Full Time, Fixed Term until 31/03/2020
Closing Date: 18/07/2019
CFA are currently recruiting a Young People Engagement Adviser to work within the Young People and Families Team. The aim of the role is to engage and support young people that are NEET or from vulnerable groups to enable them to achieve positive outcomes and progress into employment education and training. Due to the nature of the role you must be flexible with hours and be able to travel throughout the Borough.
- Work with a variety of organisations and professionals including attendance at multi-agency meetings and advocate on behalf of young people
- Work with groups through the delivery of workshops with vulnerable young people.
- Use of digital technology to enhance services for young people.
- Helping with transition activities for learners moving secondary schools or on to further education.
- Implementing strategies and supporting learners in self-esteem and confidence-building activities
- Deliver services in an outcome driven environment and able to meet challenging targets.
- Identify opportunities to create new programmes that engage and support young people with barriers.
- Engage with young people within their communities at places and times they meet including evenings and weekends.
- Engage and establish relationships with young people at risk of disengaging from learning including resilience and restorative based approaches.
- Provide information and advice to young people according to their needs in order to help them make appropriate and realistic decisions on issues affecting them.
- Liaising with schools to identify learners who would benefit from mentoring
- Assess young peoples need using appropriate tools, negotiate complete and monitor individual action plans for young people ensuring a coherent approach with other agencies to meeting their needs.
- Work proactively with parents, carers (including home visits) and others who influence young people, enabling them to become involved in and support young people’s progression.
- Identify and broker access to training and education provision, personal development opportunities and to specialist services, acting as an advocate as appropriate.
- Be responsible for a caseload of NEET young people and maintaining up to date and accurate manual and computerised case records.
- Supporting the team to achieve the intended destinations, offers and activity surveys as required
- Relevant professional qualification e.g. Dip CG/QCG/NVQ 4 Guidance, Diploma in Youth and Community Work, Dip SW, QTS.
- Significant experience of working directly with young people aged 13 – 19 in formal or informal settings involving assessment of needs and provision of advice, information and support.
- Able to use digital technology to engage with young people and support the delivery of services.
- Experience of using a range of approaches to engage, establish and maintain relationships with young people.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to prepare and present reports.
- Work as part of a team within a multi-agency environment to achieve outcomes and deliver services.
- Organise own work to meet targets and deadlines and to manage conflicting work pressures and deadlines.
- Ability to be innovative and solve problems both within case work and service development.
- The capacity to motivate and act as a role model.
- Assertiveness and determination in dealing with pupils and other professionals with good negotiation skills.
- Effective interpersonal skills in order to establish and develop relationships quickly with a range of contacts, including parents and carers, professionals working with young people, as well as young people themselves.
- An understanding of confidentiality and the handling of sensitive information.
- Flexible and adaptable and able to work well under pressure.
- Commitment to the development of own professional practice.