We’re looking for an IT (Digital Skills) Tutor to bring people together and get them on line, connected and feeling more confident with Computers and technology. 

We’d like them to work for us 6 hrs a week over 2 sessions (2 hours contact/teaching each session).

Salary: £20 per hour – subcontracted /self-employed to be invoiced monthly

Grassmarket Community Project is a charitable organization based in the heart of the Old Town in Edinburgh. We provide support to many of the most vulnerable of our citizens through our activities and social enterprises. We are looking to recruit a part time (6 hours per week over 2 days) IT Tutor to join our team to deliver a programme of digital skills learning opportunities, support and activities to our members.

The ideal person will be dynamic and innovative and ideally have experience of delivering structured classes to a range of people from diverse backgrounds and abilities. You should be qualified in IT, Community Education or working towards this and have previous experience of delivering activities or classes in digital skills or computing.

Reporting to the Service Manager, you will:

  • Be responsible for the design and delivery of a digital skills programme for members based on their abilities
  • Welcoming and warm to our members and promote inclusion
  • Work alongside staff, students and volunteers to deliver the activities
  • Evaluate activities and keep up to date records
  • Uphold and promote the values and ethos of the Grassmarket Community Project

Please apply by sending your CV (maximum 4 pages) and a personal statement (maximum 2 pages) to mike@grassmarket.org by midnight Tuesday 15th December.

Shortlisting will occur Wednesday 16th December and Interviews will take place for those shortlisted on: Friday 18th December.


IT Tutor (Group Worker) – Job Description

Background

Grassmarket Community Project takes an innovative approach to providing sanctuary and support to participants many of whom are amongst the most vulnerable of our citizens. Through mentoring, social enterprise and education in a nurturing environment, the project develops skills enabling participants to develop to their full potential and reconnect with themselves, others and the wider community. Through mentoring, social enterprise, training and education in a nurturing environment, the project develops skills enabling participants to develop to their full potential and move away from cycles of failure.

Our vision is to create an environment where:

  • People can realise their full potential and re-connect with themselves, others and the wider community.
  • People feel valued and every person is given dignity.
  • People feel cared about and can move towards independent living without feeling abandoned or isolated.
  • People can be confident to trust and value their own decisions, overcoming a poverty of expectation and ultimately realising their own potential.
  • People can build a life which reduces dependence on others, gaining self-reliance.
  • There is a commitment to be involved with individuals, meeting and welcoming them within the local community.

Our project is based in the heart of the Old Town in Edinburgh, in the Grassmarket. We work with over 250 people and deliver on average 800 hours of support per month.

Key to the way we work is to break down the barrier between volunteers and clients – all are members and we encourage people who initially feel they are “clients” to become volunteers and therefore contribute to, rather than receive from the project.

Funding

The role of IT Tutor is being funded by Social Enterprise and donations – the contract is on month to month permanent basis.

Role Purpose

The purpose of the role of IT Tutor is to support the development of Grassmarket Community Project as a community where people can realise their full potential and re-connect with themselves others and the wider community.

They will design and deliver group activities in IT; the post holder will work alongside volunteers to deliver a range of activities to people of varying abilities. They are not expecting to be an expert in all aspects of IT education – simply the person who enables and encourages people to take part. The IT Tutor will provide programme according to their own personal resources (skills, confidence and time) and organisational resources (budgets, staff, volunteers and members skills).

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

 Member Activities

  • Design, develop and deliver group sessions in line with member feedback and strategic priorities
  • Actively encourage members to participate fully in the your groups
  • Encourage positive behaviour in groups and challenge inappropriate behaviour as required
  • Signpost members to alternative sources of help available
  • Offer support to individual members as required
  • Engage with members to actively solicit and encourage their opinions and feedback
  • Manage and organise group activities within the project as directed
  • Ensure that practical arrangements are in place to support the programme
  • Recruit and identify lead volunteers
  • Provide training and support to lead volunteers

IT Group

  • Provide the technical experience, knowledge of a range of digital skills and computer activities and techniques to suggest, guide and support members to members to participate, utilise effectively and communicate using IT.
  • Liaise with volunteers and staff to support the group development
  • Design and communicate a plan for each session and the term with built in flexibility and alternatives

Learning and Development

  • Identify opportunities for members to engage in further learning
  • Develop working partnerships with agencies, donors and supporters to source learning opportunities and wider engagement.

 Monitoring & Evaluation

  • Maintain clear and accurate records
  • Complete or ensure the completion of Evaluations for every session.
  • Attend team meetings
  • Attend one-to-one supervision a minimum of twice a term (this is included in the 3 hours per session average)
  • Provide information required for funding applications and monitoring

General

  • Manage a varied workload with, at times limited resources, requiring a creative and flexible approach.
  • Manage resources allocated to their service
  • Provide assistance with Fundraising applications as required
  • Assist with presentations to external groups or visitors as required
  • Undertake any other reasonable duties as defined by the Service Manager or SMT Team

Line Management

  • The post holder reports to the Service Manager
  • The post holder has no direct reports but will supervise volunteers and students

Terms and Conditions

Location:                     86 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh (other locations as required)

Reports to:                  Service Manager

Annual Leave:             None – unpaid by negotiation – preferably out with term time (e.g. 2 weeks Christmas, 2 weeks Easter and 4 weeks Summer)

Hours:                         6 per week

Salary:                         £20.00 an hour

IT Tutor – Personal Specification and Critical Competencies 

Critical Competencies  
Ability to relate to people who have experienced homelessness and/or have issues with addiction, mental health, repeat offending, disability etc.

Ability to provide individuals with appropriate information, practical help and emotional support in a sensitive and non-judgemental and personable manner.

Commitment to working within the ethos of the Grassmarket Community Project

Experience of working with vulnerable people in a community setting

Ability to effectively communicate and work with a wide range of organisations and people including the business community, statutory and voluntary organisations, donors and homelessness projects

Ability to manage challenging behaviour in a constructive and non-violent way

Ability to use a range of IT applications, devices and software

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Technical knowledge/education
A qualification or working towards a qualification in IT, community Education or related discipline

Experience at teaching IT to people with complex needs

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Experience required for the role
Experience of working in groups and one to one using a variety of resources

Experience of working with and managing volunteers

Experience of the varied and complex issues of working with vulnerable adults

Experience of working within a team

Experience in accredited learning or art that can achieve SVQ’s/NVQ’s

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Aptitude and attitude
Ability to work independently and autonomously

Positive thinker and creative problem solver

Conscientious, practical, committed and hard working

Ability to plan and prioritise workloads and cope under pressure

Able to use Office Applications to a high standard

Excellent organisational skills

Excellent listening and communication skills

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Please apply by sending your CV (maximum 4 pages) and a personal statement (maximum 2 pages) to mike@grassmarket.org by midnight Tuesday 15th December. Shortlisting will occur Wednesday 16th December and Interviews will take place for those shortlisted on: Friday 18th December.

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