Greater London (On-site)
£19,305 pa+ London Weighting allowance amount of £4,830 pa + excellent benefits
Contract, Fixed term contract for 12 months, Full-time
Job description

Female Shelter GROW (Getting Real Opportunities of Work) Trainee 

£19,305 pa+ London Weighting allowance amount of £4,830 pa + excellent benefits, including £1,500 budget for personal and professional development

Fixed term contract for 12 months

Newham, London

Closing date: 05 June 2022 at 11.30pm

We’re looking for passionate individuals with personal experience of homelessness to come and join us and make a difference to the way we do things. If you believe that people should have a say in their own support and that they should be at the front of making meaningful change then this could be the traineeship for you.

 Due to the specific requirements of the role we are only considering applications from women for this role. The Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, Part 1, Paragraph 1 applies to this post.

About Shelter

A home is a fundamental human need, as essential as education or healthcare. Yet millions of people across Britain struggle on a daily basis with homelessness, bad housing conditions, soaring rents, discrimination and the threat of eviction. So, we are striving for change, with individuals, in communities, across society, and leading the way to a safe home. We need ambitious, best-in-class individuals who are passionate about our cause to join us at this exciting time. This is your chance to play a part in the fundamental change we are striving to achieve.

At Shelter we are united by our purpose to defend the right to a safe home. Our enemy is the social injustice at the core of the escalating housing emergency. We believe that to win that fight, we must be representative of the people we are here to help and those who support our movement for change. In all our people decisions, we take pride in being inclusive, fair, equitable and transparent. We have committed to combat racism both within and outside Shelter and welcome you on our journey to becoming a truly anti-racist organisation.

About the role

This is a great opportunity to work with a lead provider of homelessness and housing advice and support and gain invaluable experience while being part of an exciting new programme. The traineeship lasts 12 months and you will receive personalised training and support to help remove some of the barriers that may have prevented you from getting meaningful employment. You’ll be based within the Newham Family Services team which provides tailored support to families who often aren’t getting help through standard routes. We focus on learning from the experiences these families have, so the voices of women and children experiencing homelessness and destitution shape what we do. You will work alongside the team supporting families who are facing housing, welfare benefits and debt issues. Once your traineeship is complete, we will evaluate your placement, with the aim of securing you employment in the future.

About you

We are looking for people who are passionate about the opportunity to use their own life experiences to help make positive change for others. You’ll also need a commitment to equality and a zero tolerance approach to discrimination and exclusion. Good communication skills and the ability to make people feel heard will also be essential. Basic computer skills, e.g. word processing, the internet and email would be useful, but support can be provided. Above all, we need people with a real desire to develop personally and learn new skills.


We offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave, enhanced family friendly policies, pension and interest free travel loans. Our employees also have access to a tenancy deposit loan, payroll giving, cycle to work scheme and an employee assistance programme.

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help. We’re here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.

To find out more about the role and the benefits of working for Shelter please visit our website. Apply to be part of our team and be the change you want to see in society.

Safeguarding is everyone's business. Shelter is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of those we support, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. All our staff will be expected to observe professional standards of behaviour and conduct their work in line with our Safeguarding Policies.

Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.

Posted on: 17 May 2022
Closed date: 05 June 2022 at 23:30
Tags: Training, Support Worker