English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Support Advisor.
We are recruiting for a ESOL Support Advisor for 10-18 hours per week, term time only (39 weeks per year).
The Resettlement Team supports individuals and families who have been displaced and who are part of the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS) which is delivered in partnership with the Home Office. The service has been delivered in Somerset since 2016 and works to empower, advocate for, and educate those in our care as they learn to build a new life in Somerset.
English for Speakers of Other Languages is an essential tool to promote integration and independence for refugee people and is key part of service delivery.
Here’s what you can expect to be doing
You will work closely with the Health Promotion Manager and a team of Resettlement Workers, supporting resettled people across the county. This includes a broad spectrum of learners with mixed abilities and some with little formal education.
Hours will be divided across the week to meet learner needs, with between 4-6 ESOL support sessions typically being delivered each week. This is a term-time only role.
Support After Arrival:
This will consist of assessing language levels of adults within two weeks of arrival or as soon as a new term recommences.
All arrivals will be signposted to relevant courses appropriate to their assessed language levels and documentation taken about start date and hours offered.
The ESOL Advisor will register individuals and arrange start dates within one month of arrival.
Obstacles to accessing ESOL should be highlighted and discussed with the wider Resettlement Team to ensure positive engagement in ESOL provision.
The ESOL Support Advisor will monitor and document ESOL outcomes which will be used to complete Home Office Evaluation returns every six months for adults who have been here for under 18 months.
The role will involve networking with ESOL providers, where needed, attending relevant ESOL forums and training, and the promotion of the Somerset ESOL Directory to external providers.
You will tailor and deliver group ESOL lessons to learners in the county, primarily in Somerset West and Taunton and Sedgemoor, who are assessed as Pre-Entry and some with little to no formal education. This will need to include rolling registration to accommodate for new learners throughout the academic year.
You will troubleshoot obstacles to learning with accredited ESOL providers across the county to support positive engagement with ESOL provision.
You should include service user voice in your planning and implementation of ESOL support and provision. This should be used to explore funding opportunities or to deliver bespoke lessons on topics of interest.
The role may include working with and supporting ESOL volunteers and/or community providers on a comprehensive ESOL approach for refugees.
Guidance and support about ESOL requirements should be given to adults who have aspirations to train in the UK or to access college-level courses.
Individual learning plans will be created collaboratively with individuals to map their progress and to guide both personal language aspirations and higher education goals.
The work will mostly consists of hub and/or community-based work and home visits, when required.
As families exit the resettlement service, the ESOL Support Advisor will work collaboratively with the wider Resettlement Team to identify ongoing ESOL opportunities.
You will ensure that families know how to access these within their communities upon exit. This includes helping families to access the Somerset ESOL Directory to explore courses available to them.
A few things about you
You will have a TEFL, CELTA, ESOL or equivalent qualification
You will have a flexible, creative approach to delivery
You will have a proven track record of working collaboratively with both students and professionals from all backgrounds and language levels, with a demonstrated commitment to equality and diversity.
Learners are often well below Pre-Entry, so the candidate should have demonstrable experience of teaching ESOL to vulnerable, low level students
Experience with asylum or refugee populations is desirable, with either primary or intermediate level Arabic an advantage
You will be organised and able to work to a deadline
You will be able to establish clear professional boundaries and a commitment to safeguarding vulnerable adults
You will have a full UK Driving Licence with the ability to travel, as required. If necessary, adjustments can be considered in line with the Equality Act 2010.
For further information about this role, please contact Brittney Strange, Health Promotion Manager – Resettlement on 07920450032.
Why choose Somerset County Council
We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, working as part of a team who are passionate about the work they do to improve the lives of people in Somerset. We offer great training and development opportunities, with supportive management. As well as this, we have some fantastic employee benefits available:
• We promote a healthy work-life balance and offer flexible working arrangements wherever possible, including working from home.
• Generous annual leave allowance, with the opportunity to purchase additional leave.
• Staff discounts in gyms.
• Employee Assistance for the times you may need some support and a variety of employee wellbeing services.
• Auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme and optional pension enhancement through our Additional Voluntary Contribution scheme.
• A Flexible Benefits Scheme via salary sacrifice to obtain a cycle for work and health screenings.
• My Staff Shop offering discounts in shops, online shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets, insurance benefits and more.
Somerset County Council must ensure that each person who works for the public authority in a customer-facing role can speak fluent English.
This post is covered by Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) and therefore the ability to speak fluent English is an essential requirement for the role.
This job requires a criminal background check (DBS) via the disclosure procedure.