School of Hard Knocks
School of Hard Knocks

Charity number 1147009

We use sport to tackle the issues surrounding unemployment, crime and health. We work with individuals to help them take responsibility and take positive steps forward in their lives. School of Hard Knocks offers a number of different programmes, each tailored to its audience and principal aims. The constant factor is our methodology & controlled confrontation, challenging activities and a constant affirmation of self-worth and motivation. We help people: Grow in confidence. Take personal responsibility for their lives and actions. Experience the value of team work and diversity. Learn the value of respect: both of others and of themselves. Realise their own potential. Reengage with employment or education. The charity was founded in 2012 by Ken Cowen, who created the concept in 2007.

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Behaviour Specialist

  • Full time
  • £30,000 – £32,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 17th May 2021

The Behaviour Specialist will work alongside SOHK rugby coaches to lead on the non-sporting activities of the SOHK for Schools Programme delivery in Scotland, predominantly Edinburgh, Glasgow and Fife. This includes

group workshops, one-to-one mentoring and liaising with school staff. This role is centred around helping the pupils we work with increase their wellbeing and self-awareness; ultimately to take responsibility for the

areas of their lives that are directly within their control.

SOHK for Schools is a 3-year intervention, working with groups of around 20 pupils from S1 until S4. The pupils will be chosen by the school and will typically be the ‘hardest to reach’ young people. We will work with them for

half a day every week, delivering rugby training, classroom sessions on subjects such as growth mindset, goal setting and choices and we’ll deliver weekly 1:1s for each pupil. The programme will be evaluated by SOHK staff,

teachers, parents and the pupils themselves.

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Schools Facilitator

  • Full time
  • £22,500 – £24,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 17th May 2021

SOHK’s Schools Facilitator will share responsibility for frontline schools delivery in Scotland, predominantly Fife, Edinburgh, West Lothian and Glasgow. This is a brand-new role that will provide excitement, challenge and a huge sense of purpose for the right candidate. Working as part of our Scotland team, you will focus on delivering the schools curriculum of the charity, mentoring young people and project managing courses. You will market the programme to new schools and build strong relationships with existing schools; deliver each day of the programme; and support participants on a 1:1 basis to address issues in their lives and help them reach goals. If required, you will also support our existing staff in delivery SOHK’s adult employability programmes.

SOHK for Schools is a 3-year intervention, working with groups of around 20 pupils from S1 until they finish S4 and complete their Nat 4/5s. The pupils will be chosen by the school and will typically be the ‘hardest to reach’ young people. We will work with them for half a day every week, delivering rugby training, classroom sessions on subjects such as growth mindset, goal setting and choices and we’ll deliver weekly 1:1s for each pupil. The programme will be evaluated by SOHK staff, teachers, parents and the pupils themselves.

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Behaviour Specialist

  • Part time
  • To be confirmed,Negotiable
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 20th August 2021

The Behaviour Specialist will work alongside SOHK rugby coaches to lead on the non-sporting activities of the SOHK for Schools Programme delivery in Scotland, predominantly Edinburgh, Glasgow and Fife. This includes group workshops, one-to-one mentoring and liaising with school staff. This role is centred around helping the pupils we work with increase their wellbeing and self-awareness; ultimately to take responsibility for the areas of their lives that are directly within their control.

SOHK for Schools is a 3-year intervention, working with groups of around 20 pupils from S1 until they finish S4 and complete their Nat 4/5s. The pupils will be chosen by the school and will typically be the ‘hardest to reach’ young people. We will work with them for half a day every week, delivering rugby training, classroom sessions on subjects such as growth mindset, goal setting and choices and we’ll deliver weekly 1:1s for each pupil. The programme will be evaluated by SOHK staff, teachers, parents and the pupils themselves.

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Facilitator

  • Full time
  • £24,000 – £26,000
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 8th November 2021

School of Hard Knocks works with unemployed adults and school children at risk of exclusion to give participants the tools to improve their lives. This is principally achieved by teaching a strong set of values, attitudes, behaviours and skills. Physical activity and classroom-based session are combined to teach, demonstrate and impress the key messages.

SOHK have received funding from the National Lottery to deliver an exciting new programme in Glasgow. This role will be responsible for the delivery of this work in the form of three ‘Improving Lives’ courses per year, for two years. These courses are designed to improve mental and physical fitness in people who are experiencing difficult circumstances such as unemployment, refugee status, homelessness, isolation, loneliness, poor mental/physical health, substance misuse issues and poverty. The aim of these courses is that people improve their resilience and wellbeing- to better cope with their circumstances and give them access to support and communities in the area that they live in. This is a brand-new role that will provide excitement, challenge and a huge sense of purpose for the right candidate.

You will be delivering the charity’s personal development courses at various sites in Glasgow, and supporting colleagues in other parts of Scotland’s central belt. Each course will centre around sports training, well being, confidence building and life skills. Working as part of our Scottish team, you will focus on delivering the life skills and employability curriculum of the charity, mentoring participants and project managing courses. You will go to job centres, housing associations and other organisations that fit the criteria to recruit participants; deliver each day of the programme; and then keep working with participants to help them find and sustain work.

