Employability Officers (Belfast)

Bryson Future Skills – Belfast
Closing Date: 6th November 2023

Summary of Position

We are seeking staff to provide specialist disability support to young people who require assistance whilst participating on the Skills for Life and Work, Training for Success and/or Apprenticeships NI Programme.   

This role also requires staff to undertake administrative duties to ensure their records of support are accurate, completed and returned timeously.   

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Organise work placements and support participants in the work placement process. Familiarity with the industries and placement areas in, Administration, Bricklaying, Catering, Childcare, Hairdressing, IT, Joinery, Play Work, and Retail. This knowledge may help in providing more tailored support to participants seeking placements in these fields.
  • Prepare participants for interviews/introductory meetings with potential new employers and accompany them to these.
  • Prepare participants for their first day on placement to ensure they know what is expected of them and what they can do to make the right start.
  • Provide mentoring support to participants as and when required.
  • Organise and attend placement visits to monitor the progress of participants and deal effectively with any issues/concerns that arise.
  • Assist the DSS Co-ordinator with the monitoring and evidencing of progress against Performance Targets set.
  • Maintain accurate and timely records that support effective ongoing monitoring and review of own support provided and raise any immediate issues or concerns with line manager.

Ensure the following is completed:

  • DSS10s to be signed by trainee and tutor/manager and returned to the DSS admin team on a weekly basis for checking.
  • Staff engagement notes to be uploaded to the DSS APP before close of business each Friday to allow for checking by the following Monday.
  • 8/10/13 week trainee reviews (due dates to be advised by training provider).
  • Referral paperwork (DSS5) – Part B only (as and when required by training provider).
  • Consent Forms – to be signed at point of completion of the DSS5 and scanned to DSS admin team.

Please Note: DSS staff are not to carry out any teaching or programme delivery instead of the training provider, rather the training provider to lead / teach and the DSS staff member to provide additional disability support.

General Duties

  • Adhere to Clanrye Group’s ‘Code of Conduct’ maintaining confidentiality, professionalism and quality standards across all work practices and interactions.
  • Perform job duties in compliance with Clanrye Group’s policies and procedures to include adherence to equal opportunities, health and safety legislation and data protection requirements.
  • Demonstrate commitment to Clanrye Group through the completion of all tasks allocated by attending staff and development opportunities to ensure that professional competency is maintained.
  • Ensure that all safeguarding procedures are followed as outlined in Clanrye Group’s safeguarding manual.

Person Specifications

(E = Essential, D = Desirable) 

Competencies

  • Knowledge of directly supporting people with disabilities within an employment, education, or employment & training setting (D)
  • The ability to work with a wide cross-section of participants with varying levels of support needs (D)
  • Highly competent in using ICT with excellent working knowledge of MS Office Suite to include Sharepoint, Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint (E)

Technical competencies (qualifications and training)

  • Educated to NVQ Level 2 or equivalent to include Maths and English.  (E)
  • Good IT skills – to present data using Microsoft packages or suitable alternative (E)

Experience

  • Candidates should have experience in the work areas they are tasked with finding placements in e.g. Joinery that demonstrates an understanding of the challenges and requirements of the position (E)
  • Candidates must demonstrate ability to perform administrative tasks to a high standard under minimal supervision (E)
  • Candidates must have excellent communication skills and extensive knowledge of the industries they are placing trainees in to (E)
  • Candidates with previous experience of learning support would be preferable (D)

Skills and Attributes

  • Highly organised professional with evidence of developing relationships with participants (E)
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team (E)
  • Employability Officers should be proactive and able to structure their workload effectively to provide support to participants. This role may involve working independently from home, so self-motivation and time management skills are important (E)
  • Ability to effectively report progress on KPI’s and progress participants through their qualifications within the timeframes set (E)
  • Ability to manage a busy workload and prioritise to ensure all requirements are met (E)
  • Ability to complete all paperwork, and reports timeously (E)

Personal qualities, communicating and relating to others

  • Flexible, adaptable and innovative (D)
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (E)
  • A deep understanding of the barriers faced by individuals with learning disabilities (D)
  • Strong 1:1 mentoring, and motivational skills and the ability to engage with participants to encourage them to take positive actions toward employment (E)

Safeguarding

  • Be able to display an awareness, understanding and commitment to the protection and safeguarding of children, young people and adults (E)
  • This post requires an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (E)

Other

  • Access to transport to carry out the duties of the post (D)
  • This position includes an allowance for travel and parking.

Employee Benefits

The successful post holder will avail of the following benefits: 

  • Holiday Arrangements: 20 working days per year plus 12 (pro rata).  
  • Pension: Employees are able to join the pension scheme under the new Auto Enrolment Government Scheme.  
  • Enhanced Family Friendly Rights:  Maternity and paternity leave in accordance with current statutory requirements. 
  • CPD:  Opportunity to develop and enhance knowledge and skills through Continuous Professional Development. 
  • Sick Pay Arrangements:  After 6 month’s service, full pay up to 20 working days.  Half pay for a further 20 working days (pro rata) 
  • Birthday:  Paid leave on day of birthday or on the following Monday if it falls at the weekend. 

Apply today

If you are interested in joining Clanrye Group, please follow the below steps:

  1. Download the Employee Monitoring Form & Application Form
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  • Fill out and save the form as a Word document
  • Fill out the contact form here and attach/upload the Employee Monitoring Form & Application Form or alternatively email ciara.grant@clanryegroup.com

 

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