Kickstart - Art and Technology Assistant

Job details
Posting date: 01 October 2021
Hours: Part time
Closing date: 30 October 2021
Location: Wirral, CH460PB
Company: DWP Kickstart Scheme
Job type: Temporary
Job reference: V0000301907

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To apply for this job, you must be claiming Universal Credit and 16 to 24 years old.

Chester Diocesan Acadamies Trust

The Art and Technology Assistant will support the delivery of Art and Design Technology classes in the school. They will assist the teaching staff in preparing educational materials and will enhance pupils’ learning experience.

They will prepare supplies and resources for Art and Technology classes and will assist teachers in planning and delivering lessons. They will lead small group sessions and will deal with pupils’ queries. They will ensure high level of cleanliness in the classroom and will maintain the relevant equipment in a tidy condition. They will support other staff in ensuring Art and Design work is displayed effectively. They will also provide administrative support as needed.

An enhanced DBS check is required for all successful candidates, this will be covered by the employer.

Applicants will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, good organisational skills and a passion and aptitude for art and/or design technology. They will have a good knowledge of Microsoft Office. They will be committed to ensuring the best possible learning outcomes for pupils. The ideal applicants will have a qualification in art, design or a related area (this is desirable but not essential) and may be interested in a career in schools or in the creative industries.

Monday to Friday, to be arranged

National Minimum Wage

Kickstart employees will complete a suite of online training materials within the first month of their placement, which will be provided through a specialist online platform. Each online course has a test and young people will be expected to complete each course and achieve a minimum 70/75% score on the test for each one. Additional online training will be available for participants in certain roles. There will also be a day’s face-to-face induction.

Over the first three months of the placement, employability training will continue through a series of fortnightly Zoom sessions with gap tasks and follow-up learning (e.g. additional videos) between each one. These will cover areas such as CV writing, writing a letter of application, presentation skills and interview skills. The training will be provided by members of CDAT’s central team and school staff. In January, there will be a second face-to-face day based around interview practice.

Over the final 2 months of their placement, participants will be provided with the offer of further, individual support with CV/application writing and interview practice, and there will also be further role-specific Zoom/face-to-face/online sessions.

Overall, our employability offer will provide each trainee with a minimum of 10 hours face-to-face training, between 5 and 10 hours of online training and a minimum of 12 hours blended learning through Zoom sessions and follow-up training and tasks. With the individual support offered in months 5 and 6, this adds up to a training offer of between 30 and 35 hours.

CDAT’s Operations Manager will act as point of contact for all the young people with regard to training and will maintain electronic records of attendance and completion of online modules. Each participant will have a named mentor in school who they can meet with informally but who will also have a formal monthly catch-up meeting.

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