PAYE £19.01 p/hr OR umbrella £24.60 p/hrRole Purpose
Our Industrial Strategy – called Economic Growth for Everyone
– reflects our ambition to make our borough the best place to do business in Europe and to ensure that everyone benefits, not just a favoured few. We believe local government has a role in supporting growth. It can bring partners together, regenerate town centres, help with affordable workspaces, teach people the skills they need, use procurement to support local firms and much more. In our borough, we want to use the power of local government to create a borough able to compete with the best in the 21st century. In order to deliver these ambitions, the council has created a number of new and exciting roles which will be at the forefront of making the vision a reality. The role of Employment Adviser will:
- This post will support and coach residents of the borough to access good quality jobs, apprenticeships, work placements, and careers orientation support by working in collaboration with employers and education providers to broker opportunities in line with industrial strategy and inclusive economy principles.
- This post will work alongside colleagues to ensure that residents have access to opportunities in strategically important sectors which can provide good quality careers pathways, with a focus on supporting those people who are most excluded from the labour market, including, young people, disabled residents, older residents, care leavers, young people at risk of NEET and young people at risk of youth violence.
- To manage a caseload of residents and provide them with careers support, CV development employability skills, interview preparation, job applications, identifying training and development opportunities on their pathway to work.
- To develop a strong working relationship with education/training providers across the borough to increase the supply of good quality careers pathways (including jobs, work placements, apprenticeships, skills and T Levels) for all residents, particularly for those from underrepresented groups.
- To effectively promote work placement and apprenticeship opportunities arising from the council (working in collaboration with relevant HR colleagues) and its supply chain and ensure that hiring managers are supported to make these opportunities accessible.
- To support the team to deliver an effective and responsive service which supports the skills and labour needs of the local area whilst also promoting the Mayors Good Work Standard.
- Where necessary, deliver face-to-face and small group information, advice and guidance sessions in accordance with nationally recognised standards.
- To provide residents with in-work support to ensure sustainment and progression in the workplace.
- To maintain up to date knowledge of referral partners to ensure residents can receive the best support to prepare them for the labour market.
- To refer residents onto relevant learning/training opportunities where this aids employability.
- To ensure contact is maintained with residents/employers/providers so that evidence of effectiveness can be captured.
- To support the usage of a CRM system to effectively record outputs and outcomes and wider employer engagement activity.
- To engage effectively with schools, parents, employers, providers and apprentices in maximising resources to effectively promote the apprenticeship agenda within the borough and to celebrate good practice and successes- this will include complying case studies and contributing to good news stories.
- Where necessary carry out work place visits and monitoring to ensure that safeguarding and health and safety requirements are in place.
- To help organise and take minutes at a variety of internal and external meetings – including some evening and weekend events, arrange meetings, prepare, and circulate associated material.
- To work collaboratively with elected members, partners, providers and residents to understand their requirements and expectations. To develop positive and cohesive relationships working with a range of networks and partnerships in the borough, (and cross borough) to deliver industrial strategy and inclusive economy outcomes.
- To provide senior colleagues with financial, reporting and audit requirement support.
KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE & SKILLS Experience
- The post holder should be prepared to work outside of normal hours, including attending evening meetings, and occasional weekend working.
- Experience of supporting jobseekers, including those with barriers, into employment through action planning, job search, CV development and interview preparation.
- Experience of managing a caseload of jobseekers, including organising regular catch ups, reviewing progress against action plans, and dealing with competing priorities.
- Experience of conducting outreach to sign up new candidates directly and generating referrals from partner agencies.
- Understanding of a range of barriers faced by jobseekers on their pathway to employment.
- Understanding of job readiness and how clients are prepared for employment.
- Current knowledge of the labour market and support available to job seekers.
- Understanding of equalities and diversity issues in the context of employment and skills programmes
- Knowledge of key economic development issues in relation to employment & skills including interventions/programmes tackling worklessness and welfare reform
- Understanding of equal opportunities issues
- Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) including good inter-personal skills to work effectively with people from partner organisations and local communities
- Excellent record keeping skills to support claims to funders.
- Ability to analyse information and competing viewpoints to draw conclusions and negotiate priority actions
- Ability to use IT applications and to be self-servicing in respect of word, processing, spreadsheets, email and the internet