Education and Specialist Support Workers

Reference number: 42862

Title: Education and Specialist Support Workers

Hours: 35 hours per week (part time)

Location: Knapwell, near Cambridge

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date: Sunday 4 November 2018

Salary: £15,756 - £18,943 per annum, (pro rata) dependant on position and experience.

Interview date: Thursday 15th and Friday 16th November

To start: To be discussed at interview

Job advert:

About the role

Sense has a great opportunity for passionate and dedicated individuals to join our fantastic and growing Sense Centre Knapwell. At our Sense Centres, we take a different approach to providing day opportunities. Find out more about us here! 

As an Education Support Worker you will work closely with and inspire learners to achieve the long term goals identified in their Individual Learning Plans through a range of activities including cooking, craft, personised AAC communication and core skills. We also offer physical activities such as hydrotherapy and rebound therapy along with a wide range of sensory therapies all designed to develop and support independent living and life skills. This role attracts a salary of £17,188 - £18,943 per annum, pro rata (£8.81 to £9.71per hour).

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. You will be working with young adults with sensory impairment and associated learning difficulties and physical disabilities, providing support to enable learners to achieve long term goals identified in Individual Learning Plans. This role attracts a salary of £8.08 per hour. 

We're based in a beautiful, but rural location with no access to public transport. Therefore, your own transportation will be required. 

Please select the 'Additional documentation' link to view the 'Service One Page Profile', this provides more information on the role and the service in which it is based.

About you

For our Education Support Worker roles, previous experience of working with people who have a sensory impairment, autism or learning disability would be an advantage, as would knowledge of BSL, Makaton or other methods of communication. GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) in English and Maths is an essential requirement for this role.

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. However, it is really important that you are able to demonstrate the right values and behaviours to enable you to make a difference to people’s lives.

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 an informal discussion about this role, please contact Jane Ackrill via or 01954267056

No agencies please.

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 Sense I Statements and 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 before applying.

If you are a disabled candidate and require a hard copy pack or a different format please contact the HR department on 0121 415 6735 or textphone 0121 415 2720.

Sense is an Equal Opportunities Employer and is committed to ensuring that all staff are motivated, skilled and rewarded by their work.  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 are subject to a number of checks including an enhanced DBS check where appropriate.


Job description: Download the job description

Candidate guidelines: Download the candidate guidelines

Additional documentation: Download the additional documentation

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