Who we are
Activate Learning is a pioneering education group with a global reach, committed to transforming lives through our approach to learning.
We see our employees as individuals, empowering them to make the right choices for their ambitions and careers. We value our people as vital to our continued success and aspire to a diverse, open and inclusive environment that provides the motivation for everyone to pursue their career goals and flourish.
When you work for Activate Learning, you're working for an organisation that provides you with the advantages of a large employer, a trusted partner in your career development, and a transformational way of working whilst also investing in building a community environment for everyone.
Together, we will bring out the best version of yourself.
Blackbird Leys Campus works mostly with students who are learning vocational trades at all levels, from entry qualifications to Level 3. Pathways available for students include motor vehicle, engineering, electrical installation, bricklaying and carpentry, as well as English, maths and IT. There are fantastic working spaces, including specialist workshops for students.
Students come to Blackbird Leys because they want to learn in a practical way - they want to be active learners with a clear focus on developing skills for the workplace.
Staff who support learners at Blackbird Leys are integral to the ultimate success of learners. It is a great place to work if you have a background in practical trades and you have a desire to share your skills and knowledge with students.
About the role
As a teaching assistant at Activate Learning, you will have a passion for working with young people or adults with a range of learning difficulties and/or disabilities and/or behavioural needs, including mental health and wellbeing needs. You will be an individual who has the resilience and patience to develop independence in learners and to encourage them to take more responsibility for their own learning.
You will have good communication skills and a cooperative working style with the ability to work as part of a team Teaching Assistants work with students in the classrooms and workshops, alongside the teacher. This can be on a 1:1 or small group basis. The assistant may help the student to develop life skills, independence, and employability skills. Some students may require personal and/or medical care. If this is required for the student/s you would be working with, training would be provided.
What do you need to be a successful Teaching Assistant at Activate Learning?
As a teaching assistant you will:
• Have a creative and innovative approach to motivating learners and delivering support.
• Have good verbal and written communication skills and be able to work with a range of people.
• Have good literacy, numeracy and e-literacy skills, including using Office 365 and various IT packages, e.g., Word, Excel.
You may have:
• Experience of working in an FE or other learning environments.
• Experience of industry and the working world.
• Experience of working with young people with learning difficulties and disabilities.
• Level 3 Support Assistant qualification or equivalent, but this is not essential.
This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who would like to develop their own skills as a teaching assistant or to progress in the education sector. Activate Learning offers clear pathways for career progression, for example as a teacher, specialist teacher, assessor, trainer, or manager.
Why work with the Activate Learning Group?
Here are some of our benefits:
• Enrolment into generous pensions schemes
• Generous annual leave entitlement
• Excellent on-site facilities including free onsite parking, refectory facilities, Hair and Beauty salons
• An extensive Learning and Development programme with a range of CPD opportunities
• Specialised support and development for teaching staff
• Access to qualified coaches for all staff
• Leadership and Management development programmes
• Flexible working opportunities, where appropriate
• A comprehensive wellbeing programme including access to the Fika and Everymind app
• Mental Health support including access to Mental Health First Aiders
• Employee Assistance Programme
• Employee resource groups ?
• Cycle to work scheme
• Refer a friend vacancy incentive
• Access to student discount programmes
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.