Learning and Employment Mentor (Active Inclusion) - Cardiff

Contract:
Contract
Category:
Full Time
Job Sector:
HR / Training, Nursing / Social Care
Region:
South Wales
Location:
Cardiff
Salary description:
£19, 372 per annum
Posted:
22/11/2016
Start Date:
ASAP
Recruiter:
The Wallich
Job Ref:
493LEM

Learning and Employment Mentor (Active Inclusion)

Reports To: Learning and Employment Co-ordinator

Term: Fixed term until December 2017

Based At: Active Inclusion Project, Cardiff

Salary: £19,372 per annum

Hours of work: 37.5 hours per week Monday to Friday 9am-5pm (some flexibility required)

Closing Date: 07 Dec 2016 12:00PM

Introduction

The Wallich is a homelessness charity which provides support services to homeless and vulnerably-housed people. The organisation formed in 1978 in Cardiff, and now supports around 4000 people a year across the majority of Local Authorities in Wales. The Wallich's values are of empowerment and treating people with dignity, respect and an unconditional positive regard. The principles of our work are based around solution focused working, harm reduction, and the creation of an environment where the people we support are actively and meaningfully encouraged to be involved in their support, and the development and delivery of services. 

Project Description

The Active Inclusion Project is a WCVA Active Inclusion funded project designed to support people with low skills to gain the knowledge, confidence and skills to re-enter the labour market through life skills pre-employment training, qualification and practical experience through volunteering on the project.

Purpose of Role

The Learning & Employment Mentor will support the team to deliver pre-employment and industry qualification workshop sessions in line with the projects key aims and KPI’s.

This role requires an Enhanced DBS check.

Main Duties, Responsibilities and Person Profile

Project Delivery

  • To plan and deliver a programme of pre-employment soft skills training and work-based industry qualifications to participants.
  • To support participants into industry visits, work based training, volunteering and employment.
  • To establish and maintain procedures with learners that promote appropriate conduct, communication and respect for others, whilst challenging discriminatory attitudes and behaviour.
  • To work with participants to identify and overcome barriers to employment.
  • To develop methods of involving participants in the continuous improvement and on-going evaluation of the project.
  • To implement, adhere to and regularly review risk assessments and risk management plans for participants.

Communication

  • To communicate effectively and appropriately using a variety of methods to engage participants and enhance learning.
  • To professionally represent the Participation and Progression Team and The Wallich internally and externally.

Systems and Paperwork

  • To update relevant databases and paperwork in relation to learner’s progress.
  • To collate and produce reports for funders and senior management.
  • To operate in compliance with relevant legislation, best practice and organisational policies.

Networking

  • To assist with the development of publicity materials in conjunction with Public Relations.

Volunteer Management

  • To inspire, motivate and provide support to volunteers within the Investing in Volunteers standards.
  • To manage and monitor volunteer hours and expenses, reporting to the Volunteer Development Worker.

Team working and collaboration

  • To develop successful cross-organisational working with relevant project teams.
  • To contribute professional knowledge and expertise to the Participation and Progression Team's development.
  • To act as a source of knowledge and expertise.
  • To proactively participate in team meetings, 1:1 with line manager and appraisal as per the Supervision and Appraisal policy.

Please note that this list of duties and responsibilities is not exhaustive and may be varied from time to time by the organisation.

Person Profile

Knowledge

  • Knowledge of welfare to work and the benefits system.
  • Knowledge of services available to assist long term unemployed and working age claimants into work.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the legal frameworks in which The Wallich works (e.g. POVA, Child Protection, Mental Health Act, Health & Safety at Work Act, Misuse of Drugs Act etc.)

Experience

  • Hold a PTTLS qualification or be willing to achieve.
  • Experience of assessing and managing risk.
  • Experience of working with individuals with complex needs.
  • Experience of working with vulnerable adults on a one-to-one and group basis.
  • Experience of delivering workshops and training sessions.
  • Experience of cross-sector working.
  • Experience of using database systems to monitor outcomes.

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to form positive working relationships with members of the team and the wider organisation.
  • An understanding of the barriers that prison leavers and ex-offenders face during resettlement and when seeking employment.
  • Ability to understand and work within professional boundaries.
  • Able to manage conflict and effectively deal with challenging situations.
  • Ability to gather and provide appropriate information and data.
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written.
  • Competent using Microsoft Word, Excel and MS Outlook to an intermediate level.
  • Flexible and able to meet the changing needs of the service and the organisation.
  • Committed to own continued professional development.
  • Willing to undertake other duties within the remit of the post.
  • Ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable but not essential.

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Company Description

The Wallich is a homelessness charity which provides support services to homeless and vulnerably-housed people. The organisation formed in 1978 in Cardiff, and now supports around 4000 people a year across the majority of Local Authorities in Wales. The Wallich's values are of empowerment and treating people with dignity, respect and an unconditional positive regard. The principles of our work are based around solution focused working, harm reduction, and the creation of an environment where the people we support are actively and meaningfully encouraged to be involved in their support, and the development and delivery of services.

Personal Development:

We place an emphasis on personal development for staff at all levels throughout the charity. Our in-house training programme offers a wide range of courses which you will be encouraged to attend to support you to develop whilst working for us. You may also be asked to attend external or vocational learning opportunities as appropriate.

Closing Date:
07/12/2016

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