Jobs & Vacancies at SWRAC

Working with SWRAC

Listed below are our current vacancies. Our organisation has a strong and genuine ethos of trying to do what is right for our learners. Our core programmes follow the ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ themes of Employability, Health, Social Involvement and Independence. These four areas are equally applicable to our Alternative Provision Students or our students who have Special Educational Needs. We also offer training programmes for unemployed adults – in the construction.

When filling our posts we look for people with a great sense of humour and an enthusiasm to help people achieve the best they can be. Whilst in many roles it is a requirement that you possess certain qualifications, we do like to consider your personal skills and positive attitude as a main priority. We absolutely welcome applications from anyone and we will appoint on the basis of the ‘best person for the job’.

We do try to be a good employer, we recognise that people have families and will try to be as flexible as we possibly can and will be pleased to receive any proposals you have for alternatives to full time hours/job shares/flexible working – obviously within the constraints of what the work requires. We offer quite generous holiday entitlements and always have a break at Christmas to recharge the batteries. We do not work strictly to the traditional school term system so you can flexible with your holiday timings.

We operate out of 4 main centres , Wimborne (Merley House), Dorchester/Weymouth, Bournemouth and Liverpool (yes, Liverpool). All roles will be allocated a particular base and for the majority of the time this will be your normal place of work. However, sometimes we will ask to help out in other areas where the need arises but, don’t worry , we are not unreasonable and will not ask you to do anything too out of the ordinary.

We work with many vulnerable children and adults. You will understand that we have to make sure that ensuring the safety of all is of utmost priority. All appointments have to be subject to appropriate levels of DBS , references and ID checks.

In any job application process, there is generally only 1 person who finally gets appointed and, whilst we’d like to employ everyone it’s not possible to do so. If you aren’t successful, we are very sorry but it doesn’t mean that we wouldn’t consider you for any other post or to apply again – it just means on that occasion someone ‘pipped you to the post’!

If you’d like to apply for any of the roles, we’d be delighted to hear from you. Please send us your CV, a covering letter detailing what your motivations are for applying and (no more than) one side of A4 suggesting what you might bring to the job and ideas of what you’d do if successful. We’d be very happy to chat over things informally before you make your application.

Call us on 01202 848099 for a quick chat and/or email your CV to

Thank you for your interest, we’ll be very pleased to hear from you.

Engagement & Mentoring Officer

We are on the hunt for an Engagement and Mentoring Officer, which is a Full time position.

We need a practitioner who has experience of working with young people to engage them onto our learning programmes.

Ideally you should have an IAG qualification and have worked in the Post 16 Further Education sector. This could include an experienced youth worker.

You must be passionate about helping vulnerable young people to succeed in education, happy to network, produce marketing materials and be Microsoft competent.

Interviews will be held week commencing 8th February, please send your CV’s to

Engagement Manager –  now filled

Salary: £32,000 (pro rata) upwards depending on experience and working times.

Sorry, This role is now under offer !

The Engagement Management role is a new role within the organisation and will be a member of the SMT. The role is key to ensure that students are recruited, engaged and supported throughout their period of learning with us. This will involve developing relationships with commissioning organisations, working with professionals where students ‘wobble’ and developing mentoring programmes. Also responsible to ensure that all the EHCP processes, consultations and reviews are undertaken in a timely and accurately manner to meet the requirements of the commissioning organisations and the SEND Code of Practice. Together with the SENCO, the role will be the main point of contact for commissioning organisations and local authority SEND teams. This will require great written and aural communication skills, a ‘can-do’ attitude and good IT ability – especially through the use of Word, Excel and bespoke recording systems.

Initially the geographic coverage will be the whole of Dorset, working closely with the Centre Managers and Head of Learning to ensure that all requirements are met. Once provision in Dorset has built to a significant extent, separate Engagement Teams will be established for both sides of the County and this postholder will cover either the Dorset or Bournemouth areas of activity.

The post holder is responsible for the following staff members :-

  • SENCO and SENCO assistant
  • Engagement Officer
  • Employer Engagement Officer
  • Mentors
  • Job coaches

The main requirements of this role are:

  • Responsible for SENCO, SENCO assistant, Engagement Officer, Employer engagement officer, mentors and Job Coaches
  • Ensuring student recruitment targets are met
  • Ensure the recruitment, engagement and learning starts of students
  • Ensure all learner application forms and other administrative requirements are completed in a timely and accurate manner
  • Ensure appropriate support/IAG/mentoring is offered to learners who disengage
  • Monitor attendance registers to identify disengaged learners
  • Development of local authority SEND teams and relevant staff from other referral organisations. Regular liaison
  • Ensure all EHCP requirements are met including; response to consultations, Annual Reviews are arranged and undertaken
  • Manage Job Coaches and allocation to learners and/or work experience locations
  • Development of family liaison relationships with parents of students
  • Prepare and submit proposals to commissioners
  • Contribution to OFSTED, MATRIX and other quality inspections.
  • Prepare and submit Access to Work claims to DWP
  • Liaise closely with Centre Managers and Head of Learning to ensure learner engagement and welfare needs are met
  • Reporting to Head of Learning
  • Examples of Champion roles are
    • Equality & Diversity.
    • Prevent/British Values.
    • Student Council.
    • Community – volunteering posts.
    • Pastoral/emotional wellbeing.
    • Resilience.
    • Inspirational Teaching.
    • Mental Health.
    • English/Maths.
    • Outdoor activities.
    • Spritual & personal development.
    • Microsoft Word/Excel accreditation.
    • Traineeship Lead.
    • AP Lead.

Interested in working with SWRAC?

Simply contact us for an informal chat – we’d love to hear from you.

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