Skills Exchange SCIO
Skills Exchange SCIO

Charity registered in Scotland SC048438

Skills Exchange has centres in East Kilbride and Lanark and works across South Lanarkshire with young people who have multiple barriers to employment. To help them on their journey towards the world of work we provide advice, guidance and training in employability, personal development, lifeskills, health and wellbeing, providing support which is genuinely person-centred, flexible and responsive to individual needs. We have a wide network of referral partners, schools, colleges, training providers, third sector organisations and employers who support us by providing additional specialist services and work placement opportunities for our participants.

Current vacancies

Training and Employment Tutor

  • Full time
  • £25,000
  • East Kilbride / Lanark
  • Closing 25th June 2021

Skills Exchange SCIO works across South Lanarkshire with local people who have multiple barriers to employment. We deliver training in employability, personal development, lifeskills and health and wellbeing providing support which is person-centred, flexible and responsive to individual needs. We work with a range of partners, schools, colleges, employers and third sector organisations with the aim of supporting our participants on their journey towards the world of work.

The purpose of this post

The Training and Employment Tutors are responsible for helping participants identify, address and remove barriers to employment through various training programmes and interventions designed to support them on their journey towards the world of work. Training is delivered in small groups underpinned by intensive 1-1 support. SQA qualifications in Employability, Enterprise and Personal Development are delivered across most of our programmes and work placements included.

This post is central to our organisation’s core mission to provide high quality employability and personal development training and support to South Lanarkshire young people.

About you

You will be passionate about working with disadvantaged young people to help them build confidence and recognise their potential. You will have an understanding of the client group and the barriers they face and be able to quickly develop effective relationships and build trust to ensure engagement and sustainment. You will be comfortable engaging with a range of partners, including employers, to promote Skills Exchange’s services and develop partnerships to maximise opportunities for local young people.

You will be adaptable, self-motivated, organised and able to keep calm under pressure.

Above all, you will recognise that your participants are at the heart of everything you do.

Key tasks

  • Interview, undertake initial assessments and induct participants when they start
  • Deliver employability, personal development and lifeskills training to groups of participants and also on a 1-1 basis when required
  • Deliver SQA assessed units as directed
  • Maintain all assessment and administrative records in line with SQA requirements and deadlines, ensuring that quality criteria is met at all times
  • Provide, develop and support training provision to participants that increases skills, builds confidence, raises aspirations and delivers positive progressions
  • Report on progress against targets, capture monitoring and evaluation data and assist Skills Exchange marketing and communications by providing case studies, testimonials and other relevant materials.
  • Keep up-to-date with labour market information to enable participants to make informed choices about the world of work
  • Work in partnership with other local organisations to maximise opportunities for participants
  • Identify and promote signposting opportunities if required for clients further removed from the labour market
  • Actively promote opportunities through attendance at recruitment / information sessions
  • Ensure that all associated paperwork, data management and report writing is done accurately and on time
  • Any other ad hoc work as agreed with line manager to benefit the delivery of the Training and Employment role.
  • Contribute to the sharing of good practice and support continuous improvement throughout Skills Exchange SCIO and promote a positive image of Skills Exchange SCIO and all the services it delivers
  • To travel to other locations connected with Skills Exchange SCIO business as required
  • Identify and highlight training and development needs in line with the requirements of the Training and Employment role in discussion with your line manager
  • Actively contribute to the maintenance of a professional and welcoming environment
  • Any other duties as may be reasonably required

Generic Requirements

The post holder will be expected to comply with Skills Exchange Scio’s policies and procedures at all times. These include, but are not limited to, equality and diversity, confidentiality, data protection, health and safety.

The post holder will be trained and coached in the policies and procedures of Skills Exchange Scio. They will be expected to familiarise themselves with these policies and procedures and to seek advice and guidance from their line manager if required.

The key tasks listed above are an indication of the main duties to be performed. They may be subject to amendment to take account of changing circumstances but any significant changes would be made following discussion with the post holder.

Please note that should your application be successful you will be required to become a member of the Disclosure Scotland PVG Scheme.

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Community Gardener (Let’s Grow)

  • Full time
  • £25,000
  • David Livingstone Centre, Blantyre
  • Closing 25th June 2021

Skills Exchange SCIO works across South Lanarkshire with local people who have multiple barriers to employment. We deliver training in employability, personal development, lifeskills and health and wellbeing providing support which is person-centred, flexible and responsive to individual needs. We work with a range of partners, schools, colleges, employers and third sector organisations with the aim of supporting our participants on their journey towards the world of work.

The purpose of this post

We are currently in the second year of our ‘Let’s Grow’ project for disadvantaged young people aged 15+ in partnership with The David Livingstone Trust, who run the Birthplace in Blantyre.

Participants on ‘Let’s Grow’ will have the opportunity to gain skills and qualifications in employability, personal development, enterprise, horticulture and the environment through a blend of group work, individual support and work placements.

The aim of ‘Let’s Grow ’ is to support local young people towards a positive destination, raise aspirations and enable them to contribute to their local community.

We are currently seeking a Community Gardener to be based at the David Livingstone Birthplace in Blantyre. The successful applicant will support, train and supervise young people who are undertaking Let’s Grow work placements within the Centre’s grounds and gardens as well as supporting Garden Volunteers.

