Have you ever considered a career providing support to learners in a college environment?
Over the last few months our recruitment consultants have noticed that we have been receiving an above average number of requests for learning support workers for jobs such as; Personal Care, Academic Support and HE Support. It seems that candidates with the right skills are in high demand nationwide and that got us thinking…
Why are there not enough Learning Support Workers out there? But after a cuppa and another request we soon realised that there were in fact lots of skilled, experienced and passionate people out there that could do the job – they just didn’t know they could do it in a college and part-time!
Carers and Personal Assistants – Read on!
You may be surprised to learn that previous experience supporting learners specifically within education is not an essential requirement to work in a college. What’s more important is that you have a genuine passion for supporting others and that you have experience working directly with the elderly, adults or young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, whether that be at home, in an educational, healthcare or care industry setting – all those skills are completely transferable!
Below you can find a sample job description of a typical learning support role in a college.
As a support worker, you will cover a range of specialist needs including:
- Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome
You will be required to offer support to learners with additional needs, both in and outside of the classroom setting, within a group as well as one to one.
Required skills and experience
- Possess a level 2 or above qualification in Math and English
- Experience working with people who have learning difficulties and/or disabilities
- Have knowledge and understanding of the different social, cultural and physical needs of learners
- Be an appropriate role model of behaviour both in the classroom and around campus
Must be able to
- Communicate effectively and appropriately with all learners
- Assist with the organisation of the learning environment
- Be a responsible and trustworthy role model
- Motivate learners and promote learning
- Have patience and a flexible approach
- Travel between campuses if and when required