Vacancy Details

Hopscotch - Employment Advisor (Part-Time)

Job ref.: 0401
Job title: Employment Advisor (Part-Time)
Employer: Hopscotch
Job type: Permanent
Pay: 0.00 per hour
Date posted: 01/07/2019
Hopscotch W

Job Title: Employment Advisor
Salary: HAWC Grade 29 - £28,183 incl. ILW
Hours of Work: 14 Hours per week


Main Purpose and Scope of the Job

  1. To promote the Big Lottery / ESF funded Women at the Centre project to potential candidates by organising open days, employability workshops, attending local community networking events and liaising with established agencies i.e. voluntary community groups, Black, Asian, ethnic minority and refugee communities.
  2. To promote the project to stakeholders i.e. Children Centres, schools, Training providers, Housing Associations.
  3. To assist candidates by identifying candidates’ skills, strengths and job requirements. To support and prepare candidates for work and/or training, delivering employability and other employment related advice and information to enable them to make informed choices about work and financial independence. 
 Main Tasks and Responsibilities


Service Delivery
  • To meet with individual candidates across a variety of community locations and assist them in identifying their employment aspirations, including any basic skills and training needs
  • To carry out  one to one IAG support and personalised Action planning
  • Screening candidates’ basic needs and signposting to literacy and numeracy support where appropriate
  • Referring candidates to services delivered through the Employment project
  • To deliver training and facilitate workshops that build confidence and ability to access employment
  • To provide Better off in Work benefit calculations
  • To plan, set up and deliver a range of employment related group activities and taster sessions 
  • To maintain an optimum caseload of candidates
  • Assist candidates in goal setting and support their progress; this will include supporting candidates when their motivation levels drop (retention)
  • To regularly contact and meet with candidates to support them in pursing their work goals by giving information, advice and guidance about options available to them and the steps required to reach those goals.
  • Assist the Employer Engagement Worker to identify candidates for work experience opportunities and those clients who are job ready to find work.
  • To accurately record information from meetings with candidates on project forms and enter this information onto the project’s client management information system in line with compliance deadlines for project claim.
  • To maintain beneficiaries’ files according to Big Lottery / ESF requirements.
  • To review, monitor and update candidate records to ensure all outcomes information is collected and processed promptly.
  • To take appropriate responsibility to ensure the health and safety of self and others involved in lone working
  • Undertake any other tasks and responsibilities appropriate to the level of this post.

Service Development
  • To  maintain relationships with organisations/agencies which provide training and employment services i.e. Community education, training providers, voluntary organisations.
  • To set up and maintain relationships with organisations which may refer candidates into the service i.e. JCP, Housing Associations, Health & Welfare agencies
  • To develop relationships with local employers to assist the job-broker in securing work experience and job opportunities.
  • To attend project staff meetings and provide timely progress reports
  • To meet project targets as per Project Plan
  • Keep records of activities  and manage own administration associated with project

General Responsibilities:
  • To keep accurate records adhering to relevant policies regarding confidentiality and information sharing and equal opportunities.
  • To keep abreast of national strategies, best practice and research relating to employment and skills
  • Contribute to the sharing of good practice and support continuous improvement throughout Hopscotch.
  • Participate in supervision and appraisal with their line manager. To work with the line manager to review professional development and undertake training as agreed.
  • To occasionally work during evenings and weekends, as required by the post.
  • Contribute through Hopscotch team meetings, training and outreach/events to the development of Hopscotch services
  • Any others duties which are considered commensurate with the post.

Essential Experience/Knowledge/Skills:
  • NVQ L 3 in information, Advice and Guidance of equivalent
  • Knowledge and understanding of the barriers to work faced by disadvantaged groups in accessing training and employment and the range of different approaches to address this
  • Knowledge of issues faced by people with disabilities (including learning disability), mental health, substance/alcohol misuse
  • Understanding of honour based violence, domestic abuse and forms of gender based violence and discrimination affecting BME women.
  • Knowledge of the workless and skills agenda
  • Knowledge of welfare reforms and the implication it has for economically inactive and unemployed women
  • Experience of supporting people to find employment and support with job coaching
  • Experience of running or facilitating community outreach activities aimed at hard to reach communities
  • Experience of developing and facilitating training to develop motivation and confidence in relation to employment or a similar area
  • Experience of delivering IAG, employment related workshops to diverse communities, especially women experiencing multiple barriers to work 
  • Experience of engaging with employers and secure opportunities for candidates
  • Experience of managing a caseload of jobseekers and maintaining their motivation
  • Experience of working to targets and meeting deadlines
  • Experience of presenting statistical and qualitative information
  • Ability to communicate using a range of skills and communication methods
  • Ability to use a range of IT systems competently in day to day work
  • Ability to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to the values and practice of supporting communities who are disproportionally represented in the workplace
  • To establish and maintain multi agency and partnership working.
  • To work for long periods unsupervised with the ability to remain focused and target driven
  • A commitment to occasional out of hours working at evenings and weekends.
  • Awareness of and commitment to equalities and diversity principles

Shortlisted candidates will be required to complete a short application form.

Completed application forms must be submitted before the closing date of Saturday 20th July 2019.