Leicester, Leicester
£24,289 per year
Temporary, Until March 2023, Full-time
Job description

Employment Support Officers, Leicester City Centre, LE1

£24,289 pa. Full Time, 35 hours – 2 posts

Fixed Term to 31 March 2023


Join the GREAT Team and help to transform lives 


We have exciting new opportunities for you to join the Getting Ready for Employment and Training (GREAT) project which has been operating since 2017, to support families move into training and employment across Leicester city and the wider county. As a project led by Voluntary Action LeicesterShire (VAL), we work in collaboration with several organisations to deliver effective and tailored services to participants.


The project is funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund. 


Our current partnership includes;

  • Business in The Community
  • Optima UK
  • Personal Development Point
  • Scalliwags Mobile Crèche


We are looking to increase the capacity of our team to offer support to more local families who are currently not in employment and who may be facing challenges to access work or training. 


Joining our established team of GREAT Project Employment Support Officers working across Leicester and Leicestershire, you will support family members who are furthest from the labour market and are most at risk of social exclusion to achieve progress towards and into training or employment. Each participant is allocated to a specialist Employment Support Officer for 1-2-1 support during their time on the project. The GREAT Project also provides a wide range of group sessions to help develop work-skills and general wellbeing. These sessions include practical job searching and interview skills, new media skills (such as LinkedIn), and behind the Scenes Tours with local employers, which have included FareShare and the Y Project. In addition to confidence building workshops and dedicated health & wellbeing support.


Applicants will need to demonstrate experience in supporting individuals to identify and achieve personal goals combined with an established understanding of barriers preventing families from engaging with support linked to employment, education and training.


The role requires a superb communicator with an established track record in providing impactful support and training and experience of working in diverse communities. Proven skills in engaging and motivating individuals (both face to face and remotely) to achieve outcomes and an ability to develop high quality information and resources are also necessary.


You will have a proactive and dynamic approach, excellent technical and organisation skills, a keen eye for detail combined with the ability to process detailed information, manage complex processes, prioritise and multi-task. The project team works with structured processes and to tight timelines and targets, so flexibility and a “can do” attitude are a must.


We continually strive to be more inclusive, more diverse and flexible. We welcome applications from everyone.  We particularly encourage applications from Men and Black/Black British candidates from or with lived experiences of Caribbean, African or other background, as these groups are under-represented in some of our teams. 


Voluntary Action LeicesterShire (VAL) is a sector leading diverse and ambitious organisation, with a vision for growth. You will benefit from a competitive salary, a flexible and supportive working environment, 25 days annual leave, rising with service, plus bank holidays and a 6% employer pension contribution. 


Closing date:         4pm Friday 5th November 2021

Interviews:            w/c Monday 22nd November 2021


Application form and detailed information about the GREAT Project and the roles can be found on our website 

Posted on: 22 October 2021
Closed date: 05 November 2021
Tags: Advice, Information, Vocational/Services

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