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Learning Support Assistant (Carrickfergus)

Education and Training
Carrickfergus, County Antrim
Ref: NM-CLANBANGOR_1714580402
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Job description

Our client are currently seeking to recruit a Learning Support Assistant to join their team in Carrickfergus.

Pay rate is £12.95 per hour plus Holiday pay.

Hours of work is working 6 hours per week working,

Every Tuesday 0930 - 3.30PM

The position is part-time temporary ongoing.

About the client:

Our client, are a community organisation providing help and support to people who want to make positive life changes. They are a leading provider of high-quality programmes and services for people with a diverse range of needs and barriers and furthest removed from the labour market. A range of 'Employability' and 'Community Development' programmes are available and delivered utilising an individualised tailored wraparound approach to include health and wellbeing initiatives, training and skills development, accredited qualifications and employability support.

About the Job Role:

We are seeking staff to provide specialist disability support to young people who require assistance whilst participating on the Skills for Life and Work, Training for Success and/or Apprenticeships NI Programme.

This role also requires staff to undertake administrative duties to ensure their records of support are accurate, completed and returned timeously.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Core Duties

  • Provide direct one to one and group-based disability support to an agreed schedule of activities.
  • Support the tutor by delivering the appropriate disability specialist learning support for the participant.
  • Assist the DSS Co-ordinator with the monitoring and evidencing of progress against Performance Targets set.
  • Stimulate and promote effective, learner-centred independent learning strategies for the young person to enable them to participate and heighten their motivation and self-esteem.
  • Maintain accurate and timely records that support effective ongoing monitoring and review of own support provided and raise any immediate issues or concerns with line manager.
  • Ensure the following is completed:
    • DSS10s to be signed by trainee and tutor/manager and returned to the DSS admin team on a weekly basis for checking.
    • Staff engagement notes to be uploaded to the DSS APP before close of business each Friday to allow for checking by the following Monday.
    • 8/10/13 week trainee reviews (due dates to be advised by training provider).
    • Referral paperwork (DSS5) - Part B only (as and when required by training provider).
    • Consent Forms - to be signed at point of completion of the DSS5 and scanned to DSS admin team.

General Duties:

  • Adhere to the Group's 'Code of Conduct' maintaining confidentiality, professionalism and quality standards across all work practices and interactions.
  • Perform job duties in compliance with the Group's policies and procedures to include adherence to equal opportunities, health and safety legislation and data protection requirements.
  • Demonstrate commitment to the Group through the completion of all tasks allocated by attending staff and development opportunities to ensure that professional competency is maintained.

Person Specification:

(E = Essential, D = Desirable)

Skills and Competencies:


· Knowledge of directly supporting people with disabilities within an employment, education, or employment & training setting (D)

· The ability to work with a wide cross-section of participants with varying levels of support needs (D)

· Highly competent in using ICT with excellent working knowledge of MS Office Suite to include SharePoint, Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint (E)

Technical competencies (qualifications and training)

· Educated to NVQ Level 2 or equivalent to include Maths and English. (E)

· Good IT skills - to present data using Microsoft packages or suitable alternative (E)


· Proven experience of working with young people across a wide cross-section of varying levels of needs, enabling them to identify their own goals and the ability to progress them (E)

Skills and Attributes

· Highly organised professional with evidence of developing relationships with participants (E)

· Ability to work flexibly to cope with the varying demands of the role and achieve desired results (E)

· Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team (E)

· Excellent time management and the ability to prioritise a workload (E)

· Ability to effectively report progress on KPI's and progress participants through their qualifications within the timeframes set (E)

· Ability to manage a busy workload and prioritise to ensure all requirements are met (E)

· Ability to complete all paperwork, and reports timeously (E)

Personal qualities, communicating and relating to others

· Flexible, adaptable and innovative (D)

· Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (E)

· Youth work Teaching / pastoral care approach to assisting young people to progress through their qualifications while maintaining professional boundaries (D)


· Be able to display an awareness, understanding and commitment to the protection and safeguarding of children, young people and adults (E)

· This post requires an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (E)

If you are interested in this position then please either send your CV via the link provided or directly to [email protected]


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Naomi McCurrie

Senior Recruitment Consultant, Belfast