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NIWE Eating Distress Service
Newcastle upon Tyne
£18,000 per year
Page 2 of 2
N1, London
£35,045 per year
Permanent, Full-time
This recruiter is scheduling interviews as the applications come in. So apply now!
Job description

Job Title: DFN-MoveForward Progression Coach
Reporting To: Head of Programmes, DFN-MoveForward
Location: London, Islington
Contract: Permanent, full time (37.5hrs per week)
Starting salary: £35,045
Start Date: Late February, early March 2021

Interested applicants are invited to apply by 10th February with your CV and covering letter outlining your experience and suitability for the role.  Early applications are encouraged as we are keen to recruit into this role within the next few weeks.  

Overview of ThinkForward: 

ThinkForward is a breakthrough coaching programme that ensures young people who are disengaged from or underperforming at school receive support to transition into sustained employment. Young people are identified for the programme aged 13 based on risk factors known to increase their chances of future unemployment. They are offered one-to-one support from a progression coach who builds a trusted and long-term relationship over five years, helping them to overcome challenges in and out of school and linking them to ready for work activities provided by a community of businesses. By the end of the programme young people develop the aspirations, skills and mindsets needed to thrive and sustain employment. MoveForward is our programme designed specifically to work with young people who have mild to moderate learning disabilities.

Purpose of the Role:

To support x45 14-24 year-olds with moderate cognitive and/or communication learning difficulties across the region, to gain the skills and experiences necessary to transition to paid employment, and ensuring the quality and impact of the programme is delivered

Key Responsibilities:

With young people – to build and maintain relationships with young people and ensure that the ThinkForward programme has impact

  • Work with school/college staff to ensure participants are engaged in the MoveForward programme
  • Assess the needs of the young people, using data to design tailored action plans
  • Provide one-to-one coaching for young people as well as group work sessions, both around building work readiness
  • Support young people to engage with opportunities provided by third parties including employers and partner charities
  • Ensure that young people meet the required outcomes and make a sustained transition to further paid employment, continually driving their work readiness
  • Adhere to all relevant policies (safeguarding, health and safety, etc) when delivering activities with young people
  • Collaborate with the school/college to safeguard young people
  • Document and evidence all work and use data to provide the most effective support with young people

With special schools/colleges – accountable for day-to-day relationship management of partnerships

  • Liaise with senior staff in a special school and college to establish and manage the relationship between the education provider and MoveForward
  • Represent MoveForward at the senior leadership team and governor meetings
  • Train and support school/college staff in a variety of activities and methodologies to support young people with LDs into employment 
  • Build an extensive knowledge of the support available to the cohort of young people
  • Establish a coordinated platform which enables schools and colleges to share learning, contacts and volunteering/placement/work exposure opportunities for young people
  • Work with data managers for regular access to required data
  • Produce and communicate termly reports to demonstrate impact
  • Review quality and impact on a termly basis

With business partners

  • Broker new business partnerships for the school/college you support, building on existing business partnerships already existing at the school/college
  • Support with the training and supervision of business volunteers in mentoring, work exposure and work placements for young people with LDs
  • Plan and lead session content and communicate with the business in advance of sessions
  • Conduct review with the business during and after the activities

With parents of young people

  • Together with the school/college, actively engage with parents, carers, guardians etc of the young people, in the journey the young person is taking into employment and help them to build their aspirations and support for their child, regarding employment. 

With colleagues - share knowledge and experience with colleagues to improve effectiveness of the programme

  • Help to establish the curricula, tools and methodologies for the programme
  • Feed into the design and evaluation of the programme
  • Report risks to relevant member of staff
  • Participate in peer quality assurance processes

Programme quality & standards – to ensure that delivery of the MoveForward programme meets the required standards

  • Perform a termly review and plan of the MoveForward programme
  • Ensure that the programme specification is met i.e. 1-2-1 coaching, group work, ready for work activities and parental engagement
  • Activities are planned according to need and in line with budget
  • Ensure that all interventions are logged on database
  • Work in adherence to organisational policies
  • Actively participate in QA process linked to quality and standards

Person Specification:

ThinkForward’s staff competency framework informs our recruitment and performance management of staff. The following behaviours for each competency define the expectations for this position:


  • Ability to communicate with staff at all levels from a variety of different stakeholders
  • Approachable, open and transparent with young people, stakeholders and colleagues
  • Ability to deliver messages in an interesting and stimulating style, appropriate to each audience

Planning and Organising

  • Self-motivated, able to work independently and proactively
  • Strong organisational and project management skills, including use of appropriate tools and systems
  • Excellent computer literacy


  • Working in a team ideally in a fast pace environment, working collaboratively to achieve goals
  • Building lasting relationships with different stakeholders for example schools, colleges, other charities, alternative education providers and employers

Impact and Quality Focused

  • Comfortable working to targeted outcomes/goals for young people within the boundaries of a programme
  • While working to targeted outcomes, ability to keep young people at the heart of what you do
  • Knowledge of how to support young people with learning disabilities to become more job ready
  • Driven by excellent standards and high quality
  • Use of data to inform delivery and improve provision

Professional Expertise

  • Three years direct experience of working with vulnerable young people, ideally in school and with learning disabilities
  • An understanding of the complex barriers that young people with learning disabilities face and the services available for them
  • Ability to support young people in both a one-to-one setting and by running group work
  • Knowledge of careers and employment IAG and the importance of tailored progression planning for vulnerable young people
  • Persistence, patience and empathy in challenging difficult individuals
  • A professional qualification related to work with young people, or relevant experience

Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications we receive, we will only be able to contact successful applicants.

ThinkForward is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and post holders to share this commitment.

ThinkForward are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

As a registered Disability Confident employer, ThinkForward has an accessible recruitment process. We offer interviews to all applicants who meet the job requirements and who declare themselves as having a disability. If you need support, such as materials in larger print, dyslexic-friendly fonts or adjustments for yourself of your PA for the interview, please contact us and we will ensure you have what you require to successfully complete this process.

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To prevent the next generation of youth unemployment in areas of the UK that most need our support &ndash... Read more

Posted on: 14 January 2021
Closing date: 10 February 2021
Job ref: MoveForward Progression Coach
Tags: Social Care/Development,Support Worker

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