Education and Specialist Support Workers

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Reference number: 42777

Title: Education and Specialist Support Workers

Hours: Up to 35 hours per week (part time) and casual

Location: Luton, Bedfordshire

Contract type: Permanent, Casual

Closing date: Monday 27 August 2018

Salary: £15,756 - £16,249 per annum, (pro rata) dependant on position and experience.

Interview date: Monday 3 September 2018

To start: To be discussed at interview

Job advert:

About the role

Due to growth and expansion, Sense has some great opportunities for passionate and dedicated individuals to join our team at our Sense Centre in Luton. We have a number of Specialist Support Worker and Education Support Worker posts available, working up to 35 hours per week. Our Centre is open 8.45am to 3.45pm, Monday to Friday, for 45 weeks of the year.

This is a very exciting time for Sense, as we look to expand our services into our neighbouring town of Bedford in early 2019. We are looking for enthusiastic people with vision and drive to join our friendly team.

As a Specialist Support Worker you will support and enable people to live the life they choose: to make choices, to express themselves and live as independently as possible. Through patient support and encouragement, you will assist individuals to run their own lives by helping with personal care and feeding, supporting someone to engage with Sense activities such as swimming, arts, crafts, textiles, gardening, using technology and enable individuals to access their local community.

As an Education Support Worker you will support people who have dual or single sensory impairment, learning disabilities and / or autism, to be as involved as possible in every part of their day to day lives, so that they can be a full and active members of society. You will work closely with learners to achieve the long term goals identified in their learning plans through a range of classroom and community activities.

We also have casual (bank) opportunities in this area attracting an hourly rate of £7.83.

About you 

For our Specialist Support Worker roles, experience is not necessarily required as we are able to support you and provide you with an excellent induction and fundamental training package to give you the required skills. However, it is really important that you are able to demonstrate the right values and behaviours to enable you to make a positive difference to people’s lives.

For our Education Support Worker roles, previous experience of working within an educational environment with people who have sensory impairments, autism or learning disabilities would be an advantage, as would knowledge of BSL, Makaton, PECS or other methods of communication. GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) in English and Maths, as well as an understanding of setting targets, objectives and observations, is an essential requirement for this role.

About us

Sense is a national disability charity that supports people with complex communication needs to be understood, connected and valued.

Sense has a proven record of offering high quality, pioneering services.

Working at Sense can be incredibly rewarding; we offer the opportunity to work in a large, diverse and successful charity where people can develop their skills, knowledge and careers in a supportive and flexible environment. In addition we have excellent training and development, the opportunity for you to join our Group Personal Pension scheme and a generous annual leave entitlement.

For more information about this role please contact Karen Abrahams via or on 01582 497853

To apply

Please use the link below to complete your application; CVs will not be considered. Managers will use your application to shortlist candidates in relation to the Personal Specification; therefore it is very important you complete this section thoroughly.  We would recommend that you read the candidate guidelines and job description (found at the base of this advert) before applying.

If you are a disabled candidate and require a hard copy pack or a different format for example large print, Braille or audio please contact the HR department on 0121 415 6735 or textphone 0121 415 2720.

Sense is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable children and adults and expects all employees to share this commitment. Therefore all offers of employment, where appropriate, are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Sense is an Equal Opportunities Employer and is committed to ensuring that all staff are motivated, skilled and rewarded by their work.


Job description: Download the job description

Candidate guidelines: Download the candidate guidelines

Additional documentation: Download the additional documentation

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