Learning Support Assistant (full time and part time)

Learning Support Assistant (full time and part time)

We are looking for a dedicated and hard-working Learning Support Assistant to join our at Reading College. 

We have a full time and part time positions available on a fixed term contract until July 2022. When submitting your application, please include a cover letter stating your preferred working hours/days and whether you are looking for full time or part time hours. 

Please note - The department is open between the hours of 8.30am - 4pm or 9am - 4.30pm and you will need to be able to work within these times. 

Job role 

The successful applicant’s will be supporting students with a range of learning difficulties including Autism and profound and multiple learning disability (PMLD) on courses which are designed for those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities aged between 16 and 22.

The main duties will be assisting students in their classroom-based lessons and supporting self-directed study times with the student on a 1:1 basis.  In addition to a student's study programme the LSA may also be following a bespoke programme of learning to support their development of life skills, independence and employability.

Personal care is part of the duties included in this role and training will be provided in giving medical care and support.

The starting hourly rate offered for these positions is £9.78.

(Term time only salary calculator - your pay will be based on your working hours per week, multiplied by the number of weeks worked, plus 6 weeks holiday and will be spread equally over 12 months).

(For casual employees you will submit a claim for the actual hours worked and this will be paid in arrears).

About you and what do you need to be successful?

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

You will be able to provide support to students with Autism and associated difficulties; 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?

We offer a friendly, supportive and inclusive working environment, where no two days the same, staff are valued and CPD is provided. 

By working in an educational setting, you will have the opportunity to share your skills, develop mentoring and training capabilities and potentially widen your own employment prospects.

You may not have considered using your skills in this way before, so this could take your career and experience in a new direction and may also present opportunities longer term, to provide you with a varied and fulfilling career path. 

What are the benefits of working for Activate Learning?

Activate Learning have recently been recognised for the work we do to inspire special needs students into employment with a coveted education award. The Association of Colleges' Beacon Awards 'Support for Students' prize 2019 recognises our innovative partnership programme for young people with special education needs and disabilities.

We work closely with colleagues from across our colleges, offering learners the opportunity to progress into new vocational areas. Our partnerships with external organisations and employers are central to equipping learners for successful futures

We are pioneering education with an unwavering focus on providing talent for business and transforming lives through our 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. Our employee experience is a vital part of this process.

Applications are reviewed and shortlisted on a rolling basis and we reserve the right to appoint prior to the closing date, please apply early to avoid disappointment.

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.