Portsmouth City Council is looking for reliable people who are great with children, to help keep the young people safe when crossing the city's roads.

There are a number of permanent, part-time positions available for school crossing patrollers at specific schools, as well as for relief patrollers to step in as required, and work at a variety of locations.

Cllr Suzy Horton, Cabinet Member for Education, said: "School crossing patrollers have such important role to play, not only to ensure that children can cross the road safely, but as a valuable member of the school community.

"That's why we are looking to employ people with good communication skills who can greet children and parents at the beginning and end of the school day and show consideration and understanding equally towards pedestrians and road users."

Bill Clifford has been working as a school crossing patroller since he retired from his job in teaching. Over the past six years he has helped approximately 250,000 people to cross the road. He enjoys being part of the community; the regular hours in the morning and afternoon mean that Bill remains active and has a daily routine.

Bill said: "I find managing a busy school run very rewarding. I enjoy the periods of each patrol when children are arriving at or leaving school. This can be a real challenge at one of the busiest junctions in Southsea, which is used by six schools and by hundreds of motor vehicles travelling in four different directions. Anticipating safe crossing opportunities in such circumstances, and in all weathers certainly keeps the mind alert".

People who are interested in applying for the role must be able to use their initiative and think on their feet to keep children safe on the roads. A friendly disposition with good communication skills are essential as well as being prepared to work outdoors in all weathers.

Working hours are ten per week, two hours per day (typically 8am - 9am, and 3pm - 4pm) during weekdays and term-time only. A salary of £8.78 - £9.04 per hour is provided for permanent roles, and £9.82 per hour for relief patrollers, as well as training, equipment and a uniform.

To find out more and apply visit http://bit.ly/2S9XBmq, call 023 9283 4302, or email recruitment@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.