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Mentor (Employability) – Closing date: Wednesday 26th June 2019 at 12 noon.

JOB BACKGROUND:

This post is part of the Belfast Works Project, a Belfast wide employment project implemented by a consortium of organisation led by Ashton Community Trust.  The other Belfast Works Project Partnership organisations are

  • GEMS NI
  • Upper Springfield Development Trust
  • Impact Training
  • East Belfast Mission 

The post will involve working at neighbourhood level in North Belfast to support the development of an employment service infrastructure to improve the potential of long-term unemployed, economically inactive and workless people to gain employment. They will undertake the necessary outreach work to identify and engage an appropriate number of potential clients to meet the agreed caseload and employment targets. Perform employability assessment of participants. Complete agreed participant personal employability action plan, one to one participant mentoring, personal development coaching, seek solutions to remove participant’s barriers to employment, support participant with job search skills, completing job application forms, improving job interview techniques and source progression routes into education/training and employment for participants.

KEY TASKS & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. To provide a structured programme of advice and support in career planning for of long-term unemployed, economically inactive and workless people and those individuals and groups that experience the “benefit trap” including young people who are NEET (Not in Employment Education or Training) and vulnerable to becoming long term unemployed 
  2. Undertake initial assessments of barriers and registrations complete assessment using agreed and bespoke diagnostic tools.   Develop and implement and individual action plans to overcome barriers to employment, outlining goals, actions and outcomes
  3. Deliver employability mentoring sessions with all participants as required to remove barriers to employment, providing a safe, relaxed environment underpinned by a structured and developmental process and responding to sensitive issues in a confidential manner.
  4. Effectively manage caseload and provide professional focused advice referring to other agencies/organisations as required as part of participant action plans.
  5. Undertake progress reviews and ensure targets are achieved that reflect positive outcomes in relation to employment and employment-related skills development.
  6. Establish and effectively maintain outreach provision of services across the area.
  7. To support specific training, education, employment and work experience opportunities of long-term unemployed, economically inactive and workless people which will help to promote their integration into the labour market;
  8. Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with relevant employer, statutory, community and voluntary organisations.
  9. Maintain accurate records of all engagements and work undertaken with participants and ensure the accuracy and completion of all administrative forms, reports etc. is provided in a timely manner.
  10. Review with line manager outcomes against performance targets and reflect on practice, working to the highest professional standards.
  11.  Fully participate in self-evaluation reviews and quality improvement planning
  12. Participate in team meetings, supervision and other team activities
  13. Carry out all duties in accordance with the values and policies of Ashton Community Trust

To perform such other relevant tasks deemed necessary by the management team of the project to ensure the effective and efficient implementation of the project action

To download a Candidate Information Pack, click on the link below.

 

Mentor (Economic Inactivity & Unemployed Clients) – Closing date: Wednesday 26th June 2019 at 12 noon.

Job Background:

This post is part of the Belfast Works Programme, a Belfast wide employment project implemented by a consortium of organisation led by Ashton.  The other Belfast Works Project Partnership organisations are:-

  • GEMS NI
  • Upper Springfield Development Trust
  • Impact Training
  • East Belfast Mission

The post will involve working at neighbourhood level in North Belfast to support the development of an employment service infrastructure to improve the potential of long-term unemployed, economically inactive and or clients with additional issues to support them to gain employment.  

Purpose:

 To provide mentoring sessions to adults who are experiencing economic inactivity/worklessness, due to barriers such as poor health and support through intensive one to one mentoring for those participants with low level health and/or social issues.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  1. Provide a structured programme of parallel support for economically inactive and workless people that can support their progress towards employment and/or further education/training.
  2. Undertake initial assessments of barriers using agreed and bespoke diagnostic tools. Develop and implement individual action plans to overcome barriers to employment or further education/training, setting goals, actions and achievable outcomes.
  3. Work closely in partnership with the employability mentors to provide parallel support for clients including mentoring sessions to all participants which remove barriers to employment or further education / training.
  4. Effectively manage a caseload of parallel support clients provide professionally focused support referring to other agencies/organisations as required as part of individual action plans.
  5. Undertake progress reviews and ensure targets are achieved that reflect positive outcomes in relation to employment, employment-related skills development or progress to further education/training.
  6. Support specific training, education, employment and work experience opportunities for economically inactive and workless people which will help to promote their integration into the labour market.
  7. Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with relevant employer, statutory, community and voluntary organisations.
  8. Maintain accurate records of all engagements and work undertaken with participants and ensure the accuracy and completion of all administrative forms, reports, etc. Which are provided in a timely manner. 
  9. Review, with line manager, outcomes against performance targets and reflect on practice, working to the highest professional standards.
  10. Fully participate in self-evaluation reviews and quality improvement planning.
  11. Participate in team meetings, supervision and other team activities.
  12. Carry out all duties in accordance with the values and policies of
  13. Perform such other relevant tasks deemed necessary by the management team of the Belfast Works Project to ensure the effective and efficient implementation of the project action plan.

