Job Coach for Cheshire and North Wales

North West England
£17,000 per annum (pro rata)
25 Nov 2016
14 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Part Time
£17,000 per annum (pro rata) plus excellent benefits

22.5 hours a week (3 days) 

We are looking for a Job Coach to join our team based in Cheshire and North Wales

Who we are

United Response is a leading national charity providing support to young people and adults with learning disabilities and mental health needs. We believe in championing the right of disabled people to live, work, socialise and participate in the community, free of discrimination and unnecessary boundaries. 

The role of the Job Coach is to support people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health needs in realising their aspirations to participate in work related activities, and facilitate individuals’ progression into paid work, through volunteering, education and training, work experience and other routes. 

If working across services, the role will be to facilitate support staff to achieve the same aims. 

Who we are looking for

·         We are looking to recruit a Job Coach at Cheshire and North Wales supported employment service which supports individuals into employment across several locations. As a job coach you will be required to support people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health needs into paid employment and/or voluntary positions and work experience.

·         You will be flexible and creative in supporting individuals to access employment and be able to identify and overcome barriers to employment that the people we support face.

·         To work as part of a team to deliver our model of support and requirements of specific programmes. Initially working on the SES programme of support. 

·         Assess the needs of people we support who have been referred to the service and deliver a comprehensive model of support.

·         Development of appropriate training/skills to enable people we support to secure employment.

·         Provide support to people we support and employer to identify and overcome barriers to gain and sustain work.

·         To manage a caseload and respond to individual need to ensure best chance of success into paid employment. 

·         Liaise with external employers, organisations and professionals for the provision of training, support and employment.

·         Liaise with the care management teams /social workers and families to ensure the delivery of an effective person centred service.

·         To identify learning opportunities and implement suitable training individually or in groups.

·         To provide high quality provision and ensure continuous improvement evaluating delivery of the service.

·         To contribute to records, databases and reports on individual progress or service/project delivery as and when required.

·         To coordinate regular meetings with the people we support and other relevant support staff as required.

·         To support the team in achieving key performance indicators and targets for the service, project or programme. 

·         To act as the external face of United Response and facilitate marketing and promotion of the service. 

·         To support the development of creative routes into paid work e.g. internships, traineeships, apprenticeships, social enterprises, self-employment as appropriate. 

·         Contribute to the business success of in-house social enterprises as required. 

·         To undertake any other duties commensurate with the level of responsibility of the post.

What we need from you

Essential criteria

Understanding of the supported employment process.

Understanding of relevant legislation and government initiatives in supported employment. 

The ability to form excellent working relationships with people we support, internal and external contacts.

The ability to think creatively to provide support for a diverse range of people we support.

The ability to communicate effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing and good written skills and IT.

A flexible thinker, able to move freely between conceptual and detailed issues.

Practical, pragmatic and a strong ‘completer finisher’.

Self-management, self- motivational and organisational skills.

To contribute to the safety and well-being of people we support, colleagues and yourself at all times. 

To be compliant in the completion of accurate record-keeping of the ‘Customer Journey’ in line with internal and external contract requirements.

Driver with own car. – you will receive a car allowance.

Desirable criteria

Understand the rights and support needs of people with disabilities.

Wide range of training and development methods of delivery and how to implement these to move people into work including Training in Systematic Instruction or training Qualification.

An understanding of the process of evaluation of training and development activity.

Experience of working with people with learning disabilities and difficulties, mental health needs and physical disabilities. 

Basic knowledge of alternative routes into employment including internships, traineeships, apprenticeships, social enterprises, self-employment.

To have IAG qualification at level 3. 

The benefits

In return for your passion and commitment, we offer a comprehensive benefits package including:

20 days paid annual leave (plus 8 bank holidays , pro rata for part time) , which increases after 3 and 5 years service 

20 days paid annual leave (plus 8 bank holidays , pro rata for part time) , which increases after 3 and 5 years service 
pension contribution
Childcare vouchers
Access to free occupational health, physiotherapy, counselling and advice services
Fully paid training and access to nationally recognised qualifications
Travel to work scheme (season ticket loan)
Access to an online shopping platform with discounts from over 3,500 retailers

Plus the chance to make a positive difference to someone’s life every day - which is the biggest perk of all! 

So what are you waiting for? Apply now! We look forward to receiving your application.