School Completion Programme Crumlin Drimnagh Harold’s Cross: Project Worker (Part-Time)
School Completion Programme (SCP) Crumlin Drimnagh Harold’s Cross
Job Title: Part Time Project Worker for Crumlin Drimnagh Harold’s Cross SCP
Type of Contract: Permanent
No of hours: 20 hours per week
Annual Leave: 25 days (minimum)
Payscale: CDYSB Salary Scale. Salary will be in line with qualifications and experience.
School Completion Programme (SCP) Crumlin Drimnagh Harolds Cross (CDHC)
The School Completion Programme is a programme to support students who are at risk of early school leaving and students of school going age who are not currently attending school. The role of the Project Worker will be to work with a selected group of children and young people to improve attendance, participation and retention. The SCP is one of three strands of the Tusla Education Support Services (TESS). Children and young people are referred to SCP through the Intake Framework.
Improved attendance, participation and retention in school are the desired outcomes of SCP. The aim of the programme is to retain young people to completion of the Leaving Certificate or equivalent qualification or suitable level of educational attainment which enables them to transition into further education, training or employment.
There are 8 schools in the CDHC programme, one infant school, five primary schools and two secondary schools. Project Workers will work as part of a team with SCP Coordinator as line manager. The focus of the programme is to provide support for participants in school, after school and during holiday time. The Project Worder will work with the Co-ordinator to design, organise, implement, monitor and evaluate support programmes for children and young people, collaborating with projects and agencies at local, regional and national level as necessary. Project Workers will assist in the implementation and delivery of initiatives under the direction of the Co-ordinator.
Governance and Oversight
- The Co-ordinator is the line manager for Project Workers, sessional workers and other staff who are paid from SCP funds.
- The Local Management Committee oversees and manages the Co-ordinator and project.
Project Worker Job Description
In collaboration with individual schools, students who are at risk of early school leaving or who are not engaging with school, will be identified. They will be supported through initiatives which respond to their particular needs and enhance their opportunities to engage more fully in education. In collaboration with relevant school personnel and teams, the Co-ordinator identifies evidence - based projects and designs interventions which impact positively on the young people involved. Ongoing evaluation and review of interventions is part of the role. Project Workers will be required to assist the Co-ordinator in the implementation of such programmes with large and small groups of children and young people and from time to time on a one to one basis. Project Workers will be required to be flexible in terms of availability before, after and during the school day and during school holidays.
The duties of the Project Worker, under the direction of the project Co-ordinator, will include the following though the list is not exhaustive:
- The organisation and delivery of initiatives in support of children and young people identified through the Intake Framework for participation in the School Completion Programme.
- Initiative and creativitiy in developing programmes which will advance the interests of children and young people so that they get the maximum benefit from education and are encouraged to stay in school.
- Regular meetings with the project Co-ordinator
- To report directly to the Co-ordinator
- The keeping of excellent records of all activities
- Adherence to all policies as set out by the Local Management Committee
- Completion of training/CPD as required by TESS and/or in compliance with legislation
- Presentation of regular progress reports to Co-ordinator and Local Management Committee
- Attend and work the days and hours at the schools or other centres as directed by the Co-ordinator and Local Management Committee. Flexibility in terms of evening and weekend work will be required from time to time.
- Among the activities in which Project Workers may be involved are, homework clubs, after school activity clubs, holiday programmes, in-school initiatives, one to one and group mentoring with selected groups of children and young people. Project Workers may be required to run breakfast, lunch and sports clubs for identified children and young people.
Qualifications and Skills Required
- Level 7 qualification at minimum in the areas of youth/community work; science/social care or other relevant area of expertise
- A thorough understanding of the Irish education system and the factors which can lead to early school leaving
- Post graduate experience working with children and young people in both one to one and group settings
- Excellent IT skills
- Excellent record keeping skills
- Excellent communication, organisational and networking skills
- Full driving licence and access to a car.
Interested candidates please submit your CV and Cover Letter to SCP Coordinator Paula Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org
Garda Vetting will apply to this post, shortlisting of candidates will apply.
Closing date for applications is 5pm on Thursday the 28th of October 2021