Apex Scotland
Apex Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC023879

We are the specialist organisation which for over 25 years has contributed to a safer Scotland by working with people with criminal convictions or at risk of committing offences to give them the necessary skills to change their behaviour and lead fulfilling lives.

Current vacancies

Partners in Change – Service Development Manager

  • Full time
  • £31,321 – £33,541
  • Clackmannanshire
  • Closing 25th October 2021

Apex Scotland is the leading employment and training organisation specialising in work with people with convictions.

We have been awarded 3 year funding from The Robertson Trust to become one of their ‘Partners in Change’, (press release found here: therobertsontrust.org.uk/news-and-blogs/2-4-million-awarded-to-ambitious-projects-tackling-poverty-and-trauma-in-scotland )

As a Partner in Change, Apex Scotland will lead a live action research project in partnership with Resilience Learning Partnership, a Psychotherapist, a doctorate level Researcher and University of Dundee, to embark on a journey to understand how Apex can be classified as an authentically ‘trauma informed’ and ‘trauma responsive’ organisation.

The concept for Partners in Change has a focus on ‘change’ itself and ‘change plans’ and its application to how services and support for people who experience poverty and/or trauma are designed and delivered. The objective is to gain a deep understanding of new perspectives, approaches and delivery models that prevent and mitigate the negative impacts of poverty and trauma on our society and on the individuals who experience them. The objective of our Partners in Change project is to gain a better understanding of the drivers of, and the barriers to, change around services and support.

The role of the Service Development Manager will be to oversee and co-ordinate the project activity. They will manage the project implementation process and the progress of the project plan. They will be the primary link between the key partners who will input expertise and opportunities for learning; the Researcher who will monitor and collate key learning; and the Apex Corporate Management Team to which this key learning needs to be identified and communicated to allow for organisational decision making to bring about change.

It is desirable that the preferred candidate has experience in:

· change management

· working with live research

The Service Development Manager will be a project critical role and pivotal to Apex’s ability to maximise the learning that will be generated from this project. They are required to be confident, assertive, able to make decisions based on good judgement, have an attention to detail and able to ‘join up the dots’ between theory, practice and policy which will be a continuous balancing act with regards to generating project recommendations.

We welcome applications from individuals with lived experience of/or experience of working with those who have experienced psychological trauma such as, poverty, homelessness, criminal justice, domestic violence, addiction/recovery, looked after/care, carer/young carer services and this highlights the value we know that lived experience brings to service delivery and design. This will heavily feature as a core project component.

There is an expectation that through this project Apex will significantly enhance the evidence base around trauma informed practice and the way in which it requires to be applied in services. Apex expects the reach and impact of the project findings to be high, across sectors and presented at Scottish Government level. Apex is able to achieve this because of our profile as a national justice charity. Therefore, this is a unique opportunity to be involved at the forefront of this priority work and we anticipate interest in the role to be competitive.

The post will have a national remit but will focus research activity in the Clackmannanshire area therefore there will be a need to attend our premises or partners in this area on a regular basis. This post is advertised as a full time, 35 hours per week opportunity, part time options can be discussed. The post holder will be required to travel therefore a driving license or access to a means of transport is essential to the success of this role.

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Personal Development Mentor

  • Full time or Part time
  • £20,992 – £23,233
  • Alloa
  • Closing 25th October 2021

Apex Scotland is the leading employment and training organisation specialising in work with people with convictions.

We offer a diverse range of services for young people and adults to help them remove personal barriers to employment and engage in education, employment or community activities. We also work in partnership with many organisations and employers.

We are now delivering phase 3 of our Steps Employability Service, funded through European Social Fund’s National Third Sector Fund. We are now looking to recruit a Personal Development Mentor to join our team delivering the Steps employability service, currently based from Alloa and covering the Forth Valley area

We are looking for an enthusiastic and dynamic individual who has effective communication skills and an understanding of the nature of issues that unemployed individuals may present with. The right candidate will have an aptitude for developing and delivering innovative group sessions and the ability to engage with service users on a one to one basis to assist them to overcome barriers to progression. An understanding of local employability pipelines would be an advantage, as would knowledge of the network of support agencies in the area. You would need to demonstrate flexibility and the ability to deal with targets. Some travel will be required therefore a driving licence or access to a means of transport would be an advantage. Knowledge or experience of action planning and/or training delivery would also be an advantage.

