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Are you an experienced Outdoor Instructor looking for a new challenge? Do you have a passion for supporting learners to achieve their potential? Are you looking for a rewarding and varied role that will make an impact on a young person’s life?

Kendal College is seeking a highly competent and compassionate Outdoor Instructor to support a learner through their studies

Key facts:

Job Title: Outdoor Education Support & Learning Assistant

Casual Pay rates: £17.48 per hour (instructor rate) and £10.84 per hour (learning assistant rate) both rates include holiday pay

Hours: 7.5 hours per week as 1:1 Instructor with additional hours for Learning Assistant (number of hours to be confirmed)

Duration: initially for 8 weeks. Hours may continue after this but will depend on the needs of the student.

This post is for a specific student – if the student does not attend college or leaves before the end of the course, we would endeavour to provide other work but this is not guaranteed.

Closing Date: 2nd August, 2021


Job Overview

  • To provide high quality learning support for students with learning difficulties or disabilities, on any level or type of programme.
  • Work cooperatively with Learning Services Team and curriculum areas to continuously develop and improve support for learners.
  • Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

See Job description for full details.

Why Choose Us

Located next to the breath-taking UNESCO World Heritage site of the Lake District, Kendal College is an FE College that consistently punches above its weight on the national stage. Under the leadership of our Principal, Kelvin Nash, Kendal College is embarking on a series of bold steps to grow the College and remain a top-notch education provider for Cumbria and the North West region. Our students are focused on their learning, achieve high levels of attainment and consistently give us high satisfaction ratings. The College recognises the wellbeing of its staff as a priority, as well as ensuring that excellent work is appropriately recognised and that a healthy work-life balance is maintained.

What We Offer

  • A College that is committed to developing every student to reach their full potential, irrespective of their ability.
  • Collaborative working within our departments and campuses to support our endeavours to work smarter and achieve an effective balance between home and work.
  • A dedicated and friendly team of professionals who are keen to develop and learn.
  • Excellent CPD opportunities to grow and develop.
  • A College that promotes and supports flexible working
  • On-site canteens with locally sourced ingredients.
  • A Cycle to Work scheme.
  • Fantastic facilities to resource your ability to support your students.
  • A comprehensive Staff awards, rewards and Wellbeing scheme.

Job Requirements - The Right Candidate will have:

Qualifications – Essential

  • Educated to Level 3 (A level or equivalent)
  • GCSE Maths and English (A to C) or equivalent
  • IT qualification or proven competence
  • Professional Outdoor Qualifications in three areas, including:
  • A minimum MT qualification of ‘Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor’.
  • A Minimum BCU qualification of 4*
  • Clean driving license, including D1 for minibus driving

Qualifications - Desirable

  • Canoe/Kayak BCU Qualifications
  • Local Cave Leaders Level 2
  • Outdoor Specific First Aid Qualification
  • Knowledge of Functional Skills Level 2
  • Experience of delivering GCSE English & Maths

Experience – Essential

  • Experience of working with 16+ year old learners
  • Experience of working with individuals with additional needs in an educational or care setting.

Knowledge/Skills – Essential

  • An understanding of the implications for learning of the most common additional support needs, including ASC, Dyslexia and ADHD
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with learners that promote learning
  • Ability to communicate effectively with learners.
  • Awareness of ways to structure and present information and ideas clearly and effectively to support learning
  • Ability to provide support that builds on the learner’s experience, learning preferences and levels of independence and encourages learners to work independently where possible
  • Ability to document learner progress effectively.
  • Ability to deal appropriately with challenging behaviour
  • Capacity to work reliably as a team member
  • A calm, patient disposition
  • Comfortable with providing personal care as necessary.
  • Working knowledge of H&S related to the maintenance and inspection of equipment associated with Outdoor Adventurous Activities

Knowledge/Skills – Desirable

  • Knowledge of access technology
  • Knowledge of the implementation of Education, Health and Care plans

Safeguarding Statement:

The College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all learners and expects all staff to share this commitment. Employment at the College is subject to an Enhanced DBS Check via the Disclosure and Barring Service and any post in regulated activity will also be subject to an additional barred list check