JOB DESCRIPTION/ PERSON SPEC
The Autism [email protected]
Job Coach/Employment and Training Advisor
Reporting to: Senior Job Coach/Project Manager and Orchard Hill
Main Purpose: To support Senior Job Coach/Project Manager.
The main aims of the role are to support students in work placements within
the hospital and to build skills to assist the students in finding paid
employment both in the classroom and in 1:1 sessions throughout the year.
Line Management responsibility: N/A
Working with:
Senior Job Coach/Project Manager
Projects Director –CareTrade
Orchard Hill College Staff
Tutor
Host Employer Managers and Mentors and staff
Place of work: You will be based at [email protected] offices with daily travel to St
Thomas’ and Guy’s Hospitals.
Background:
The Autism Project @ Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust ([email protected])
This project is run by CareTrade a small London charity that strives to
improve the life chances of school leavers and adults with autism.
[email protected] help up to 12 young Londoners with autism a year .Our aim is to
help these young people gain real hands on work experience to develop their
employability skills & to help them into work or find further training to help
them in their future careers.
In 2009 CareTrade won a bid from the Office of Disability Issues to establish
a Project SEARCH site. Eight young Londoners with autism graduated in July
2011 and two are employees at GSTT. We had a further nine students start
in 2011 & our pilot finished in July 2012.
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[email protected] started in September 2012. We had 11 students in 2012/13 who
have just graduated. This year we were in partnership with Orchard Hill
College and GSTT.
Participants gain real hands on work experience within a wide variety of
departments at GSTT to develop their employability skills & to help them into
work or further training. All participants experience up to three placements
and each one is focused on developing different skills, these can be areas
that the participants need to improve in or provide them with skills that will
enhance their employment opportunities. Along side this experience they work
towards an Employability Qualification and build knowledge in areas such as
interview skills, letter writing, communication & CV development.
In the 2013/14 academic year we hope to have up to 12 students on the
project.
Assistant Job Coach Core Responsibilities:
1. To work in close collaboration with the Senior Job Coach/Project
Manager at all times to ensure that students are progressing towards
both their qualification and practical work experience targets and that
these are complementary.
2. To support students on a day-to-day basis on their work placements.
3. To learn 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.
4. To teach the essential tasks/duties/core skills of the job to the student
in partnership with other staff - Because the goal is independence, the
Job Coach builds natural supports (mentors within the workplace) and
reduces the amount of time spent with each student as core skills are
developed
5. To reinforce employability skills learnt in class and to help students to
understand protocols and interpret work culture. Ensure students
understand the health and safety in the work environments and adopt
appropriate workplace behaviour
6. To work with the Senior Job Coach /Project Manager to develop
individual support programmes to enable student to carry out each
placement to their own and the manager’s satisfaction. Encourage the
students to develop their own coping strategies thus reducing the need
for external support.
7. To work with the Senior Job Coach /Project Manager to monitor and
record the students’ progress in their placements with department
managers and mentors and give feedback to students.
8. To assist with completion of all necessary evaluations, reports and
documentation as required.
9. To assist with travel training needs of the students, promoting
independent use of public transport.
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GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. To attend all staff meetings and participate in staff development as
required.
2. Promote a positive image of autism, the Project, Project partners and
organisations and CareTrade.
3. Co-operate with all CareTrade staff in maintaining good relationships
with outside agencies and the general public in order to promote the
charity and win increased support for its work
4. Co-operate with all CareTrade and Project staff in maintaining
harmonious inter-personal relationships. Ensure that your conduct
within and outside of your work place does not conflict with
professional expectations.
5. Ensure an awareness and observation of Fire and Health and Safety
Regulations at the work place.
6. Ensure the respect, dignity and rights to privacy of both students and
staff as far as possible.
7. Carry out any duties as are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the
job and the title of the post, as required by your Line Manager or
his/her next higher level of authority.
