Senior Care and Education Support Worker

FTE £20959.47 pro rata
Role type:
Part Time, Term-Time Only
42.5 hours / 39 weeks
Contract type:
All year post
Closing Date:
Job Details:

Are you looking for a rewarding, term-time only role supporting young people with disabilities to make the most of their time at college? Join award-winning National Star College in Hereford as a senior care and education support worker.


The young adults aged 16-25 years that learn with us as day students have big personalities and even bigger ambitions to make the most of their education so that they can live as independently as possible.


Our committed staff team put students first in everything that they do, being proactive, dynamic and collaborative for the benefit of the learners, whatever their ability.


As a senior care and education support worker you will have a key role in mentoring new staff so that they provide the best quality care and support to students. You will act as an inspirational role model as you work alongside colleagues supporting students in the classroom, on trips into Hereford or in life skills sessions in our large, airy kitchen and outdoor learning space.


Enthusiasm, professionalism and a strong work ethic is essential, as well as being able to demonstrate a positive attitude towards the aspirations of young people with disabilities. You will play a key role in maintaining staff rotas and liaising with parents at the beginning and end of each day. A self-starter, you will be someone who can use your own initiative, be able to manage change and show resilience when things don’t go to plan.


Experience of working with people with learning and/or physical disabilities and a Level 2 qualification in care or learning support is desirable.


As an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ education provider we expect very high standards. In return we offer excellent training and development opportunities and support for you to develop your long-term career with us.


About us


National Star is a growing charity with more than 1,100 staff based in England and Wales. Established more than 50 years ago, we’ve supported hundreds of young people with disabilities to achieve their potential.


How we will reward you


Our Golden Hello

It’s motivating to feel valued at work. That’s why all new staff will receive a ‘Golden Hello’ up to the value of £250 for full-time staff (pro-rata for part-time employees) upon successful completion of their probation.


Staff benefits

Fantastic career development opportunities and comprehensive induction programme - theory and practical

Free staff mini-bus from Cheltenham and Gloucester to Ullenwood, Monday to Friday. This service operates from 6am - midnight.

Award-winning training

Use of fitness suite and swimming pool and staff clubs such as badminton, arts & crafts and Zumba (subject to COVID restrictions)

Health Shield medical cover

Life insurance cover

Employee helpline

Contributory pension scheme

Opportunity to purchase a TOTUM discount card

Employee discounts at attractions, high street retailers, supermarkets, utilities and motoring, plus much more

As a Concerts for Carers registered organisation National Star staff have the opportunity to enter ballots for free tickets to some of the most exciting artists and events across the UK.


How to apply


At National Star, we know the value of a diverse workforce, and welcome applications from all areas of the community. This includes those with disabilities, and we are a proud Disability Confident employer and are committed to providing equal opportunities. In 2018 National Star received an 'Outstanding' from Ofsted.


Please note that all applicants will be expected to undertake a DBS Disclosure, and undergo the necessary employer checks. The level of disclosure to be applied for will be dependent on your job role and will be discussed with you during the recruitment process but is usually an enhanced level. Where appropriate, the adult and child barred lists will be checked and we will not employ anyone who appears on either of those registers.


We prefer people to submit an online application as this helps support the charity in saving money.  Alternatively please send your cv to or call our recruitment department 01242 527631 for further information or an application form. If you have a disability and need to apply using an alternative format, or if you have any technical problems with our recruitment system please let us know.


All future correspondence with you will be via email (application acknowledgement, invitation to interview etc). Please check your email regularly.

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