SEN Travel Support Officer - Suffolk - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £22,904 per annum
Closing date: 12 Feb 2023
Location: Suffolk
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 10293
Role: Young People Services
About the role

SEN Travel Support Officer - Suffolk

Permanent, Full Time

Up to £22,904 per annum

Location: Suffolk

Working Style: Community-based worker

Please note there are 4 roles available, all based within Suffolk, covering areas such as Ipswich, Mildenhall, Newmarket, Brandon and Lowestoft.

We have an exciting opportunity to join Essex County Council as a Travel Trainer. In this role, you will be central to achieving positive outcomes for young people and adults with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities within the Suffolk area, supporting them in becoming safe independent travellers and enabling them to live richer, more fulfilling lives.

This is a diverse role, and you will work with other highly motivated Travel Trainers. Role responsibilities will include:

  • Deliver travel training to clients on a 1:1 basis including high quality road safety training
  • Visit young people and adults in their homes to assess and develop tailored journey plans
  • Develop bespoke training plans for each client, considering their additional needs, complexities of the routes they may travel and any other factors, continually managing risk through their training sessions
  • Provide ongoing feedback to the client and referrer, to negotiate next steps in the travel training plan
  • Develop and maintain relationships with existing and new organisations, attending events where applicable, to raise awareness of the support available and secure new referrals to meet future targets.
  • Support the wider travel training team where applicable

We are also recruiting a similar role, as a travel trainer, but with a bigger focus on delivering lessons and training in the classroom to students in schools, promoting our educational provision. When leading the classroom-based sessions you will be educating our students through a structured school-based programme. Please outline in your application if this is part of the role is of interest to you.

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What you will bring

To be successful in this role, you will naturally be an excellent communicator. You should be motivated to instil confidence in others whilst building strong rapport. Experience within an SEN or adult social care setting is imperative, and you should be able to evidence your passion, energy, and enthusiasm for working within this sector. This role will require you to be organised, with good IT skills and ability to meet deadlines.

In return, we offer an excellent benefits package to all our employees. We are committed to career development and enabling opportunities for you to develop and broaden your own skillset. Our current travel trainers are given extensive training in the role, including an online health and safety and a practical first aid course. You will also complete a level 3 foundation award - an introductory qualification to the adult education sector. We also offer a local government pension, generous annual leave entitlement, volunteering leave and a range of discounts and loans. Find out more about our benefits at

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Please note that the job role requires you to be mobile throughout an operational area. Therefore, the post holder will need to have a driving licence and access to a vehicle, or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means.

Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

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What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription, and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please go to

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