Salary: £28,016

Permanent, Full-time, 38 Hrs


Here at Serco, we are looking for an experienced Tutor to join the Offender Learning & Skills team at HMP Kilmarnock. Reporting into the Assistant Director – Head of Enterprise Functions, you will be responsible for the delivery of Core Skills to prisoners across a range of abilities, including the use of IT as a medium for learning and development.


As our new Core Skills Tutor, you be responsible for aspects development and implementation of a specialised learning strategy for offenders with learning difficulties. You will also engage in teaching, assessment, quality assurance, delivery and review of course material on the Core Skills course, as well as participating in matters related to all programmes in the education department, as agreed with Assistant Director. Other key activities will include:


  • Administration and interpretation of the Skills Profiler Scotland learning assessment and providing a needs analysis from resulting data.

  • Providing of a range of Core Skills focussed courses and qualifications for offenders and working in partnership with Vocational Training staff to implement core skills into workshops.

  • Developing and implementing strategies for the assessment and support of offenders with a learning difficulty/disability and providing a structured learning plan for offenders with processes for monitoring. Ensure support and progression for offenders in line with the learning plan.

  • Providing training and support to prison staff to raise awareness of learning and in particular the needs of prisoners with learning difficulties.


What you will need to do the role:


First and foremost, you must have minimum Cert Ed or PGCE or TQFE and hold a Level 5 in Literacy and Numeracy. To be successful, you will have excellent written & verbal communication skills with the capacity to make reasonable decisions and lead by example. Due to the nature of the role, you must also have a proven track record of the ability to assess, develop and progress learners towards recognised qualifications, with experience of developing and the implementing of learning strategies and/or recognised qualification in staff training.


The successful candidate will have the ability to develop a range of learning tools, for difficult to engage groups, and ideally experience of working with offenders or vulnerable groups. You will have proven experience of working with people with one or more support needs in the area of SpLD, and hold, or be working towards a recognised qualification, although this is not essential. We would also be interested in experience of course accreditation procedures with SQA.


This is a fantastic opportunity and hugely rewarding for someone who has the ability to reflect on their own performance and strives for continuous improvement.


Why Serco:


Meaningful and vital work – The nature of our business means you will do interesting work that matters – delivering essential services that touch people’s lives


A world of opportunity – Our diverse UK-wide operations offer unrivalled opportunities to learn and develop. You’ll be able to broaden your experience and apply your skills in new ways.


Great people – We are a motivated team who will encourage you and help you to succeed. You’ll have the resources you need to do your job in a diverse and supportive environment. 


What we offer:


  • Serco Benefits package

  • Up to 6% contributory pension scheme

  • Employee Assistance Programme

  • Serco discounts which include cinema, merlin entertainment and online shopping discounts, cycle to work scheme and discounts on mobile phone plans and leisure centre memberships.

  • A safe and supportive culture

  • The chance to make a positive difference to the prison and court systems

  • A company passionate about diversity and inclusion


About Serco

At Serco, not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play, from caring for vulnerable people to managing complex public services.  We are a team of 50,000 people responsible for delivering essential public services around the world in areas including defence, transport, justice, immigration, healthcare and citizen services. We are innovators, committed to redesigning and improving public services for the benefit of everyone.


By joining Serco you will have unlimited access to our Global Employee Networks – SercoInspire (Gender), SercoEmbrace (Multicultural), SercoUnlimited (Disability) and In@Serco (LGBT & Networks). Serco Employee Networks, led by colleagues who are passionate about diversity, inclusion and belonging. 



Please click on the apply button to complete your application. Occasionally we receive a large volume of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment. 


At Serco, we see people first and foremost for their performance and potential. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organisation that supports the needs of all. As such we will make reasonable adjustments at interview through to employment for our candidates and strongly encourage applications from a diverse candidate pool. We are open to discussions around flexibility and flexible working. We operate a hybrid work structure in many of our business areas. We are proudly a Disability Confident level 3 employer and holder of the Silver Inclusive Employer Standard. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview. 


At Serco we support fair access to employment for those with unspent criminal convictions through the ‘Ban the Box’ pledge (some may be exempt due to the nature of the role and the security clearance required). Please contact our recruitment team

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