Progression Coach - DFN MoveForward

Schools in Coleshill, Stratford, Sandwell, Warwickshire
£30, 785 - £32,486
31 Jul 2018
13 Aug 2018
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Youth work
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Overview of ThinkForward and MoveForward

ThinkForward is a breakthrough coaching programme that ensures young people who are disengaged from or underperforming at school receive the support they need to transition into sustained employment. Young people are identified for the programme at age 13 based on risk factors known to increase their chances of future unemployment. They are then given one-to-one support from a Progression Coach who builds a trusted and long-term relationship over five years, helping them to overcome challenges in and out of school and linking them to ready for work activities provided by a community of businesses. By the end of the programme young people develop the aspirations, skills and mind-sets needed to thrive and sustain employment. 

MoveForward is our programme specifically tailored to work with young people with complex needs in special schools.

We are recruiting a Progression Coach to work on our employability programme, DFN MoveForward. 

Salary:                  £30, 785 - £32,486
Contract:              37.5 hours per week
Start date:            ASAP but no later than 5th November, 2018
Location:              Based in schools in Coleshill, Sandwell and Stratford-upon-Avon
Reporting to:        DFN MoveForward programme manager

Application Deadline - 9am on 13th August
Interviews being held – weeks commencing 20th & 27th August
Please do not send CVs as we only consider applicants that submit fully completed application forms.

Learning disability employability coach – MoveForward (an adapted ThinkForward programme for young people with learning disabilities)

Overview and purpose of the role

  • To support around 45 14-19-year-olds with moderate cognitive and/or communication learning difficulties across the region, to gain the skills and experiences necessary to transition to paid employment, and ensuring the quality and impact of the pilot programme is delivered

Key responsibilities

With young people – to build and maintain relationships with young people and ensure that the ThinkForward programme has impact

  • Work with school staff to ensure participants are engaged in the MoveForward programme
  • Assess the needs of the young people, using outcome data to design tailored action plans
  • Provide one-to-one coaching for young people as well as group coaching sessions, both around building work readiness
  • Support young people to engage with opportunities provided by third parties including employers and partner charities
  • Ensure that young people meet the required outcomes and make a sustained transition to further education, employment or vocational training, continually driving their work readiness
  • Adhere to all relevant policies (safeguarding, health and safety, etc) when delivering activities with young people
  • Collaborate with the school to safeguard young people
  • Document and evidence all work and use data to provide the most effective support with young people

With special schools/colleges – accountable for day-to-day relationship management of partnerships

  • ​Liaise with senior staff in three to four special schools/colleges to establish and manage the relationship between the school and MoveForward
  • Represent MoveForward at the senior leadership team and governor meetings
  • Train and support school staff in a variety of activities and methodologies to support young people with LDs into employment 
  • Build an extensive knowledge of the support available to the cohort of young people
  • Establish a coordinated platform which enables the schools and colleges in the pilot to share learning, contacts and volunteering/placement/work exposure opportunities for young people
  • Work with data managers for regular access to required data
  • Produce and communicate termly reports to demonstrate impact
  • Review quality and impact on a termly basis

With business partners

  • Broker new business partnerships for the schools you support, building on existing business partnerships already existing at the school/college
  • Support with the training and supervision of business volunteers in mentoring, work exposure and work placements for young people with LDs
  • Plan and lead session content and communicate with the business in advance of sessions
  • Conduct review with the business during and after the activities

With parents of young people

  • Together with the school/college, actively engage with parents, carers, guardians etc of the young people, in the journey the young person is taking into employment and help them to build their aspirations and support for their child, regarding employment. 

With colleagues - share knowledge and experience with colleagues to improve effectiveness of the programme

  • Help to establish the curricula, tools and methodologies for the pilot
  • Feed into the design and evaluation of the pilot programme
  • Report risks to relevant member of staff
  • Participate in peer quality assurance processes

Programme quality & standards – to ensure that delivery of the MoveForward programme meets the required standards

  • Perform a termly review and plan of the MoveForward programme Ensure that the pilot programme specification is met i.e. group work, action planning, ready for work activities Activities are planned according to need and in line with budget Ensure that all interventions are logged on database Work in adherence to organisational policies  Actively participate in QA process linked to quality and standards

Person specification

ThinkForward’s staff competency framework informs our recruitment and performance management of staff. The following behaviours for each competency define the expectations for this position:


  • Ability to communicate with staff at all levels from a variety of different stakeholders
  • Approachable, open and transparent with young people, stakeholders and colleagues
  • Ability to deliver messages in an interesting and stimulating style, appropriate to each audience

Planning and organising

  • Self-motivated, able to work independently and proactively
  • Very strong organisational and project management skills, including use of appropriate tools and systems
  • Excellent computer literacy


  • Working in a team ideally in a fast pace environment, working collaboratively to achieve goals
  • Building lasting relationships with different stakeholders for example schools, colleges, other charities, alternative education providers and employers

Impact and quality focused

  • Comfortable working to targeted outcomes/goals for young people within the boundaries of a programme
  • While working to targeted outcomes, ability to keep young people at the heart of what you do
  • Knowledge of how to support young people with learning disabilities to become more job ready
  • Driven by excellent standards and high quality
  • Use of data to inform delivery and improve provision

Professional expertise

  • Three years direct experience of working with vulnerable young people, ideally in school and with learning disabilites
  • An understanding of the complex barriers that young people with learning disabilites face and the services available for them
  • Ability to support young people in both a one-to-one setting and by running group work
  • Knowledge of careers and employment IAG and the importance of tailored progression planning for vulnerable young people
  • Persistence, patience and empathy in challenging difficult individuals
  • A professional qualification related to work with young people, or relevant experience


ThinkForward staff operate to the following values:

  • Trusted – ThinkForward trusts its staff, offering an environment where people can work autonomously and offers opportunities for development that stretch skills and experience
  • Preventative – ThinkForward’s approach is preventative, prioritising the safety and wellbeing of its staff and young people
  • Collaborative – ThinkForward employees collaborate to achieve the objectives in our business plan
  • Impact-focused – ThinkForward is impact-focused, constantly reviewing and improving its approach to make sure we provide the best services for young people and working environment for its staff

ThinkForward is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and post holders to share this commitment.

ThinkForward is committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

Please do not send CVs.  Only applications that are received via the completed application form, attached to this ad, will be considered.  Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

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