We are looking for Welfare Managers who have a good understanding of all aspects of social/child care and health and safety as they relate to the post.

 

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Native/near native competence in spoken and written English is essential

Candidate Profile

We are looking for Welfare Managers who have a good understanding of all aspects of social/child care and health and safety as they relate to the post, who are passionate about the welfare of children, who have some experience of working with children in a professional setting and who are (or are willing to become) first aid trained.

We are looking for applicants who are extremely organised, efficient and flexible and who are able to work in a busy, fast-paced and often challenging, summer school environment. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential, as is the ability to work calmly, effectively and positively, even whilst under pressure.

The ability to build a friendly but professional rapport with staff members and to lead them in a dynamic and efficient manner, set standards and norms of good practice and deal with any problems swiftly, fairly and appropriately, are all basic requirements of this post.

We are looking for Welfare Managers who are hard-working, reliable and professional and for those who are willing to go the extra mile to ensure the safety and well-being of all students. Welfare Managers must have the ability and skills to build a caring, friendly and positive rapport with students, while, at the same time, being able to deal appropriately with discipline issues when required.

We aim to give students an educational, culturally-enriching and memorable summer experience in a safe and supervised setting and we are looking to employ professional staff who will accept this responsibility, and have the necessary wide-ranging skills, experience and commitment to help us achieve this goal.

Qualifications

  • HSE-recognised First Aid certificate (such as St John's First Aid at Work) is essential for this post.
  • A University Degree in Education, Psychology or Socal Work would be beneficial, but is not essential.
  • Applicants with any vocational training in areas such as child care, education or counselling are welcomed.

Experience

  • Minimum of 2 years experience of working with children in a professional setting and in a variety of contexts, is essential.
  • Experience of working with international people and/or in a customer-care role will be an advantage.

Compensation

£800 per week.

Statutory holiday pay (currently 5.6 weeks per year) is paid pro-rata with each salary payment.

This package is equivalent to an annual salary of £46,621.12 (including holiday pay).

Accommodation and meals are provided free of charge.

Working Hours

Shifts are variable, depending on the needs of the centre, but a typical working day may be from 8am to 6pm or 1pm to 11pm.

Welfare Managers are entitled to one full day off per week.

Working Day

The Welfare Manager occupies a key role within the Senior Team and assumes overall responsibility for the care, well-being and safety of the students at the centre. The Welfare Manager is pivotal to ensuring the success of the course and is responsible for upholding the good name and reputation of Bede’s.

You will be responsible for allocating students to bedrooms and for making sure, with the support of the House Parents, that students are comfortable and happy in their accommodation and that all their basic needs are being met at all times.

The Welfare Manager, with the help of the nurse, will organise and oversee the care of any sick children and will be expressly appointed to administer non-prescription medicines to any students suffering from common minor ailments such as sore throats or headaches.

It is essential that systems, procedures and protocols are in place to make sure that every aspect of students’ welfare is being considered, monitored and reviewed to make sure that they are living and studying in a clean, safe and happy environment.

The Managers’ office is the nerve centre of the Summer School and it can be busy and intense at times, especially on arrival and departure days and during student free time (when many things can be happening at the same time) and any arising welfare issues must be dealt with efficiently, sympathetically and effectively.

The day will be long and often quite tiring due to physical and mental pressures of the job, but it will also be very varied, spontaneous and fast-moving and you will be sure to feel a real sense of achievement, camaraderie and teamwork at the end of course.

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