Job vacancy: Employment Support Worker (VAS)

Voluntary Action Sheffield -Job Description for Employment Support Worker

Job Purpose

We are looking for someone that is passionate about supporting people into work or training.

A Creative thinker who can work in different and creative ways in order to reach individuals and engage them in activity that will support their own personal development.

You will support unemployed refugees to develop skills, increase employability, gain and sustain employment, by running the job club and group training sessions at the Sanctuary, providing ongoing job search support, enable people to maintain their universal credit benefits online and signposting refugees to the New Beginnings Employment Advisor who delivers 1-1 employment support. (New Beginnings is a project at VAS and part of the SPRING project partnership)

This is a challenging role which is delivered in a fast paced environment and there will be opportunities to grow however there are also a number of repetitive tasks that must to be performed on a regular basis to achieve the key outcomes of the SPRING project.

Core functions

  • Maintain and promote the Job Club, an active hub for refugees who are looking for work.
  • Arrange and facilitate group focused sessions in order to increase employability.
  • Be the main contact for referrals to New Beginnings from the SPRING Project and ensure people are signposted to the relevant staff member.
  • Signpost to other services within the SPRING project along with external organisations
  • Create a welcoming and supportive environment with a culture of trust so that clients have the confidence to access the service
  • Provide refugees with basic IT tips on becoming job ready.
  • Support clients to access online employment related services.
  • Complement the New Beginnings employment services and work closely with the Employment Advisor to improve as well as develop the service

Support enabling access to employment, education and training opportunities.

  • Work alongside the New Beginnings team to enable refugees to access employment, education, and training opportunities necessary for them to get work in line with their goals,
  • Support clients in accessing the Universal Credits online portal and keep it updated
  • Support people developing skills relating to UK work culture

Organisation Support and Partnership working

  • Support the Employment Advisor to develop/expand the employment service to provide more efficiency and capacity for existing and new clients.
  • Work closely with the New Beginnings team and the SPRING partners to offer clients more comprehensive solutions that can help them build on their experience.
  • Visit and liaise with opportunity providers and other agencies to collect information appropriate to support work with clients where appropriate.
  • Work with voluntary, statutory and community agencies to ensure a coherent approach is taken to overcoming barriers to employment and training faced by refugees and asylum seekers.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Maintain clear records of attendance and eligibility of clients supported in line with the EU monitoring criteria.
  • Contribute to the Volunteer Centre team, ensuring that New Beginnings project informs and complements other services being delivered by the Centre.
  • Work with the Employment Advisor to provide statistical information and reports on service delivery.
  • Keep clear notes on the database documenting progress made and benefits gained.
  • Support the team to identify and develop case studies.

Personal development and training

  • Attend relevant training/conferences to develop and build skills around supporting refugees and asylum seekers

Other Duties

  • To work as part of the VAS team in a professional manner in accordance with policies, procedures and equal opportunities practices
  • Assist with reporting on progress to funders, VAS staff.

This is not a final and complete statement of the duties attached to this post which may be amended from time to time in accordance with the changing needs of the project and Voluntary Action Sheffield.

The job description forms part of the contract of employment.

This project is part funded by the EU Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. Making management of migration flows more efficient across the European Union. 

Location – Sheffield

Salary – £19,510 (pro rata for part time staff)

Type of Contract – Part Time

Hours – 21

Benefits: Leave: 25 days’ annual leave in addition to 11 statutory and additional holidays (pro rata for part-time staff).

Pension: VAS pension scheme with 6% employer contribution and compulsory employee contribution subject to Auto-enrolment requirements

Closing Date – 25-01-2021

How to Apply

Contact to request an application pack: For an informal conversation about the post please email Michele Ward Link