Programme Lead - Employability

  • Full time
  • £26,000
  • Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  • Closing 29th September 2021


  • Advertised from 1st September 2021
  • Holiday allowance minimum 29 days plus public/bank holidays, flexible maternity, adoption and paternity packages, pension scheme where we contribute up to 7%, an employee discount portal and much more.
  • 5839

Role

Giving children and young people the foundations they need to thrive.

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 a Programme Lead Employability you will have direct supervision of 2 Employment Facilitators as well as carrying a small caseload directly.

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:

  • Managing and leading a small team of passionate, motivated and committed staff.
  • Leading the support delivered to 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.
  • Leading the support provided to young people to prevent them from withdrawing from further education, due to family/personal/community-based issues.
  • Being the lead link with a range of college staff to identify students and to track and monitor progress and develop new partnerships with other organisations and agencies.
  • By delivering a safe and positive work and service environment through compliance with all safeguarding, safer recruitment and health and safety policy and procedure.
  • By working closely with senior staff and managers to review and evaluate programme provision ensuring continuous improvements are made, driving innovation and business development.

What are we looking for from you:

  • To be committed, passionate and motivated.
  • To be educated to SVQ 3/HNC level or above or demonstrate 2 years' experience in a relevant discipline. We don't need you to have both but if you do, it would be great.
  • To demonstrate experience of leading a team.
  • An understanding of the current policy and legislation affecting young people.
  • To demonstrate strong partnership working with other organisations and agencies.
  • To be able to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service. We might need occasional flexibility from you.
  • To be familiar and confident with a range of IT applications.
  • A current driving license and access to a car to enable the duties of the role to be carried out effectively.

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.

Application notes

To find out more and to apply, please visit our website

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