Employment & Skills Advisor
Employment & Skills Advisor
Fixed Term, Full Time
£30,906 - £34,017 per annum
Closing Date: 26/02/2021
1 Year Fixed Term Contract / Full Time
For those who do not meet all the requirements of the role, the salary will be £30,906 and you will be supported to meet the full requirements of the role.
Essex is a diverse county with some of the highest levels of deprivation in the country through to highly affluent communities, which gives us a wide variance in life expectancy and quality. In support of the delivery of Inclusive Economic Growth, Essex County Council's work on the skills system will, aid increased employment rates in higher quality roles for Essex residents, demonstrate the benefits of Essex's strategic location to large employers and enable increased quality of life and wellbeing for residents.
The role of Employment & Skills Advisor focuses on supporting young people who require impartial advice and guidance to progress successfully into post 16 opportunities. This can range from appropriate employment, education, training or vocational opportunities.
Possessing an IAG Qualification, Dip CG, QCG or NVQ 4 LDDS and with a proven track record of progressing young people into education, training and employment opportunities you will be committed to providing quality and impartial advice. You need a broad understanding of the issues affecting young people, their opportunities for learning and the services provided by partner agencies to be effective in this role.
- Responsible for assisting young people to overcome barriers to learning and employment through a self-referral process.
- Providing impartial careers information and guidance, supportive of person centred career planning, i.e. CV writing, job applications, interview techniques, delivery of group work sessions and large scale presentations.
- Responsible for managing individual caseloads and maintaining accuracy of individual client records, in conjunction DfE guidance.
- Discharge the Council's statutory responsibility to engage with all under 18 benefit claimants for DWP registration and child benefit registrations with HMRC.
- Responsible for brokering opportunities between providers and young people to enable them to engage in preparation for the world of work and search for employment opportunities. Including the promotion of the 8 Gatsby bench marks as set out in the government's careers strategy.
- Influence and negotiate the level and type of provision available, to meet economic and young people's needs and identify and inform gaps in education and training provision.
- Collate and disseminate information in respect of current training opportunities, working closely with training providers.
- Support implementation of the future RPA strategy, including advocating for young people, to enable them to make and implement effective decisions in the areas of learning, employment, personal development and successful transition to adult life.
- Working in collaboration with stakeholders including senior school based staff, social care, SEND, Youth Offending, Housing and partner agencies, at senior management level, to provide wider support to young people with regard to training and employment.
- Responsible for developing and delivering large scale recruitment events, advocating with parents/carers and other professionals, to achieve the best outcomes for young people.
- Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.
Knowledge, skills and experience
- Possesses an IAG Qualification, Dip CG, QCG or (minimum NVQ 4) level preferably working towards level 6 LDDS, or equivalent by experience.
- Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional area.
- Advanced communication skills and solution focused approach to identify and understand the needs of hard to reach young people, with the ability to coach and instil confidence, resilience and life skills.
- Proven track record of progressing young people into education, training and employment opportunities.
- A broad understanding of the issues affecting young people, opportunities for learning and the services provided by partner organisations.
- Maintains currency with labour market information and developments within education.
- Ability to build working relationships with stakeholders and partner agencies which are collaborative and engender delivery.
- Advocating on behalf of young people with providers and partner organisations with an ability to negotiate with schools, colleges, employers and other agencies.
- Experience of analysing and interpreting data sets.
As part of employment with Essex County Council should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please visit: https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service
Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. For more information please use the following link: https://www.workingforessex.com/benefits/
Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.