Location: Colchester, Essex

Salary: £10.20ph

Hours: variable bank hours, to cover staff absences

Job ref: E397

We invite you to take the opportunity to work with a highly regarded regional autism charity.  

We are a friendly, supportive and professional team, who work hard to excel at Autism Anglia’s mission of “Working together to put the needs of autistic people at the centre of everything we do”.

Based at the Jigsaw Centre you will support and teach our day students 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 widder community.

Your main duties will include:

  • Assisting the instructors with day to day running of the departments and activities, subject to guidance and support of the Jigsaw Opportunities Centre team and management
  •  Ensure the safety of our individuals and staff is maintained at all times
  • Provide daily support to our individuals and help them with the challenges they may face, in line with their support plans.
  • To be flexible in your approach and ability to support our individuals within their timetabled department, following activity plans left by the absent instructors.
  • Support our individuals within a structured programme of activities to meet their goals.


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 (D)
  • 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) (D)

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

Working for us gives you access to a range of perks and benefits:

  • Fully paid induction programme
  • Learning & Development programmes, with nationally recognised qualifications;
  • Job-related qualifications obtained during employment paid for by Autism Anglia (subject to conditions)
  • Support & encouragement to progress and reach full potential within your chosen career
  • Casual dress code
  • Free on-site parking at most sites
  • 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
  • Pension scheme

Autism Anglia is positive about inclusion and welcomes applications from individuals who are able to meet the requirements of the job position and may wish to request flexible working or reasonable adjustments to support them.

Autism Anglia is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults or children and expect all staff to share this commitment.  This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. For all enhanced DBS roles, we are permitted to seek access to spent convictions under The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, Exceptions Order 1975 (as amended 2013).

When you receive your DBS certificate you are required to register it with the DBS Updating Service https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service which will ensure that the status of your certificate can be checked at any point, without the need for going through the application / disclosure of documentary evidence again.

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In the first instance please send your application form and CV to [email protected] 

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