After I finished studying in Germany, I wanted to go abroad to volunteer. I found Elidyr Communities Trust online and applied because it sounded great! I arrived as a volunteer in 2012 for 6 months. I then came back after 3 years to take on a role as a Learning Support Worker. After a while I progressed to a Higher Level Support Assistant, before moving into the role I do now.
A typical day as a manager in the Education Team at Elidyr Communities Trust
My job is varied. I’m responsible for the personal development curriculum (PDC) which means that I oversee the different personal development units in tutor groups. I organise assemblies on different topics, lead individual sessions or small workshops with learners around specific subjects.
I oversee learner voice. Onsite this involves weekly learner forum meetings, big picture it also includes supporting learners to participate in bigger events, such as the Natspec Youth Parliament.
I organise the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme (DofE) for Coleg Elidyr, which means planning and designing DofE activities for learners to participate in. When it comes to tackling expeditions you will often find me alongside our learners with a compass and map!
The best thing about working at Elidyr Communities Trust
What makes me happiest is seeing a learner achieve something that will improve their quality of life, and I know I have contributed to that achievement.
What would you say to someone who was thinking of joining Elidyr Communities Trust?
Working here is rewarding – I like the fact that I've had freedom to shape my role. It might seem a bit overwhelming at first, but the staff team are supportive and you get a lot of training to help you. We've recently trained people, including me, to be wellbeing mentors to support colleagues.
If you'd consider a career with us, have a look at our vacancies page.
I like the fact that I've had freedom to shape my role.