Background and context:
Fight for Peace (FFP) uses boxing and martial arts combined with education and personal development to realise the potential of young people living in communities affected by crime, violence and social exclusion. Founded in Rio de Janeiro in 2000 to work with young people involved in and affected by the drug trade, FFP opened a second Academy in Newham London in 2007 to help tackle the issue of youth involvement in gangs and violence. Having established FFP Academies in both Rio and London, FFP began expanding globally in 2011 and now has a presence in 25 countries via its Global Alumni Network of over 140 trained community based partner organisations.
FFP is seeking a talented passionate individual, strategic thinker and experienced Employability Coordinator (EC), who will be responsible for strategic planning and running of the Employability Programme at FFP. With a strong background in working with NEET’s (not in education, employment or training) and/or working with corporate partners, the role requires an individual who can engage easily with a wide range of young people and structure opportunities in both entry level roles and long-term careers.
This post requires someone who possesses a proactive nature and is able to establish business partnerships and create employment opportunities in various sectors to cater for the diversity of interest required by Academy members. It is a two year, full-time, position.
Reporting directly to the Head of Programmes (HoP) the successful candidate will work closely with the education and mentoring teams to develop a structured programme for Academy members in:
- Creating ‘quick win’ job opportunities: link with employers able to offer entry level roles (retail, construction, catering) to meet the immediate and pressing need for income that could result in alternative/illegal activities;
- Create long term meaningful employment: utilise the input from consultation with young people to target industries of interest to provide meaningful career based employment;
- Building a range of partnerships: build connections with industries of interest to FFP’s caseload (creative, tech and sports based opportunities) that FFP lacks to meet the needs of young people and sustain engagement;
- Maximising existing partnerships: maximise existing corporate funding relationships;
- Developing a new programme of flexible workshops and other support for young people to get them ‘work ready’.
The successful applicant will be responsible for:
- Leading on all employability related activities at the Fight for Peace Academy;
- Developing a new employability programme that supports young people’s development into employment both short term and into a long term vocation;
- Being able to develop programmes in circumstances related to local/national coronavirus lockdowns and health restrictions imposed, leading to varied challenges to both access to young people, and young people’s engagement;
- Acting as relationship manager for some of Fight for Peace’s most generous corporate partners, creating structured opportunities for young people to gain work experience and potential employment;
- Conducting research to identify and engage potential new corporate and major partners to create structured opportunities for young people to gain work experience and potential employment;
- Effectively networking to establish strong structured employability links with local and surrounding businesses to establish work placements, internships and job opportunities;
- Continuously improving and developing all aspects of the employability programme to successfully respond to local youth needs within Newham and the surrounding areas;
- Planning and overseeing all vocational courses ran by FFP at the Academy;
- Supporting the Fundraising team with the maintenance of employee engagement via corporate partners;
- Inputting accurate data –to ensure the monitoring, evaluation and learning team have all information readily available for internal and external reports;
- Ensuring social and programme outputs and outcomes are met;
- Managing the Academy one evening per week and additionally one Friday every eight weeks;
- Any other duties that may be required.
The successful candidate will have:
- A minimum of 2 years’ experience of working in a community/charity setting engaging hard to reach young people supporting them into successful employment opportunities;
- A demonstrable record of progressing young people onto various training opportunities, education courses and/or employment;
- A proven track record of establishing strong partnerships with various services and business sectors creating opportunities for work experience/internships/job opportunities for young people;
- A proven understanding of the employment/further education sector;
- Excellent written skills and attention to detail;
- Strong organisational and administrative skills, including the ability to multi-task and work under pressure;
- An ability to work autonomously as well as part of a team;
- Experience of working with corporate donors or clients to fulfil objectives;
- A willingness to try new things and support the development of others;
- Excellent knowledge of MS Office packages/monitoring, evaluation and learning processes and database systems (ideally Salesforce);
- Be willing to work flexible hours and to support Academy activities and attend Academy events;
- Demonstrate a commitment to FFP’s mission and values;
- Safeguarding trained and experience of applying safeguarding awareness to a youth work setting;
- Right to work in the UK.
- A highly motivated and energetic leader;
- Strong influencing skills – the ability to show insight and manage complex situations and processes between people;
- An ability to engage with a wide variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds and build rapport at ease;
- An empathic approach when assisting members with their issues;
- Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills;
- Self-starter, ability to use own initiative to achieve targets;
- The capacity to perform under pressure;
- A proactive nature and committed team player.
Fight for Peace is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. The successful candidate must be willing to undergo an enhanced disclosure through the Disclosure and Barring Service.
How to apply: Please email your CV and cover letter (no longer than two pages) addressing how you meet the person specification.
Deadline: Wednesday 30th September at midnight.
Successful applicants to be interviewed will be notified by Friday 2nd October
First round of interviews will take place on: 6th and 7th October
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