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Targeted Youth Adviser

Essex County Council
England, Essex, Basildon
Up to £31824 per annum
Closing date
11 Dec 2023

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Job role
Support Worker
Contract Type
Full time

Targeted Youth Adviser

Fixed Term, Full Time

Up to £31,824 per annum

Location: Chelmsford

Working Style: Community-based worker

Please note this is a fixed term contract opportunity for a period of 12 months.

The Targeted Youth Advisor will play a key role in developing the Youth Service offer by working with identified Young People who are at risk of not engaging in employment, education, and training. TYA's provide in depth, evidence based, one to one intensive mentoring, bespoke groupwork packages and positive activities to empower Young People to overcome barriers to education to reach their full potential.

The role supports young people aged 16-18 requiring impartial advice and guidance to progress into post 16 opportunities such as, appropriate employment, education, training and vocational opportunities. You will play a key role in identifying opportunities, enabling them to fulfil their potential and access universal services

Contributing to the development of a high-quality targeted service for young people, the role will work with colleagues across the Council and key partners such as Education, Health, Social Services and Youth Offending Service, to ensure the best possible outcomes for young people.

Responsibilities & Accountabilities

  • Responsible for assisting young people to overcome barriers to access universal services and learning or employment, providing impartial advice, information and guidance, supportive of young people's needs and views.
  • Work with young people, their families and schools to remove barriers to education, training and employment.
  • Responsible for managing a defined caseload of young people to establish their needs and offer intervention, create, maintain and review accuracy of records in conjunction with DfE guidance and that of external funders, whilst ensuring compliance with Information Sharing Protocols.
  • Potential for the responsibility of effective management of staff; renewing and reflecting on professional practice to achieve continuous improvement in performance.
  • Working in collaboration with stakeholders, including senior school-based staff, social care, SEND, Youth Offending Service, Housing and partner agencies, to provide wider support to young people to remove barriers to learning, training and employment.
  • Work collaboratively with a range of external agencies and commercial bodies to ensure a coherent approach to overcoming barriers to learning and employment faced by young people, ensure they receive service required, including promotion of the eight Gatsby benchmarks as set out in the government's careers strategy.
  • Responsible for ensuring compliance with statutory requirements, including data management, equality and diversity legislation and ensure arrangements are in place to effectively manage concerns and complaints.
  • Responsible for brokering opportunities between providers and young people to enable them to engage in preparation for the world of work and search for education and employment opportunities.
  • Responsible for developing and delivering large scale employability and recruitment events, advocating with parents/carers and other professionals.

Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Educated to IAG Qualification, Dip CG, QCG or NVQ 4 LDDS (minimum NVQ 4) level
  • Preferably working towards level 6 LDDS. Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional area.
  • A broad understanding of the issues affecting young people, opportunities for learning and the services provided by partner organisations and proven experience in effective collaborative working. Deep knowledge and understanding of the current local offers of support to young people that may facilitate their reintegration.
  • Extensive work with young people on a one to one basis and in groups.
  • Proven experience of successfully progressing young people into employment, education and training opportunities.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to relate to young people in a purposeful but responsive manner and demonstrable knowledge and understanding of their needs.

To read more about us please visit: Education

Please note that the job role requires you to be mobile throughout an operational area. Therefore, the post holder will need to have a driving licence and access to a vehicle, or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means.

Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England's oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest - Basildon and Harlow - are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We're committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We're also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found here pay and reward

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What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) 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 go to

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