Employment Support Lead / Employment Support Officers

Leicester, Leicestershire
ESO Lead £32,115 pa / ESO £24,289 pa
20 Jul 2021
17 Aug 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

We have exciting new opportunities for you to join the Getting Ready for Employment and Training (GREAT) project which has been operating since
2017, to support families move into training and employment across Leicester city and the wider county. As a project led by Voluntary Action
LeicesterShire (VAL), we work in collaboration with several organisations to deliver effective and tailored services to participants. The project is funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund.

Our current partnership includes;

  • Business in The Community
  • Optima UK
  • Personal Development Point

We are looking to increase the capacity of our team to meet with the increase in demand following the national lockdown and resume our services. Our expanding team will offer support to more local families who
are currently not in employment and who may be facing challenges to access work or training.

ESO (Employment Support) Lead, Leicester City Centre, LE1
£32,115 pa (FTE) – 2 posts
1 x Fixed term to 31st March 2023, Full Time, 35 hours
1 x Fixed term to 31st March 2023, 28 hours, over 5 days (pro-rata)

This is a brand new role designed to work as part of the GREAT Project
Team and an exciting opportunity that combines caseload and line management. The Post holder will line manage, coordinate, develop and
support a team of Employment Support Officers (ESOs) to enhance and improve participant engagement in joining the project, accessing GREAT

Project activities, facilitating positive results, outcomes and exit from the

Employment Support Officers, Leicester City Centre, LE1

£24,289 pa. Full Time, 35 hours – 4 posts
3 x Fixed term to 31st March 2023, Full Time, 35 hours
1 x Maternity Cover to December 2021, Full Time, 35 hours

Joining our established team of GREAT Project Employment Support

Officers working across Leicester and Leicestershire, you will support family members who are furthest from the labour market and are most at risk of social exclusion to achieve progress towards and into training or employment. Each participant is allocated to a specialist Employment
Support Officer for 1-2-1 support during their time on the project. The
GREAT Project also provides a wide range of group sessions to help develop work skills and general wellbeing. These sessions include practical
job searching and interview skills, new media skills (such as LinkedIn), and
behind the Scenes Tours with local employers, which have included FareShare and the Y Project. In addition to confidence building workshops
and dedicated health & wellbeing support.

Applicants will need to demonstrate experience in supporting individuals to
identify and achieve personal goals combined with an established
understanding of barriers preventing families from engaging with support
linked to employment, education and training.

The role requires a superb communicator with an established track record
in providing impactful support and training and experience of working in
diverse communities. Proven skills in engaging and motivating individuals
(both face to face and remotely) to achieve outcomes and an ability to
develop high quality information and resources are also necessary.

You will have a proactive and dynamic approach, excellent technical and
organisation skills, a keen eye for detail combined with the ability to
process detailed information, manage complex processes, prioritise and
multi-task. The project team works with structured processes and to tight
timelines and targets, so flexibility and a “can do” attitude are a must.

Voluntary Action LeicesterShire (VAL) is a sector leading diverse and
ambitious organisation, with a vision for growth. You will benefit from a
competitive salary, a flexible and supportive working environment, 25 days
annual leave, rising with service, plus bank holidays and a 6% employer
pension contribution.