Step Forward Tees Valley is an exciting programme jointly funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund which is indicative to end June 2022. Working in partnership with voluntary and community sector delivery partners who are specialists in employment, financial and digital inclusion and volunteering, Step Forward Tees Valley supports long term unemployed people into or towards employment, training or education.
As a Navigator, you will manage, create and build a caseload of participants, providing 1:1, support and guidance to help them overcome complex barriers to employment and/or training. You will be responsible for the comprehensive assessment of each participant to assess barriers, and create individual actions plans accordingly. You will be working closely with all participants, referring into the partnership organisations for specialist support. You will be responsible for guiding them through every stage of their journey, addressing barriers, increasing engagement, introducing activities to support progression and move them closer to the labour market.
This is a fixed term contract until June 2022 with a strong possibility of an extension.
Main duties and responsibilities:
- Work with referral partners to promote Step Forward Tees Valley to the targeted participants
- Engage within the community to identify new opportunities for referral sources
- Undertake participant eligibility check of all participants to ensure compliance with ESF/BBO guidance
- Carry out comprehensive initial assessment with all participants to assess barriers
- Develop an individual action plan with clear goals, identifying barriers and measures to overcome these barriers
- Regularly review the progress of participants using the Outcome Star Tool
- Manage a participant caseload and review ongoing progress, liaising closely with the full range of specialist partners as appropriate
- To support and deliver community based projects, activities and groups
- Work in partnership and carry out joint key working in order to achieve improved positive outcomes for participants
- Support participants to access resources and services to increase their employability to help them achieve their goals
- Provide Information, Advice and Guidance and support participants with job search, application / CV writing and appropriate mock interviews
- Work with participants to address barriers towards engagement, referring in to specialist partners where required
- Promote volunteering opportunities, through partners, as a stepping stone to employment and training.
- Identify appropriate employment and training opportunities for designated participants
- Promote participants to colleges and training providers and assist in the placement of participants into further education and training
- Meet agreed performance targets in line with project objectives
- Present a professional image of Step Forward Tees Valley and Humankind at all times
- Ensure that all project recordings and management information systems are adhered to and kept up to date
- Integrate, share knowledge and spread best practice with over Navigators, staff and partners within the Step Forward Tees Valley programme
- Maintain participant confidentiality at all time in line with all GDPR regulations
- Be prepared to work creatively and flexibly, which may occasionally include evening and weekend work
- Work as part of a team, attend team meetings and participate in staff training and development
- Step Forward Tees Valley promotes a great importance to social, environmental and financial sustainability. It is therefore the responsibility of all staff members working on the programme to ensure resources are used efficiently with minimum wastage
- Work within the organisations policies and practices
This job description is intended to provide a guide to the general duties and responsibilities of the post. It should not be regarded as a contractual document. It will be reviewed regularly and may be varied at the discretion of Humankind.
Person Specification - Essential criteria:
- Knowledge and understanding of the barriers to unemployment, training, and education
- Experience of working in communities and engaging with unemployed or economically inactive participants
- Excellent communication skills with the ability to develop new and maintain existing effective relationships with all partners and referral sources
- Experience in caseload management
- Effective time management and organisational skills and the ability to manage competing work demands
- Proven ability of building trusting relationships with workless participants and innovative approaches to help retain them on the project inspire people to reach their goal
- Computer literate and experience of working with Management Information Systems
- Flexible approach with the ability to work evenings and weekends where required
- Excellent communication skills with the ability to develop effective relationships with all stakeholders
- Goal driven with a proven ability to achieve positive outcomes for participants
- Willing to carry out extensive travel across the operational area
- Knowledge of Information Governance and the regulations surrounding data confidentiality
Person Specification – Desirable criteria:
- Qualification in Information, Advice and Guidance
- Working knowledge of Safeguarding Practices
- Specialist knowledge of challenges faced by one or more of the following groups: people with health conditions, BAME, substance/alcohol misuse, homelessness, offending.
Candidates will be recruited within the advertised pay range, please do not automatically expect initial recruitment to be at the top end, as this will depend on experience and enables progression in role through the Humankind development process.
Internal candidates at risk of redundancy will be prioritised for this vacancy therefore, we retain the right to withdraw the advert before the closing date.
Please note that all communication regarding your application for this post will be sent to the email address you provide on your application form. We will contact shortlisted candidates by email to confirm the arrangements for interview. Please check your email inbox after the closing date for notification as you will not be notified by any other means. Please remember to check your junk folder.
Due to the current restrictions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, interviews will be via Microsoft Teams or Zoom.