Aspire to HE- Engagement Officer
Temporary posts until 31st July 2021
We are seeking 6 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 Uni Connect, which aims to increase the number of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in higher education by 2020 through widening participation. Uni Connect 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 posts 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 Uni Connect pupils between Year 9 to Year 13. Pupils targeted through Uni Connect 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, and 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 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 solvers who are able to use your initiative on a daily basis.
We welcome applications from candidates with first-hand experience of Higher Education. As the posts involve working extensively with young people, you will be required to undertake an enhance DBS check and follow safeguarding procedures at all times.
Funding for this post comes externally from the Office for Students. This post will be funded until 31st July 2021.
The University of Wolverhampton values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.