Working English ESOL/Employability Learning Assistants – Bradford

Working English is a new project to support refugees through the job market, improving their English and assisting them to become job-ready. There will be an eight-week course on employability and English language and the learners will also be supported by mentors to achieve a job or volunteering opportunity.

What is the role?

We are looking to recruit volunteers as Learning Assistants to volunteer alongside project staff to take on the following roles:

  • Deliver planned learning activities at our Working English Course on a Friday morning between 10-12AM
  • Volunteer with small groups and on a one to one basis with learners in the group
  • Feedback to staff about how students respond to the activities in order to inform planning for future sessions

What are the main duties?

  • Assist staff to deliver and plan for group sessions and individual support plans for each learner
  • Weekly attendance at the group including arriving beforehand to help set up and remaining to help tidy up
  • 6 weekly supervision sessions with Refugee Action supervisor

What is the time commitment?

  • You’ll need to be available to complete some initial induction and training sessions
  • We’d reasonably expect you to commit to 3 hours a week at the specific times of 9:30-12:30am on Friday during term time
  • You may occasionally be invited to accompany the group to job fairs and other trips on other days if you are interested
  • Refugee Action volunteers commit to the service for at least 6 months

An information day for applicants will be held on 13 June, 2pm to 5pm. If you would like to ask any questions about the role or application process, please come along.

Will I receive training and support?

All Refugee Action volunteers will receive:

  • Induction and number of training sessions
  • On-going support from a volunteer supervisor and/or project staff
  • Reasonable expenses to cover travel and lunch

Where would I be based?

You will be based at Refugee Action’s Bradford Office, 40a Piccadilly, BD1 3NN

What skills are we looking for?

  • Understanding of and commitment to the needs of refugees and asylum seekers
  • Ability to complete tasks on own initiative and volunteer independently
  • Ability to volunteer with people from a range of ages and different cultures, experience of this would be an advantage
  • Ability to volunteer within confidentiality, safeguarding and child protection guidelines
  • Ability to communicate in an accurate, brief and clear manner with a good standard of English
  • Ability to provide support to people who might be emotionally vulnerable
  • Ability to prepare and deliver employability and ESOL activities for learner, experience of this would be beneficial
  • Some teaching experience would be advantageous
  • Knowledge of other language such as Farsi, Kurdish, Albanian, Arabic or Punjabi is helpful but not essential
  • Punctuality and reliability
  • Ability to record information accurately (paper files or database)
  • Willingness to develop new knowledge and skills

We ask for 2 references from all our volunteers. This role also requires a DBS (criminal record) check at enhanced level.

How do I apply?

We are committed to making every reasonable adjustment to the workplace or working arrangements so as to accommodate people with disabilities.



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