Job vacancy: New Beginnings Employment & Education Advisor at VAS

Voluntary Action Sheffield (VAS) is seeking a full-time Employment and Education Advisor to work 35 hours per week in Sheffield.

Core functions

  • Support to refugees and asylum seekers to access employment, education, and training opportunities necessary to enable them to get work in line with their goals,
  • Support organisations to positively employ refugees
  • Develop partnerships with individual employers and training providers.

Support enabling access to employment, education & training opportunities

  • Create a welcoming and supportive environment with a culture of trust so that clients have the confidence to access the service
  • Co-ordinate the Job Club  with the Employment Support Worker(based at the Sanctuary) effectively
  • Support refugees to access and apply for employment opportunities, in particular encouraging and supporting them to fill in complex/competency based applications that they would not normally apply for
  • Provide a high-quality coaching and one-to-one IAG service to support refugees in to employment
  • Provide guidance on personal development to enable refugees and asylum seekers who want to prepare for the right to work to access relevant training, learning and employment opportunities, including signposting to other services as appropriate
  • Agreeing individual action/learning plans with clients, reviewing progress against these and provide clients’ career advice as appropriate
  • Manage a caseload of clients maintaining regular contact with them to help them achieve their goals and move in to employment
  • Advocate on behalf of individuals who experience problems accessing employment, education or training
  • Provide signposting support for clients who are wishing to start new businesses.

Organisation Support & Partnership working

  • Build a wide network of relationship across the city/region to benefit our clients
  • Build and develop partnerships with employers as well as learning and skills providers
  • Encourage and support employers to provide a supportive and welcoming environment for refugees
  • Visit and liaise with employment opportunity providers and other agencies to collect information appropriate to support the work with clients
  • Work with voluntary, statutory and community agencies to ensure a coherent approach is taken to overcoming barriers to employment and learning faced by refugees and asylum seekers
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships and communication channels with relevant employers, stakeholders and partners in order to support project and organisational objectives
  • Work with partner organisations to deliver SPRING project
  • Raise awareness of refugee culture and their community/needs.

Beneficiary Involvement

Recruit, train and support beneficiary volunteers.

Promotion of opportunities to refugees & asylum seekers

  • Provide outreach services to promote the project and increase access to the service.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Contribute to the Volunteer Centre team, ensuring that New Beginnings project informs and complements other services being delivered by the Centre
  • Provide statistical information and reports on service delivery
  • Complete Action Plans with clients and conduct regular reviews of progress against these keep clear notes on the database documenting progress made and benefits gained
  • Support the team to identify and develop case studies.

Personal development & training

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

Other duties

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

How to apply

Please visit the Voluntary Action Sheffield website to see the full job description including furtehr information on the contract and how to apply.