Project and Classroom Assistant

5 August 2022

Job Description

CAST Angling Projects –

The CAST project has been working with significant numbers of disadvantaged and hard to reach young people since 2001. Providing alternative provision for schools the project utilises angling and land-based studies as a means of engaging hard to reach young people in education> The intention is to reintegrate them back into formal education or support them into work, further education or training. In addition, CAST provides group activities with a positive focus for young people in deprived communities outside of school. The project is also commissioned to carry out significant numbers of workshops for a selection of agencies working with young and vulnerable people. CAST has been successful in supporting large numbers of young people over long-term periods and has appeared on BBC1 Countryfile and in the Guardian Educational Supplement as a measure of its impact.

CAST in now an independent Community Interest Company and operates on the basis of a social enterprise, creating an income whilst delivering social aims. The project has recently broadened its scope in providing a range of empowering activities and opportunities (predominantly around the most popular participation sport in the UK; angling) to support young and increasingly other vulnerable people to make informed decisions about their personal health, education, employment and leisure time.

To support the work of the CAST in the delivery of the CAST angling project. To work supporting classroom and practical lessons and relevant educational visits and trips and the delivery of educational and other qualifications as outlined by the CAST delivery. To support the maintenance, development and sustainability of the CAST project.

Practical, outdoor project work and delivery of our BTEC Diploma qualifications is a large element of our work. You must have skills and experience in any of the following areas: Landscaping, land management, outdoor construction, angling, education. You will feel confident delivering a lesson to small groups of students in the classroom and taking a team out to design and deliver land-based projects, for example laying a path, planting trees or running angling sessions and workshops. Your ability to engage our students will be key to you supporting our success and changing of lives. We are happy to facilitate training for the right candidate who wants to work and support the development of CAST.


  • To support the courses delivered by CAST by providing learning support for young people in classroom sessions and coaching support on practical delivery sessions for angling and land-based activities.
  • To provide and monitor learning support for young people in classroom sessions and practical delivery sessions for the angling and land-based activities.
  • To assist in the development work of other project activities and support other project staff and volunteers.
  • To work as an effective key worker as designated by the Team Leader, offering additional behaviour management interventions such as diffusion of challenging behaviour and providing 1-2-1 engagement and encouragement to learners when needed and across all settings.
  • To facilitate the transportation of project clients and beneficiaries where required.
  • To carry out lesson planning and preparation for existing courses and to support the development of new courses and in line with auditable standards.
  • To play an active part in the maintenance in CAST policies and procedures.
  • To play an active role in the maintenance of CAST resources and equipment.
  • To play an active part in the recording, maintenance and monitoring of the Safeguarding Children Policies and Procedures and to attend internal and external meetings in relation to protecting children and in agreement with your line manager.
  • To understand and act responsibly in all aspects of the Health and Safety Policies relating to the CAST project across all settings.
  • To provide a favourable image of the project at all times to the public, partners, learners and customers.
  • Any other duties which may reasonably be considered to come under the remit of the post.

Person Specification


  • Experience of leading lesson delivery across a variety of settings and subject areas.
  • Full Mini Bus license
  • A qualification in training delivery
  • Experience of managing, reporting and monitoring challenging behaviour
  • Experience of working as part of a team for a common goal as well as under your own initiative as needed
  • Be calm and supportive at all times and particularly when under pressure and when delivering frontline support
  • Good spoken and written communication and practical skills on all levels
  • Be honest, reliable and trustworthy and present a good image of CAST at all times.
  • Experience of developing and maintaining new partnerships and an understanding of the importance of partnership working.
  • An ability to develop new educational material for CAST courses.
  • An ability to appraise and evaluate learners’ progress, i.e. session reviews, pupil’s records and more formal monitoring reports.
  • A knowledge of and commitment to Health and Safety, Risk Assessments and Equal Opportunities policies and procedures.
  • Able to work flexibly, identifying and responding to the needs of individual learners and for the best educational outcomes
  • A working knowledge and proven competency in understanding educational developments and implementing these where necessary
  • IT competent particularly MS office and Internet based resources.


  • Experience of delivering coaching in angling skills.
  • Experience of working with young people and / or vulnerable and difficult to engage groups.
  • Experience of lesson preparation in an angling and in an education capacity.
  • Qualified First Aider.

Please note that the successful applicants will be required to complete a DBS disclosure form.

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