South Thames Colleges Group

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4 days (Mon-Thurs) 28.25hrs Term time only

Student Services supports students at each stage of their journey from pre-entry to post exit. The service has a student orientated culture and puts students’ needs at the heart of everything it does.

As a pivotal part of the frontline team, the Counselling & Wellbeing Advisor will provide high quality, confidential, time-bound intensive counselling and pastoral support for students experiencing significant difficulties in line with service referral thresholds and professional guidelines. You will work in close liaison with students, staff and external organisations to safeguard students and support them in achieving their full potential by offering holistic support, including welfare and enrichment tailored to their needs.

We’d like our Counselling & Wellbeing Advisor to hold a qualification in Counselling at Diploma Level or higher and be a member of BACP (or working towards this). You will have significant understanding and experience of providing a professional Wellbeing Support service, preferably in an education/FE environment with young people and/or adults, and be able to build strong relationships and rapport with a wide range of customers along with specialist external agencies.

Able to work well, independently and in a team, you will have a good understanding of the safeguarding process and have knowledge of external support agencies, data protection regulations, and referral procedures in relation to safety planning risk assessment and information sharing. We’d like you to have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and have previous counselling experiences.

Closing date for the return of a complete online application is 22nd May 2024

The benefits package includes generous annual leave of 27 days plus up to 8 additional days over Christmas/New Year as well as an additional 5 days Wellbeing leave to enhance employees’ physical and mental health. There is an excellent pension scheme that receives a significant financial contribution from the employer (Teachers Pensions or Local Government Pension Scheme), subsidised sports facilities and professional development and training plus a salary sacrifice cycle to work schemeThe benefits package is pro rated for part time staff.

As part of our due diligence checks on prospective employees, successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced DBS check, satisfactory references, an online search and proof of eligibility to work in the UK.

As outlined in the Public Sector Equality Duty of the Equality Act 2010, we are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

The South Thames Colleges Group is made up of Carshalton College, Kingston College, Merton College and South Thames College, which merged on 1 August 2017. South Thames Colleges Group is one of London’s largest providers of post-16 education and training and is an ongoing and significant contributor to its local communities. We aim to put students’ success at the heart of everything we do.

We are looking for hard-working and collaborative people who can join our team and help challenge our students to achieve and progress.

When you , you will be forwarded to the application page which sits on a platform hosted by an external partner called Blue Octopus who support STCG throughout the recruitment process.

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