The job description reflects the present requirements of the post .You
will be expected to carry out other activities that are within the scope of
the role. As duties and responsibilities change and develop the job
description will be reviewed and be subject to amendment in
consultation with the post holder.
Applications are sought from all suitably qualified sections of the community.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all adults who
use our services and as such expect all staff and volunteers to share this
commitment.
CONFIDENTIALITY:
Maintain confidentiality for all areas of the CareTrade Charitable Trust, GSST
or other partner’s organisations its staff and its work. The nature of the work
entrusts people with confidential information about clients/service users, their
families and staff within CareTrade and partner organisations. Any breach of
this confidentiality will constitute gross misconduct.
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EMPLOYEE SPECIFICATION
TAP Job Coach
An E or D indicates the essential and desirable characteristics of the post
holder
Qualifications
Teaching or training qualification D
E.g. City and Guilds 730
Or 7307 Adult Further Education
Qualified to degree level
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Knowledge
Equality Act
E
Learning Disabilities/Disability issues
D
Assessments procedures in respect of
Skills and needs of people with disabilities
D
Employment issues for people with disabilities D
Autism and Asperger Syndrome
D
Skills
Organisational skills
E
Ability to empathise and advocate for the
needs of people with learning difficulties
E
Negotiating
E
Ability to enable/empower others to
meet their maximum potential
E
Ability to motivate others
E
Enthusiasm, ability to teach others - in a
systematic way and using different
teaching methods / approaches
E
Ability to work independently and using
own initiative
E
Work Experience
Managing own workload
Team working
Experience of working with
people with disabilities
Experience of teaching or training
e.g. facilitating life, social and
communication skills
Working with people with autism
(paid or unpaid)
Challenging behaviour
Supported Employment/Work/College
placements for people with learning disabilities
Working as part of multi-disciplinary team
Liaising with organisations
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Personal Qualities
Self motivation
Tactful and diplomatic
Possess considerable patience
Assertive
Flexible approach to needs of client
and job
Effective communicator
Creative in responding to needs of
clients
Good interpersonal skills
Loyalty and commitment
Committed to Equal Opportunities
Committed to ongoing personal training
and development
On going good health and attendance
Excellent time keeping skills
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D/E
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EMPLOYEE SPECIFICATION
TAP Job Coach
Working conditions of this post are indicated below:TRAVEL:
The post is based at TAP offices. Travel to GSTT sites is essential. There
may also be a requirement to occasionally travel to other places of work within
London to facilitate travel training and to visit and liaise with potential
employers. There will also be meetings at Orchard Hill College.
HOURS:
This post is 37.5 hours a week - 8.30 am to 5 pm M-F. Candidates must be
willing to be a little flexible to facilitate student parent meetings and occasional
presentations in the early evening. Time may be taken in lieu for unsocial
hours worked.
HOLIDAYS:
5 weeks holiday a year plus Bank Holidays. All holiday must be taken in
consultation with the Projects Director. No more then one member of the team
should be on leave during term time. No leave to be taken during ‘peak’ times
and a minimum of three of the five weeks to be taken during closures (outside
student term time). Leave can be carried over to following year at the
discression of the Projects Director.
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REMUNERATION:
This is a fixed term 1year post subject to a 3 -month probationary period.
The salary is £ 26,000 per annum Including Inner London Weighting plus a 6%
pension contribution through NEST.
WORKING ENVIRONMENT:
Office, classroom and within various departments at both St Thomas’ Hospital
and Guys Hospital.
PRESSURES INHERENT IN JOB:
Dealing with young people with autism and Asperger Syndrome; many of
whom display complex behaviours including communication and social
difficulties.
OTHER SIGNIFICANT FACTORS:
A professional and flexible approach is required in order to maintain and
enhance the reputation of the project and of all the partner organisations of
the Project.
ADDITIONALINFORMATION:
All staff will be subject to CRB check and any other recruitment requirements
determined by GSTT and Orchard Hill within their recruitment, training and
development policies (available on request)
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