Training will be given, however for this post you should be able to demonstrate good communications skills, be approachable and compassionate and have knowledge or experience of employability. Experience of working to deadlines and targets is desirable. A keen eye for detail and understanding of good record keeping is essential as information is recorded in paper files and on our database. This service is currently funded until June 2022 and we are hopeful of extension.

We welcome applications from individuals with lived experience of/or experience of working with those who have experienced psychological trauma such as, poverty, homelessness, criminal justice, domestic violence, addiction/recovery, looked after/care, carer/young carer services and this highlights the value we know that lived experience brings to service delivery and design.

Due to current Government guidance we may carry out interviews virtually using Microsoft Teams. It is envisaged that the successful candidate will carry out some work and on line training from home once in post until we are able to return to the office more regularly. This can be discussed at interview.

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Non-Executive Board Members (Finance and Accounting)

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Scotland wide
  • Closing 24th November 2021

Apex Scotland is looking for new members who can bring enthusiasm and experience to the Board of a dynamic and hard working third sector organisation. For over thirty years Apex Scotland has been a leading provider of innovative and effective services to people who have criminal convictions or who are at risk of getting them, with a specific focus on developing work readiness and entry to employment.

Due to recent changes in our Board, we are now looking to recruit some exceptional people with knowledge in the finance and accounting field to help us move our strategy forward.

With a head office in Edinburgh and offices across the country, Apex is involved in policy and practice in partnership with both national and local Government and other third sector entities. We operate in communities, schools, and prisons, providing work opportunities through social enterprise and offering training, early intervention, mentoring and employment support to over five thousand individuals every year. The last year has been a challenge, as it has for many, and we have adapted our services to continue to provide support to those who most need it.

The Board is responsible for setting strategy, governance oversight and supporting the aims and objectives of Apex Scotland. Trustees meet on average four times a year as a full Board and there is also an expectation of some committee work in support of specific governance areas. Board members join with staff to attend our annual national conference and enjoy networking at our Annual Lecture, held every September in Edinburgh.

We are particularly seeking potential members who can bring skills and experience in financial planning; operational financial management; being able to understand and interpret financial accounts; experience or understanding of internal and external audits, and the processes involved in this, as well as risk Management.

This is an exciting opportunity to bring finance and accounting skills to our board and would suit a part or fully qualified accountant who has knowledge of financial strategy; development of business cases and options appraisal. Experience of third sector or public sector finance, and political and/or community engagement would also be an advantage. Apex Scotland is recognised as an equal opportunity employer and would welcome applicants from under-represented groups.

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Personal Development Mentor, Highland Team

  • Full time or Flexible
  • £20,992 – £23,233
  • Inverness
  • Closing 2nd November 2021

Apex Scotland is the leading employment and training organisation specialising in work with people with convictions.

The expanding services Apex deliver in the highlands are diverse, comprised of a range of partnerships with organisations such as DWP, Criminal Justice Social Work, Scottish Prison Service, Skills Development Scotland, NHS Highland, and many more, supporting a range of client groups to access training, volunteer and employment opportunities.

The Apex highland Unit provides a range of services to individuals who face multiple barriers to returning to work and individuals who may be long term unemployed.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and dynamic individual who has effective communication skills and an understanding of the nature of issues that unemployed individuals may present with. The right candidate will have the ability to engage with service users on a one to one basis to assist them to overcome barriers to progression. An understanding of local employability pipelines would be an advantage, as would knowledge of the network of support agencies in the area. We envisage this post holder getting involved in a range of activities including outdoor groupwork activities, one to one mentoring and managing a caseload of service users.

For this post you should be able to demonstrate good communications skills, be approachable and compassionate and have knowledge or experience of employability. Experience of working to deadlines and targets is desirable. A keen eye for detail and understanding of good record keeping is essential as information is recorded in paper files and on our database. You would need to demonstrate flexibility and the ability to deal with targets. Some travel and work with our outdoor teams, taking part in team activities and challenges will be required therefore a driving licence or access to a means of transport would be an advantage. This service is currently funded until June 2022.

