The starting salary for this position is £27,991 per annum based on a 36 hour working week. This role is based in the south west of Surrey with Quadrant Court Woking as the assigned office.
As a Personal Coach you will provide information, advice and guidance to vulnerable young people in Surrey to enable them to identify an appropriate education, training or employment destination after leaving Year 11.
Working as part of the Year 11/12 Transition Service you will support young people at risk of becoming NEET (not in employment, education or training) to identify progress to an appropriate post-16 destination. This will involve liaising with parents/carers, schools, further education and training providers, employers and other relevant professionals. You will be responsible for managing a caseload of young people, recording interventions and reporting on progress.
Working closely with school staff to identify needs and barriers to progression, you will use you own drive and initiative to develop strategies to engage and motivate young people and be prepared to challenge attitudes which may impact successful transition.
You will need an understanding of the further education and training landscape and local labour market and will be responsible for advocating on behalf of young people with regards to their education, training or employment status. You will be comfortable using action plans, skills assessment tools and aptitude tests to enable progress towards goals.
This post will focus primarily on supporting young people who are looked after by Surrey and as such will require close working with Surrey's Virtual School. You will work with young people within Surrey as well as those located in other local authority areas. Engagement will therefore involve both face-to-face and video conference/telephone contact. Being able to engage with young people, carers and education providers and build effective professional relationships through remote communication is essential.
You will have a good understanding of the potential challenges faced by young people who are looked after in respect of progression to a post-16 destination. You will be confident in applying overarching knowledge of the education and training landscape to support young people to progress irrespective of the location they are based, with an ability to acquire and apply local knowledge where necessary.
To be shortlisted to interview for this position, your application will clearly evidence:
- A good standard of education and excellent communication skills, both verbal and written as you will need to be comfortable and confident communicating with parents and carers, young people and professionals
- Relevant experience in this area and evidence of recent career development
- Experience of delivering careers information, advice and guidance, with a good knowledge of Raising Participation Age legislation
- Experience of working with parents and carers, young people and families
You will also be required to travel throughout the county visiting schools, further education and training settings and homes, therefore you must posses a current full driving license and will need your own car insured for business purposes.
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The job advert closes at 23:59 on 23.01.2022 with interviews to follow.
For an informal discussion please contact Simon Clarke by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years’ service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.