Vacancy Details

Hopscotch - Employment Development Advisor

Job ref.: 0445
Job title: Employment Development Advisor
Employer: Hopscotch
Job type: Fixed Term
Pay: 0.00 per hour
Date posted: 07/08/2019

Title of Job: Employment Development Advisor

Salary:  HAWC Grade 29 - £28,183 incl. ILW pro rata  

Hours of Work: p/t (21 hours)

Fixed Term: to 31st December 2019

Reports to: Director

Main Purpose and Scope of the Job

  • To promote the Trust for London funded Better Employment  project to potential candidates by providing 1:1 advice, information, advocacy, mentoring/coaching; organising open days, employability workshops; attending local community networking events and liaising with established agencies i.e. voluntary community groups, Black, Asian, ethnic minority and refugee communities.
  • To promote the project to stakeholders i.e. Children Centres, schools, Training providers, Housing Associations.
  • To recruit low paid candidates and assist them to identify skills, strengths and motivate, coach and support candidates to acquire skills needed to progress into better paid jobs. To support and prepare candidates for work and/or training, delivering employability and other employment related advice and information to enable them to make informed choices about work and financial independence. 

Main Tasks and Responsibilities

Service Delivery

  • To meet with individual candidates and assist them in identifying their employment aspirations, including any basic skills and training needs and motivate and coach them to keep them engaged in the programme to achieve their individual goals.
  • To carry out one to one IAG support and personalised Action planning in a proactive way involving candidates at every stage of the IAG and actions.
  • Screening candidates’ basic needs and organising skills development training and support candidates while on training  
  • Referring candidates to services delivered through other Employment projects
  • To deliver training and facilitate workshops that build confidence and ability to access better paid employment
  • To provide in work employment support, coaching and benefits calculations and other rights and entitlements
  • To plan, set up and deliver a range of employment related group activities and taster sessions 
  • To maintain an optimum caseload of candidates
  • Assist candidates in goal setting and support their progress; this will include supporting candidates when their motivation levels drop (retention)
  • To regularly contact and meet with candidates to support them in pursing their work goals by giving information, advice and guidance about options available to them and the steps required to reach those goals.
  • To work with Hopscotch’s Employer Engagement Worker to identify better job  opportunities
  • To accurately record information from meetings with candidates on project forms and enter this information onto the project’s client management information system in line with compliance deadlines for project claim.
  • To maintain candidates’ files according to monitoring and information required by the funder.
  • To review, monitor and update candidate records to ensure all outcomes information is collected and processed promptly.
  • To take appropriate responsibility to ensure the health and safety of self and others involved in lone working
  • Undertake any other tasks and responsibilities appropriate to the level of this post.

Service Development

  • To  maintain relationships with organisations/agencies which provide training and employment services i.e. Community education, training providers, voluntary organisations.
  • To set up and maintain relationships with organisations which may refer candidates into the service i.e. Women like Us, Gateway education, Housing Associations, Health & Welfare agencies
  • To develop relationships with local employers to assist the job-broker in securing better paid  job opportunities.
  • To attend project staff meetings and provide timely progress reports
  • To meet project targets as per Project Plan
  • Keep records of activities  and manage own administration associated with project

General Responsibilities

  • To keep accurate records adhering to relevant policies regarding confidentiality and information sharing and equal opportunities.
  • To keep abreast of national strategies, best practice and research relating to employment and skills
  • Contribute to the sharing of good practice and support continuous improvement throughout Hopscotch.
  • Participate in supervision and appraisal with their line manager. To work with the line manager to review professional development and undertake training as agreed.
  • To occasionally work during evenings and weekends, as required by the post.
  • Contribute through Hopscotch team meetings, training and outreach/events to the development of Hopscotch services 
  • Any others duties which are considered commensurate with the post.

About you

NVQ L 3 in information, Advice and Guidance of equivalent

A coaching or mentoring qualification

Knowledge and understanding of the barriers to work faced by disadvantaged groups in accessing training and employment and the range of different approaches to address this

Ability to communicate in one or more of the following languages Bengali/Sylheti, Urdu, Punjabi, Somali, Arabic

Knowledge of the progression routes for health and social are sector

Knowledge of welfare reforms and the implication it has for low paid workers

Experience of supporting people to progress in their career path and job coaching

Experience of running or facilitating community outreach activities aimed at hard to reach communities

Experience of developing and facilitating training to develop motivation

Experience of delivering IAG, employment related workshops to diverse communities, especially women experiencing multiple barriers to work 

Experience of engaging with employers and secure better opportunities for candidates

Experience of managing a caseload of low paid workers and maintaining their motivation

Experience of working to targets and meeting deadlines

Experience of presenting statistical and qualitative information

Ability to communicate using a range of skills and communication methods

Ability to use a range of IT systems competently in day to day work

Ability to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to the values and practice of supporting communities who are disproportionally represented in the workplace

To establish and maintain multi agency and partnership working.

To work for long periods unsupervised with the ability to remain focused and target driven

A commitment to occasional out of hours working at evenings and weekends.

Awareness of and commitment to equalities and diversity principles

Shortlisted candidates will be required to complete a short application form