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Supported Work Placement Coordinator – The Orpheus Centre, Surrey

Supported Work Placement Coordinator in Learning on a 2 year fixed term contact basis.  Salary up to £25k per annum,

This is a full time role 35 hours per week, 52 weeks per year and is funded by by the National Lottery Community Fund.

Main Duties

Coordinating the Supported Internship and Work Placement Programme effectively by

  • using agreed planning strategies that meet the project outcomes
  • develop and maintain the project to meet ESFA requirements
  • contributing to the effective utilisation and timetabling of the programme resources
  • liaising with the English, Maths & learning Support Team, learning team, parents, employers and other providers to ensure clear communication between all groups
  • working with the fundraising and marketing team to ensure the programme is widely publicised and promoted including the sharing of regular updates of progress and successful outcomes

Ensuring the Supported Internship and Work Placements programmes meet the needs of students and employers by:

  • Carrying out an audit of the local area identifying and engaging with suitable employers regarding offering job opportunities for young people with SEN whilst on programme
  • cultivating strong working relationships with employers and building a database of appropriate links
  • identifying areas where there is growth and demand for employees to inform curriculum planning
  • working with final year students with SEN to match them to suitable employment opportunities
  • co-ordinate and facilitate the transition arrangements for students progressing into employment
  • ensuring students are well prepared to engage with employers and their respective job roles
  • providing workshop sessions which develop and address relevant employment skills, matching these activities to the needs of all learners
  • leading reflective workshop-style sessions after supported internship placements to help learners identify strengths and goals
  • supporting students on a day-to-day basis on their work placements providing job coaching in the workplace and responding to student needs
  • learning the work place duties of each placement and make any modifications (label cabinets, simplifies written instructions, etc.) necessary to the successful completion of the job by the student who will interview for that work rotation
  • coaching students to complete the essential tasks/duties/core skills of the in partnership with other staff – The goal is independence so the Supported Internships Coordinator/Job Coach needs to build natural supports (mentors within the workplace) and reduce the amount of time spent with each student as core skills are developed
  • reinforcing employability skills learnt in class and to help students to understand protocols and interpret work culture
  • co-ordinating and planning the related activities of the Job Coaches delivering job coaching in placements
  • co-ordinating the preparation and development of appropriate programme resources
  • promoting independence identifying and reporting on progress towards this for all students
  • having responsibility for ensuring that job coaches work within the time constraints of their contracts
  • having responsibility for applying for Access to Work funding for all students on supported internships
  • maintaining records for finance and liaison with student finance officer in respect of funding and Access to Work
  • organising relevant alternative learning in the event of a day of supported internship being cancelled by employer due to unforeseen circumstances.

For further details please check out the full job description. To apply, please email