To download a Candidate Information Pack, click on the link below.

 

Quality Assurance Officer – Closing date: Wednesday 26th June 2019 at 12 noon.

This post is part of the Belfast Works project, a Belfast wide employment project implemented by a consortium of organisation led by Ashton. The Belfast Works partnership organisations are:

  • GEMS NI
  • Upper Springfield Development Trust
  • Impact Training
  • East Belfast Mission 

The QA Officer will be part of the Quality Assurance Team to create wider interest in the impact and output of the Projects’ Outcomes and Key Performance Indicators.

The post holder will work closely with colleagues across Mentoring and Training Services to produce and collate the necessary evidence of the impact of our service provision and coordinate best practice in this area. The QA Officer will also work closely with all stakeholders IN raising awareness of the importance of measuring impact and encouraging opportunities for knowledge exchange.

KEY TASKS & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Contribute to the development, implementation, evaluation and monitoring of the Project strategy, policies and procedures to measure impact.
  2. Provide support to key stakeholders to ensure the optimisation of the Project’s impact of internal/external assessment activities
  3. Provide advice and guidance on key issues concerning impact activities and other relevant strategies for the successful operation of the Project
  4. Contribute to the ongoing development, promotion and implementation of the Project’s impact strategy. Establish recording, monitoring and evaluation systems for impact activities and evidence providing regular reports on progress and activities to key stakeholders.
  5. Promote and encourage knowledge exchange and impact funding opportunities to maximise
  6. Identify opportunities for impact measurement and knowledge exchange to promote active collaboration
  7. Assess training needs of staff around evidencing impact and contribute to the design and delivery of awareness raising and information workshops.
  8. Establish strong working relationships with Operational Managers, Co-ordinators, Tutors, Mentors and other key stakeholders to develop and implement and impact programmes and knowledge exchange.
  9. To perform such other relevant tasks deemed necessary by Management team of the Training & Employment Services to ensure the effective and efficient implementation of the organisation’s action plan.
  10. To work within and promote existing policies of the organisation, including health and safety, Data Protection & Freedom of Information Acts and equality and diversity.

To download a Candidate Information Pack, click on the link below.

 

Employer Liaison Coordinator – Closing date: Wednesday 26th June 2019 at 12 noon.

JOB BACKGROUND:

This post is part of the Belfast Works Programme, a Belfast wide employment project implemented by a consortium of organisation led by Ashton.  The other Belfast Works Project Partnership organisations are:-

  • GEMS NI
  • Upper Springfield Development Trust
  • Impact Training
  • East Belfast Mission

The post holder will co-ordinate an employer liaison team tasked with establishing and maintaining excellent working relationships with employers for the purpose of developing job opportunities for clients across Belfast for a range of different employment contracts. They will supervise a team that will source sector-specific vacancies as well as opportunities for individuals in designated geographical locations and manage the subsequent recruitment process.

