Location:  Jigsaw Day Opportunities Centre, Colchester 

Salary:      £9795 

Part-time:  21 hours per week 

Job ref:     E280 

Based at our Jigsaw Centre you will support and teach our day students life 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 goals so that they can live more independently.

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

Your main duties will include:

  • Creating personalised learning and activity plans for each individual based on their needs
  • Planning activity sessions and a varied timetable to meet the needs of each student
  • Developing, planning and managing the Life Skills department
  • Report writing
  • Attending review meetings and other associated meetings, representing the Life Skills Department, The Jigsaw Centre and Autism Anglia 

Our ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills; a calm, patient and relaxed manner and the following experience and skills: 

  • Experience of working with people with an Autism Spectrum Condition (E)
  • Qualification in domestic science subject, or extensive knowledge of domestic skills in a residential support environment, or willing to train towards (E)
  • Educated to a minimum of GCSE Level standard (or equivalent) including English and Maths (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


  • 25 days annual leave leave (increasing to 27 after 5 years’ service), pro-rata for part time, plus 8 recognised public holidays
  • Pension scheme
  • Death in Service Benefit
  • Access to childcare vouchers
  • Access to Perkbox incentives including exclusive High Street, entertainment, restaurant and supermarket discounts
  • Refer a friend scheme 

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.

Autism Anglia is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.  These posts are subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. 

It is desirable that the post holder should have a full driving licence. 

Closing date for applications: Open

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. 

In the first instance please send your CV to [email protected] or if you would like further information please call Head Office on 01206 913785.  

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