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GREAT Project – ESO (Employment Support) Lead

Join the GREAT Team and help to transform lives

We have exciting new opportunities for you to join the Getting Ready for Employment and Training (GREAT) project which has been operating since 2017, to support families move into training and employment across Leicester city and the wider county. As a project led by Voluntary Action LeicesterShire (VAL), we work in collaboration with several organisations to deliver effective and tailored services to participants.

The project is funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund.
Our current partnership includes;

  • Business in The Community
  • Optima UK
  • Personal Development Point
  • Scalliwags Mobile Crèche

We are looking for individuals to join our existing project team to enable us to support local families who are currently not in employment and who may be facing challenges to access work or training.

This role is designed to work as part of the GREAT Project Team and is an exciting opportunity that combines caseload and line management. The Post holder will line manage, co-ordinate, develop and support a team of Employment Support Officers (ESOs) to enhance and improve participant engagement in joining the project, accessing GREAT Project activities, facilitating positive results, outcomes and exit from the Project. Applicants will need to demonstrate the ability to line manage, motivate staff and improve team engagement.

The role requires an excellent multi-tasker who can manage multiple work streams as well as oversee a personal caseload of project participants. A keen eye for detail is crucial to ensure accuracy for compliance monitoring and performance management. The successful candidate will have strong communication skills and have confidence to engage with diverse stakeholders.

Voluntary Action LeicesterShire (VAL) is a sector leading diverse and ambitious organisation, with a vision for growth. You will benefit from a competitive salary, a flexible and supportive working environment, 25 days annual leave, rising with service, plus bank holidays and a 6% employer pension contribution.

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Closing date: 5pm Wednesday 1st June 2022
Interviews: w/c Monday 20th June 2022

Application form and detailed information about the GREAT Project and the roles can be found on our website

For further information on the GREAT Project, please visit

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Chantal Brotherhood, GREAT Project Team Manager