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Employability Support Worker

  • Full time
  • £22,542 – £27,552
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 7th August 2021

  • Advertised from 23rd July 2021
  • Hours: 35 hours per week. Salary: Point 13-17, £22,542 - £27,552 per annum


Main Duties

The Employability Support Worker will be responsible to the Glasgow Services Manager and will work as a member of OPFS Glasgow Employability Service, to provide employability services for single parents living with complex needs and facing additional barriers to entering suitable employment.

Specific Duties

  • Case Management: Support single parents living with complex needs and facing additional barriers to suitable employment by using case management methods, to provide a continuum of consistent support on OPFS clients employability pathway journey into suitable and sustainable employment.
  • Families: Help eligible single parents to identify their future goals, assess motivation, develop personal development plans and help in their implementation through individual and group work.
  • Barriers: Identify barriers to employment and work with single parents to address those barriers.
  • Liaison: Building links with organisations and groups across Glasgow, to identify eligible single parents interested in progressing towards suitable employment.
  • Outreach & Engagement: Undertake activities in communities to actively reach eligible single parents as a basis to support their learning and development and engage them in early work preparation and employer matching activities to support positive change within their lives.
  • Work/Vocational Activities & Training: Co-ordinate and deliver a range of employability activities to enable single parents facing additional barriers to employment to develop participants core knowledge and skills, helping to increase their access to available employment, training and education opportunities.
  • Job Matching: Provide job ready single parents with the help participants need with job searching, interviews, securing and sustaining suitable employment.
  • In Work Support: Provide single parents living with complex needs and facing additional barriers to employment with continued support on entering employment, to help parents sustain their jobs.
  • Local services: Develop knowledge of services related to employment, training, education, childcare and other support. Develop an effective network of referral agencies to support clients' needs.
  • Signpost: single parents to services that will address their needs.
  • Money Advice: Liaise with OPFS Financial Inclusion team to offer better off calculations and access to debt support.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation: Ensure effective recording, monitoring and evaluation procedures are implemented.
  • Other Relevant duties: Carrying out any other relevant duties related to the above.

The job description is a broad picture of the post at the time of preparation. It is not an exhaustive list of all possible duties, and it is recognised that jobs change and evolve over time.

Personal Specifications


1. Qualification: A relevant professional qualification or a good standard of education equivalent to HNC/HND, SVQ3 /4 and combined with relevant experience.

2. Knowledge of issues affecting single parents in Glasgow

3. Experience of group work: candidates should preferably have had experience of running groups and understand group work issues

4. Experience of liaison and partnership working with other agencies

5. Excellent written and verbal communication skills

6. IT skills commensurate to the needs of the post

7. Commitment to professional development

8. Flexibility to meet the needs of the services


1. Driving license and use of a vehicle:

2. Experience of work with single parents: Prior experience of work with single parent families in a voluntary sector or statutory context would be helpful.

Terms & Conditions

1. Period of appointment: The post is funded until 31st March 2023. Confirmation of appointment will be dependent on completion of a satisfactory three-month probation period, satisfactory reference and Disclosure checks.

2. Salary: OPFS salary scale points 13 – 17, currently £22,542 - £27,552. Appointments will be made at a point reflective of previous experience.

3. Hours of work: 35 hours weekly with flexibility to meet the needs of clients.

4. Holidays: Annual leave entitlement is 25 days and 12 Public holidays.

5. Pension: You will be auto-enrolled from your start date. OPFS pays 7% of your salary and you pay a minimum of 3%.

6. Training, support and supervision: OPFS is committed to the development of its staff through internal training and access to external training. We also have an annual staff appraisal system in place and all staff receive regular monthly support and supervision from their manager.

7. Equal Opportunities and Family Friendly Employment: OPFS aims to be an equal opportunity and family friendly employer. We have Investors in People status and Living Wage accreditation.

Application notes

Recruitment Timetable

Closing date: The closing date is at 5pm Saturday 7th August. Please download an application from our website and email your completed application form to Please contact 0131 556 3899 if you require a paper application form.