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Woodland Skills Coach

Job title: Woodland Skills Coach
The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exemptions) Order 1975 applies to this post. Disclosure and Barring Clearance is required prior to employment to this post.
Main purpose of job:
At Little Gate Farm, we provide employment training to autistic adults and adults with learning disabilities. As a skills coach, you will be working within our Woodland Team, including Charcoal and wood craft social enterprise, on our farm in Beckley. You will be integral in supporting and mentoring trainees, developing their practical experience and transferable work skills, helping them transition into paid employment, and transforming lives!
Main Aims
· Enable Progress: Empower autistic adults, and adults with learning disabilities (trainees), to make significant personal progress in preparation for paid employment.
· Identify and develop essential work skills: Assess trainees’ skills and aspirations to help successfully place them into paid employment, ensuring their roles align with their strengths and interests.
· Deliver Workshops: Embed core essential and life skills, using the woodland craft and charcoal enterprise, as a mechanism/ activity.
Your passion for coaching within the woodland team, will be invaluable in this role. Join us in making a positive impact!
Position reports to: Head of Little Gate Farm
Staff who will report to this job title: N/A
Location: Little Gate Farm, Horseshoe Lane, Beckley TN31 6RZ
Salary: £24,960 full time (40 hours) equivalent salary per annum. Paid pro rata (this role is 16 hours per week)
Probationary period: 6 months
Holiday Entitlement: 5.6 weeks pro rata
Contract type: Part Time,Permanent
16 hours per week
Thursday – Friday, 8 hours per day between 8.30am and 5.30pm
You may be asked occasionally to work outside of these hours, with agreement.
Safeguarding requirements:
All employees and volunteers, regardless of their posts, share in the responsibility for protecting our work trainees, young rangers and students, keeping them safe from harm whilst they are attending Little Gate and for reporting concerns about any person’s welfare and safety.
The post holder will be engaging in regulated activity with young people and/or adults at risk.
Initial and ongoing safeguarding training will be provided as part of the role.
DBS requirements: Enhanced with Barred list check
Main tasks of job:
Responsibility to trainees
· Demonstrate commitment to Little Gate Farm’s ethos, values and vision
· Ensure trainee learning is focused on developing employment skills, identifying development areas and enhance existing strengths.
· Embed and communicate essential skills into all aspects of teaching.
· Responsibilities to Health and Safety Act, including regularly assessing the woodland risk assessment, communicating proper equipment usage and hazard identification. Ensure trainees are kept safe, adequately supervised and supported to achieve their potential.
· Support the trainees to build their overall levels of confidence, Independence, Communication, and work skills.
· Support in the collection of impact measurements, to ensure we are delivering an effective program and continuously improve,
· Encourage trainee participation and motivation in activities and reduce learned helplessness.
· Create a goal-focused, positive environment where achievements are celebrated
· Record and monitor progress through our online CRM system.
· Collaboratively cultivate a robust safeguarding culture throughout Little Gate
Responsibility within the woodland team
· Working within the woodland team, support the undertaking of practical tasks, including woodcraft, extraction of wood from our woodland and running of the charcoal enterprise; which may include, loading and unloading the retort, sorting and packaging charcoal, labelling, ensuring quality control, and assisting with the delivery of the final product.
· Support trainees to gain both practical woodworking skills, such as safe tool use, while embedding key essential employment skills.
· Work flexibly and creatively to develop new activities and goals that are engaging and motivating and work towards meeting the overall aims of the enterprise.
· Constantly strive to improve quality within the woodland team. Support the development and improvements of systems and practices, including, most importantly, improving trainee learning and development and increasing their ownership within the project.
· Responsible for keeping a consistent level of communication within and between teams. Foster good working relationships and collaboration both within and between teams.
The above is not an exhaustive list of duties, and different tasks may be required as necessitated by the changing role within the organisation and the overall business objectives of the organisation.
Person Specification:
· Be subject to an enhanced disclosure by the Disclosure and Barring Service.
· Meticulous Planning – We are looking for an individual who possesses an acute attention to detail and excels in meticulous organisation and planning.
· Optimistic Attitude and Positive Energy – We are seeking a candidate who brings an infectious positivity to the team. The ideal individual should exhibit an optimistic attitude, fostering a can-do spirit among team members.
· Mission Alignment – Candidates will embody Little Gate’s core values, striving to empower trainees and believing in their potential for employment.
· Compassionate – The ideal candidate has an empathic approach, fostering inclusivity and supportiveness. They must demonstrate genuine kindness and compassion towards all, cultivating a nurturing environment where everyone feels valued and respected, in a diverse workforce.
· Experience supporting adults with learning disabilities or autism
· Practical experience and knowledge of woodland tool use
· Have the ability to travel to work independently.
· Strong teamwork skills and willingness to share workload.
· Willingness to work in all weather conditions.
· Ability to work confidently without supervision
· Aspiration to support autistic and learning disabled adults into paid employment
· Strong communication skills to facilitate effective collaboration between teams
· Adaptability and Flexibility – Able to navigate and thrive in a changing environment.
· Independent Problem-solving – Proven ability to independently resolve complex issues.
· Experience teaching/coaching.
· Basic knowledge of woodcraft and tool use.
· Knowledge and experience in documenting, through programs such as word.
· Outdoor first aider qualification or willingness to train for this.
· Knowledge/experience of Health and Safety and risk assessments in the workplace
If you want to be part of our dynamic team please email to register your interest and request an application form. The closing date for applications is 14th July 2024 so latest requests for an application form must be received by Julie Ryder by 12noon on 12th July 2024.
For any questions please contact
Application closing date: 14th July 2024
We look forward to welcoming a talented and committed colleague to our team at Little Gate!
Our Commitment
Little Gate is proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. Please see our application form for more information regarding guaranteed interviews for candidates choosing to share that they have a disability.
Our application and onboarding process will provide an opportunity to request any reasonable adjustments for the interview and/or the role.
We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all underrepresented groups.
Little Gate implements safeguarding protocols in all aspects of their working practices and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. All successful applicants will be subject to an enhanced and barred DBS check, and this may include social media checks. For further details please contact Sally Moseley via email at
The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exemptions) Order 1975 applies to this post. Disclosure and Barring Clearance is required prior to employment to this post.
Please note, due to a high volume of applications, we are not always able to feedback if you have been deemed unsuccessful upon review. We apologise in advance should you not be contacted.
Job Types: Part-time, Permanent
Pay: £12.00 per hour
Expected hours: 16 per week
  • Canteen
  • Casual dress
  • Company pension
  • Free parking
  • On-site parking
Work Location: In person
Application deadline: 12/07/2024
Reference ID: Woodland SC June24