Job Coach - Supported Internship

Oldham College is a great career choice for ambitious professionals. With a “good” Ofsted rating, a Silver “TEF” assessment for our higher education provision, one of the best apprenticeship programmes in the region, excellent 16-18 results and truly outstanding GCSE English results, we are already a high performer. 

But we want to deliver much more than this. Our ambition is to be “The Best Place to Learn and Work” and we have a clear Strategic Plan which sets out what this means and what we will do to deliver it. We will keep on improving and innovating, and we are investing in new provision, new facilities and new technology. 

We expect a lot from you, so we want ambitious, open minded candidates, who are ready to give their best. But we do give a lot in return, from training to pensions, our own benefits package, and one of the best and most helpful group of colleagues you could ever wish to meet. That’s true, by the way – ask almost anyone who has been here. Or come and see for yourself. 

If you want to be outstanding, and want to help us achieve the same thing, then please apply.

We are looking for:

  • Job Coach (Supported Internship)

(Casual Bank Staff)

  • £11.82 per hour + holiday pay.

This is a very important role. 

Alun Francis, our Principal, says, “This is a very important appointment, Foundation Programmes is central to our plans for the future, and we are looking for high calibre candidates. We want people who love their subject area, are committed to keeping up to date, but also want the professional challenge of developing outstanding pedagogical practice.  We are investing in the facilities, employer relationships and the skills and knowledge of our staff.  We are looking for people who will respond to this, love their learners and enjoy the challenges and benefits of working at Oldham College”.

Trish Bennett, Head of Skills & Employability says “Oldham College is a highly inclusive organisation and our Faculty of Skills & Employability exemplifies the ethos described above.   If you too believe foundation learners deserve the absolute best opportunities and have the passion and enthusiasm to drive this forward in an award winning Faculty, then we want to hear from you.  Make a real difference, read on and get in touch”.    

Oldham College is a medium sized general further education College, with a turnover of almost £25m. It has one main campus in the centre of town, and this in the third phases of a £40m redevelopment which began in 2012. Higher education is taught on a second, dedicated campus, a short walk away. The College delivers a full range of work related education and training, including 16-18 programmes of study, T levels, apprenticeships, adult learning and higher education. It has over 5000 full-time students and 600 undergraduates.   

The College is in the top quartile for 16-18 programmes of study and English GCSE resits, and in apprenticeship provision, but is the second highest performing provider Greater Manchester. The quality of its higher education provision is better than many established universities. 

The Role:

As we continue to develop exceptional services for the future, we need outstanding and committed professionals to join our College.

Due to growth and the redesign of our Supported Internship programme, we are now looking for a range of causal Job Coaches to work with us to support work placements specifically tailored for students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The role of the Job Coach is to assist learners with access to facilities within the College and on work placements. The coach will liaise with employers to develop a suitable job role, incorporating the skill-set and the future ambitions of the student.

You will:-

  • work with the Supported Internship Work Placement Co-ordinator to develop a task analysis of the intern’s role and provide on-the-job training to support the development of appropriate knowledge, skills and behaviours.
  • identify students’ barriers to employment and assist students to overcome these barriers.
  • work with our Tutors to develop appropriate resources to support the intern to work independently on tasks.

Success will be measured by how many students attain full time or part time work at the end of the programme.

Joining our Journey:

When you join our college, our colleagues have access to numerous benefits and facilities:  

  • Generous Pension Scheme  
  • Fantastic Staff Benefits and Rewards platform
  • Very generous holiday entitlement
  • Employee Assistance Scheme
  • Enhanced Maternity/Paternity provision
  • Staff Development days/week (Jan, July, Aug)
  • Free confidential counselling service
  • Staff recognition awards
  • Subsidised car parking
  • On-site Day Nursery
  • On-site hair and beauty salon and The Grange Theatre both offering staff discounts
  • Be bold, optimistic and tenacious in setting and achieving high standards
  • Drive Oldham College’s vision and expectations to have a significant impact on students’ life chances

You must have a minimum GCSE grade 4*-C in English and maths, ideally be educated to degree level or above, have a teaching qualification and extensive experience of working with challenging young people from a range of backgrounds.  Our Skills & Employability Faculty is highly inclusive and provides life changing opportunities for its students, you will need to demonstrate a strong track record of working in this type of environment. Experience of working in the FE sector is desirable.

The role will require you to embed and work to the college’s values; working with Integrity, having Ambition to help our learners succeed and being Inclusive to learners and colleagues alike.