Introduction to The Inspire and Achieve Foundation (the employer):
The Inspire and Achieve Foundation is a small, thriving, Nottinghamshire based charity that does everything it can to help unemployed young people aged 16-25 into positive outcomes and into employment. We are a dedicated and ethically driven team that puts the needs of the young person at the heart of all our provision. We are looking for ‘can-do’ employees who are passionate, enthusiastic, have empathy and integrity, who are hard-working (go above and beyond), and who have a demonstrable passion for helping young people. We think outside the box and recruit based on passion and experience rather than by qualifications alone, so if you do not have the required qualifications but are confident you can do the job then please state your case in a cover letter.
Our provision includes outreach work (sports and social), one to one mentoring/work coaching (inc. this BBO role), and training programmes (inc. the Prince’s Trust Team Programme). We are based in Mansfield/ Ashfield/ Worksop/Nottingham at present.
We believe that where there is a will there is a way, and we believe young people deserve a second chance. If you are passionate about helping young people who have had a difficult start to their lives then come and be part of the journey #Changinglives
Background to the Building Better Opportunities Programme
The Building Better Opportunities Programme (BBO) is one of the mentoring contracts that The Inspire and Achieve Foundation delivers in the North Nottinghamshire area. This role will be working solely on this contract. The formal description is as follows:
The BBO contract is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership European Social Fund (ESF) and aims to combat the root causes of poverty, promote social inclusion, challenge long-term unemployment, and empower socially excluded people. The ESF strand is a part of the European Structural & Investment Funds (EUSIF) Growth Programme 2014 – 2020 and its principal goal is to improve local growth and create jobs, by investing in Innovation, Business, Skills and Employment. ‘Promoting Social Inclusion & Combating Poverty’ is a key Theme within the EUSIF Programme (Thematic Objective Nine -TO9) and the Big Lottery Fund is matching funds from ESF to deliver the BBO Programme via three separate, yet complementary, Pathways which are; Multiple & Complex Needs, Towards Work and Financial Inclusion.
Background to The Towards Work Programme
Under the BBO ‘umbrella’ there are various strands of activity and The Inspire and Achieve Foundation has a contract under the strand titled ‘The Towards Work Programme’. In simple terms, for us, it is a employability and mentoring contract helping young people aged 16-25. The formal description provided by the funders is as follows:
The Towards Work Programme aims to support and empower people within the D2N2 (Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire) area who are significantly disengaged and furthest away from employment or self-employment. Groundwork Greater Nottingham’s Towards Work Programme is a demand driven model, which is bespoke, personalised and allows individuals to develop their own personal progression into employment, self-employment or further training/education. Participants will undertake a holistic journey, via a range of End to End Employability and Personal Development Interventions. The programme will achieve real employment and self-employment outcomes, by guiding and motivating people to overcome their individual barriers to work and by providing an inclusive Job Brokerage & In work Support Service to ensure employment outcomes are sustained. Participants will also have access to a menu of individually tailored, wraparound Specialist Support to tackle personal challenges (e.g. Disability, Mental Health, BAME, Women Returners, NEET, etc.), via a range of Towards Work Specialist Partners. At a broader level, the programme will enable people to access better housing, achieve stable finances, improve their health and wellbeing, have better functioning families, minimise benefit dependency and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.
Purpose of the Role
The Inspire and Achieve Foundation has a simple purpose for its mentoring team and that is to help young people overcome their personal and employability barriers and support them as required on their journey into work. All of our mentoring is done on a one to one basis, needs to focus on the needs of the young person, and should be done to the highest quality. Our young people deserve the best support available. This BBO Work Coach role is essentially no different but there is a heavy requirement to complete documentation to meet the funder/programme criteria so we are looking to recruit an individual who excels at paperwork and organisation.
Formally the purpose of the role is described as follows:
The Work Coach will contribute to the overall success of the BBO towards Work Programme within Derbyshire or Nottinghamshire. The successful candidate will work directly with unemployed and economically inactive participants by effectively delivering a holistic, personalised support service, which empowers participants with the self-belief, skills, motivation and confidence to enable them to progress into employment, self-employment or further training/education. The Work Coach will facilitate a range of Employability and Personal Development Interventions, via 1:1 and group based learning and development sessions. They will provide participants with comprehensive Initial Diagnostic Assessments, plan and deliver their learning & development, evaluate and measure their progress and impart guidance, knowledge and mentoring. They will play a pivotal role in helping individuals to overcome their fears and barriers and to develop their employability skills.