About you

You’ll have a strong passion for horticulture and inspiring others to learn more about and engage with the natural world around them. You’ll have experience of working with diverse and at times challenging young people, often with additional support needs. You will also have experience of working with and supporting volunteers coupled with excellent organisational, planning and coordinating skills. You will be a confident communicator with experience of working collaboratively with partners, stakeholders and the local community. A degree of flexibility will be required with the role as the Birthplace project progresses to re-opening this summer so the ability to adapt to changing circumstances would be advantageous.

Key tasks

  • Support and supervise project participants undertaking practical work experience at the David Livingstone Birthplace
  • Supervise and support a gardening assistant who is assigned to the project
  • Organise and plan seasonal gardening duties and the development of projects to be undertaken by project participants within the grounds and gardens
  • Provide training to project participants as required
  • Support and liaise closely with other David Livingstone Birthplace Garden Volunteers and the on-site staff
  • Maintain safe outdoor working practices and strict adherence to relevant Health & Safety legislation
  • Prepare risk assessments or method statements prior to any work commencing
  • Liaise with, and where appropriate work with, other organisations / partners to provide and educate on horticultural activities
  • Work closely with other Skills Exchange project staff to ensure effective communication and reporting
  • Undertake any administrative / reporting tasks related to the project as directed
  • Effectively organise and manage own workload and diary
  • Represent Skills Exchange professionally as and when required at external events
  • Contribute to the sharing of good practice and support continuous improvement throughout Skills Exchange and promote a positive image of Skills Exchange and all the services it delivers
  • To travel to other locations connected with Skills Exchange business as required
  • Identify and highlight training and development needs in line with requirements of the Community Gardener role to line manager
  • Actively contribute to the maintenance of a professional and welcoming environment
  • Any other duties as may be reasonably required

Generic Requirements

The post holder will be expected to comply with Skills Exchange Scio’s policies and procedures at all times. These include, but are not limited to, equality and diversity, confidentiality, data protection, health and safety.

The post holder will be trained and coached in the policies and procedures of Skills Exchange Scio. They will be expected to familiarise themselves with these policies and procedures and to seek advice and guidance from their line manager if required.

The key tasks listed above are an indication of the main duties to be performed. They may be subject to amendment to take account of changing circumstances but any significant changes would be made following discussion with the post holder.

Please note that should your application be successful you will be required to become a member of the Disclosure Scotland PVG Scheme.

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Employer Engagement Lead

  • Full time
  • £25,000
  • Working across South Lanarkshire from our centres in East Kilbride / Lanark
  • Closing 25th June 2021

Skills Exchange SCIO works across South Lanarkshire with young people who have multiple barriers to employment. We deliver training in employability, personal development, lifeskills, health and wellbeing, providing support which is person-centred, flexible and responsive to individual needs. We work with a range of partners, schools, colleges, training providers, third sector organisations and employers with the aim of supporting our participants on their journey towards the world of work.

The purpose of this post

Work placements are integral to the success of our various training programmes and the benefits to our participants are immense. This is a newly created post with the purpose of extending our existing network of employers to maximise opportunities for our participants, both for quality work placements and progressions. The Employer Engagement Lead will proactively work with participants and employers to increase the range and number of work placements and job opportunities available and will support participants to engage with and sustain these opportunities.

About you

You will be passionate about working with disadvantaged young people to help them build their skills and confidence as they prepare for the world of work. You will have a good understanding of this client group and the barriers they face. You will also have a strong understanding of the needs and demands of employers and be able to quickly develop and maintain ongoing professional and effective relationships with them. You will have knowledge of health and safety and risk assessments.

You will be self-motivated with strong communication skills and be able to plan and manage your own workload with minimum supervision.

Above all, you will understand the importance of matching the right person to the right employer while meeting the needs of both.

Key tasks

  1. Identify local employers to host work placements for participants, through proactive networking and engagement
  2. Build and maintain strong relationships with our employer partners, acting as their first point of contact, providing advice and support, and addressing any issues or challenges
  3. Manage Skills Exchange SCIO’s ongoing relationships with its employer partners
  4. Match participants to suitable work placements with employer partners, based on participant skills and interests and employer needs
  5. Work with participants to secure and sustain work placements, for example by supporting attendance at interview, providing advice and coaching, and encouraging the successful resolution of issues
  6. Identify recruitment and progression opportunities and work closely with the training and employment tutors to match suitable participants
  7. Proactively manage follow-up contact with participants, ensuring accurate and timely reporting of progress towards agreed targets and outcomes
  8. Develop knowledge of local opportunities for participants and keep up to date with labour market information to assist participants to make informed choices about the world of work
  9. Develop knowledge of local funding, recruitment support and training and actively promote these to employer partners
  10. Meet deadlines and agreed targets and ensure financial and contract compliance
  11. Contribute to the sharing of good practice and support continuous improvement throughout Skills Exchange SCIO and promote a positive image of Skills Exchange SCIO and all the services it delivers
  12. Travel to other locations connected with Skills Exchange SCIO business as required
  13. Actively contribute to maintenance of a professional and welcoming environment
  14. Any other duties as may be reasonably required

Generic Requirements

The post holder will be expected to comply with Skills Exchange SCIO’s policies and procedures at all times. These include, but are not limited to, equality and diversity, confidentiality, data protection, health and safety.

The post holder will be trained and coached in the policies and procedures of Skills Exchange Scio. They will be expected to familiarise themselves with these policies and procedures and to seek advice and guidance from their line manager if required.

The key tasks listed above are an indication of the main duties to be performed. They may be subject to amendment to take account of changing circumstances but any significant changes would be made following discussion with the post holder.

Please note that should your application be successful you will be required to become a member of the Disclosure Scotland PVG Scheme.

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