Employment & Skills Advisor - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £34,017
Type: Fixed Term
Closing date: 28 Jan 2021
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Part-time
Req ID: 606
Role: Young People Services
About the role

Employment & Skills Advisor

Fixed Term, Part Time

Up to £34,017

Location: Chelmsford

Closing Date: 28/01/2021

Employment & Skills Advisor

Job Purpose

Essex is a diverse county with some of the highest levels of deprivation in the countrythrough to highly affluent communities, which gives us a wide variance in lifeexpectancy and quality. In support of the delivery of Inclusive Economic Growth,ECC’s work on the skills system will aid increased employment rates in higher qualityroles for Essex residents, demonstrate the benefits of Essex’s strategic location to ouropportunity employers and enable increased quality of life and wellbeing for residents.

Supporting young people requiring impartial advice and guidance to progress into post16 opportunities into appropriate employment, education, training and vocationalopportunities.

Possesses an IAG Qualification, Dip CG, QCG or NVQ 4 LDDS and a proven trackrecord of progressing young people into education, training and employmentopportunities. A broad understanding of the issues affecting young people,opportunities for learning and the services provided by partner agencies is essential.


Service/Functional Accountabilities

Responsible for assisting young people to overcome barriers to learning andemployment through a self-referral process. Providing impartial careers informationand guidance, supportive of person centred career planning, i.e. CV writing, job applications, interview techniques, delivery of group work sessions and large scalepresentations.

Responsible for managing individual caseloads and maintaining accuracy of individualclient records, in conjunction DfE guidance.

Discharge the Council’s statutory responsibility to engage with all under 18 benefitclaimants for DWP registration and child benefit registrations with HMRC.

Responsible for brokering opportunities between providers and young people to enablethem to engage in preparation for the world of work and search for employmentopportunities. Including the promotion of the 8 Gatsby bench marks as set out in thegovernments careers strategy and linked to labour market need.

Influence and negotiate the level and type of provision available, to meet economic andyoung people’s needs and identify and inform gaps in education and training provision.Collate and disseminate information in respect of current training opportunities, workingclosely with training providers with a focus on our NEET population.

Support implementation of the future RPA strategy, including advocating for youngpeople, to enable them to make and implement effective decisions in the areas oflearning, employment, personal development and successful transition to adult life.

Working in collaboration with stakeholders including senior school based staff, socialcare, SEND, Youth Offending, Housing and partner agencies, at senior managementlevel, to provide wider support to young people with regard to training and employment.

Responsible for developing and delivering large scale recruitment events, advocatingwith parents/carers and other professionals, to achieve the best outcomes for youngpeople.

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



Budgetary responsibility (direct or indirect impact): None

People management (including direct reports): None


Skills, Knowledge and Experience

Possesses an IAG Qualification, Dip CG, QCG or (minimum NVQ 4) level preferablyworking towards level 6 LDDS, or equivalent by experience.

Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevantprofessional area.

Advanced communication skills and solution focused approach to identify andunderstand the needs of hard to reach young people, with the ability to coach and instilconfidence, resilience and life skills.

Proven track record of progressing young people into education, training andemployment opportunities.

A broad understanding of the issues affecting young people, opportunities for learningand the services provided by partner organisations. Maintains currency with labourmarket information and developments within education.

Ability to build working relationships with stakeholders and partner agencies which arecollaborative and engender delivery.

Advocating on behalf of young people with providers and partner organisations with anability to negotiate with schools, colleges, employers and other agencies.

Experience of analysing and interpreting data sets.


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/benefits/ 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 any queries regarding 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 08:30 - 16.30.