SEND Transition and Progression Mentor

The Role:

Support high needs students with and without Education, Health and Care Plans to successfully transition into college, and monitor and support positive attendance, behaviour, retention and progress whilst on programme.

Provide support for students with SEND to progress at the end of their study programme.

To actively contribute to the planning and delivery of a high-quality additional learning support service, aligned to the College’s curriculum strategic plan, mission and values.

Actively engage with achieving the strategic aims of the Oldham College to reduce NEETs and increase participation of the most vulnerable students.

To act as Lead Professional for a case load of students, working with other college support teams and outside agencies to ensure a coherent ‘team around the student’ to avoid duplication and aid communication between staff.

Ensure that the support assessments are designed, distributed and delivered in a relevant way and on a flexible basis to meet student and where appropriate employer needs.


  • Recent research or other CPD activity linked to safeguarding / life skills
  • Level 2 or equivalent in maths and English
  • Mental Health First Aid qualification
  • Experience of supporting vulnerable young people in their: education, transition to Post 16 education, employment or training
  • Experience in the delivery of Additional Support, youth work, mentoring or related service
  • Experience in working with schools, colleges, and various agencies to support transition activities and reporting
  • An understanding of and commitment to Inclusive Learning and Disability Equality
  • Understanding of and experience of working towards the Graduated Approach of Assess, Plan, Do and Review
  • Significant experience of providing support that improves recruitment, retention and achievement rates of students
  • Experience in tracking the progression/destination of students

This is a very important role. 

Alun Francis, our Principal, says: “This is a very important appointment, the Additional Learning Support Department is central to our plans for the future, and we are looking for high calibre candidates.  We want people who love their profession, are committed to providing high quality support to students, colleagues and the wider college.  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 the learners and enjoy the challenges and benefits of working at Oldham College”.

Stephanie Firth, Head of Additional Learning Support, says “This is a new and exciting role. I hope to see applicants that are experienced and dedicated to providing support at the highest level”.

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

Oldham College is a great career choice for ambitious professionals. With a “good” Ofsted rating, 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 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.

The closing date for this vacancy is 3rd June 2022.

For further information about the role including job description and application form please visit the vacancies section of our website via the apply link.