Community Employment Specialist (CES)
Ideal for All is a not for profit company and registered charity run by disabled people for disabled people in Sandwell. We provide a range of social and health care services for disabled people, carers and disadvantaged groups. Our aim is to help the people using our services to learn new skills and live as independently as possible.
We are looking for a full time enthusiastic hard working and highly motivated Community Employment Specialist (CES) to join our team. The individual must have lived experience or expert knowledge of disability and a real insight into the issues disabled people face in finding and securing employment.
This role provides an opportunity to actively influence and support employers in the local community to change their attitudes towards employing disabled people or those with a health condition, and work with them to build a better understanding of disability and being Disability Confident.
The CES will need excellent communication, organisational and leadership skills and be able to manage a range of tasks in the Job Club, Jobcentre Plus and in the local community.
Closing date: mid-day 15th June 2017
Ideal for all is user led and a disability confident employer therefore welcome applications from disabled people.
The Community Employment Specialist (CES) must have lived experience of expert knowledge of disability and a real insight into the issues disabled people face in finding and securing employment.
The CES will need excellent communication skills and be able to manage a range of tasks in the J2E (Journey to Employment) Job Club, Jobcentre Plus and in the local community. This role provides an opportunity to lead a change agenda and actively influence and support employers in the local community to change their attitudes towards employing disabled people and those with a health condition and work with them to build a better understanding of being Disability Confident.
Key responsibility and tasks:
- The CES will be expected to split their time between Jobcentre Plus, the J2E
- Job club and local employer engagement.
- Within job centre Plus the CES will be responsible for: Working directly with Work Coaches and Disability Employment Advisors (DEA’S) to support the J2E referral process by identifying potential customers for the J2E job club.
- Providing insight into the issues many disabled people face in finding and securing employment.
- Building disability awareness and supporting Work Coaches by providing advice on complex cases as required.
- Providing a clear line of communication and partnership between jobcentre Plus and the J2E Job Club to ensure participants receive a joined-up package of employment support.
- Supporting the delivery of introductory group sessions providing an overview of the benefits of the J2E Job Club and raising awareness of the support the CES can offer.
- Providing face to face independent disability advice for job seekers in Jobcentre Plus and signposting to specialists support services.
- Raising awareness of the support available to individuals such as Access to Work.
Journey to Employment Job Club
- To design, set up and deliver Journey to Employment Job Club.
- Supporting J2E Job Club participants to identify personal barriers, manage health conditions and support participants to overcome barriers.
- Working with and inspiring participants to identify training needs, improving self-confidence and motivation.
- Developing personal goals, objectives and action plans for participants to work towards.
- Arranging one-to-one support with specialist advisors, mentors, coaching and/or training to build basic skills and improve confidence levels in preparation for work
- Supporting participants to develop CVs, job applications, job searches, interview skills and the ability to travel independently.
- Arranging financial management advice including welfare benefits to support the move into employment.
- Identifying a range of role models to offer peer support and share their experiences, provide mentoring and champion what is achievable.
- Developing partnerships with community groups to provide awareness sessions on activities and support available.
- Signposting individuals to agencies and community forums to raise awareness of support services and entitlements.
- Providing a peer challenge when necessary by sharing their own story in an appropriate and professional manner, giving an opportunity for individuals to reflect on their abilities and think twice about what is achievable with independent disability advice.
- Raising awareness and supporting individuals to use Access to Work services
Working with local employers
- Develop and build links with local employers to up-skill employers in disability issues, including awareness of reasonable adjustments, Access to Work and Disability Confident.
- Secure job tasters, work placements or volunteering opportunities for participants to enable participants to gain work experience. Up-skill employers in the benefits of employing disabled people (as per the Social Value Act) to try to reduce myths and concerns about employing disabled people.
This is a fixed term post for one year from June 2017
We are looking to fill these positions as soon as possible. If you are interested in applying please forward a copy of your CV with a Covering Letter outlining your suitability for the role to the email provided.