Targeted Employment Officer x 4 - (21877)
Working Hours: Full-time
Salary: £30k - £41k per annum
Primary Location: Chelmsford
Closing Date (Period for Applying) - External: 31/03/19
Job summary and Responsibilities
Please note this role is based in Chelmsford with a requirement to be mobile covering the county of Essex.
Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a very successful track record of delivering transformational change. ECC anticipated change was needed in the public sector and has worked to deliver better quality at lower cost. We have an ambitious transformation agenda – one with the scope to reach every part of the council. We are changing the way we think, the way we work, and the ways in which we deliver our services. We are committed to becoming a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. We’re immensely proud of our flexible working options.
ECC is transforming to be far more proactive and our new model centres on a transformational shift from focusing on long term care and support to early intervention, recovery and enabling people to live independently for as long as possible. Our mission is to make the best and most sustainable use of all resources available to the child/adult, their families and carers; to ensure they have access to information and tools to enable them to live healthily and independently for as long as possible; and, to exercise choice and control over their lives, while ensuring safety, dignity and quality of life for all the children/adults we work with, including those in need of long term care.
Job summary and responsibilities
Preparing for Adulthood is a new service developed collaboratively between Children and Families, Education and Adult Social Care. Preparing for Adulthood is recognised as a service in which young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) can develop and prosper, with a culture of collaboration, integrity and compassion; promoting the development and well being 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 interventions which build resilience, remove barriers and enable children and young people to look forward to a brighter future.
As part of the Preparing for Adulthood agenda, this position will be key in supporting employment and community inclusion pathways. Working in partnership with internal and external stakeholders to develop local employment opportunities, build resilience, remove barriers and enable young people with SEND to access and sustain employment.
Working with a targeted caseload of young people with SEND you will be required to co-ordinate individual plans owned by the young person and developed with their support network. You will also be required to attend network review meetings to ensure plans are actioned, updated and effective in achieving desired outcomes.
As part of your role you will be required to identify and work directly with employers to develop employment, apprentices and supported internship opportunities for young people with SEND.
For an informal chat about this new and exciting role please contact Suzanne Davis (High Needs Funding and Targeted Employment Manager) on 07584 262958.
Knowledge, skills and experience
•Educated to RQF level 6 (Bachelor’s degree) or equivalent by experience.
•Experience of directly supporting young people into employment and related opportunities e.g. work experience and apprenticeships. Good working knowledge of the needs and experiences of young people to establish themselves within the workplace and sustain their employment.
•Displays an understanding of the needs of employers in the current market, with an ability to influence the value of young people with SEND.
•Displays commitment to protection and safeguarding of young people, communicating to young people and partner agencies the boundaries between personal and professional relationships.
•Experience of effective partnership working, to establish and maintain positive, influential relationships with team members, colleagues and partners.
•Experience of developing and maintaining effective systems to support tracking, monitoring and review of opportunities and young people in them. Proven ability to collate data and compile accurate statistical reports and presentations.
•Excellent communication skills both verbal and written, with proven ability to use creative and flexible methods of presenting information to a wide variety of audiences, organising and co-ordinating projects and events.
•The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wide operational area including travelling around the county of Essex. Driving licence and car or ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.
Qualification certificates must be brought to interview.
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 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 contact the Essex Recruitment Team on 033 005 83330*
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