Job title:Employment Consultant/Trainer
Hours:37.5 hrs per week
Salary:Competitive
Location:14-15 Lower Marsh, Waterloo – flexible outreach in London
Responsible to:Operations Director

The Organisation

Drive Forward Foundation aims to assist young people leaving the care system to achieve sustainable employment and fulfilled lives.

Our vision is to unlock potential, broaden horizons, break down barriers, and create new routes to employment for one of society’s most let down and socially excluded groups. Empowering care leavers to become engaged and productive members of society.

Brief Description

Drive Forward are launching a pilot to prove that earlier intervention with Looked After Children will prevent some of the issues of unemployment, inability to manage independent living and a life on benefits.

The Employment Consultant will be responsible for managing a caseload of clients and providing specialist IAG support to the programme.

Having an understanding of the needs of young people, particularly their mental health needs, and an ability to raise their aspirations. You will have relevant work experience and the desire to make a difference in the lives of young people.

You will guide and support young people in their personal, social and educational development to help them reach their full potential.

Youth work positions are subject to an enhanced criminal record disclosure by the Disclosure and Barring Service

We are looking for an Employment Consultant with a broad knowledge of working with care experienced young people (15-18) to support their emotional wellbeing and mental health; planning and initiating projects and activities with young people that enables them to develop and achieve. Possessing a proven ability to challenge young people to think about their values and attitude and also helping them to manage their behaviour are important.  The focus of this role is to broaden horizons, encourage them to complete their education and see the value in taking up a career and to challenge unrealistic expectations by providing an alternative approach.

Responsibilities

As an Employment Consultant, you’ll need to:

  • assess the needs of young people, and plan and deliver employment support programmes
  • To identify opportunities for work that match participants’ interests and abilities.
  • To lead on visiting and supporting young people whilst on work experience.
  • Tailor support to work alongside the National Curriculum and to run innovative activities to engage the cohort of young people who are still in full time education.
  • Coordinate activities with existing service providers and encouraging multi-agency collaboration.
  • liaise with other internal and external services that have a stake in young people’s progression including pathway plans.
  • attend and contribute to multi-agency meetings that bring together practitioners from different sectors;
  • run various activities and projects to support young peoples’ engagement with Drive Forward and their eventual employment
  • attend regular training and development opportunities to maintain an up-to-date knowledge of safeguarding, health and safety and local policy developments;
  • keeping up to date with relevant legislation to do with children and young people.
  • undertake administrative tasks, maintain effective record keeping systems and respond to queries;
  • To compile and maintain accurate records and collect monitoring data for the project

What to expect

  • The work is demanding and may be stressful.
  • Travel during the working day is often needed to visit locations where activities take place and for meetings with other agencies.

Skills

You will need to show:

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • At least two years of experience working with vulnerable young people.
  • Relevant IAG Qualification or willingness to work towards one.  
  • Resilient, positive and comfortable working effectively with complexity.
  • A good understanding of safeguarding responsibilities and risk assessment.
  • Ability to work on own initiative as well as collaboratively with the rest of the team
  • Empathetic, engaging and innovative – the ability to present and to be motivational.
  • Flexible approach yet able to maintain clear boundaries with clients once contracted, from session times through to level of availability.
  • Strong organisational, time-keeping and record keeping skills, PC and internet / email literate.
  • Able to work at least 1 evening per week to 8pm (not alone in the building).
  • Ability to effectively communicate and relate to young people with varying levels of educational attainment, attention spans and motivation.

Working hours

It may be necessary to work some evenings and weekends. Time off in lieu will be granted wherever possible. 

To apply for this position please email your CV and tailored cover letter to our Operations Director Anton Babey.