Employability Worker in Leaving Care - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £34,323 per annum
Closing date: 28 Jun 2021
Location: Colchester
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 1933
Role: Social Care
About the role

Employability Worker in Leaving Care

Permanent, Full Time

Up to £34,323 per annum

Location: Colchester

Children and Families is recognised as a service in which social work can develop and prosper, with a culture of collaboration, integrity and compassion; promoting the development and wellbeing of children, young people and their families; protecting them from neglect and abuse. Working together with partners delivering a range of early help, family support and effective social work interventions which build resilience, remove barriers and enable children and young people to look forward to a brighter future.

Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK and is undergoing significant transformational change to further enhance customer focus, service and delivery.

Family Operations delivers direct provision of services relating to vulnerable children, young people and Complex Families. These services will be delivered against specifications set by the People Commissioning function in line with the County Council’s overarching outcomes.

This role will work within a Quadrant locality and is accountable for the development of an Employment Programme which ensures children in and leaving the care of the Authority have the best possible access to employment opportunities and are supported in achieving employment, contributing to the key ECC outcome of reducing NEETs.

The postholder will be expected to work flexibly across the whole of the County, with access to a car and a willingness to work outside of ‘office’ hours when required

To raise aspirations and improve the life chances of young people in and leaving care contributing to the reduction of NEET figures.

To play a key role in the development of an Employability Programme for young people in and leaving care.

To ensure through this programme that young people have access to a range of employment opportunities and the support that they require to succeed in them and progress towards full employment.

Employment Officers will be based within Family Operations Leaving Care Services, on a quadrant basis but will also be aligned to the Employability & Skills Unit. The focus will be young people in and leaving care in each quadrant who are not engaged in education, training or employment. The scope of the role involves working with internal and external partners including a variety of agencies and employers across Essex and beyond in order to broker and support the provision of a broad and flexible range of employment and employment related opportunities accessible to young people in and leaving care.

The scope of the role involves working in partnership with internal and external partners including a variety of employers across Essex and beyond.

The post will report to the relevant Leaving Care Team Manager as the professional lead within Family Operations and be matrix managed in conjunction with the Employability and Skills Unit

Understand the needs of your customers and deliver the best possible outcomes through exemplar behaviour in accordance with ECC’s Values and Core Organisational Behaviours.

Work flexibly and collaboratively across structural boundaries in support of key outcomes.

To contribute to development of organisational capability by taking ownership of your own training and development, including identifying and taking part in training and development activity and responding to feedback on performance.

Thinking creatively, challenging the norms, and constructively challenging those around them (including those more senior) to ensure continuous improvement and commercial astuteness, and inspire the same in colleagues.

Take responsibility for identifying and actioning areas of risk including Health and Safety and Business Continuity.

Work as part of project or process teams as required under the new operating model, ensuring excellent cross functional output.

Work closely with a range of teams and departments across the council and in districts, including Job Centres, to provide and broker a diverse and wide range of suitable career related opportunities for young people in and leaving care.

Develop relationships with employers known to the council and districts and to establish new partnerships with employers to create a range of work shadowing, work experience, apprenticeships and entry to employment opportunities. To support employers providing such schemes in order to maximise the chances of success, maintain positive partnerships and thus build sustainable arrangements

To ensure young people in work experience and employment opportunities gain the maximum benefit to help them succeed in them and progress on from them.

To keep up to date and comply with the health and safety requirements of work experience placements.

To plan and manage the workflow of opportunities and placements eg start dates, review dates, end dates etc.

To work closely with the Children in Care and Leaving Care teams and the Targeted Youth Advisers to identify suitable young people for the Employability Programme.

To support young people’s transition to further opportunities, liaising closely with Social workers, Personal Advisers, Targeted Youth Advisers and the virtual School for Looked After Children.

To maintain up to date management, tracking and monitoring reports regarding young people referred to and engaged in the Employability Programme and outcomes achieved.

In conjunction with the Involvement team to consult with young people regarding their views, wishes and ideas in relation to work experience and access to employment.

To co-ordinate publicity and information sessions for young people on the scheme and career related opportunities.

Ensure that the Council’s child protection procedures are observed and followed at all times.

Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.


Skills, Knowledge and Experience

Educated to degree level and relevant professional qualification eg in youth services, social work, employment services OR equivalent by years of experience in a related area of work.

Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional area. – can be altered include membership of essential professional membership e.g. HCPC, CIPD

Working knowledge of the needs and experiences of young people in and leaving care.

Displays an understanding of and commitment to the protection and safeguarding of young people including a sound understanding of the boundaries between personal and professional relationships and ability to communicate this to young people and partners.

Ability to work independently using own initiative to meet tight deadlines together with an ability to establish and maintain positive, influential working relationships with team members, colleagues and partner organisations

Ability to compile accurate statistical reports, with accompanying explanatory narrative using a variety of Windows based applications including Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Outlook and www to collate data, write reports and produce presentations.

Ability to develop and maintain effective systems to support the tracking, monitoring and review of opportunities and young people in them.

Experience of directly supporting young people into employment and related employability opportunities eg work experience, apprenticeships, with proven ability to be creative and flexible in methods of engaging with and offering services to young people and in responding to demands of service providers

Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Experience of organising and co-ordinating projects and events including experience in delivering formal presentations of information and proposals to a wide variety of audiences and individuals

Experience of effective partnership working with other agencies and departments.

As part of employment with Essex County Council should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please visit: https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. For more information please use the following link: https://www.workingforessex.com/working-here/pay-reward/Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.If you have queries on this role or require anything further, please email resourcing.team@essex.gov.uk or call us on 0333 013 5888. Lines are open Monday to Friday between 08:30 - 16:30.