Targeted Employment Job Coach
Please note this is a fixed term position until December 2023.
This position will initially, in line with current government guidance, be based from home rather than the office. If / when government guidelines change the role may then revert to being office based with some travel across Essex required, whilst retaining some flexible working options.
Essex County Council has embarked upon a programme of change for provision and services with the ambition to profoundly improve the outcomes and life experience of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).Our vision is for a SEND system which identifies and assesses need at an earlier stage and which provides appropriate and impactful support without such high dependence on Essex County Council's statutory services. We have a responsibility to deliver effective services and support in the most cost effective and impactful way in partnership with our families and young people.
The Targeted Employment Job Coach will work in partnership with internal / external stakeholders and employers to secure paid employment opportunities, build resilience, remove barriers and enable young people with SEND to access and sustain employment.
Managing a targeted caseload, the role will involve working with Jobseekers with SEND, assessing their employability skills; liaising with employers and brokering new opportunities for employment. The role will provide specialist one to one coaching to enable young people to progress towards their own goals, aspirations and objectives.
- Work collaboratively with the Targeted Employment team to secure paid employment opportunities for Jobseekers with SEND.
- Prepare and deliver an employment support plan for individual & employers, that is in line with the jobseekers' support needs and employer requirements as highlighted through vocational profiling/discovery, planning meeting and to include risk assessments.
- Identify and work directly with employers to develop the appropriate 'Pathway to Employment and/or progression pathway: Apprentices, Traineeship, Supported Internship or Social Enterprise opportunities for young people with SEND.
- Provide jobseeker with direct job coaching support which is flexible to the chosen employment and use Training in Systematic Instructing methods to achieve Employment outcomes.
- Promote contacts with natural supports (work colleagues) to enable people we support to be a fully involved member of the workforce.
- Support the jobseeker whilst in employment whilst being creative using variety of methods including video calls etc.
- To participate in a range or contracts and programmes working with a range of education, social care and health partners.
- Contribute to developing and maintaining data and information to support the evidence of service delivery.
Skills, Knowledge and Experience
- Education to A level or equivalent standard e.g. Level 3 Supported Employment qualification and trained in 'Training Systematic Instruction' or by experience of directly supporting young people into employment and related opportunities e.g. work experience, apprenticeships or supported internships.
- Good working knowledge of the needs and experiences of SEND young people and employers to establish successful paid and sustainable employment: Including an understanding of Access to Work.
- Manages own workload, prioritising effectively to meet agreed objectives whilst actively seeks to improve processes and procedures to enhance operational efficiency and customer service.
- Experience of effective partnership working, to establish and maintain positive, influential relationships with employers, team members, colleagues and internal/external partners.
- Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional area.
- Excellent communication skills both verbal and written, with proven ability to use creative and flexible methods of presenting information to a wide variety of audiences, organising and coordinating projects and events.