Employer Engagement Lead

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

  • Advertised from 3rd June 2021
  • 35 hours per week. Post is funded to 31st March 2022 (extension dependent on funding)
  • 28 days annual leave + 8 public holidays


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.

Application notes

Closing date for applications : Friday 25th June 2021

Applications to be submitted to Diane Ashwood, Skills Exchange SCIO, The Village Centre, 12 Maxwell Drive, East Kilbride, G74 4HG or Email: diane@skillscio.org