Location:         Jigsaw Opportunities Centre, Colchester

Salary:             £8.91 per hour

Hours:             14 hours (2 days) a week

Job ref:           E351

This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a well-established charity.  Autism Anglia provides ongoing training and supervision, continuing professional development and support as well as an extensive induction on commencement of employment.

Based at the Jigsaw Centre you will support and teach our day students Art and Textiles skills appropriate to their individual needs. As part of an amazing team working in a creative environment you will help our students with the unique challenges that they face, helping them to achieve their personal goals so that they can gain further independence.

You will be enthusiastic and naturally creative with ideas to engage our students in activities both in the centre and in the wider community.

Your main duties will include:

  • Helping create personalised learning and activity plans for our individuals, based on their interests and needs.
  • Developing and planning activity sessions and a varied timetable which meets the needs of each person we support
  • Report writing.
  • Attending review meetings and other associated meetings, representing the Art and Textiles Department, The Jigsaw Centre and Autism Anglia


Our ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills, a calm, patient and relaxed   manner, a flexible outlook and the following experience and skills.

  • Experience of working with people with an Autism Spectrum condition (E)
  • Qualification or interest in Art and Textiles, or a willingness to undertake any training as appropriate
  • Educated to a minimum of GCSE level standard (or equivalent) including maths and English (A-C) (E)
  • City and Guilds certificate in further education or Adult Education or PTLLS (or equivalent), or a willingness to achieve this within a given time frame.

It is desirable that the successful applicant holds a full driving license.

We have a clear pay progression structure and offer the following benefits:

  • Extensive Induction and Learning & Development programmes, with nationally recognised qualifications.
  • Job-related qualifications obtained during employment paid for by Autism Anglia (subject to conditions)
  • 25 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays (pro-rata for part-time)
  • Additional holiday based on length of service
  • Flexible working hours (where possible) for study and time off given for job-related exams
  • Employee Referral Scheme 
  • Access to Spectrum Life Employee Assistance Programme, Wellbeing Tools, including counselling services & the Benefits Hub, which will give you access to lots of shopping and entertainment discounts, instant discounted gift cards and cashback 
  • Occupational Sick Pay (after 12 mths)
  • Support & encouragement to progress and reach full potential within your chosen career
  • Pension scheme

Autism Anglia is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable Adults and expect all staff to share this commitment.  This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

In the first instance please send your application form and CV to [email protected] or if you would like further information please contact the Recruitment Team on 01206 577678.

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Closing date: 28th May 2021

If no response is received within 3 weeks of the closing date, please assume your application has been unsuccessful. You are welcome to apply again for other positions.