Specialist ASC Mentor – Midlands Universities

Specialist ASC Mentor – Midlands Universities


Locations: Birmingham/Wolverhampton
Salary: £30.20ph
Hours: Zero Hour Contract
Applicants taken for new academic year in September 2020

Barry Bennett are one of the largest companies offering specialist support to students in receipt of DSA (Disabled Students’ Allowance) throughout the UK. We provide a range of support specialised to everyone’s individual needs whilst studying at University.

Mentors work with students on a one-to-one basis addressing the barriers to learning created by impairment from autism spectrum conditions. Examples of these barriers include, coping with anxiety and stress, how to deal with concentration difficulties, time management, and creating a suitable work-life balance. Mentors are not advocates or counsellors; their role is to promote independent learning as well as empowering the student to manage their workload, especially during times of transition.

Main Responsibilities

  • Specialist mentors provide highly specialist, specifically tailored, one to one support which helps students address the barriers to learning
  • The support can include helping students with a range of issues. For example, coping with anxiety and stress situations, how to deal with concentration difficulties, time management, prioritising workload and creating a suitable work-life balance.
  • The Specialist Mentor role is there to help students recognise the barriers to learning they may have and support them in developing strategies to address these barriers.
  • Support may be needed more during times of transition, e.g. when starting at university or when planning to move on from it. For some students this support will need to be ongoing while for others it might be gradually phased out or only be required at certain points of their course.
Requirements:
The successful applicant will possess the following qualities
  • Substantial experience of working with autistic adults.
  • An in-depth understanding of the effects of autism on language and learning.
  • An in-depth knowledge of how disabilities affect areas of learning
  • An awareness of the strengths autistic students can bring to a learning situation.
  • The skills to help students make use of their strengths and overcome barriers to learning.
  • An understanding of the demands of study at H.E level.
Essential Qualifications:
The successful applicant must have the relevant qualifications and hold the current memberships.
Note: Must hold 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 in Column A PLUS, where applicable, the suggested training in column B.
Column A
1. Holds any degree AND Comprehensive training in adult autism (item 1 and item 2a or 2b from Column B).
2. Holds a relevant degree AND item 2a or 2b from Column B. A relevant degree must contain a substantial autism component. This will be checked at audit.
3. Holds a Post Graduate Certificate (PGC) in Autism or Asperger's or Critical Disability Studies focusing on autism AND item 2a or 2b from Column B.
4. Holds a Master of Arts, Master of Education or Doctorate (MA /Med/PhD) in Education (Autism or Special Educational Needs and Disability or Critical Disability Studies focussing on autism) AND item 2a or 2b from Column B.

Column B
Six National Autistic Society (NAS) online training modules:
  • Understanding autism
  • Autism and communication
  • Autism and sensory experience
  • Autism, stress and anxiety
  • Autism: supporting families
  • Autism and Girls
Learners will receive a certificate of completion.

2. a) National Autistic Society (NAS) one-day face to face course in Autism and SPELL in Higher Education. This can be by individual attendance at an NAS organised course, or by attendance at an in-house course delivered by NAS tutors.
AND
National Autistic Society (NAS) Autism and Girls online course if not taken as part of 1 above
OR
2. b) In-house, or other accredited training, at an HE institution or elsewhere, and accredited to at least CPD level, which must include autism in HE as its lead subject. All training should be delivered by an appropriately qualified trainer (a qualified trainer from a recognised organisation/charity, or a trainer who can demonstrate a relevant qualification in autism) which results in a certificate of attendance
AND
National Autistic Society (NAS) Autism and Girls online course if not taken as part of 1 above

You must be eligible to work in the UK
Must provide a current basic DBS check.

Benefits to include:
  • Competitive pay - £33.85ph (inclusive of holiday pay).
  • Flexible working hours
  • Zero Hour Contract
As a Disability Confident Employer, Barry Bennett will undertake to interview an applicant with a disability who meets the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and will consider them on their abilities. If you wish to be regarded as disabled for this purpose, please indicate this on your application. Additionally, if you require information in accessible formats, please request this.

Please email your CV and covering letter to: Email: scott.hunter@barrybennett.co.uk.

We welcome speculative approaches. If you are interested in a career as a support worker at Barry Bennett Ltd, please submit your CV with a covering letter by post or email to the address below:

FAO: Scott Hunter
Barry Bennett Ltd
Bennett House
Viking Street
Bolton
BL3 2RR

Email: scott.hunter@barrybennett.co.uk

Please Note - No Agencies

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