Targeted Youth Advisor - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £31,824 per annum
Closing date: 02 Oct 2023
Location: Colchester
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 13828
Role: Young People Services
About the role

Targeted Youth Advisor

Permanent, Full Time

Up to £31,824 per annum

Location: Colchester

Working Style: Community-based worker

For applicants who do not hold a Level 6 qualification in IAG, the starting annual salary will be £26,010 and the candidate will be put on a training course to acquire this.

The Targeted Youth Adviser will play a key role in developing the Youth Service offer by working with identified Young People who are at risk of not engaging in employment, education and training within the leaving and aftercare care team. TYA’s provide in depth, evidence based, one to one intensive mentoring, bespoke groupwork packages and positive activities to empower Young People to overcome barriers to education to reach their full potential.

The role supports young people of school age requiring impartial advice and guidance to re-engage in education, as well as progression into post 16 opportunities such as, appropriate employment, education, training and vocational opportunities. You will play a key role in identifying opportunities, enabling them to fulfil their potential and access universal services. You will also engage in mentoring and reintegration work that supports the government’s statutory guidance for pupils of alternative provision for those at a compulsory education age.

A broad understanding of the issues affecting young people, barriers to education, opportunities for learning and the services provided by partner agencies is essential.

Contributing to the development of a high-quality targeted service for young people, the role will work with colleagues across the Council and key partners such as Education, Health, Social Services and Youth Offending Service, to ensure the best possible outcomes for young people. This role will be based as part of the leaving and after care team.

Responsibilities & Accountabilities

  • Responsible for assisting young people to overcome barriers to access universal services and learning or employment, providing impartial advice, information and guidance, supportive of young people’s needs and views.
  • Work with young people, their families and schools to remove barriers to education and learning in line with the DfE statutory guidance on Alternative Provision. Carry out young carers statutory assessment of needs, in line with our statutory duty as defined by the Children’s and Families Act 2014.
  • Responsible for managing a defined caseload of young people to establish their needs and offer intervention in line with external contracts and create, maintain and review accuracy of records in conjunction with DfE guidance and that of external funders, whilst ensuring compliance with Information Sharing Protocols.
  • Responsible for the effective management of staff; renewing and reflecting on professional practice to achieve continuous improvement in performance.
  • Supporting the development and delivery of intensive support to identified young people a, within a cost recoverable framework to remove barriers to education, employment or training.
  • Working in collaboration with stakeholders, including senior school-based staff, social care, SEND, Youth Offending Service, Housing and partner agencies, to provide wider support to young people to remove barriers to learning, training and employment.
  • Responsible for the delivery of high quality one to one interventions, mentoring and group work through positive activities that are cost effective, planned, actioned and evaluated. This includes large scale events advocating with other professionals to achieve these.
  • Work collaboratively with a range of external agencies and commercial bodies to ensure a coherent approach to overcoming barriers to learning and employment faced by young people, ensure they receive service required, including promotion of the eight Gatsby benchmarks as set out in the government’s careers strategy.
  • Responsible for ensuring compliance with statutory requirements, including data management, equality and diversity legislation and ensure arrangements are in place to effectively manage concerns and complaints.
  • Responsible for brokering opportunities between providers and young people to enable them to engage in preparation for the world of work and search for education and employment opportunities.
  • 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 opportunities, working closely with educational and training providers.
  • Responsible for developing and delivering large scale employability and recruitment events, advocating with parents/carers and other professionals.

Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Educated to IAG Qualification, Dip CG, QCG or NVQ 4 LDDS (minimum NVQ 4) level
  • Preferably working towards level 6 LDDS. Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional area.
  • A broad understanding of the issues affecting young people, opportunities for learning and the services provided by partner organisations and proven experience in effective collaborative working. Deep knowledge and understanding of the current local offers of support to young people that may facilitate their reintegration.
  • Experience of line management of staff, plus extensive work with young people on a one to one basis and in groups.
  • Proven experience of successfully progressing young people into employment, education and training opportunities.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to relate to young people in a purposeful but responsive manner and demonstrable knowledge and understanding of their needs.
  • Ability to build working relationships with stakeholders and partner agencies which are collaborative and engender delivery.
  • Advocating on behalf of young people with services and partner organisations with an ability to negotiate with schools, colleges, employers and other agencies.
  • Flexible approach with excellent time management skills and ability to work creatively in order to respond to young people’s needs.

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Please note that the job role requires you to be mobile throughout an operational area. Therefore, the post holder will need to have a driving licence and access to a vehicle, or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means.

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 here.

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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.

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