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Closed vacancies
This vacancy has now closed

School based RE:SET Mentor

  • Full time or Part time
  • £20,381 – £22,556
  • Lornshill Academy, Clackmannanshire
  • Closing 25th March 2021

RE:SET is a key component in Apex Scotland’s delivery of effective and time appropriate services with young people experiencing difficulty in and outside of the school setting. Using the key pillars of Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) our innovative practice supports national policies and local strategy to ensure young people have equal access to opportunities and positive experiences, regardless of their social context or personal needs. We engage with young people, often with complex needs and vulnerabilities, to help all children and young people overcome the barriers they face.

Building on the success of our work, we are looking forward to working in partnership with Lornshill Academy in Clackmannanshire. Through our partnership approach we aim to improve the life chances of disadvantaged young people, improve wellbeing and reduce the number of exclusions and progressions to third tier support.

This initiative is funded to work alongside the school in order to equip pupils with motivation and skills; raise aspiration; improve relationships and increase attainment and attendance.

The funding for our service is initially until March 2022 however we are hopeful this may be extended beyond this date.

For this post you will have experience of working with socially excluded young people and be able to develop and deliver a training programme that identifies and meets the needs of individuals. Experience of delivering group work and one to ones to young people overcoming barriers are essential for supporting participants to achieve their potential. The ability to work with a range of other disciplines is also essential. A driving license or access to a means of transport would be an advantage but not essential.

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This vacancy has now closed

Non-Executive Board Members

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh and across Scotland
  • Closing 6th April 2021

Apex Scotland is looking for new members who can bring enthusiasm and experience to the Board of a dynamic and hard working third sector organisation. For over thirty years Apex Scotland has been a leading provider of innovative and effective services to people who have criminal convictions or who are at risk of getting them, with a specific focus on developing work readiness and entry to employment.

Due to the retiral of several Board members, having served their permitted term, we are now looking to recruit some exceptional people to help us move our strategy forward.

With a head office in Edinburgh and offices across the country, Apex is involved in policy and practice in partnership with both national and local Government and other third sector entities. We operate in communities, schools, and prisons, providing work opportunities through social enterprise and offering training, early intervention, mentoring and employment support to over five thousand individuals every year. The last year has been a challenge, as it has for many, and we have adapted our services to continue to provide support to those who most need it.

The Board is responsible for setting strategy, governance oversight and supporting the aims and objectives of Apex Scotland. Trustees meet on average four times a year as a full Board and there is also an expectation of some committee work in support of specific governance areas. Board members join with staff to attend our annual national conference and enjoy networking at our Annual Lecture, held every September in Edinburgh.

We are particularly seeking potential members who can bring skills and experience in charity law, marketing and PR, Policy/Strategic experience especially local or national government level, IT, Criminal Justice- particularly Social Work or Police and HR/staff development although other relevant assets would be welcomed. Apex Scotland is recognised as an equal opportunity employer and would welcome applicants from under-represented groups.

This is an unpaid voluntary role.

Whilst our head office is in Edinburgh, we have a presence throughout Scotland and would welcome applications from across the country.

Travel expenses can be paid for attendance at Apex Scotland events and meetings, we are also making full use of virtual meeting technology.

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This vacancy has now closed

Personal Development Mentor, Edinburgh Steps

  • Full time
  • £20,992 – £23,233
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 27th May 2021

Apex Scotland is the leading employment and training organisation specialising in work with people with convictions.

Apex Scotland offer a diverse range of services for young people and adults to help them remove personal barriers to employment and engage in education, employment or community activities. We also work in partnership with many organisations and employers.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and dynamic individual who has effective communication skills and an understanding of the nature of issues that unemployed individuals may present with. The right candidate will have the ability to engage with service users on a one to one basis to assist them to overcome barriers to progression. An understanding of local employability pipelines would be an advantage, as would knowledge of the network of support agencies in the area. We envisage this post holder being based from the offices of Apex Scotland or our partner agencies.

For this post you should be able to demonstrate good communications skills, be approachable and compassionate and have knowledge or experience of employability. Experience of working to deadlines and targets is desirable. A keen eye for detail and understanding of good record keeping is essential as information is recorded in paper files and on our database. You would need to demonstrate flexibility and the ability to deal with targets. Some travel will be required therefore a driving licence or access to a means of transport would be an advantage. This service is currently funded until June 2022.

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This vacancy has now closed

Personal Development Mentor, Highland Team

  • Part time
  • £20,992 – £23,233 pro-rata
  • Inverness
  • Closing 8th July 2021

Apex Scotland is the leading employment and training organisation specialising in work with people with convictions.

