GRADUATE WORK EXPERIENCE PROJECT

Dedicated regular supervision provided, regular ongoing training, professional development for CPD encouraged, paid work experience given, opportunity to improve / hone skills, references provided, certification issued for number of hours committed to the project.

Working for Scholars Mentoring Company is a rewarding and wonderful experience for anyone with a background in Counselling / psychotherapy, SEN, Social Work, Autism, Psychology and/or Mental Health. Scholars Mentoring Company; provide bespoke one to one student-centred mentoring support for disabled students studying in Higher Education across the UK.

Providing high quality emotional and motivational support is a key aspect of the role at Scholars Mentoring Company. These are intended over time, will promote autonomy and independence for the student, whilst ensuring students manage to stay motivated, on track and studying consistently and productively, helping the students to manage their wellbeing alongside navigating their studies.

The purpose of mentoring is to assist the student in the development of coping strategies related to life within the Higher Educational setting. This involves the student learning to manage their time and workloads, deal with concentration difficulties as a result of their condition, helping them engage with their course and tutors, assist with study skills, get organised, address any barriers to learning, the social and emotional aspects of student life and the potential financial issues; all of which can exacerbate a mental health condition and be a source of stress.

Role Description

The nature of work involves assisting disabled students throughout the Higher Education journey which students often find challenging. Training and regular supervision, along with the applicants gained qualifications, skills and experience, applied to the work inter-changeably and flexibly based on the students’ needs will provide the student with the support they need to achieve their desired output.

Key for mentoring work; it’s important to understand the impact of a student’s condition on their academic performance and their ability to cope in the higher education setting, then providing practical, long-term strategies to combat this. The use of Individual Support Plans will be utilised throughout the mentoring work, this will involve setting relevant targets concerning managing a student’s studies and a positive wellbeing. This will help to demonstrate over time the progress of the student and will allow both the student and the mentor to reflect upon the beneficial aspects of the support, and regularly improvise and adapt this to meet new challenges.

Mentors are expected to maintain clear and accurate records, including timesheets, booking sheets, individual support plans and continuous professional development logs. These are highly important for this type of work and will be fundamental for maintaining to work with Scholars Mentoring Company.

 

Essential

Personal qualities are of utmost importance, applicants should have a strong desire and passion to work with disabled students in education and to provide the best possible service. Personal resilience, excellent communication and self-management skills are vital as mentors should practice the skills they preach, acting as a positive role model to students. A positive attitude towards disability is essential and a strong interest in continuous professional development will ensure standards are constantly improving.

Mentors are expected to be kind, professional, eager to help, and positive in their dealings with students and with the company staff. Mentors are expected to demonstrate this throughout contact with the student, and anyone they come into contact with either on campus, with the company, or any other professional persons working in connections with disabled student’s services.

It is essential mentors have willingness to become well-informed of disability related conditions, and the impact this presents for students on their academic performance. It is essential that with self-driven training, research, and knowledge updates, reading regularly around these areas become a frequent occurrence and part of the annual CPD.

Previous experience working with individuals with disabilities can be an advantage.

Training will be provided as part of the Graduate Scheme.

Pay / Training / Professional development / Professional memberships

  • Pay scale 1 – 4. This gives incremental pay increases throughout the Graduate Scheme (with clear measured achievements to attain) (£11.00 per hour – up to £20.00 per hour)
  • Coaching regularly to develop practical skills:
  • Ability to identify and analyse issues,
  • Address barriers and risks within mental health, autism, and other disability related conditions
  • Attain knowledge of study skill strategies and the ability to implement them.
  • Improve self-confidence and professionalism – ensuring high standards are applied.
  • Practice – excellent communication skills; communicating clear instructions and strategies to students, having the ability to break down and disseminate information for clarity and understanding, liaise with professionals and other support staff and establishing and maintaining a supportive, working relationship with the student.
  • Practice – excellent organisation skills, time management and timekeeping; lead by example.
  • Supervision for completing active weekly/monthly CPD.
  • Flexibility / Ability and willingness to travel to campus, or the students’ homes, local libraries or other suitable working environments.
  • Become proficient in compliance; adhere to the terms and conditions required by Scholars Mentoring Company.

 

Professional Memberships

For Mentoring Role Roles in Mental Health, 

Association of Child Psychotherapists.
BABCP accreditation.
BACP individual or MBACP.
British Psychoanalytic Council – under a member institution.
British Psychological Society Chartered Member (CPsychol)/IAPT register/ Graduate Member (MBPsS) AND also PG qualification in Psychology or Mental Health.
COSCA accredited member.
FDAP (NCAC).
General Medical Council (GMC) – Psychiatry.
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) (Arts Therapist/ Occupational Therapist/ Practitioner Psychologist/ Social worker in England).
IACP accredited member.
Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) – Mental Health Nurse/ community Mental Health nurse / Psychiatric Nurse.
Social worker body for Scotland SSSC/ Wales CCWales/ NI (NISCC).
UKCP full clinical individual member.
UMHAN member.

For Mentoring Roles in Autism

  • Holds any degree AND Comprehensive training in adult autism
  • Holds a relevant degree AND item from below. A relevant degree must contain a substantial autism component.
  • Holds a Post Graduate Certificate (PGC) in Autism or Asperger’s or Critical Disability Studies focusing on autism AND item from below.
  • Holds a Master of Arts, Master of Education or Doctorate (MA /Med/PhD) in Education (Autism or Special Educational Needs and Disability or Critical Disability Studies focussing on autism) AND item from below.

Six National Autistic Society (NAS) online training modules:

  • Understanding autism, Autism and communication, Autism and sensory experience, Autism, stress and anxiety, Autism: supporting families, Autism and Girls.
  • National Autistic Society (NAS) one-day face to face course in Autism and SPELL in Higher Education.

AND

National Autistic Society (NAS) Autism and Girls online course if not taken as part of 1 above

OR

In-house, or other accredited training, at an HE institution or elsewhere, and accredited to at least CPD level, which must include autism in HE as its lead subject. All training should have been delivered by an appropriately qualified trainer (a qualified trainer from a recognised organisation/charity, or a trainer who can demonstrate a relevant qualification in autism) which results ina certificate of attendance.

AND

National Autistic Society (NAS) Autism and Girls online course if not taken as part of 1 above

For mentoring Roles in SpLD (Dyslexia / Dyspraxia)

PATOSS OR
BDA OR
ADSHE OR
Dyslexia Guild

If you are interested in applying or would like to speak to us regarding the Specialist Mentoring opportunity, please send an email to scholarsmentoringcompany@gmail.com or give us a phone call on 01744 894483.