An opportunity has arisen to come and work for one of the UK’s leading FE Colleges, graded outstanding by OFSTED. We excel in offering high quality, technical and professional education leading to professional and skilled employment through strong relationships with employers. B&FC is a major local employer with over 1000 staff and an annual turnover of £52m. Over 16,000 students choose to study at B&FC each year and over 1,000 employers choose to work with us.
Join the team of Employability Coaches at Blackpool and the Fylde College. This vital and highly rewarding role helps our students to improve in key areas so that they have the best chance of success in the future. These areas might be College related, such as attendance and coursework, or they might be of a more personal nature, involving safety and wellbeing.
You will mentor an allocated caseload of students who have been identified by Employability Team Manager/Senior Tutors/HoCA as “at risk” of leaving College and in need of specialist support.
In return, we offer an exceptional rewards and benefits package including, but not limited to:
- Continuous Professional Development (CPD) opportunities
- Free courses*
- Competitive pension scheme
- Generous annual leave entitlement
- Sports facilities, including a fully-equipped Gym (Bispham Campus)
- Flexible working hours
- Free 'healthy' breakfast- (dependant on campus)
- Family friendly policies
- Access to mental health support and advice
- Free eye tests and healthcare schemes
- Free car parking
- Starbucks - dependant on campus
- Food outlets catering for a variety of choices, including Level 6 restaurant (Bispham Campus)
- Access to discounted on-site facilities including: Hair and beauty treatments, Bakery, Office and printing services.
1 To take responsibility for the mentoring of an identified case load of students as directed by the Employability Team Manager.
2 To make initial contact with parents in respect of student absence, to develop strategies for continued parental links and communication
3 To support the effective transition of identified students onto their chosen college course.
4 To forge and maintain relationships with a case load of “at risk” students and develop individual action plans to ensure they make good progress on their courses.
5 To develop #B&FCinspire Programme for students on one of the college key employability themes, through workshops, visits, events and other activities.
6 To establish and maintain close liaison with a range of local statutory and voluntary youth support agencies working in areas such as teenage pregnancy support, mental health, YOT, Care Leavers, drugs and alcohol abuse, etc, to assist in delivering support to college learners.
7 Working closely with partner organisations, to ensure access to information, advice and guidance for any students who choose not to continue on their college course, in order to identify appropriate alternatives.
8 To work with college staff, students and partners to identify key issues affecting student progress and potential strategies for preventing students falling into the NEET group.
9 To keep written records and the range of EC Reports in order to monitor progress against targets.
10 To compile written reports on the progress of the work, including issues arising, identifiable outcomes and impact on learners.
11 To assist in developing and delivering briefing and training events for college staff and staff working for partner organisations on good practice in supporting “at risk” students.
12 To attend meetings of appropriate college and external groups at the request of the Employability Team Manager.
13 To maintain an awareness of Health and Safety at all times and ensure that students are aware of safe practices and procedures.
Please download the Job Description to view full Principal Duties and Person Specification.
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Blackpool and The Fylde College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.We particularly welcome applications from under represented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.