Each day of an SOHK course entails a mixture of responsibilities – you need to be a project manager, coordinating with your team and coaches to deliver each day of the course; and a mentor, coach and role model for the participants. When not on the ground, you will work with interns and other team members to build the charity’s network of local and national employers, provide ongoing support to the programme’s participants and help execute any other areas of the charity’s strategy as it grows north of the border.

A full Job Description is available for download below.

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Senior Facilitator, Scotland

  • Full time
  • £26,000 – £28,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 14th March 2022

School of Hard Knocks works with unemployed adults and school children at risk of exclusion to give participants the tools to improve their lives. This is principally achieved by teaching a strong set of values, attitudes, behaviours and skills. Physical activity and classroom-based session are combined to teach, demonstrate and impress the key messages.

SOHK have received funding from the National Lottery to deliver an exciting new programme in Glasgow. This role will be responsible for the delivery of this work in the form of three ‘Improving Lives’ courses per year, for two years in Glasgow. These courses are designed to improve mental and physical fitness in people who are experiencing difficult circumstances such as unemployment, refugee status, homelessness, isolation, loneliness, poor mental/physical health, substance misuse issues and poverty. The aim of these courses is that people improve their resilience and wellbeing- to better cope with their circumstances and give them access to support and communities in the area that they live in. This is a brand-new role that will provide excitement, challenge and a huge sense of purpose for the right candidate.

You will be leading on the charity’s personal development courses at various sites in Glasgow, and supporting colleagues in other parts of Scotland’s central belt. Each course will centre around sports training, wellbeing, confidence building and life skills. Working as part of our Scottish team, you will lead on delivering the life skills and employability curriculum of the charity, mentoring participants and project managing courses. You will go to job centres, housing associations and other organisations that fit the criteria to recruit participants; deliver each day of the programme; and then keep working with participants to help them find and sustain work.

Each day of an SOHK course entails a mixture of responsibilities – you need to be a project manager, coordinating with your team and coaches to deliver each day of the course; and a mentor, coach and role model for the participants. When not on the ground, you will work with other team members to build the charity’s network of local and national employers, provide ongoing support to the programme’s participants and help execute any other areas of the charity’s strategy as it grows north of the border.

REASONS TO BE INTERESTED

• A chance to genuinely shape and drive the charity’s work at the front line.

• A charity that has a proven track record, be that finding long-term employment, aiding civic re-engagement or helping reintegration in school.

• The chance to influence and become part of a growing charity with a huge future. As SOHK grows, so can your role.

• Work with some great and energised people. There is a phenomenal feeling of positivity and drive within the organisation.

• The opportunity to influence the charity’s agenda in Scotland, building an outstanding team and growing our influence.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE JOB

You will focus on delivering SOHK programmes in Scotland, principally using rugby but also occasionally other high impact sports or activities. From logistics to the delivery of curriculum sessions, you will make sure that SOHK programmes are delivered on time, on budget and to a high standard.

Reporting to Scotland’s Programmes Manager, you will own agreed delivery targets around impact (recruitment of participants, reaching positive destinations such as employment or education and wellbeing improvements) and will set high standards in your preparation, delivery and follow up work. Most importantly, you will work tirelessly on the frontline to change lives using SOHK’s unique curriculum and method.

YOUR KEY STRENGTHS

• You will be extremely driven and passionate to deliver the charity’s objectives, in line with our values of Integrity, Excellence, Empowerment and Commitment.

• You will set standards in your own delivery, being meticulous in your preparation and reviews.

• You will be able to challenge people constructively.

• You will have high levels of empathy.

• You will care passionately about the success of our beneficiaries and support them to realise their potential.

• You will be highly organised with good attention to detail, able to not just follow process but to develop what is already in place and constantly improve delivery.

• You will be full of enthusiasm and positive energy and a great role model to those on our courses.

• You will be someone who naturally sets high standards and will ensure that course targets are met and exceeded!

• You will have a growth mindset, always ready to accept new challenges

ESSENTIAL SKILLS & EXPERIENCES

• Previous successful delivery of coaching, training or counselling programmes, preferably with hard-to-reach groups

• Previous work with vulnerable adults

• Experience in engaging with and recruiting participants to services/courses

• Understanding of social deprivation and associated issues

• First class communication and facilitation skills

• Passion for sport and social inclusion

• Excellent project management skills

• Demonstrable ability to steward partnerships or client relationships (desirable)

• Experience of using impact measurement tools to capture data and report to other stakeholders (desirable)

• Full UK Driving License (desirable)

SALARY & BENEFITS

• Fixed term contract until January 2024 with a salary of £26000-£28000 gross per annum

• It is our intention to offer a contract extension in Nov 2023 to high performing candidates, if funding allows

• 3% employer pension contributions

• Generous paid leave allowance of 25 days plus bank holidays

• Dynamic working environment with flexible approach to working hours and locations where possible

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Schools Facilitator

  • Full time
  • £24,000
  • Scotland, Central Belt
  • Closing 28th March 2022

ABOUT US

School of Hard Knocks works with unemployed adults and school children at risk of exclusion to give participants the tools to improve their lives. This is principally achieved by teaching a strong set of values, attitudes, behaviours and skills. Physical activity and class-based session are combined to teach, demonstrate and impress the key messages.

