Disability Support Practitioner

Recruiter
milton keynes college
Location
Kent
Posted
18 Apr 2019
Closes
10 May 2019
Sector
Education
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Milton Keynes College have an exciting opportunity for a Disability Support Practitioner to join our Prison Education team at HMP Swaleside. As a successful Disability Support Practitioner, you will be someone who is able to inspire and assist learners throughout their academic and vocational studies.

The learners you will be working with are unable access education due to their disability. The role will also require you to go to the healthcare and segregation areas of the prison establishment to assist. This could range from providing workbooks and other resources to helping with homework set by tutors. You will also support with additional learning needs for learners who are attending classes in the workshops.

The requirement of this role is to work across the whole prison estate, on all wings where education is delivered.
You will be a passionate, creative and empathetic towards our learners and be able to offer knowledge and guidance to our learners.

Responsibilities include:

• Skills assessment and highlighting specific learning needs
• Provision of ALS within accredited learning programmes
• Focused learning support for English and Maths, leading to employability outcomes
• Effective target setting to meet individual needs; including personal, social and educational targets
• Inspirational learning support small group and one to one learning
• An holistic approach to improving learner skills to support transition into a relevant career pathway
• Providing appropriate support in formal assessment
• Coordinate the allocation of support to ALS students

Location: HMP Swaleside, Eastchurch, Sheerness, Kent ME12 4AX
Hours: 37 hours per week, 52 weeks per year
Salary: £18,015 - £21,522 per annum
Closing date: 1st May 2019

Milton Keynes College Rewards:

• 25 days annual leave, 3 additional days leave for Christmas to New Year closure and UK Bank Holidays
• Amazing discounts with NUS card or Blue Light Card , ranging from Eating Out, Shopping and Fashion, Health and Fitness, Music, Technology, Travel and Entertainment
• Access to an employee wellbeing platform with options to book free activities such as yoga, relaxation, boot camp, personal training and a health and wellbeing news hub
• Access to Local Government Pension Scheme with generous employer contributions
• Tax free childcare scheme
• Access to Continued Professional Development, including professional qualifications and a variety of training courses
• Save up to 32% off all bikes through our Cycle To Work Scheme
• 24 hours per day, 365 days per year Employee Assistant Support Programme
• Plus many more…

About HMP Swaleside:

Swaleside is a category B Long Term High Security prison for males. It is located on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent with an operational capacity is 1112. Core values include building a rehabilitative culture and reducing re-offending. Swaleside has a broad education curriculum with future plans for growth.

The curriculum at HMP Swaleside is broad. The prison delivers Functional Skills Maths and English, Hospitality, Business Studies, IT, Employability, Nutrition, Art, Food Safety and Catering, Music, History and Literature as well as theory of engineering and drama. The prison is also hoping to expand the education curriculum in the future to include subjects such as barbering and web design.

The education regime is 8.15am – 11.30am and 1.45pm – 4.30pm Monday to Thursday. Fridays are 8.15am – 11am.

The education department consists of spacious classrooms with excellent facilities, the environment strongly reflects a college rather than a prison.

As a successful candidate you will:

• Have a good basic general education including GCSE (or equivalent) Maths and English at Grade C.
• Hold an NVQ2/NVQ3 Teaching Assistant qualification or be willing to work towards.
• Have experience of working in a learning environment.
• Have well-developed interpersonal skills in relating to prison staff and in working with students who may have little experience of education and training.
• Be computer literate and willing to improve your IT skills.
• Have the ability to work as part of a team and on their own initiative.
• Have good organisational skills and be able to meet deadlines.

More about the College:

Milton Keynes College is proud to be an open and inclusive general Further Education College welcoming learners of all levels and delivering an exceptional educational experience. The College offers a broad range of qualifications with more than 3,000 16 – 18-year-old full-time students studying vocational courses, apprenticeships and Higher Education at our campuses in Milton Keynes. In addition, the College delivers employability and skills training programmes to 3,000 people in local community learning centres. For nearly 30 years, we have worked with offenders in both custody, and the wider community and currently work with 19 prisons across England; this includes 13 prisons, which make up the Long Term High Security Estate, and 6 category B, C & D men’s prisons.
Milton Keynes College is a committed safer recruitment employer in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education. We take extreme care in ensuring the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. All positions therefore undergo a thorough on boarding process to include DBS. In addition, security clearance is required for all prison services positions.

Milton Keynes College has been officially recognised for its commitment and approach to equality, diversity and inclusion. It has been awarded the much sought-after Leaders in Diversity accreditation from the National Centre for Diversity. The award recognises the College’s clear ethos and values and a belief in the importance of diversity

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