Vacancy – Roma Education Worker

Job description

In the midst of multicultural Luton is a vibrant Roma community estimated to be about 3,000 in size. Luton Roma Trust was established as a charity in 2015 and since then has been reaching out to these economic migrants who have migrated from Romania and Bulgaria in recent years. Our interventions are holistic, covering every area of life.

Education is key to Luton Roma Trust’s work. The Roma Education Worker’s role will be to facilitate and explore the relationship between Roma children, parents and schools by providing direction and encouragement as we work collaboratively with them to help them achieve their dreams. It is a hope that the Roma children will emerge from school fully literate and with good exam results that will enable them to access the employment market. We pray that many will continue into higher education and that some ultimately will become leading lights in the emancipation of the Roma people of Europe.

The Roma Education Worker will work under the supervision of our Roma Education Champion, Paul Sayers, who has held this post from when it was created in 2015. The two workers will be accountable to our Manager, Crina Morteanu.

The Roma Education Worker’s role

Working closely with the Roma Education Champion…

  • He/she will carry out an assessment of the situation in the area of education of Roma children in Luton looking, in particular, at the challenges faced by the Roma children at school in both primary and secondary levels.
  • He/she will further develop a strategy on education with clear objectives and activities to be implemented on short, medium and long term.
  • He/she will be acting as a bridge between the schools and Roma parents/families.
  • He/she will provide support to the Roma children in order that they integrate into the life of the school and cope with the challenges at all levels.
  • He/she will mentor the children and help them build their confidence. This is especially relevant at the secondary level.
  • He/she will work very closely with Roma parents making sure they understand the benefits of education for their children.
  • He/she will work towards increasing the number of Roma children attending nursery.
  • He/she will develop and coordinate informal, extra-curricular education projects.
  • He/she will provide tutoring to the children affected by the pandemic who need real support to get back to the level required by the schools
  • He/she will assist those children and young people who are “not in education, employment or training” (NEETs – 16-25 years of age) to continue their education towards eventual paid employment.

Essential Requirements:

  • A good educational background.
  • At least two years of experience working in a similar project.
  • Very good Romani language skills.
  • Very good written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Knowledge of Romanian would be very valuable (though not essential) as most of our Roma families are Romanians.
  • Good IT skills, including Microsoft Office packages: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and databases.
  • An understanding and respect for Luton Roma Trust’s values and Christian ethos.
  • Ability to report and work in a team.
  • Reliable and honest
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and work effectively with a variety of people both inside and outside the charity
  • Ability to handle confidential information

Desirable Requirements:

  • Knowledge of the English education system
  • Experience of working with children and youth
  • Research skills
  • Project-management skills
  • A Team player with the ability to build strong working relationships across the organisation
  • Highly organised, with ability to plan, multitask and prioritise work under pressure
  • Pro-active and striving to achieve excellence in his/her work
  • Committed to human rights and promoting equality
  • A respectful and professional attitude towards others .

Pay and Conditions

  • The Roma Education Worker will work 25 hours/week. This will be over four weekdays, or as agreed with the Manager. The post is funded for a period of 3 years. There is a possibility of extending the contract further if funding is secured.
  • There is a competitive rate of pay and salary package which will be discussed at the interview
  • Paid holiday includes 20 days calculated on a pro rata basis plus bank holidays.
  • Reasonable expenses in connection with work will be paid.

Application Process

  • The deadline for applications for this position is 17 January 2022. Interviews will be held via Zoom in the early new year. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited for the interview.
  • To apply, please send your CV and a letter explaining what attracts you to work as Roma Education Worker for Luton Roma Trust to office@lutonromatrust.org.uk with the subject “Roma Education Worker”.
  • The successful applicant will start work as soon as possible. Any offer of employment is dependent on receipt of 2 satisfactory references (one from your most recent employer) and any other statutory checks including DBS.
  • To find out more about Luton Roma Trust please have a look at our website http://www.lutonromatrust.org.uk where you will find information about our work including our projects etc.

Contract length: 3 years

Application deadline: 17/01/2022

Job Types: Part-time, Contract