KEY TASKS & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. To co-ordinate the Employment Liaison team to ensure the smooth delivery of quality services and performance and that all targets are being met
  2. To undertake duties arising from the co-ordination of the Belfast Works Employer Liaison team including supervision and appraisal, performance measurement, monitoring leave and sickness
  3. To lead an Employment Liaison team that will
    1. proactively develop relationships with a wide range of employers to build an employer and opportunity base, particularly focusing on the key industry sectors in Belfast.
    2. Source and secure managed work placements, including subsidised wage opportunities and un-waged work experience opportunities, for clients across all employment programmes.
    3. Seek out and conduct ‘cold’ site visits with a view to sourcing work opportunities at new and existing sites of employment, ensuring all visits are reviewed and followed through.
    4. Work with employers to identify training and ‘routeways’ to employment, which would guarantee our clients interviews as a minimum.
    5. Work with employers to convert work placements into permanent employment opportunities.
  4. Analyse and report on the labour market in Belfast and identify key strategic employment trends in the short medium and long term
  5. Identify key employment related forums and ensure the active participation of the Employer Liaison team in any initiatives that may led to employment for Belfast Works clients
  6. Maintain accurate and up-to-date employer database and participant information systems.
  7. Undertake health & safety assessments of placements as necessary, ensuring all legal obligations are met and Health and Safety policy is adhered to.
  8. Ensure accurate and timely completion of all paperwork and reports in line with funders and partners requirements.
  9. Work closely with Belfast Works mentoring team to inform them of clients progress in employment
  10. Performing any other duties as required by the line manager and that are commensurate with the grade of the post
  11. Establish and maintain effective methods of communication and reporting to the management of the Belfast Works project and Ashton Community Trust
  12. To work in conjunction with the Belfast Works and administration teams in maintaining quality systems and standards into all programmes to include: Matrix, ISO and EFQM in order to ensure the full delivery of quality programmes to all user groups and to ensure that all standards and processes are being met for funders
  13. To perform such other relevant tasks deemed necessary by Management team of the Training & Employment Services to ensure the effective and efficient implementation of the organisation’s action plan

To download a Candidate Information Pack, click on the link below.

 

CORE Coordinator – Closing date: Wednesday 26th June 2019 at 12 noon.

JOB BACKGROUND:

The post will involve the Coordination of the day to day management and implementation of the CORE project. They will establish and maintain excellent working relationships with the CORE team and with all youth beneficiaries of the project, for the purpose of developing and delivering training and employment opportunities for those that are youth and not in education, training or employment living in North Belfast. This programme will address the barriers that youth face to employment and will deliver relevant education and training, in a supportive environment that will allow those that are youth to access employment opportunities and support.

KEY TASKS & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. To Coordinate the delivery of the CORE project as set out in the ESF application, Letter of Offer and ACT operational plan. This includes the delivery of all targets and objectives
  2. To undertake duties arising from the co-ordination of the CORE staff team including supervision and appraisal, performance measurement, monitoring leave and sickness
  3. To coordinate the provision of CORE services through outreach provision to ensure the widest possible coverage of North Belfast and Newtownabbey. This would include the planning and development of outreach services, the coordination and monitoring of the mentoring service delivery in outreach centres and ensuring all outreach processes and policies are adhered to.
  4. To promote and market the CORE youth project and actively seek out additional resources for expansion of related activities and services across North Belfast and Newtownabbey
  5. To ensure the continuous update and review of quality assurance standards such as ETI, EFQM, ISO, IIP and Matrix and to ensure recommendations are implemented when possible
  6. To ensure all processes, administrative systems and databases are continually updated and adhered to in line with ACT policies and procedures
  7. Ensure consistent compliance with all policies and procedures, financial and audit regulations and external funders requirements
  8. To ensure with funders guidelines and procurement processes and they are fully adhered to and enforced throughout the project team
  9. To ensure accurate recording of all information related to the CORE project, produce monthly progress reports against targets and attend management and multi-agency meetings as required.
  10. To work in partnership with the Training & Employment Services Operations Manager to ensure that the Employment Services offices operate smoothly and functions safely and effectively at all times
  11. Establish and maintain effective methods of communication and reporting to the Management of Training & Employment Services of Ashton Community Trust
  12. To perform such other relevant tasks deemed necessary by Management team of the Training & Employment Services to ensure the effective and efficient implementation of the organisations action plan

To download a Candidate Information Pack, click on the link below.

 

CORE Mentor – Closing date: Wednesday 26th June 2019 at 12 noon.

JOB BACKGROUND:

This post is part of the Ashton Centre’s Core Project which will work with young people not in employment, education or training. The Mentor will be responsible for recruiting young people, carrying out an initial assessment and developing an action plan for each client.  They will then have an ongoing mentoring relationship with the client to signpost them into to training and help them gain employment.  Although the job is client centred each mentor will also have a set of targets which must be reached

