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Stafford, Staffordshire

Are you currently working in education and looking for a new challenge? Are you enthusiastic about making a difference in the lives of individuals? Can you inspire, empower, and inform people to turn their lives around and reach their full potential? Do you want a rewarding career with opportunities for progression where you will experience genuine job satisfaction?

We have a great opportunity at HMP Oakwood to join the education team as our Student Support Worker on a permanent, full-time, working 37 hours a week.

For more than two decades, Novus has been delivering education, training and employment opportunities to adults and young people in UK prisons.

Over the years we have built a reputation as an innovator in the fight to reduce re-offending rates by transforming people’s lives through learning and skills.

The vision for the Education, Skills and Work provision is to ensure that learners in our care realize their full potential through Education, Skills, and Work.

What the role entails

As the Student Support Worker, you will be responsible for liaising with learners on a day-to-day basis promoting the education provision on offer and carrying out initial assessments in English, Maths and learning difficulties/disabilities to ensure the learner has the information to plan their learner journey. In addition, ensuring that prospective and existing learners receive relevant and easily understood information regarding learning and skills provision and continuing support. To contribute to a multi-disciplinary approach that seeks to facilitate a smooth transition to the resettlement of the learner into the community.

What we need from you

In order to be successful in the role of Student Support Worker, you will need:

  • Relevant experience of conducting initial assessments and supporting learning of individuals and groups.
  • Experience of working with groups of learners with a range of abilities.
  • Experience of successful working in an effective multi-disciplinary team
  • To hold or be willing to work towards level 2 qualifications in literacy and numeracy within an agreed timescale.

Ideally you will want to be a part of a team which has at its core a focus on improving lives and enabling and equipping learners to develop, grow and be equipped for a life of work and success. You’ll be a self-starter with a passion to learn and grow yourself and will bring passion, dedication and positivity to your new role.

Colleague Benefits

As part of the LTE Group family, you will benefit from an excellent package including:

  • Extensive annual leave which can be taken throughout the year and not restricted to school holiday times.
  • Monday to Friday working pattern.
  • Our in-house ‘Evolve’ training programme, which offers you the chance to upskill and further your career through a wide range of recognised qualifications.
  • We support you through a teacher training qualification and assessor qualifications.
  • Full package of training to support working in a Prison environment
  • Good progression routes into management positions within education
  • Learner class sizes are much smaller than in FE colleges.
  • Able to be flexible and innovative with the curriculum.
  • Part of the wider community of the prison service
  • Additional behavioural and complex need support
  • Pension scheme options including a LGPS.
  • Our comprehensive in-house awards scheme
  • An Employee Assistance Programme including a free, confidential, 24/7 support service.
  • Health care discounts through Simply Health
  • Retail discounts through You at Work

At Novus, we work with passion, care and commitment to create the foundations for change. For almost 30 years we have been helping men, women and children of all ages and abilities, in prison settings across England and Wales, to take new directions. We operate 50 hubs in the United Kingdom where our specialist teams are on hand to support Adults and Children to improve their employability prospects post-release.

Novus is an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all sections of the community. We working to support our Veterans into employment and are also proud holders of Disability Confident employer award.

If you feel you could make a difference in this rewarding and growing sector, please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

The closing date for this job advert is 05/01/2024. However, the job advert may close early if we receive a good response.

LTE group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All applicants will be required to undergo an appropriate DBS check via the Criminal Records Bureau and may be subject to additional online checks as part of our pre-screening process. Some roles are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and would require an Enhanced DBS check.

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