Who we are
The WEA is a unique charity and the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education. With a clear vision and a strong social purpose, we bring great teaching to local communities, with life-changing courses held in clubs, pubs, workplaces, schools and almost anywhere else you can think of. Since 1903, we have been giving disadvantaged people the opportunity to return to learning – inspiring them to realise their full potential and become active, engaged citizens. We see education as a tool for social justice, not just self-improvement, and we pride ourselves on making learning egalitarian and accessible. Volunteers play a central role in everything we do, from governance through to classroom support, helping us deliver courses to 50,000 people in 2,300 locations – and enabling us to reach 80% of the population.
About the role
This role will involve working with an established student group who have developed from another employability project to become a close-knit peer support group that was recognised last year with a regional award for social purpose. They developed some initial ideas that formed the basis of a bid to the Midland Adult School Union to develop cultural and creative activities linking to their interests and goals.
They have a variety of backgrounds and circumstances so will need some intensive support at times and the project will require the development of partnership links in the area. You will also need to support the group’s goal to reach out and recruit new members who will benefit as much as they have and ensure it can become a strong volunteer-led group with a lively curriculum of workshops and courses delivered in Oldbury and online. This project will involve working with internal association services to support our aspirations in the region and nationally.
Whatever your background, you will need teaching qualifications, alongside some experience of developing tutors and working closely with or in locally based voluntary and community sectors. Equally importantly, you should be very organised and methodical, with good leadership and coaching skills, be flexible, able to work on your own initiative and work closely with your team to achieve WEA’ vision, mission and values.
To apply for this role, please submit your CV to email@example.com