KEY TASKS & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. To provide a structured programme of advice and support in career planning for young people who are NEET (Not in Employment Education or Training) and vulnerable to becoming long term unemployed 
  2. Undertake initial assessments of barriers and registrations complete assessment using agreed and bespoke diagnostic tools.   Develop and implement and individual action plans to overcome barriers to employment, outlining goals, actions and outcomes
  3. Deliver employability mentoring sessions with all participants as required to remove barriers to employment, providing a safe, relaxed environment underpinned by a structured and developmental process and responding to sensitive issues in a confidential manner.
  4. Effectively manage caseload and provide professional focused advice referring to other agencies/organisations as required as part of participant action plans.
  5. Undertake progress reviews and ensure targets are achieved that reflect positive outcomes in relation to employment and employment-related skills development.
  6. Establish and effectively maintain outreach provision of services across the area.
  7. To support specific training, education, employment and work experience opportunities to promote their integration into the labour market;
  8. Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with relevant employer, statutory, community and voluntary organisations.
  9. Maintain accurate records of all engagements and work undertaken with participants and ensure the accuracy and completion of all administrative forms, reports etc. is provided in a timely manner.
  10. Review with line manager outcomes against performance targets and reflect on practice, working to the highest professional standards.
  11.  Fully participate in self-evaluation reviews and quality improvement planning
  12. Participate in team meetings, supervision and other team activities
  13. Carry out all duties in accordance with the values and policies of Ashton Community Trust
  14. To perform such other relevant tasks deemed necessary by the management team of the project to ensure the effective and efficient implementation of the project action plan

To download a Candidate Information Pack, click on the link below.

 

Casual Youth Worker – New Lodge Arts, closing date Monday 1st July 2019 at 12 noon.

Job Background

Ashton Community Trust wishes to engage casual youth support workers to support the delivery the following programmes for young people:

  • New Lodge Arts: Youth Support Workers will support artists in the facilitation of a wide range of arts-based activities with children and young people from across the North Belfast area including weekly classes, one off workshops and summer programmes. 

If successful you will be required to attend training as part of your induction to the organisation.

Job Duties:

    • To encourage a fun, positive, participative, youth-centred atmosphere
    • To ensure that young people play an active role in group and work towards a model of youth participation.
    • To communicate effectively and develop a rapport with young people (and their families).
    • Support young people in their understanding of risk and challenge and in taking action to address key issues in their lives.
    • To work directly with children and young people through the provision of programmes of activities that
    • Support their mental and emotional wellbeing and enable them to express and realise their goals
    • To support children and young people for whom there are barriers to learning/educational aspiration and attainment and school readiness or children presenting with behaviour difficulties
    • Implement Ashton Community Trust’s Child Protection Policy and Equal Opportunities Policy and work with young people to safeguard their welfare and the welfare of others.
    • To monitor and record participant’s attendance and development 
    • To enable young people to work effectively in groups.
    • Any other reasonable duties to support the delivery of programmes at New Lodge Arts.

To download a Candidate Information Pack, click on the link below.

 

Project Manager – Appreciative Inquiry Closing date Friday 5th July 2019 at 12 noon.

Job Purpose

The post holder will be responsible for managing the delivery of the Appreciative Inquiry process and its steering group, Healthy North Belfast Task Group; and project streams as part of the process.

Summary of main responsibilities:

  • Manage the Appreciative Inquiry process and Steering Group, Task Group and other Task and Finish groups that may be established.
  • Coordinate the work of the Task and Finish groups ensuring regular engagement and monitoring that process outcomes are being met.
  • Manage, as required, other employees or volunteers who may be involved with the Appreciative Inquiry.
  • Build effective working relationships with organisations in the health, wellbeing and community development sector in North Belfast
  • Coordinate engagement activities with local residents and/or communities across North Belfast.
  • Organise and service meetings including preparation of agenda, make provision for minutes, follow-up correspondence and other administrative arrangements as required.
  • Awareness of competing demands and multiple interdependencies within the Appreciative Inquiry process, with the ability to resolve conflict to meet deadlines, always performing to a high standard.
  • Maintain regular contact with a wide range of key contacts across the Appreciative Inquiry and to work in tandem with appropriate agencies. This will include discussion on matters of a complex nature relating to specific project requirements, frequently requiring tact, discussion and negotiation.
  • Establish monitoring and evaluation processes; and report on progress, achievements and engagements within the Appreciate Inquiry process and act on all monitoring and evaluation information.
  • In consultation with the Steering Group, Task Group and other Task and Finish groups, produce a Final Appreciative Inquiry Report and Action Plan
  • Make arrangements for the publication of and distribution of a Final Appreciative Inquiry Report and Action Plan.
  • Attend meetings as required and undertake any necessary follow-up action.
  • Manage and be accountable for any project related finances.
  • Make presentations to a wide variety of audiences about the Appreciative Inquiry.
  • Carry out any other reasonable tasks associated with the Appreciative Inquiry.

To download a Candidate Information Pack, click on the link below.

 

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