Volunteer Programme: training and supporting Work Club Mentors, Digital Mentors and Volunteer ESOL Teachers

Following the success of the ESOL Volunteer Project in which we trained and supported volunteers to teach Pre-entry ESOL in community settings, Manchester Adult Education Service and Manchester City Council are working in partnership with a host of voluntary and community sector organisations to train and support volunteers to:

  • act as Work Club Mentors to support job seekers in established Work Clubs
  • act as Digital Mentors to support individuals to become more confident in using computers and the internet
  • teach Pre-entry ESOL

What are Work Club Mentors? Work Clubs are locally led, community based support for the unemployed and take place in community venues across the city.  Work Clubs offer people looking for work additional support in their search for employment and a forum in which to meet other job seekers, exchange skills, find opportunities, make contacts, share experiences and receive support to help them in their return to work.  As a mentor, you will support job seekers to find work and stay focused and motivated in their search for employment.

In return for your volunteering commitment, you will be supported to achieve a Level 2 Unit in Mentoring Skills delivered within the context of supporting people to find work.  The training course will take place at Greenheys Adult Learning Centre on Wednesdays, 12:30 – 3:30pm from 7 November for 10 weeks.  Subject to demand a second training course will start in January 2013, venue and times to be confirmed.

To be a Work Club Mentor, you will need to be able to demonstrate Literacy and ICT skills at Level 1.

What are Digital Mentors?
Digital Mentors are people who offer one-to-one and small group support for people who are unconfident in using computers.  The support will be focused on developing the digital skills and confidence of individuals to do things immediately relevant to them, for example, claiming benefits, finding cheaper deals for household essentials and keeping in touch with friends and family via e-mail or social networking.

In return for your volunteering commitment, you will be supported to achieve a Level 2 Unit in Mentoring Skills delivered within the context of supporting people to use computers.  The training course will take place at Greenheys Adult Learning Centre on Wednesdays, 9:15 – 12:15 from 7 November for 10 weeks.  Subject to demand a second training course will start in January 2013, venue and times to be confirmed.

To be a Digital Mentor, you will need to be able to demonstrate Literacy and ICT skills at Level 1.

What is ESOL?
ESOL stands for English for Speakers of Other Languages.  Classes provide people for whom English is not their first language with the opportunity to improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing in English. Learning English plays an important role in helping people integrate and contribute to society, as well as enabling people to improve their employability and get into work.  Learners come from a diverse range of backgrounds and countries.  As a Volunteer ESOL Teacher, you will help learners to develop their communication skills by co-teaching an ESOL course alongside another volunteer.

In return for your volunteering commitment, you will be supported to achieve the Level 3 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS).  Two PTLLS courses will start in November and run for 16 weeks:

Chorlton Park Adult Learning Centre                        Wednesdays        9:30am -12:30pm          (starting 7/11/2012)

Manchester Town Hall Learning Centre, Albert Square        Thursdays        5 – 8pm                         (starting 8/11/2012)

To be a volunteer ESOL teacher, you will need to be able to demonstrate Literacy skills at Level 2 (GCSE equivalent) and ICT skills using the internet and word processing at Level 1.

What are the benefits of volunteering on this Programme?
This is a great opportunity for volunteers to gain experience and develop new skills while making a difference to peoples’ lives.  By volunteering on this project, volunteers will gain valuable work experience and be supported to complete a relevant, accredited course.

All volunteers will have to have a CRB check to volunteer as part of this Programme.

Please find attached further information about each of these great volunteering opportunities.  If you are interested in Volunteering on this Programme, click on the following link and complete the online application form by Monday 15th October 2012:

http://www.smart-survey.co.uk/v.asp?i=59434bapez