The expanding services Apex deliver in the highlands are diverse, comprised of a range of partnerships with organisations such as DWP, Criminal Justice Social Work, Scottish Prison Service, Skills Development Scotland, NHS Highland, and many more, supporting a range of client groups to access training, volunteer and employment opportunities.

The Apex highland Unit provides a range of services to individuals who face multiple barriers to returning to work and individuals who may be long term unemployed.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and dynamic individual who has effective communication skills and an understanding of the nature of issues that unemployed individuals may present with. The right candidate will have the ability to engage with service users on a one to one basis to assist them to overcome barriers to progression. An understanding of local employability pipelines would be an advantage, as would knowledge of the network of support agencies in the area. We envisage this post holder getting involved in a range of activities including outdoor groupwork activities, one to one mentoring and managing a caseload of service users.

For this post you should be able to demonstrate good communications skills, be approachable and compassionate and have knowledge or experience of employability. Experience of working to deadlines and targets is desirable. A keen eye for detail and understanding of good record keeping is essential as information is recorded in paper files and on our database. You would need to demonstrate flexibility and the ability to deal with targets. Some travel and work with our outdoor teams, taking part in team activities and challenges will be required therefore a driving licence or access to a means of transport would be an advantage. This service is currently funded until June 2022.

Shortlist
This vacancy has now closed

Personal Development Mentor

  • Full time or Part time
  • £20,992 – £23,233
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 23rd August 2021

Apex Scotland is the leading employment and training organisation specialising in work with people with convictions.

We offer a diverse range of services for young people and adults to help them remove personal barriers to employment and engage in education, employment or community activities. We also work in partnership with many organisations and employers.

We are now delivering phase 3 of our Steps Employability Service, funded through European Social Fund’s National Third Sector Fund. We are now looking to recruit a Personal Development Mentor to join our team delivering the Steps employability service, currently covering Glasgow and the Lanarkshires. .

We are looking for an enthusiastic and dynamic individual who has effective communication skills and an understanding of the nature of issues that unemployed individuals may present with. The right candidate will have an aptitude for developing and delivering innovative group sessions and the ability to engage with service users on a one to one basis to assist them to overcome barriers to progression. An understanding of local employability pipelines would be an advantage, as would knowledge of the network of support agencies in the area. We envisage this post holder being based from our shared office in Glasgow. You would need to demonstrate flexibility and the ability to deal with targets. Some travel will be required therefore a driving licence or access to a means of transport would be an advantage. Knowledge or experience of action planning and/or training delivery would also be an advantage.

Training will be given, however for this post you should be able to demonstrate good communications skills, be approachable and compassionate and have knowledge or experience of employability. Experience of working to deadlines and targets is desirable. A keen eye for detail and understanding of good record keeping is essential as information is recorded in paper files and on our database. This service is currently funded until June 2022 and we are hopeful of extension.

Due to current Government guidance we may carry out interviews virtually using Microsoft Teams. It is envisaged that the successful candidate will carry out some work and on line training from home once in post until we are able to return to the office more regularly. This can be discussed at interview.

Shortlist
This vacancy has now closed

RE:SET School Mentor

  • Full time
  • £20,992 – £22,233
  • Based in Edinburgh
  • Closing 21st October 2021

RE:SET is a key component in Apex Scotland’s delivery of effective and time appropriate services with young people experiencing challenges in and outside of the school setting.

Our innovative practice supports national policies and local strategy to ensure young people have equal access to opportunities and positive experiences, regardless of their social context or personal needs. We engage with young people, often with complex needs and vulnerabilities, to help all children and young people overcome the barriers they face.

Building on the success of our work, we are looking forward to working in partnership with secondary schools in Edinburgh. Through our partnership approach we aim to improve the life chances of disadvantaged young people, improve wellbeing and reduce the number of exclusions and progressions to third tier support.

This initiative is funded to work alongside schools in order to equip pupils with motivation and skills; raise aspiration; improve relationships and increase attainment and attendance.

For this post you will have experience of working with socially excluded young people and be able to develop and deliver a programme that identifies and meets the needs of individuals. Experience of delivering group work and one to ones to young people overcoming barriers are essential for supporting participants to achieve their potential. The ability to work with a range of other disciplines is also essential. A driving license or access to a means of transport would be an advantage but not essential.

The funding for our service is initially until 31st March 2022 with a view to extend pending funding.

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