Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteering Opportunities

Classroom Helper for Priestley Education and Training Trust (PETT)

Role Type: Regular
Based: All of Warrington
Categories: Education, Supporting people
Availability: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

What would I be doing?

Priestley College are looking for volunteers to assist Adults that are 19 years and above with Maths and English Functional Skills.

College tutors are looking for supportive individuals who can help in the community outreach venues, such as community hubs. Priestley college offers courses for Adults in Functional Skills English and Maths. Functional Skills students can study at any of 5 different levels, and classes usually include students working at 2 or 3 different levels.
Volunteers will assist learners with tasks that the students may be struggling with in class.

Potential volunteers will be invited to observe a session in an outreach venue, followed by a chat with the tutor.
(Please note that we only work with adults, 19+, not children, and not in a conventional classrooms. This is not a typical “teaching assistant” position)

Volunteers are not expected to plan work for students; this is done by the tutor. However, you will need to be fully confident in your own level of English/maths. Ideally you will have GCSE at grade C or above, or equivalent. Previous experience as a teacher, class-room assistant or tutor would be valuable but not essential.

What skills do I need?

To be a volunteer you will need to:
• Feel comfortable working with adult students of any age, gender, sexual identity, family status, culture or religious background, who may have mild or moderate difficulties.
• Have a warm, open attitude and good communication skills. You will be able to put students at their ease, while helping to maintain an appropriate class-room environment.
• Work with students using material provided by the tutor, and give feedback to the tutor regarding student progress.
• Be able to get to the outreach venue using your own or public transport.
• Be able to commit to attending regularly throughout term time.
(Specific timetables including holiday dates are planned well in advance.)
• Be suitable to work with young adults and/or vulnerable adults.
• Be prepared to undergo DBS checking and supply references.

About Priestley Education and Training Trust (PETT)

Priestley College became a sixth form in 1979 and has grown in numbers and reputation ever since. By 2009 the College had doubled in size thanks to improvements in performance, the introduction of new curriculum and significant investment in the campus.

Recruitment and training details:

Once we receive your enquiry, our volunteer manager Anne will contact you. So we are able to get to know you better we ask you to complete a volunteer application form and a pen portrait about yourself.

Is a DBS required? Yes
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