At Share, we’re passionate about supporting disabled people to set their own goals for learning and life, and helping them to achieve their aspirations. The majority of our students are people with learning disabilities and/or autism. We also work with people with long term mental health needs or physical disabilities. We offer a range of training, employment, personal development, and leisure opportunities, and our horticulture programme, set within a beautiful walled garden in Tooting, has been a popular project for over 20 years. As well as being a training project providing nationally recognised qualifications, we’re a social business, operating Share Nurseries, which sells plants and craft items and is set to grow over the next few years.
We’re entering an exciting phase in our development as we aim to modernise our training programmes, develop robust pathways into independent living and employment for our students, and cater more to the needs of people on the autism spectrum.
You will be responsible for leading, developing and delivering horticulture training to adults with learning disabilities and autism, ranging from entry level to level 2. You’ll lead on organising sessions and assessments, developing learning plans, carrying out risk assessments, fulfilling assessor responsibilities and ensuring that all training activities are linked to our social business, Share Nurseries. You’ll contribute to developing a strong work ethic within the garden, so that students are able to achieve their qualifications and develop their work related skills. Some students may be more interested in the therapeutic aspects of working in a garden so you’ll be flexible in your training approach, ensuring that you work therapeutically with them to build their confidence, develop social skills, make friends, and have new experiences. You’ll maintain student records, report on progress, develop training plans and oversee the preparation of portfolios for verification.
Who we are looking for
If you’re passionate about developing people’s potential, love working outdoors, enjoy working in a team, have the resilience to work in an environment that can, at times, be unpredictable, and are qualified to teach and assess to Level 2 in Horticulture, we want to hear from you. If you’ve got a background in therapy as well as training, that would be an advantage.