Literacy tutor 

coach young people to improve their core language and literacy skills (learning, reading, writing and oral communication)

LOCATION: Epping and / or Dandenong
HOURS: 1–2 hours a week – flexible

Summary of the program and its objectives

As part of BSL’s commitment to social justice we operate as a registered Training Organisation (RTO), with a Victorian Government Skills First Contract and also a Learn Local provider with funding from the Adult Community and Further Education Board (ACFE). We use these resources together with resources from BSL and its donors to help people build their skills and confidence to fully participate in the social and economic life of their communities

Many young people using BSL programs and services have low literacy levels which prevent them from successfully engaging in education, training and/or employment. The literacy toolkit project has been designed to assist young people participating in BSL education, training and employment support programs and services with their literacy.

Each learner will be matched one-on-one with a tutor - a Literacy Toolbox ' (pegged to the Australian Core Skills Framework) will enable the tutor to target the learning to the young person's areas of need. Tutoring sessions are located in mutually convenient public buildings eg. Public libraries or in BSL premises, as mutually convenient to student and tutor.

Main Responsibilities of the Role:

Provide the young person with one-on-one tutoring targeted to their specific language and literacy needs whilst developing a positive and appropriate working relationship with the young person. Work with the young person to develop strategies to achieve their goals by overcoming learning barriers, agree a mutually suitable timetable and be a positive role model to the young person. The successful candidate will be expected to keep any information that involves the young person as confidential, except where it may cause harm to themselves or to others as well as report to the Lead Tutor/Project coordinator, any pertinent information regarding the young person and as required. The candidate will also have to undertake BSL's orientation and training for the project.

The areas of the role heavily concerned with teamwork involve duties such as liaising with the Lead Tutor on a regular basis regarding the young person's progress or issues and on pre-,mid and post assessemnts. Tutors are expected to actively share and exchange knowledge with fellow tutors regarding challenges, suggest improvements and successes and furthermore, contribute to the evaluative efforts of the project by collecting required data and attending focus group sessions.

To meet the selection criteria, candidate will require:


  • experience or competency in tutoring students
  • digital literacy skills
  • previous experience working with and /or a genuine commitment, understanding of and ability to work with young people who have faced barriers accessing formal education
  • effective people skills including leadership, interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to be able to handle challenging situations
  • the necessary commitment and flexibility required to meet the minimum number of hours (1 hour per week), and who live reasonably locally to the program
  • understanding of and commitment to the values and ideals of the Brotherhood of St. Laurence
  • volunteers must have a valid Working with Children Check, and must ensure that BSL is their registered organisation (at no cost to volunteer)
  • a standard Police Check will be performed on the successful applicant to any volunteer position.


  • teacher training or literacy qualifications and/or demonstrated experience working within adult literacy education programs
  • some understanding of Australian Cores Skills Framework
  • experience in the community sector working with young people.

Download the Literacy tutor position description (PDF, 98KB)

Screening Questionnaire

Applicants are required to complete the screening questionnaire

Before you apply

  • read the position description
  • read the what to expect section of our website that outlines what to expect when you volunteer; your rights and responsibilities; and what's involved in a formal application.

How to apply

In making an application for a volunteer position at the Brotherhood all applicants must:

 Please note:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply
  • The Brotherhood is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you would like more information about our recruitment process or require assistance with your application then please contact our volunteer services team at volunteer(at) or contact us on (03) 9483 1390.

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