Homelessness is high on the national agenda and we are looking for a number of people to join our Housing Needs and Standards team as a Trainee Caseworker (Housing Needs and Standards).
As a Trainee Caseworker you will hold a varied caseload of homeless applications. You will be working to prevent homelessness by providing advice on realistic housing options, tenancy sustainment and welfare reforms. You will also be carrying out needs assessment and taking a holistic approach to supporting customers by working with a range of partners.
You will also have the opportunity to help improve the service, work across a range of different client groups and get involved in a number of new projects and initiatives that will help you shape your future career.
It is an exciting time to join the team. You will benefit from a newly enhanced and comprehensive training offer, which will give you the skills and confidence you need to work effectively in the team.
The offer includes an introductory training programme lasting up to six weeks, covering subjects such as homelessness, managing risk and case studies.
After the six weeks, you will then undertake the Housing Management Apprenticeship standard, which will include the CIH Level 3 Certificate in Housing Practice delivered through our chosen training provider Centre for Housing Support (CHS). Additional modules will focus on Homelessness Services and Prevention and Customer Service.
To be successful you will be a motivated self-starter with the maturity to apply self-directed learning, good communication skills and a genuine interest in pursuing Housing as a career. You will also need GCSE at grade C or above (or equivalent) in English and Maths.
Candidates without an existing CIH qualification are preferred.
Homelessness in Lewes District and Eastbourne Borough
The increase in homelessness and rough sleeping is an issue that affects all services in all areas of the country. In Housing Needs we are committed to meaningful joint working, early identification and intervention of homelessness, and the continuous improvement in our services.
This is a key corporate priority for both Councils and the Corporate Management Team are keen to invest in providing opportunities for enthusiastic individuals to develop their career in Housing with us.
Together with other local authorities in the area we have secured funding to significantly reduce rough sleeping during winter 2018. The number of people estimated to be sleeping rough in East Sussex on a typical night has increased by 370% over the past 5 years from 19 to 90.
Because we work across two councils our area is unique in its mix of environments, including the larger urban area of Eastbourne, the historic county town of Lewes, small towns and villages in and around the National Park and a large area of coastal strip. The work is varied and challenging.
Although the Housing Needs team work predominantly from the Eastbourne office, you will be required to work from our Lewes, Eastbourne and Newhaven offices, subject to the needs of the service.
Please note the training programme will commence on 12 November and you must be available to start on that date and to attend the planned training which will take place during the first six weeks.
The closing date for the receipt of applications is Noon on Monday, 17 September 2018.
Interviews and assessment will be held during week commencing 24 September 2018.