A little about the role and service:
The STAY mentoring service provides community-based support and in-college support to young people at greatest risk of withdrawal from learning due to circumstances and challenges they face. For example, poverty, accommodation/housing issues, childcare, finances ,debt, family/relationship issues, justice system or mental health.
The programme is focused on working alongside colleges to improve retention rates for particular groups of young people, particularly those from Care experienced or those who face significant challenges to engaging in learning. The service aims to improve the poor retention rates within colleges for these young people and leaners.
Our mentoring service works alongside the current Student Services provision within the college structure, however, the role will provide additional support both inside the college support and outside the college campus.
As an Employment Facilitator, you will support young people in college. We have vacancies in Edinburgh and cover 4 college campuses. all based in Edinburgh.
Some engagement may be delivered remotely during the current COVID restrictions. The role is a blended approach split between homeworking, college based and within the community.
You will help our Young People by:
-Supporting young people who face significant challenges engaging in learning to assist them with a successful transition into further education or adapt to college life at enrolment stage by offering support within the college and within their local community, including some out of hours support.
-Supporting young people to prevent them from withdrawing from further education, due to family/personal/community-based issues.
-Linking with college staff to identify students with barriers to attending or progressing with their college studies or at risk of leaving college into a negative destination and becoming unemployed.
-Offering individualised support for each student identified in line with his or her unique needs, issues, and circumstances, this may include financial, housing, advocacy and wellbeing support.
What are we looking for from you:
- To be committed, passionate and motivated. We are, and we want you to be too.
-To be educated to SVQ 3/HNC level or have previous experience in a similar setting. We don't need you to have both but it's great if you do.
-An understanding of the issues that young people face.
-The ability to engage and understand young people from a wide range of backgrounds and the ability to work in partnership with other organisations.
-A current driving license and access to a car to enable the duties of the role to be carried out effectively.
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We shall ask you for a supporting statement telling us why you are right for this role and a CV, so please have something handy to upload section will help you submit the application.
If you require support in applying or have any questions, then don't hesitate to contact Lynsey Munro in our Recruitment team on Lynsey.Munro@actionforchildren.org.uk
The way we work
We work to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. If you share the same vision, we want you to join our team. Learn more about our behaviours and values to understand more about the way we work on our Action for Children website.
For safe and happy childhoods
At Action for Children, we protect and support children and young people, providing practical and emotional care and support, ensuring their voices are heard, and campaigning to bring lasting improvements to their lives. Last year, we helped more than 600,000 children and families across the UK.
We are committed to safer recruitment practices to protect our service users; therefore, all applicants are expected to have an understanding of and commitment to safeguarding best-practice.
Action for Children is passionate about promoting equality, promoting diversity and working inclusively. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people from all backgrounds.