Employment Advisor - ELS

Portsmouth City Council

Reference: JUL20223248

Job details


Civic Offices Guildhall Walk Portsmouth

Job type

Full Time, Fixed Term


£25,927 - £30,095 Per Annum

Closing date

13 November 2022

Fixed term for 2 years

At Portsmouth City Council we’re all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.

With a little over 207,000 residents and 8,000 businesses throughout this city, this unitary authority’s main goal is to ensure the best care and development of all those within the city. From customer service to Multi-million pound projects, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.

Your New Role

Portsmouth City Council’s Employment, Learning and Skills delivers a wide range of funded programmes to support adults and young people into work.  This vibrant service empowers and supports individuals into work, taking a person centred approach to high delivery targets to benefit individuals and businesses.

The programmes we work on provide support to residents of Portsmouth and neighbouring areas to move into work.  Many participants are either long term unemployed, have a disability or health condition including experiencing mental health issues or have other barriers as to why gaining sustained employment is proving to be a challenge. 

Services included targets interventions for young people and other excluded or vulnerable groups to provide Portsmouth and surrounding areas with an inclusive workforce.

You will be working on a DWP funded unemployment support programme. You will provide an end-to-end employment focused service to participants on one of our programmes – to which referrals can be mandatory or voluntary.

You will complete an initial in-depth assessment of each participant on your caseload, develop a participant profile and individual action plan and offer ongoing information, advice and guidance to develop skills, confidence and motivation. You will be accountable for moving participants in to paid employment, supporting them in making the transition from benefits into work and maintaining ongoing in work support to a point where they no longer require face to face support and intervention to secure job sustainability. 

Employer engagement is key, representing the council in business relationships and ensuring that we provide a recruitment matching service which meets the needs of individuals and the business to ensure sustained employment outcomes.

The role has strong recruitment and compliance targets, so an attention to detail and a passion for achieving positive outcomes for individuals is an essential driver.

What you’ll need to succeed

You will need to demonstrate your experience working with people moving them into sustained employment, as well as strong employer engagement skills and the ability to develop positive employer relationships. You will need to be able to manage and support a caseload of participants and professionally challenge their barriers to employment. You should demonstrate your understanding of complex processed and procedures and the need for compliance. You will have experience motivating others and will be able to carry out one to one reviews and develop action plans. You will need the ability to work systematically and prioritise work as well as strong IT skills including Microsoft Office (Word & Teams). You will have experience working in a target driven environment and experience delivering services to meet contractual and quality standards.

What you’ll get in return

As well as highly competitive pay you’ll receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation, which ranges from flexible working hours to a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. Annual leave starts at 26 days going up to 30 days and staff discounts for travel and local shops. We wish to support all our staffs development throughout, if that’s progression planning or involvement within the on the job apprenticeship scheme we will work together to drive your career.

What next

To make sure your application is above the rest and for full job details, please review the “Job Profile” to ensure your application matches the requirements of the role and you fully demonstrate how you meet the points on the job profile. If you wish to submit a CV, please consider attaching a covering letter outlining why you are the perfect candidate for this position.

There is no set closing date – we will shortlist as the advert goes along and contact shortlisted applicants as and when.

We may close the advert early if we receive enough suitable applications.

We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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