JOB SUMMARY

SOHK’s Schools Facilitator will share responsibility for frontline schools delivery in Scotland, predominately Fife, Edinburgh, West Lothian and Glasgow. This is a role that will provide excitement, challenge and a huge sense of purpose for the right candidate. Working as part of our Scotland team, you will focus on delivering the schools curriculum of the charity, mentoring young people and coordinating projects. You will market the programme to new schools and build strong relationships with existing schools; deliver each day of the programme; and support participants on a 1:1 basis to address issues in their lives and help them reach goals.

SOHK for Schools is a full academic year intervention, working with groups of young people. The pupils will be chosen by the school and will typically be the ‘hardest to reach’ young people. We will work with them for half a day every week, delivering rugby training, classroom sessions on subjects such as growth mindset, goal setting and choices and we’ll deliver weekly 1:1s for each pupil. The programme will be evaluated by SOHK staff, teachers, parents and the pupils themselves.

We especially encourage applications from male candidates due to the current gender profile of our team and client group.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Working with the SOHK Scotland team to execute School of Hard Knocks for Schools courses. This involves simultaneous project management and facilitation/coaching roles, as well as mentoring participants
  • Working with teachers and school staff, ensuring their satisfaction and working towards securing a following year’s contract. Selling the schools programme to new schools - ensuring SOHK has an excellent reputation within the education sector in Scotland
  • Working with SOHK Scotland on monitoring and evaluation, report writing, admin and data input - making sure all records are accurate and timely
  • Using your creativity to drive ever-improving standards of delivery; using self and peer-review systems to improve your ability to help participants
  • Reporting on progress against targets, capturing monitoring and evaluation data and assisting the charity’s communications and fundraising teams by providing case studies, testimonials and media from courses

ESSENTIAL SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

  • Previous successful delivery of sports coaching, training or schools programmes, preferably with hard-to-reach groups
  • Experience in developing/motivating children UKCC Rugby Level 1 (minimum) or equivalent coaching qualification in another sport
  • First class communication and facilitation skills
  • Passion for sport and social inclusion
  • Excellent project management and administration skills Demonstrable ability to steward partnerships or client relationships
  • Full driving licence (desirable)

PERSON SPECIFICATION

  • You will be extremely driven and passionate to deliver the charity’s objectives, in line with its values of Integrity, Excellence, Empowerment and Commitment
  • You will set standards in your own delivery, being meticulous in your preparation and reviews You will be able to challenge people constructively
  • You will be skilled in working with complex young people
  • You will be highly motivational, full of enthusiasm and positive energy and a great role model to those on our courses
  • You will care passionately about the success of our beneficiaries and support them to realise their potential
  • You will be highly organised with good attention to detail, able to not just follow process but to develop what is already in place and constantly improve delivery
  • You will be someone who naturally sets high standards and will ensure that course targets are met and exceeded!
  • You will have a growth mindset, always ready to accept new challenges

SALARY & BENEFITS

  • One year fixed term contract with a salary of £24,000 gross per annum (salary band D) It is our intention to offer a contract extension to high performing candidates, if funding allows
  • 3% employer pension contributions
  • Generous paid leave allowance of 25 days plus bank holidays
  • The chance to influence and become part of a growing charity with a huge future. As SOHK grows, so can your role
  • Work with some great and energised people. There is a phenomenal feeling of positivity and drive within the organisation
  • The opportunity to influence the charity’s agenda in Scotland, building an outstanding team and growing our influence
  • We value our staff’s wellbeing! We have a wellbeing pack, wellbeing ambassadors, you’ll receive wellbeing supervision and, if required, will have access to an external counsellor
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Lead Behaviour Specialist

  • Full time
  • £33,600
  • Scotland
  • Closing 4th July 2022

School of Hard Knocks works with unemployed adults and school children at risk of exclusion to give participants the tools to improve their lives. This is principally achieved by teaching a strong set of values, attitudes, behaviours and skills. Physical activity and class-based session are combined to teach, demonstrate and impress the key messages.

The Lead Behaviour Specialist will work alongside SOHK Facilitators to lead on the non-sporting activities of the SOHK for Schools Programme delivery in Scotland, predominantly Edinburgh, Glasgow and Central Belt. This includes group workshops, one-to-one mentoring and liaising with school staff. This role is centred around helping the pupils we work with increase their wellbeing and self-awareness; ultimately to take responsibility for the areas of their lives that are directly within their control.

SOHK for Schools is a 3-year intervention, working with groups of around 20 pupils from S1 until they finish S4 and complete their Nat 4/5s. The pupils will be chosen by the school and will typically be the ‘hardest to reach’ young people. We will work with them for half a day every week, delivering rugby training, classroom sessions on subjects such as growth mindset, goal setting and choices and we’ll deliver weekly 1:1s. The programme will be evaluated by SOHK staff, teachers, parents and the pupils themselves.

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