Associate Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Support Assistant

Are you looking for a fulfilling career supporting students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities within a vibrant college environment?

Then come and join our friendly and supportive team, feel inspired by our students and support them to achieve their dreams and aspirations.

As a Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Support Assistant, you will be supporting students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. It is an exciting role where no two days are the same! This could mean you are shopping within the local community with a student in the morning and then returning to the fully equipped flat support them to prepare a snack, or notetaking in a level two business class.

Whilst we value qualifications and experience we are keen to attract staff who share our passion and place the student at the heart of what they do, who have a caring nature but wish to support and promote opportunities to enable students to develop their independence. We are a student-centred team who are passion in supporting students to reach their full potential and achieve their aspirations, we are looking for staff who share our passion.

If you are interested in supporting students to gain the most from their college experience and wish to contribute to their development as individuals we would love to hear from you!

This is role is contracted on an hourly paid basis in which we can offer flexibility, as such it is an excellent stepstone into this area of work. We have opportunities at our Bedford and Shuttleworth campuses and look forward to hearing from you.

Successful candidates must also be able to demonstrate alignment to our organisational values:

  • Student centred - At our heart is always doing what is best for our students. We consider students in all of our decision making to create positive outcomes and memorable experiences for every student.
  • Educational excellence - We promote educational excellence by delivering programmes that challenge our students to achieve their ambitions.
  • Teamwork - We are one team who by working together can achieve great things, respecting the opinion and valuing the contribution each of us makes.
  • Continuous improvement - We challenge ourselves to always do better by trying new things, sharing knowledge, reflecting on best practice and learning from others.
  • Caring - We care about the wellbeing of our staff, our students, our community and wider society, creating an environment built on trust where we listen, engage and support each other.
  • Inclusive - We celebrate differences and diversity, recognising that we can learn from each other.

Further details of the safeguarding requirements and essential criteria for the post can found within the Job Description.

The Bedford College Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to thorough vetting process which includes, an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the Exceptions Order 1975, provides information about which convictions must be declared during job applications and related exceptions and further information about filtering offences can be found in the DBS filtering guide.  The Bedford College Group's policy on Employment of Ex-Offenders is attached to this vacancy.

What is an Associate?

Associates work on a short term basis as assigned. They teach or provide support services and they work with and are supported by core staff. As an Associate you will be issued with an Associate agreement, under this Agreement period you will be eligible to work on assignments offered to you.  Typically an agreement runs from January to December and may be renewed thereafter.

About Us

The Bedford College Group aims to deliver world-class skills and education to the communities we serve. The Bedford College Group is comprised of Bedford College, Shuttleworth College, The Bedford Sixth Form, Tresham College and the National College of Motorsport.

Contract Type – Bedford College Professional Services

  • Current requirement of 30 hours per week
  • Peoples Pension
  • Free on-site parking during weekdays and weekends (subject to availability)
  • Retail and leisure discounts

Interviews will be held on a date to be confirmed

Attachments: Special Educational Needs and Disabiltieis Support Assistant Feb 2023.doc

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