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Learning Support Assistant

We are outstanding, you can be too.

Are you committed, empathetic and inspiring?

We are looking for a dedicated Learning Support Assistant to support our learners Special Educational Needs to achieve their full potential.

Are you passionate about providing the highest level of support you can? Whether that be supporting our learners on the farm, in the classroom or on a supported internship.

Set in the heart of Sherwood Forest, our sensory rich 32-acre main campus offers first-class facilities to enable our learners and citizens to thrive in a safe and inspiring environment.

Our education and care programmes focus on three themes: independence, health and well-being and employability. Everyone has different needs, so we tailor our programmes for people to focus on achieving their goals, their way.

If you like the sound of this then Portland Charity is the place for you!

You can see more about what we do at Portland Charity by looking at the Who We Are and Choose Your Future pages on our website https://www.portland.ac.uk/

Working at Portland Charity

At Portland Charity our learners, citizens and staff are at the heart of what we do, we are passionate about our vision that all people with disabilities will have a lifetime of opportunity and you could help us to achieve that. Our priority for staff is to create an outstanding place to work where the rewards of a job well done can be seen in the faces of our learners and citizens.

There are lots of great benefits to working at Portland Charity

  •  a rewarding career and working towards positive outcomes for our learners and citizens
  • enhanced holidays of 33 days per year when you join us (pro rata) and you are able to buy up to 10 additional days of holiday
  • you are eligible for a Blue Light Card with access to lots of great discounts
  •  free and confidential access to an Employee Assistance Programme
  •  free parking on site and access to a subsidised canteen with a variety of meal options
  •  everyone has an opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills on the job through training, mentoring and qualifications and your apprenticeship is just the start!

We are committed to promoting equality, challenging discrimination and developing community cohesion. We welcome applications from all sections the community.

Working Hours

Our Learning Support Assistants work on a 38-week contract which means you will work your hours within the college term time and then be on annual leave throughout the college holidays but still enjoy the benefits of receiving a pro rata salary.

Your hours will be up to 35 hours per week between a Monday to Friday from 9.00am – 4.30pm. There is flexibility in terms of hours if the above times are not suitable for you, which we are happy to discuss this at interview.

Applying to work at Portland Charity

There are some other important things you need to know before you apply to work with us at Portland Charity.

Portland Charity is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its learners, citizens, customers, volunteers and staff. We expect all our staff to be aware of their responsibilities to protect learners, citizens, customers, volunteers and staff from abuse or harm and to promote Fundamental British Values.

Successful applicants will be required to undertake an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and to provide proof of their right to work in the UK.

Please note – We need you to complete an application form to fulfil our Safer Recruitment responsibilities but you can submit a CV and we will consider it alongside your application form.

In order to apply for this role, you will need to create a profile on our online recruitment portal, Face Ed.

Please click on the “apply” button and this will take you to the link to create a profile.

You will need to ensure you complete ALL sections of your profile before you can submit your application.

If you have any questions or need some help when completing your application, you can contact work@portland.ac.uk or call the Recruitment team on 01623 499111, extension 428 or 283 and we will be happy to help.

Many of our staff have a disability and we’re proud to hold Disability Confident and Mindful Employer status which recognises our positive approach to physical and mental health and wellbeing at work. If you would like to speak with us before completing an application you can contact our Recruitment team on 01623 499 111 or via email at work@portland.ac.uk who will be happy to support you with your application or answer any questions.





Closing Date:

Up to 35 Hours per week (38 weeks per year)

£10.85 per hour

29th February 2024

Job Specific Documents:

Below are links to all the documents you will need, including the online application form.

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