Employment Assistant

Are you passionate about making a positive impact on students with special educational needs?

Join the Foundation team at Bedford College as a Supported Employment Assistant and play a crucial role in transforming lives.

Take Lucy's inspiring journey, for example- she initially faced challenges with anxiety, leading her to join the Foundation Skills Programme. In our supportive environment with small class sizes and dedicated staff, Lucy's confidence flourished, achieving valuable qualifications and an enthusiasm for learning.

Lucy progressed to our Supported Internship programme, where the Employment Assistant played a vital role in nurturing her success, raising her aspirations, and managing her anxiety in the workplace. Lucy's growing confidence and the support she received resulted in her applying for and securing a full-time job as a catering assistant.

Lucy’s story is a testament to the rewarding nature of this role, where you'll be instrumental in fostering an environment that empowers students to gain confidence and love for their learning, ultimately leading to meaningful employment and other opportunities beyond college.

Join us in creating transformative experiences and be part of a collaborative effort between the college, employers, families, and external agencies to help individuals like Lucy achieve their full potential. Your role as Employment Assistant can make a lasting impact on students' lives—apply now and be a catalyst for positive change.

Ideal candidates will have experience of post-16 learner support and providing support to individuals within an education or care setting, alongside the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 Learner Support or willingness to work towards qualification
  • Good standard of English and Maths

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

  • Valuing Teamwork - We are one team who by working together can achieve great things, respecting the opinion and valuing the contribution each of us makes.
  • Improving Continuously - We challenge ourselves to always do better by trying new things, sharing knowledge, reflecting on practice and learning from others.
  • 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.
  • Inclusive - We celebrate differences and diversity, recognising that we can learn from each other.
  • Open and 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 with and support each other.
  • Nurturing Education Excellence - We promote educational excellence by delivering programmes that challenge our students to achieve their ambitions.

About The Bedford College Group
The Bedford College Group was formed in 2017 following the merger of Bedford College and Tresham College and is now the largest provider of education in the South East Midlands, with over 15,000 students passing through our doors each year.

Today, the Group is made up of a family of colleges across Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire: Bedford College, Central Bedfordshire College and Tresham College in the towns of Bedford, Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard, Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough; Shuttleworth College, a specialist land-based college; The Bedford Sixth Form, (the only dedicated sixth form in Bedford); The Corby Sixth Form, (opened in September 2023); and the National College for Motorsport alongside Silverstone race circuit. To widen accessibility to education and training, the Group also has community-based Learning Centres in Bedford, Corby and Kettering which offer IT training.

Safeguarding our Students
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.

Candidates who are barred from working with children are reminded it is a criminal offence to apply for this post.

Terms and Conditions - BCPS

  • 37 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
  • 27 days annual leave per annum, plus bank holidays
  • Peoples Pension
  • Free on-site parking (subject to availability)
  • Retail and leisure discounts

For further information please visit the vacancies section of our website via the apply link.