Aspire Engagement Officer
Temporary posts until 31st July 2021
We are seeking six Aspire Engagement Officers 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.
These new roles 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 two of our partner schools 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 your 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 roles are an exciting opportunity for enthusiastic and proactive individuals who are 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 (to include the possibility of working towards 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 schools 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 solvers and are able to use your initiative on a daily basis.
We welcome applications from graduates with first-hand experience of Higher Education. As the posts involve working extensively with young people, you will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS check and follow safeguarding procedures at all times.
Interview dates: between Monday 8th – Thursday 11th July 2019
The University of Wolverhampton values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.