Principal Duties & Responsibilities
The principal duties and responsibilities of this role encompass tasks and activities that primarily relate to the purpose of the role and may include other duties that are supplementary to the role.
Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:
- To engage, build trust and maintain effective rapport with a caseload of Towards Work participants
- To conduct a series of in-depth Initial Diagnostic Assessments with all referred participants to identify; personal & work barriers, job readiness, existing skills & experience, soft/key skills deficiencies, qualifications/training history, and work goals
- To co-create an individual Into Work Plan, informed by the initial diagnostic, to include a range of planned activities (e.g. Pick & Mix Employability & Personal Development Interventions & Modules, IAG, Pro-active Jobsearch, Counselling & Mentoring, Signposting to Short Vocational Courses (e.g. First Aid, Food Hygiene, etc.,), Creation of a CV & Speculative Letter, Work & Training Tasters, Work Rehearsals and Community Placements
- To design, manage and deliver a range of Employability Training Modules/Interventions to maximise participant learning and progression
- To design, manage and facilitate a range of Personal Development & Soft/Key Skills Training Modules/Interventions, via 1:1 sessions, short courses and workshops
- To achieve contractual Key Performance Indicator (KPI) targets including; Quality Assurance, Equal Opportunities & Diversity, Sustainable Development, Participant engagement, retention, training & qualification achievement, participant feedback, progression, and Positive Outcomes (employment, self-employment and education/training)
- To adopt a holistic approach to supporting participants by identifying barriers that may impact on the participants’ progression towards work, such as; household income concerns, criminality, health & wellbeing, caring responsibilities, etc.
- To effectively manage, develop and support a caseload of participants, providing inspiration, motivation, encouragement and co-ordination of all individual activities
- To effectively manage and oversee individual Personal Budgets, which may include services and material goods required to enable a participant to enter employment (e.g. interview clothing, childcare vouchers, or transport costs)
- To coordinate wraparound Specialist Support for participants (as required) to tackle personal challenges (e.g. Disability, Mental Health, BAME, Women Returners, NEET, etc.), via a range of Towards Work Specialist Partners
- To work in partnership with a network of local agencies and key stakeholders including; JCP, Statutory, Voluntary & Private organisations, local Employment & Skills providers, Specialist Partners, and Education & Training providers
- To fully understand and comply with ESF/Big Lottery Procurement Guidelines and Groundwork internal procedures, in relation to the purchasing of goods and services
- To develop and maintain in-depth knowledge of the local labour market including extensive understanding of current benefits regimes and entitlements
- To proactively motivate and support participants with their Jobsearch activities, implementing comprehensive Jobsearch Tools to enable progression into employment and to work collaboratively with Employer Engagement Teams
- To regularly input and maintain all participant data via Groundworks Online Management Information Database (Hanlon) including; starts, diagnostics, action planning, personal budget spend, progressions, positive outcomes, tracking, etc.
- To ensure that each Into Work Plan is a “living document”; is reviewed and updated regularly, ensuring it captures all Towards Work support interventions, as they occur
- To organise Short Vocational Courses (e.g. First Aid, Food Hygiene, etc.,), as required, for participants to attend
- To regularly evaluate and document participant progress, via SMART reviews of participant attendance & completion of training/development interventions, achievement benchmarking, and Work & Training Tasters/Rehearsals undertaken
- To contribute to “participant case conferences” with Towards Work colleagues and Employer Engagement teams, JCP Advisors and relevant stakeholders
- To regularly attend meetings with funders and other stakeholders’/delivery partners
- To positively promote the Towards Work Programme to service users and stakeholders via internal and external events
- To effectively prepare and complete all participant administration and financial documentation, ensuring all records are accurate and kept up-to-date, to ensure full contractual compliance with ESF, Big Lottery Fund, and Awarding Body standards
- To fully comply with Health & Safety, Equal Opportunities & Diversity, Quality Assurance, Sustainable Development, Safeguarding and Data Protection protocols
- To coordinate comprehensive In work Benefit calculations for participants who secure employment
- To share best practice with other Work Coaches, Employer Engagement Teams and Towards Work partners, to drive continuous improvement of the programme
- To contribute positively as part of a delivery team, as well as part of a wider business team, to deliver business objectives
- To be committed to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to maintain and develop professional standards
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