Employment & Skills Advisor - NEET - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £36,179 per annum
Closing date: 28 Sep 2023
Location: Countywide
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 13739
Role: Education
About the role

Employment & Skills Advisor - NEET

Permanent, Full Time

Up to £36,179 per annum

Location: Countywide

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Closing Date: 28th September 2023

Essex is a diverse county with some of the highest levels of deprivation in the country through to highly affluent communities, which gives us a wide variance in life expectancy 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 quality roles for Essex residents, demonstrate the benefits of Essex’s strategic location to large employers and enable increased quality of life and wellbeing for residents.

Supporting young people requiring impartial advice and guidance to progress into post 16 opportunities into appropriate employment, education, training and vocational opportunities.

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


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

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

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

· Responsible for brokering opportunities between providers and young people to enable them to engage in preparation for the world of work and search for employment opportunities. Including the promotion of the 8 Gatsby bench marks as set out in the governments careers strategy.

· Influence and negotiate the level and type of provision available, to meet economic and young people’s needs and identify and inform gaps in education and training provision. Collate and disseminate information in respect of current training opportunities, working closely with training providers

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

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

· Responsible for developing and delivering large scale recruitment events, advocating with parents/carers and other professionals, to achieve the best outcomes for young people.

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

Qualifications and Skills Required:

  • Possesses an IAG Qualification, Dip CG, QCG or (minimum NVQ 4) level preferably working towards level 6 LDDS, or equivalent by experience.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional area.
  • Advanced communication skills and solution focused approach to identify and understand the needs of hard to reach young people, with the ability to coach and instil confidence, resilience and life skills.
  • Proven track record of progressing young people into education, training and employment opportunities.
  • A broad understanding of the issues affecting young people, opportunities for learning and the services provided by partner organisations. Maintains currency with labour market information and developments within education.
  • Ability to build working relationships with stakeholders and partner agencies which are collaborative and engender delivery.
  • Advocating on behalf of young people with providers and partner organisations with an ability to negotiate with schools, colleges, employers and other agencies.
  • Experience of analysing and interpreting data sets.

This role plays a crucial part in supporting the diverse youth population of Essex, helping them overcome barriers and achieve their full potential in education and employment.

To read more about us please visit: Education

Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) 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 go to https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service

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