NCOP is an Office for Students (OfS) funded project aimed at encouraging more young people from areas of lower participation to progress to higher education. All universities and colleges have a responsibility for this work already, but NCOP is short term (up to July 2019 initially) and targeted at very specific postcodes and individuals. The areas have been identified by assessing how many young people have the capacity to enter higher education compared to those who do, the difference being called the GAP with the students who do not enter higher education being called the GAP students.
This is a national initiative with 29 Consortia across the UK. The Universities of Bath and Bath Spa and Weston, Bath and Wiltshire Colleges have formed a consortium to cover BANES, Weston and Wiltshire areas known as the Wessex Inspiration Network (WIN).
The successful candidate will be expected to have a working knowledge of school and college structures and, educational options post-18 and financial support.
The post will be based in the Weston area, predominantly at a local secondary school, and it will be expected that the successful candidate has a good understanding of the communities in the town and outlying rural areas. Applicants should have an awareness of the local barriers to HE study.
This is a 40% fixed term contract to July 2021 in the first instance and will cover the Weston-super-Mare area.
This is an exciting time to join Weston College. The College is Ofsted 'Outstanding', its Higher Education provision is graded 'Gold' by the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF), and Weston College has recently won the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, one of only two Further Education colleges in the country to be awarded this prestigious honour. Furthermore, the College is an Investors in People 'Champion' and has been awarded 'Gold' by Investors in People, which demonstrates Weston College's commitment to invest in our staff to improve performance.
Weston College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.