

There really is no limit in terms of your personal growth, development and career by joining one of the largest Education Providers in the UK. You will have a comprehensive development program as part of induction together with peer to peer learning, a formal development plan and support at every step of the way to set you up for success. We offer a buddy system, a digital induction module and a close-knit community of experts and leaders across the Group to support the sharing of best practice and encourage individual growth.

You will be working within a state-of-the-art £4 million animal management centre that is home to a wide range of species, on a 400-acre campus. Merrist Wood has a national and international reputation amongst employers and industry specialists and a long history of providing unrivalled education in the land-based sectors.

What are the benefits of working for Activate Learning Group?

At Activate Learning we are pioneering education with an unwavering focus on providing talent for business and transforming lives through our award-winning Learning Philosophy. Our student experience is the result of our attention to detail in recruiting, developing and retaining the right staff who match and promote the values and behaviours of our brand.

Applications are reviewed and shortlisted on a rolling basis and we reserve the right to interview, appoint and close adverts early due to the volume of applications we receive.

We therefore encourage you to apply at the earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment as once we have closed a vacancy you will be unable to submit your application form.

Activate Learning is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all its staff to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be required to undergo a DBS check at the appropriate level.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK as we do not sponsor work permits and work permits from other organisations are unacceptable as proof of right to work in the UK.

Applications are encouraged from all candidates meeting or exceeding the minimum criteria for the role regardless of age, disability, gender, orientation, race, religion or ethnicity.

Activate Learning are committed to employing people with disabilities and will ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible. If you require any reasonable adjustments either at application or interview stage please contact the talent team directly.

If an agency submits an unsolicited CV to any partner or employee of our company, you should be aware that they have no authority to enter into an arrangement with you. Should we require recruitment agency involvement, we will contact the agencies on our preferred suppliers list, and we would ask that you respect the relationships we have already built with these suppliers.


Activate Learning (Merrist Wood)



Ends on 16 Jun 2021

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