Fixed Term post until 31st July 2020
We are seeking an Aspire Engagement Officer to join the enthusiastic Aspire to HE team. The Aspire to HE consortium, based at the University of Wolverhampton, is part of the Office for Students-funded National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), which aims to increase the number of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in higher education by 2020 through widening participation. NCOP supports 29 consortia across the country to work with young people from targeted postcodes and Aspire to HE covers the areas of Sandwell and Dudley, Walsall and Wolverhampton, and Telford and Wrekin.
This post will play a crucial role in enhancing our relationships with targeted, partner schools and supporting pupils in these schools to progress. You will work in our partner school to deliver programmes of activity to targeted NCOP pupils between Year 9 to Year 13. Pupils targeted through NCOP may be resistant to Higher Education and you will need to be adaptable, enthusiastic and engaging in the delivery of programmes of activity. Programmes of activity delivery may include workshops, group work, one-to-one mentoring sessions, facilitation of activities in-school and organisation of visits to outside organisations.
The role is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and proactive individual who is passionate about supporting young people to achieve their goals and make informed, ambitious decisions about their futures. You have the potential to make a huge impact on the young people you work with. You will receive on the job training, a nationally accredited mentoring qualification and support to help you develop and excel in the role.
Reportable to a Senior Partnership Officer in the Aspire to HE team, you will also receive support within your school from an Aspire to HE ‘Lead Teacher’. Due to the fast-paced nature of working within schools, you will need to be resilient, proactive problem solver who is able to use your initiative on a daily basis.
We welcome applications from candidates with first-hand experience of Higher Education. As the post involves working extensively with young people, you will be required to undertake an enhance DBS check and follow safeguarding procedures at all times.
Interviews to take place week commencing 4th November 2019.
Closing date: 21st October 2019
Salary: £20,675 to £21,814