Kickstart - Learning Support Assistant & Social Action Lead

Job details
Posting date: 11 November 2021
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 30 November 2021
Location: Bishop Auckland,, DL146WA
Company: DWP Kickstart Scheme
Job type: Temporary
Job reference: V0000328588

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

CATCH 22 Ltd

Are you aged 18 – 24 years old?
Want to support other Young People.
Want to make a difference to your local community?

If so, Catch22 have an exciting opportunity for you to join their inspirational team!
Catch22 exists to help build a society where everyone has a good place to live, good people around them, and a fulfilling purpose. We call these our '3Ps'.
The Role
The Learning Support Assistant & Social Action Lead will be based within a Catch22 College and has two key focuses - Supporting Teaching, Learning, Behaviour and driving Social Action within the College.
Leaning Support Assistant - Engage in interventions both in and out of lessons to foster effective participation of students in the social, behaviour and academic processes of the college.

Key Responsibilities

Work with individuals and groups of students, assist in ensuring students are kept on task and complete activities set by the teacher
Supporting with behavioural and special needs issues in conjunction with the teacher
Support with SEN interventions
Help implement lesson plans, aims and contents with the teacher
Provide feedback to students without reference to the teacher
Take small group of students for defined activities
Support and work with the teacher in testing/assessment
Provide individual student and group mentoring as required
Carry out a specific specialist responsibility (e.g. students with EHCP) and support other staff in the College when help is needed in this area

Social Action Lead - Lead on developing college wide social action initiatives with an environmental focus.

Key Responsibilities

Lead on developing college wide social action initiatives with an environmental focus, such as beach clean-ups, sponsored activities to fundraise for environmental charities, up cycling of clothing/ furniture etc, gardening projects and so on.
Design, develop and deliver 3 social action projects across 6-month placement that focuses on each of the following - raising awareness, fundraising and physical impact.
Promote, engage and recruit students to be part of the planning and delivery of your social action projects.
Engage and collaborate with local organisations including NCS changemakers to support development and delivery of social action projects.

General Responsibilities (both roles)

Work with students away from the classroom as a respite strategy
Work external to the College site, e.g. on trips, educational visits etc
Supervise students at breaks and lunchtimes
In conjunction with the teacher, liaise with parents on student progress
Undertake behaviour strategies in line with charity policy
Adherence to safeguarding, child protection, health & safety and data protection policies
Ensure learner files and records are kept up to date
Undertake other duties as directed by management that are commensurate with the post
Liaise with students by taking part in the social action with them and encouraging the development of a transferrable skill set to improve employment opportunities.
Responsible for developing and embedding an engaging, developmental, environmental and fun social action projects.
Ensure full health and safety procedures and risk assessments are adhered to.
Coordinate a cohort of students to ensure projects are fully planned and resourced.

Minimum Level 2 Qualification in English and Maths.
Experience and Knowledge

Knowledge of the statutory requirements of health and safety, SEN & safeguarding of children
Ability to motivate and encourage children appropriately.
Ability to work independently, supported by the teacher, with groups of or individual students.
Willingness to respond flexibly to the needs of a small team
Understanding of Young People’s different needs and can demonstrate effective behaviour management strategies as and when required.
Ability to work at an advanced level with the teacher in planning and delivery of teaching activities.
Ability to establish and maintain good relationships and rapport with internal colleagues and external contacts (e.g. parents etc)
Experience of engaging with Community groups
Experience of planning and delivering small projects – e.g. fundraising


Ability to develop and maintain good professional relationships
Highly organised and motivated to manage the diversity of the role.
Ability to manage your time effectively
Good communication skills and able to clarify and explain instructions clearly
Commitment to raising the levels of achievement of children of all abilities
Good understanding of what Social Action means and willingness to support others.
Committed and be able to actively demonstrate safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children including maintaining appropriate positive professional boundaries in relationships with both children and adults at all times.


Share Catch22 values.
Awareness of and commitment to Equality & Diversity.
Willing to travel and work flexibly.
Desire to develop and undertake training as required.

The standard office hours are Monday to Friday.


Catch22 and the UK Year of Service wrap around support offer consists of four clear development stages, all of which will support each placement through their 9 month UK Year of Service journey. These stages are;

1) Pre-Placement, 2) Placement Settlement, 3) Personal Development and 4) Career Progression.

Identifying skills/qualities, Identify employability prospects, Interview Preparation

Finding their feet and finding their place, Understanding and managing relationships in the workplace, Setting goals/ambitions

Upskilling and development, Aspirations, Personal improvement

Volunteering, Skills review, Next steps

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