Leeds, West Yorkshire

£19,847 - £22,500 p/a depending on contract

Contract, Full-time

Job Description

Do you have a track record of successfully working with challenging people and helping them to make progress towards or into employment? Are you ready for a working life that’s varied and rewarding and provides an opportunity for both personal and professional growth? Then the role of Caseworker within our National Offending Management System European Social Fund (NOMS ESF) Programme in Leeds could be just right for you.

A well-established charity that helps ex-offenders and disadvantaged people to move their lives forward, St. Giles Trust offers support to help people overcome any issue that might be holding them back. The aim of the NOMS ESF programme is to help offenders and ex-offenders move towards mainstream provision or into employment by addressing their barriers to work. Emphasis is on those furthest from mainstream activity and delivery is built around a case management model. It operates both in custody and in the community, is led In Yorkshire and Humberside by APM, with St Giles Trust being the key delivery partner in West Yorkshire. Round 3 of the programme is now underway and will run until December 2020. Are you ready to join us and make the most of your invaluable skills and experience?

What you will be doing:

  • Working flexibly from a base at Shine, Leeds, with visits to other NPS/CRC centres in Yorkshire and the local community, prisons and Trust locations as required.
  • Managing your own caseload, providing a custody and community based service that helps participants to make progress on an employment pathway through a range of 1-2-1 sessions, group activities, training and support.
  • Working with clients to produce individual action plans that help them to overcome barriers to social inclusion and employment.
  • Delivering workshops and short courses and a range of planned custody and community assessments and interventions that keep clients engaged and motivated, particularly during the Through the Gates phase.
  • Establishing good partnership working with key agencies and stakeholders like CRC, NPS, Prisons, training providers and other agencies where appropriate.
  • Maintaining timely and accurate records of all client interventions on our CATs system, providing an audit trail of interventions and completing data capture forms as required.

And what you will need:

  • A qualification in Advice and Guidance, or equivalent, to at least Level 3. 
  • An understanding of the issues faced by prisoners approaching release and community based ex-offenders, such as housing, debt, substance misuse, employment and training and how they can successfully be addressed.
  • Knowledge of current methods of sourcing employment related opportunities and a proven ability to help participants to access them.
  • Good case management skills, experience of assessing participants’ needs and providing client led support and the ability to work to targets.
  • Proficiency using a database day-to-day for recording of work and obtaining evidence of completion of activities/employment.
  • The ability to work flexibly and develop positive working relationships with other staff, volunteers, managers and partners to set and deliver organisational goals and to resolve conflicts of interest professionally.

In return you can expect a competitive salary and generous leave allowance, staff pension scheme, flexible working, a mentoring programme, an advice & counseling service, childcare vouchers, season ticket loan and much more besides.

For further information or to apply please visit our website.

Closing date: 11pm, 26th May 2019