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Learning Support Assistant(s)

Learning Support Assistant(s) Training & Education Project North Tonbridge Full Time/ Part Time/ Sessional positions Term Time only £16,000 - £17,000 per annum DOE (pro rata for Part Time / Sessional) health scheme workplace pension CLOSING DATE - to be agreed.

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An exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, inspiring, capable person to join our small, talented team at YMCA West Kent’s HORIZON Project in our purpose-built, specially equipped construction workshop in North Tonbridge.  

In this vital role, you will help deliver the training, educational, personal, social and pastoral outcomes of this project.

Purpose of post:
• Support students, aged 14 to 25 with a variety of Special Educational Needs (SEN).
• Work with colleagues to respond to the needs of trainees both in the carpentry workshop and with their personal and social development enabling their inclusion in all activities and development.

Accountability:
• Employed by YMCA West Kent.
• Accountable for the health and well-being of trainees in conjunction with Manager and tutors.
• Supervision will be provided by the Education & SEN Manager.

Key tasks:
• Work with each trainee to understand their needs and respond appropriately.
• Help to ensure their work and portfolios comply with City & Guilds and NPTC standards.
• With colleagues, assist trainees with personal & social development (PSD) including formalising some aspects through the qualifications and Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
• Oversee work experience activities - such as customer service, building bikes, upcycling furniture or community projects.
• Act as a positive role model.
• Provide reports as necessary to the Manager.
• Carry out any other tasks, commensurate with the purposes of the post, on the direction of the Manager, or Head of Operations.

Person Specification:
Essential:
• Learning support experience of working with young people who have challenging behaviour
· Knowledge and experience of working with young people who have learning needs and/or traumatic backgrounds, or be willing to learn to be trauma informed 
· Reliable with a flexible, patient, compassionate attitude
· Driver and access to own car is an advantage but not essential
· To be a Christian or supportive of the Christian ethos of YMCA West Kent

Desirable:
• Knowledge of issues affecting young people e.g. substance misuse, family breakdown, homelessness, mental health, learning or physical disabilities, school exclusion, ACEs (see www.WestKentYMCA.org.uk/aces )
• Health & Safety knowledge, including risk assessments, first aid trained or mental health first aid trained
• Experience of working in a caring supporting environment with young people who need a support plan or an EHCP
• Experience of vocational training or construction/carpentry
· Experience of youth work, social work, support work, teaching or similar in a paid or voluntary role, or Duke of Edinburgh Awards (as a participant or leader)
· Minibus driver (MIDAS trained & qualified) or willing to be trained

Post subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and confidential written references

To request a full Application Pack please contact – Sasha (part time HR) on 01892 542209 (leave a clear voicemail with your contact details) or email us on HR@WestKentYMCA.org.uk