Cover Vocational Instructor Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire £23,000

Cover Vocational Instructor

Location: Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire |
Salary: £23,000 |
Posted: 24 Sep 2019 |
Closes: 8 Oct 2019 |
Job Type: Permanent & Full-time |
Business Unit: UK Central Government Services |
Region / Division: UK & Ireland |
Reference: 8113

Role Responsibility:

Cover Vocational Instructor

Oakhill Secure Training Centre, Milton Keynes, MK5 6AJ

Salary : £23,000 per annum

Full-time (40 hours per week)

A children's service that works closely with the Home Office, Youth Custody Service for England and Wales and the Ministry of Justice to ensure that its regimes and designs reflect best practice in residential care to prevent offending is seeking Vocational Instructors based in Milton Keynes to join its expanding team.

This secure training centre looks after young people aged 13 to 18 years old who have been remanded or sentenced to periods of detention. The vulnerable young people in its care can be challenging with a wide range of social and emotional complex needs. This is an environment that calls for high standards of social care and service delivery to provide a secure and stable environment for young people to develop their life skills and address the behaviours that have led them into custody.


As a cover vocational instructor, your duties will be to:


  • Manage all aspects of vocational training within a given subject area so that a professional service, in line with contractual and external agency requirements, is provided in the absence of the regular instructor.
  • Organise, allocate and monitor appropriate physical resources to optimise the delivery of vocational training.
  • Deliver learning opportunities in a variety of forms, including the use of computer-aided learning where applicable, so that individual young person’s needs are met.
  • Help monitor young people’s progress and undertake assessments so that they receive appropriate support and have the opportunity to achieve recognised qualifications.
  • Complete all documentation as required to meet the needs of the Company, the contract and relevant external bodies.
  • Assist in maintaining a positive Health & Safety culture to support the recognition as a British Safety Council 5 Star business unit.
  • Ensure the maintenance of security within the centre environment by compliance with security instructions.

The Ideal Candidate:

To be a successful Vocational Instructor you will have the following skills and experience:


  • The ability to work on own initiative.
  • Excellent communication, time management and problem-solving skills.
  • Effective use of Microsoft applications.
  •  A Level 3 qualification in one and the ability to cover at least 3 of the following subjects: horticulture, hair and beauty, music technology, carpentry, painting and decorating, food technology, fitness or art and design.
  • Hold a teaching qualification e.g. QTS, Train the Trainer or Level 3 Award in Education and Teaching (previously PTLLS), have started it or be willing to work towards this.


In addition you:


  • Must be eligible to work in the UK and must have been resident in the UK for a minimum period of 3 years.
  • Must provide full details of your employment and education history for the last 10 years as part of the security screening process for this role.


Applicants will be required to undertake a competency-based interview, which has been specifically designed to identify those who possess the necessary skills and competencies in line with the role profile.

It is every employee’s responsibility to promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young persons he/she is responsible for or comes into contact with. Therefore, every employee will be required to hold a current enhanced DBS (Disclosure & Barring Scheme) certificate.

In return, the cover vocational instructor will receive a salary of £23,000​ per annum plus other benefits.

Please note that these vacancies are subject to a 10-year checkable history and the strict vetting standards set by the company and the Youth Custody Service and are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.

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