Westminster, London
£33259 per annum
Job description
Employment Advisor

Our client works to prevent and tackle youth and family homelessness.
The Centre prides itself on its welcome and person centred approach. It recognises each individual is different, often with complex needs and so their response must be multi-layered. They therefore have six principal services: residential services for homeless young people; family support; housing and welfare rights advice; employment support; learning; and immigration advice and advocacy.

They are based within five minutes’ walk from Parliament but it is also in the borough with the highest level of rough sleeping in the Country and the highest proportion of households living in temporary homes. With an annual income in the region of £2.9 million, the Centre currently employs around 60 members of staff. We also benefit from a loyal supporter base and the generous contribution of around 100 volunteers.

Employment Advisor Responsibilities:

To work effectively as a member of the Centre staff team and within the Employment & Learning Services, to progress a caseload of clients on their journey into meaningful and sustainable employment.
Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the impact of unemployment and recommend ways in which clients might obtain and retain work. Build rapport with a range of clients, including those who are hard to engage due to motivational issues or that have complex barriers to employment (e.g. homelessness, substance misuse, disabilities, health conditions, or long-term unemployment).

Preserve strong working relationships with local Jobcentre Plus teams. Manage relationships with employers and create effective relationships with the local business community, public, community and voluntary sector organisations in order to secure work placements and employment opportunities or to signpost clients to other services. You’ll keep accurate partnership contact records and where appropriate implement service level agreements with support from line manager.

Ensure timely capture of client activity and achievement on the Centre database in line with organisational performance management processes as well as providing monthly performance information for management reporting.

Provide line-management supervision and support to the service’s volunteer team in line with agreed staff : volunteer ratios – acting as ‘lead practitioner’ to role model best practice and working in liaison with the assigned Volunteer Coordinator. Maximise engagement and participation of volunteer team through individual/group volunteer supervision meetings and quarterly forums for sharing good practice, problem solving

Assess ongoing risk in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all clients and staff, sharing risk information where appropriate in line with both Centre policies and legal framework; to record risk data accurately on Centre database. You’ll also promote a safe working environment for fellow workers, clients and visitors in line with the HASAW Act, and our Health & Safety policy, reporting hazards, concerns or ideas for improvement

Employment Advisor Requirements:

• Experience of providing careers/employment support, advice and guidance to clients who are either unemployed or in low paid, part time employment, vulnerable or possessing complex barriers to work.
• Experience of identifying potential partnerships and working with external agencies/employers; mixing comfortably with corporate and business contacts.
• Knowledge of the UK welfare benefits system and employee rights in the workplace with the ability to champion employment equality and diversity.
• Exceptional planning and organisational skills, with the ability to work flexibly, solve problems and manage a varied and changing workload.
• Strong administrative skills and attention to detail with the ability to keep accurate and high quality notes, reports and records.
• High level of computer literacy including applied knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) and using electronic databases and diaries.
• Ability to motivate, coach and work creatively with others to develop their skills through 1:1 interventions and group sessions.
• Ability to review, reflect and change own practice through effective use of operational meetings, supervision and performance review processes.
• Knowledge of data protection, confidentiality, safeguarding, equal opportunities and professional boundaries.

• Level 3 NVQ Certification in Advice & Guidance.
• Knowledge of the IPS model.
• Knowledge of local and national worklessness landscape, issues and social policies and of welfare-to-work strategies.
• Understanding of and commitment to the importance of client inclusion.

They are always looking for talented people from all backgrounds, to join them and help improve the lives of homeless young people, insecurely housed families and their children. They particularly want to encourage people from under-represented groups to step forward and apply to work or volunteer with them.

Position: Employment Advisor

Location: Westminster, London

Salary: £33,259.39 per annum.

Type: 1 year fixed term contract.

Benefits include: Pension: the Centre provides a stakeholder pension scheme and will match employee contributions up to a maximum of 6%. Season Ticket Loan is available. Many of their staff work flexibly in different ways, including part-time. They welcome job share or flexible working proposals.

Closing date for applications: Friday 5th March
First interviews: Wednesday 10th March

You may have experience of the following: Employment Officer, Careers Officer, Advocacy, Advocate, Professional Development Adviser, Career Development Advisor, Charity, Charities, Third Sector, NFP, Not for Profit, etc.

Ref: 97087
Posted on: 17 February 2021
Closed date: 05 March 2021
Job ref: 97087
Tags: Human Resources