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