Vision - West Nottinghamshire Collage

Communication Support Worker (Permanent & Sessional) – WNC

Contract: VBSS Permanent and Sessional vacancies available – term time, 38 weeks.
Salary: £19,080 pro rata, per annum, this would be pro rata for any part time hours. This will also include an additional market allowance payment of £1,354; taking the salary to £20,184 per annum.
Closing date: 16/11/2017
Start date: ASAP

There’s never been a more exciting time to join West Nottinghamshire College Group.  West Nottinghamshire College Group has grown from a local college to an international organisation with a reputation for dynamism and success.  The college group is made up of a number of separate companies all with education and training to the very highest level at their heart.

We embrace and encourage all those who are driven to better themselves, achieve their goals and reach new heights. Outstanding resources combined with exceptional tutors and student support means that whatever your ambition, we can help you to achieve it.

Vision Business Support Services Ltd (VBSS) provides high-quality support services to all aspects of the college group. VBSS is a subsidiary company of West Nottinghamshire College and provides an important service and plays a pivotal part in the success of the college and creating an exceptional learner experience.


When you join our college, our staff have access to numerous benefits and facilities:

  • Pension Scheme
  • Occupational Health Service
  • Childcare Voucher Scheme
  • Enhanced Maternity/Paternity provision
  • Staff Development days/week (July)
  • Free confidential counselling service
  • Staff recognition awards
  • Free car parking
  • Butterflies Day Nursery (On-site, Derby Road)
  • Revive (On-site hair and beauty salon and spa, Derby Road)
  • Refined fine dining Restaurant and Create Theatre (On-site, Derby Road)


You will be part of a team that provides a wide and varied range of communication support to d/Deaf and Hearing Impaired learners, thereby enabling them to access the full range of curriculum and College activities.

We have both permanent and sessional opportunities with various hours available.  Please detail on your application if you are looking or permanent or sessional work and an indication of the working hours required.

Integral aspects of this role include ensuring that d/Deaf and Hearing Impaired learners have full access to programmes of learning either by relaying information using British Sign Language, Signed Supported English, notetaking, and lipspeaking, whilst meeting the diverse individual learning styles of d/Deaf learners.

The ideal candidate will be expected to provide flexible methods of communication support which will usually require more than one method of support, i.e. working alongside colleagues in supporting a learner (2:1) in a classroom situation with a BSL user, notetaking, signing and or transcribing/modifying language.

This is a challenging role that requires an understanding of d/Deaf culture and the needs of learners with a range of Learning Difficulties and Disabilities.

Flexibility is essential in this role as you may be required to support learners accessing residential which may include an overnight stay or learners accessing evening or Saturday courses.

In addition to the BSL Level 2 qualification we would also welcome applications from individuals who hold this qualification but also have experience within the d/Deaf community.

The salary will be £19,080 pro rata, per annum, this would be pro rata for any part time hours.  This will also include an additional market allowance payment of £1,354; taking the salary to £20,184 per annum.  Please note market allowance payment will be reviewed on an annual basis and will be pro rata for part-year or any part time hours.

We also have sessional opportunities available; the hourly rate is £9.92 per hour; with an additional payment made each month for the annual leave entitlement that is accrued in that month and an additional market allowance payment.

Job description (download MS Word document)

Individuals with the appropriate experience, qualifications and personal qualities are invited to complete an online application form by 5pm on Thursday 16th November 2017.

To apply online – see website:

If you have any queries about the role please contact Vanora Heason, Co-ordinator Deaf/ Hearing Impaired Learners on 01623 627191 ext. 8391 or email


The college group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.  Posts may be subject to DBS check. The successful candidate will be required to pay for the DBS check .themselves; the cost will automatically be deducted from their first salary payment. This is currently £44.

It is an offence for anyone who is barred by the ISA from working with children and or vulnerable adults to apply for this position.