Beam

ESOL Teacher (Fixed Term Contract - Full time)

Join Beam as they are looking for a ESOL Teacher (Fixed Term Contract - Full time)

At Beam, you get to do work that really matters. We’re solving the world’s toughest social problems. And we’re growing fast 🚀

It’s not easy. Nothing worth doing ever is. But we take care of everyone who works here with everything from coaching to personal budgets and pay highly competitively. 

You’ll be joining a company that’s having a huge impact on people’s lives with a culture where you can be yourself, have fun and progress rapidly. 

About the role

This is a unique opportunity for a sector-leading teacher to be the first hire into Beam Skills - a new training function being built for the thousands of disadvantaged people using Beam that looks to equip everyone who needs it with the skills and abilities to thrive.

The UK has seen 4 unprecedented refugee challenges emerge over the last 2 years; the war in the Ukraine, the withdrawal of British involvement in Afghanistan, the support of political refugees from Hong Kong and a dramatic increase in the number of people crossing the channel.

We are looking for an engaging and enthusiastic teacher who will deliver instructive and inspiring English lessons to support the many new refugees looking to settle and start a new life in the UK.

This is a full-time (9am-6pm Mon-Fri), fixed term employment contract (UK based) starting as soon as possible and running until the end of June, with the possibility of an extension. The role will require initial learner assessments and then the delivery of a course consisting of virtual classes with supplementary 1 on 1 support where required.

You’ll be

  • Delivering an incredible course, helping learners get closer to work

  • Working cross-functionally with the rest of the Beam Skills team to iterate and improve this course for future use

  • Experimenting with new ideas for how we incorporate English training into Beam’s award-winning employment and housing support

You are

  • Comfortable delivering virtual training in an engaging and effective way

  • Excited about the possibilities of technology transforming the lives of some of society’s most disadvantaged people

  • Highly organised and renowned for your incredible attention to detail

  • Tech savvy: you don’t need to be an IT expert, but you’ll need to comfortable working with new technologies and problem-solving

  • Self-starting and enthusiastic about operational tasks: keen to improve processes and suggest new ways of doing things

You’ll need

  • Experience delivering English training

  • Preferable: a CELTA qualification but if not a TEFL or TESOL qualification

  • Preferable: experience working with refugees before, including detailed knowledge of the challenges people experience

  • Preferable: lived experience of being a refugee in the UK


What great looks like

  • You’ll deliver an exceptional course to our first cohorts of learner preparing them for life in the UK

  • You’ll be constantly improving the course, both throughout delivery and after the first cohort have finished

  • You’ll be constantly sharing learnings and ideas about how to incorporate English training into Beam’s current model

  • Our commissioners will be impressed by the learner feedback and outcomes

  • You will have co-developed a delivery model that can be replicated across different cohorts of refugees

About Beam

We’re a team of over 70 working from our beautiful coworking space in Shoreditch and from home. We’ve picked up an armful of awards for our work (including one from our former Queen!) We’re one of the 10 hottest startups in London, according to WIRED magazine and one of LinkedIn’s Top 15 UK Startups for 2022. We’re also proud to be rated a top company to work for Escape the City, Tempo and The Dots.

We’re committed to hiring diversely and inclusively. You don’t need a degree to work here and we love to hear from ethnic minority candidates and/or those who’ve experienced social disadvantage. 63% of people we support are from ethnic minority backgrounds and 17% have disabilities. We believe we serve these people best when we’re a diverse and inclusive team.

Our benefits

  • Salary of £30-£40K – highly competitive in the tech for good and social enterprise space
  • EMI-qualifying share options
  • Annual company retreat
  • A laptop – choose between a MacBook Air or PC
  • £500 personal development budget
  • Monthly counselling budget
  • 1:1 workplace coaching with More Happi
  • Regular team talks from leading UK tech entrepreneurs
  • Hundreds of perks, discounts and freebies from Perkbox
  • Free subscription to Calm meditation app
  • Discounted bike and accessories with Cyclescheme
  • Unlimited holiday (we recommend ~25 days + Bank Holidays per year)
  • Hybrid working from our Shoreditch office or at home (2 days in the office, 3 from home)
  • Your own financial wellbeing coach, through Bippit

Application process

We have a three-stage interview process, giving you plenty of time to learn about Beam while we get to know you.

  1. 30-minute video call 
  2. 1 hour interview roleplay including lesson plan exercise
  3. Final interview with our COO/Co-Founder

Feeling excited? 

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