ESOL Support Volunteer

Sutton and District Training

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We are looking for a volunteer to support the running of Sussex and District Training's new ESOL centre based at the BMECP Brighton, and to help in managing resources for the centre.

Tasks will include the following:

  • Photocopying booklets for student files
  • Developing ice breaker activities and compiling a folder of these for use by other staff.
  • Researching &compiling a list of enrichment-based activities to add to the scheme of work for the FBV curriculum.
  • To support the delivery of enrichment-based activities including but not limited to the following: cooking, sports and trips out of the centre.
  • To support the running of the centre by undertaking telephone duties as and when required.
  • Where needed, to provide one-to-one support for students who are ‘Pre-entry level’ and work with the ESOL coordinator to make sure that their learning needs are met.
  • Work with ESOL coordinator to support delivery across the curriculum, helping with the photocopying and distribution of resources for lessons, including the setting up and management.


  • To be a good listener and have a student-centred approach to working.
  • To be sensitive and mindful of the experiences of unaccompanied asylum seekers, children and refugees.
  • To be flexible and adaptable and be able to meet varying and changing demands of the role.
  • To be a team player and work to support other volunteers and staff to create a learning space that is dynamic & innovative and meets the student’s needs.
  • To maintain professional boundaries when working with young people.
  • To report any concerns about the safeguarding of students immediately to the ESOL Coordinator.
  • Be willing to take on mandatory training as part of the role including training on safeguarding of young people and including but no limited to training on equality and diversity too.
  • To be punctual for shifts and communicate at the earliest possible notice if you are unable to attend for any reason.
  • Be willing to have an enhanced DBS check to start the role and to provide 2 references.


  • Mandatory Training is offered as part of the role.
  • Including an opportunity to complete the Level 3 Award in Education and Training should you wish
  • All expenses are paid for including travel and lunch.
  • Take part in out of the centre enrichment trips and visits.
  • Develop your skills and knowledge in teaching.
  • Opportunity to gain future references in this field.

Practical Considerations

  • To be available for between 3-6 hours a week for volunteering duties.
  • To undertake a trial period of 6 weeks to give time to assess suitability for the role/ the role meeting suitability of own needs.
  • To provide an update CV as part as part of the recruitment process.
  • To take part in 6 weekly support and supervision with the ESOL co-ordinator to develop skills and knowledge of the role and programme.
  • We would like volunteers to start at the earliest point within the first term of teaching- From the 6th of Septmeber onwards.

When do I need to be available?

Details Volunteers to be available from between 9.00am-12.00 pm ( 3hrs) for morning session or if possible 9.00 am-3.00pm (6hrs) for 1 whole day's session. .
Morning Afternoon Evening

Where does this role take place?

The BMECP Centre
1a Fleet Street
East Sussex

Register your Interest

  • Details
  • Disabled Access
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Other
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
  • Suitable only for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BAME, Women only)
    Suitable for all 20 years +
  • Support on Offer
  • This role is adaptable for different abilities
  • Training