Venture Trust
Venture Trust

Charity registered in Scotland SC038932

Venture Trust helps people transform their lives. We work with people, who because of their life circumstances, have become marginalised and vulnerable, to support them towards making and sustaining positive changes in their lives. We work in partnership; in communities and in the wilderness of Scotland, delivering effective personal development programmes. We aim to break a cycle of adversity and disadvantage by tackling the harm this creates for individuals, their families and communities. We focus on supporting people to acquire the motivation, resourcefulness and life skills to change their patterns of behaviour for happier, healthier and more productive lives and ultimately a Scotland which is compassionate and just; where communities are safer and everyone can be part of society.

Current vacancies

Outreach Worker

  • Part time
  • £21,928 – £24,584 pro-rata
  • Based within our East hub, primarily work in Fife
  • Closing 26th November 2018

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.

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), working closely with the wilderness journey staff. 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. Additionally, you will help to promote the programme with stakeholders, providing progress updates for referring partners and agents to develop and maintain effective relationships. You may also be required to support the delivery of our SQA qualifications.

Ideal candidates will have excellent communication skills with the ability to connect with stakeholders at all levels. Strong time management skills to manage a varied and demanding workload, with the ability and willingness to work effectively under own initiative and often in isolation are also essential. Ideally you 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, supporting them to identify and sustain positive changes in their lives. A strong knowledge of voluntary and statutory sectors in Scotland is also essential. 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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Funding & Contracts Officer

  • Full time
  • £23,219 – £26,786
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 26th November 2018

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.

Our Funding team are based at our Head Office in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket area, and are responsible for the development, management and administration of funding within Venture Trust. We’re currently looking for a Funding and Contracts Officer to join them, in this full-time permanent post.

Grant administration and management, including preparing funder reports, quarterly claims and acting as the main point of contact for a number of specified funding agencies, will account for approximately 75% of the role. The successful candidate will also be required to manage and develop existing funding relationships and secure new sources of funding, particularly from statutory agencies such as European Social Funds, Employability Funding, Fair Start Scotland and also lottery agencies, trusts, foundations, and other statutory sources.

We’re looking for a proactive, conscientious individual, with a proven track record in administering complex grants and working in a fundraising and/or contract administration environment, including experience of preparing funding applications and complex bids, along with proven competence in budgeting and financial reporting. Excellent administration and interpersonal skills will be key to success in this role, as will the ability to manage a complex and demanding workload.

The successful candidate will be supported to develop their skills, access training, and contribute to the shaping of team priorities and funding strategies. 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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Funding Compliance Administrator

  • Full time
  • £17,446 – £20,125
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 13th August 2018

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.

Our Funding team are based at our Head Office in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket area, and are responsible for the development, management and administration of funding within Venture Trust. We’re currently looking for a Funding Compliance Administrator to join them, in this full-time permanent post.

The post-holder will be responsible for ensuring that participant paperwork and evidence held complies with contractual requirements, occasionally supporting with the development of guidance, toolkits and templates where required. The successful candidate will also be responsible for undertaking quality assurance to highlight missing information, particularly relating to our European Social Fund (ESF) grant contract, and liaising with colleagues, employers and other external agencies to collate required information to deadlines. You may also support the Funding Team with the collation of appropriate information for funder reports and external compliance/audit visits, and be responsible for transferring data from our own information management systems (PIMS) to partner/stakeholder databases, and help to improve the way we do this.

We’re looking for a self-motivated and highly organised individual, with excellent attention to detail and proven experience of working with database and systems. The ability to analyse, interpret and process complex data and make informed judgements thereon is key. Experience of working with European or Employability Fund systems and knowledge of legislation and current good practice relating to information management would also be advantageous.

The successful candidate will be supported to develop their skills, access training, and contribute to the shaping of team priorities. 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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Employability Workers (East and West)

  • Full time
  • £21,928 – £24,584
  • Based in Glasgow or Edinburgh
  • Closing 23rd July 2018

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’ve two exciting opportunities for skilled trainers and employability workers with experience of working with disadvantaged groups within a welfare-to-work and employability focussed environment, to join our team in the roles of Employability Worker (East) and Employability Worker (West). The successful candidate will support the planning and lead the delivery of employability programmes for participants in their third stage of a Venture Trust programme, and for participants referred directly to our employability programmes. They will develop and manage external referral networks, ensuring efficient running of recruitment for programmes. Sessions will have a practical focus on group work, job search, skills acquisition and ongoing pastoral support to identify and remove barriers to employment and broker employability opportunities with external stakeholders.

Key to success in this role will be strong communication and relationship building skills, not only to deliver client work, but to liaise effectively with Outreach Worker colleagues to tailor session content to client need and seek and provide updates on progress. Strong organisational and prioritisation skills are essential to ensure thorough and accurate records are kept, while experience of development training and/or informal education and a degree in an appropriate field would also be advantageous.

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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Top job! Chair of Trustees

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Meetings usually held in Edinburgh
  • Closing 20th August 2018

The Board of Trustees lead the organisation; bringing a range of expertise, skills and experience and offering objectivity, support and challenge, and policy and business insights, working with the senior staff team to shape and drive Venture Trust's strategy and plans. We are looking for a new Chair of Trustees who can help take Venture Trust forward by enhancing our reputation and growing to deliver high quality personal development and employability services which provide the greatest impact to enable and support some of Scotland’s most disadvantaged people.

Could you help us achieve more?

We are looking for a dynamic Chair, with capacity to contribute, and willing to share their expertise. We are keen to attract suitable candidates with extensive senior level experience and who are also able to engage their network to broaden and deepen support for Venture Trust. An affinity for our work, supporting people in their development to overcome life challenges, is essential.

In return, we offer a comprehensive induction programme including charity trustee training, CPD as a trustee and opportunity to be part of a forward thinking, committed and impactful team working to help people transform their lives.

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Outreach Worker

  • Full time
  • £21,928 – £24,584
  • Forth Valley
  • Closing 27th August 2018

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 East hub. You will primarily work in Forth Valley, but may be required to work in West Lothian 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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Administrative and HR Officer

  • Full time
  • £20,709 – £23,892
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 22nd October 2018

Our Corporate Services team are based at our Head Office in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket area, and support the organisation’s financial, administrative and HR requirements. We’re currently looking for an Administrative and HR Officer to join them, in this full-time permanent post.

The post-holder will be responsible for providing high quality administration support to the Senior Leadership Team and Board of Trustees, organising diaries and associated travel, co-ordinating Venture Trust events, supporting the preparation and distribution of Board papers, and taking minutes at meetings. The successful candidate will provide quality HR support to the organisation, including shaping HR policies and procedures, maintaining electronic and paper records and collaborating with colleagues to implement our Developing People Strategy.

We’re looking for an articulate and highly organised individual, with excellent verbal and written communication skills, including experience of minute taking. Discretion and the ability to keep confidential information will also be required, along with attention to detail and accuracy of record-keeping. Experience of working in the charity sector, and of providing governance support is essential, whilst project management experience and knowledge of health & safety provisions and procedures would be advantageous.

The successful candidate will be supported to develop their skills, access training, and contribute to the shaping of team priorities. 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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Outreach Worker

  • Full time
  • £21,928 – £24,584
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 5th November 2018

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 Glasgow, but may be required to work in 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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