Venture Trust
Venture Trust

Charity registered in Scotland SC038932

We believe in the potential of people. We want everyone to succeed and to continue to do so throughout their lives. At any stage in life, people can struggle, and it becomes about surviving not thriving. We support those struggling with issues such as long term unemployment, recovery from addiction, homelessness, isolation, involvement in the criminal justice system in Scotland, and a history of trauma or harm.

Current vacancies

Senior Development Trainer

  • Full time
  • £26,500 – £30,720
  • National Participant Centre, Stirling
  • Closing 4th May 2021

Venture Trust works with people experiencing complicated life circumstances. Through the provision of wilderness-based personal and social development programmes, we equip them with the confidence, motivation, and core life skills that they need to make positive changes in their lives.

We currently have an exciting and rare vacancy for a Senior Development Trainer (SDT) to lead one of our wilderness journey teams, based in Stirling and delivering progressive personal development journeys for participants from across Scotland.

The SDT is responsible to the Operations Resource Manager for ensuring the safe and effective planning and delivery of personal development wilderness experiences, including review and quality assurance of all activities, projects and expeditions in accordance with our Standard Operating Guidelines (SOGs), risk assessments and health and safety legislation. The successful candidate will be required to lead a team of Development Trainers to supervise participants throughout their wilderness journey, delivering one-to-one and group work sessions focusing on areas such as wellbeing, personal development, consequential thinking and goal setting. The successful candidate will also lead on the maintenance, checking and monitoring of kit and equipment relevant to all operations.

Applicants must hold a minimum of four valid and relevant qualifications of recognised unit status, such as Summer ML, Rock Climbing Instructor and BC Moderate Water Coach or Moderate Water Leader (Canoe), plus a recognised First Aid Certificate. Knowledge of current Health & Safety law, outdoor activity licensing best practice, and procedures relevant to wilderness outdoor work. Experience of working with disadvantaged people in a wilderness, urban or residential setting, is also essential. In addition, applicants must have the ability to lead a team effectively, setting appropriate professional standards for others and to deliver personal development programmes confidently and safely. Undertaking operation of recording systems, checking vehicles and outdoor equipment, and a driving licence (D1+E) are also essential requirements of this role.

Ideal candidates will have aa Winter ML have or be working towards their Mountaineering & Climbing Instructor or equivalent. They will be an APIOL holder or working towards this. A degree in a relevant subject is considered desirable, as is formal training or certification in Choice Theory/Reality Therapy or another theory of psychological growth and development.

We offer a range of generous benefits including 28 days annual leave (fixed into periods of downtime), learning and development opportunities including two dedicated training weeks throughout the year, and a workplace pension with 3% employer contributions.

Venture Trust is committed to promoting equality and diversity in employment and follows an equal opportunities policy.

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Outreach Worker

  • Full time
  • £22,250
  • Based within our West Hub (primarily working in Ayrshire)
  • Closing 16th April 2021

Venture Trust works with people experiencing complicated life circumstances. Through the provision of wilderness-based personal and social development programmes, we equip them with the confidence, motivation and core life skills that they need to make positive changes in their lives.

We have an exciting opportunity for a new Outreach Worker to join our team in our West hub. You will primarily work in Ayrshire but may be required to work in Glasgow and surrounding areas as needed. Our Outreach Workers deliver high quality participant support across the range of Venture Trust programmes, to engage participants in a dynamic and progressive community and wilderness-based personal development opportunity.

The successful candidate will undertake the initial assessment of potential participants for our programmes (Phase 1), preparing and supporting them to undertake their wilderness journey (Phase 2), including induction to their SQA Personal Development Award where relevant. Upon return to their community (Phase 3), you will continue to work closely with participants to develop and maintain community links, supporting them into sustained positive destinations, including education, training, volunteering or employment. You will also help to collate SQA portfolios from Phase 2, delivering and assessing final bodies of work. Additionally, you will help to promote the programme with stakeholders, providing progress updates for referring partners and agents to develop and maintain effective relationships.

Ideal candidates will have qualifications in youth work, community development or a related discipline and/or an equivalent level of experience working with vulnerable and disaffected individuals. You will also ideally be qualified as an SQA Assessor and have a strong knowledge of voluntary and statutory sectors in Scotland. You will have excellent communication skills with the ability to connect with stakeholders at all levels, and strong time management skills to manage a varied and demanding workload. An ability to work effectively under your own initiative is crucial. Experience of development training and knowledge of drug, alcohol and youth/Criminal Justice related issues would be an advantage. Please note a driving license and access to a vehicle is an essential requirement of this role.

We offer a range of generous benefits including 28 days annual leave and 9 public and bank holiday days, flexible working and a joint contributory pension scheme.

Venture Trust is committed to promoting equality and diversity in employment and follows an equal opportunities policy.

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