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Work Club Support Officer

Join the GREAT Team and help to transform lives.

Voluntary Action LeicesterShire 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 (BiTC)
  • 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. Working closely with our established team of GREAT Project Employment Support Officers across Leicester and Leicestershire. You will support family members who are furthest from the labour market and are most at risk of social exclusion to achieve progress towards and into training or employment.

Participants will be referred to you by your peers and you will work with them one to one and in groups to enhance their job work readiness through a range of focused support including job searching, registering for appropriate job search sites, creating and updating CV’s, cover letters, applications and interview preparation skills. The support would be delivered online and in person.

You will be expected to feed into the work of our Business Engagement Development Officer and wider BiTC activities to support them to gain insight into the types of roles and sectors participants are looking for so that they can create world of work tours, work experience and straight to interview opportunities. Applicants will need to demonstrate experience in supporting individuals to identify and achieve personal goals combined with an established understanding of barriers preventing families from engaging with support linked to employment, education and training. Proven skills in engaging and motivating individuals (both face to face and remotely) to achieve outcomes and an ability to develop high quality information and resources are also necessary. Experience of delivering work readiness workshops to groups and tailored individual interventions in support of employability would be a great advantage.

The roles also require superb communicators with an established track record in providing impactful support and training, working in diverse communities. You will have a proactive and dynamic approach, excellent organisation skills, a keen eye for detail combined with the ability to process detailed information, manage complex processes, prioritise and multi-task. The project team works with structured processes and to tight timelines and targets, so flexibility and a “can do” attitude are a must.

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.