£19,847 - £23,350 p/a (please note successful candidates should expect to be appointed at the starting point of the salary scale and consideration may be given to a higher salary depending on the experience of the individual)
Full Time (35 hrs p/w) – Fixed Term Contract ending 31 March 2022
HMP YOI Brinsford (Near Wolverhampton) and HMP YOI Werrington (Near Stoke)
Are you a highly motivated, compassionate and target-driven individual with a proven record of assisting individuals to overcome barriers and progress into employment learning? Looking for a highly rewarding new career opportunity? If so, St Giles Trust is looking for a Care Leaver Progression Coordinator to join us and assist prison partners in the tasks of identifying and supporting care leavers, aged 16-25, into employment opportunities on release.
About St Giles
An ambitious, well-established charity that helps people facing adversity to find jobs, homes and the right support they need. Central to our ethos is our belief that people with first-hand experience of successfully overcoming issues such as an offending background, homelessness, addictions and gang involvement, hold the key to positive change in others.
This Prison Project will aim to assist Care Experienced Young People aged 16-25 who are in custody to progress into employment at release stage. The Project will be funded for 1 year from 1st April 2021 with the opportunity for 1-2 additional years funding.
About this exciting opportunity
You will play a key role in our pioneering prison project, which aims to assist care experienced young people who are in custody to progress into employment at release stage. This will involve working extensively with a range of partners to map and understand existing processes for the identification, support and progression of care experienced young people in designated Youth and Adult Prison settings.
You will assist in the gathering and analysis of statistical data to inform Interventions and work with prison colleagues to identify care experienced young people and support the development of their employment-focused progression plans. Working in partnership with care leaving and children’s services in Local Authorities and closely with Local Authority Personal Advisors is a key aspect of this role, as is developing educational and training collateral to encourage and support care experienced young people to Identify future employment aspirations.
What we are looking for:
- Experience of working in a similar role or setting e.g. prison, probation, local authority or social support
- Proven experience of working in a high intensity environment
- A relevant qualification to a good standard – or be working towards one
- Excellent communication skills, verbal and written, strong interpersonal and prioritisation abilities
- A flexible, resilient, proactive and professional approach to your work
- The ability to demonstrate knowledge and awareness of the issues faced by our client group, in particular barriers faced by care leavers on release from prison
- The capability to use and develop monitoring systems to record all aspects of the project
In return, you can expect a competitive salary, generous leave allowance, staff pension, flexible working, a mentoring programme, an advice and counselling service, access to clinical supervisions, season ticket loan and much more.
St Giles will guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria set out in the Job Description for the vacancy.
Closing date: 11pm, 4 March 2021. Interviews: 12 March 2021 (to be held virtually)