Future Programme Lead – Employment Project Officer
The London Borough of Waltham Forest is committed in supporting all residents into sustainable employment and ensuring within the process that individuals can build strong career aspirations. We are proud to be one of the most diverse areas in the country and want to ensure that all young people, have an opportunity to reach their career potential. Also, breaking-down the misconceptions that our young residents may have about certain employment industries and sectors, making them aware that all employment roles are achievable.
Our already established and successful Futures Programme is an innovative cluster of programmes developed to help residence gain knowledge, skills, and insights into growth sectors within the borough and help young residents build networks, confidence and understanding of the breadth of opportunities available to them. Over the last year our Futures Programme has expanded from its initial pilot programme the Culture Leadership Programme; our legacy programme from our year as the first London Borough of Culture in 2019. Our programmes now offered are:
We are seeking an energetic and creative project officer to join the Employment, Business and Skills Service to run key projects aimed at young residents. Successful applicants will need to have an interest and some understanding of the creative and tech industry, sustainability and environmental growth employment areas, and also business start -ups and enterprise.
- Experience in supporting residents aged 16-24 years old (up to 30 on some projects) into employment or training
- An understanding of the barriers that young residents are facing to gain employment, especially residents from marginalised groups
- Some business experience and understanding of business research methods
- Strong understands of the different neighbourhoods that Waltham Forest Council serves
- An ability to communicate and summarise project outputs at all levels
- Ability to move young people that are classed as NEET into employment, training, or education and the ability to record outcomes.
- Comfortable running workshops (in person or online) to help young residents build career aspirations and gain an awareness of employment sectors
- Proactivity and community outreach – being enthusiastic about promoting youth employment initiatives to residents, internal council services, education establishments and external partners
- A team player who can work in partnership with all the Employment, Business and Skills Service teams and is passionate about helping the local community
You must be confident in dealing with a variety of residents, businesses, and stakeholders through multiple communication channels, whilst being a positive advocate for all service delivery. You must be able to relate to young residents and learn about the social and economic barriers stopping them from finding employment. Be highly organised and able to prioritise a constantly evolving workload, whilst continuing to deliver to tight deadlines. You need to be adaptable and resilient to change, approach queries and challenges in a dynamic and solution focused way and be able to apply your skills to provide a range of support to varying service areas.
Waltham Forest is devoted to ensure, that young residents have access to local regional and national employment opportunities and make them more aware of roles available to them. This role will help to provide young residents with the tools and skills needed to achieve their future career goals.
We will interview applicants prior to the closing date, so please do not wait until the closing date to apply.
Closing date: 21st November 2021
Waltham Forest is a diverse borough where diversity is valued and is integral to both, service delivery and employment of its staff. The Council is proud of its rich mix of communities and as the largest employer in the area, it works hard to respond to the changing needs of its population. We use our statutory duties on race, gender and disability equality and best practice in respect of age, faith and sexual orientation to ensure equality of opportunity in the workplace. The Council is committed to meeting its 4 equality objectives: - Promoting equality of opportunity - Opposing all forms of discrimination, intolerance and disadvantage - Ensuring our workforce reflects the diverse communities of Waltham Forest at all levels. - Providing fair, appropriate, accessible and excellent Services to all. Respecting Diversity is a core Council value. To support the above and reduce the risk of bias in its recruitment activities, the council is operating an anonymous shortlisting process, which hides personal information that can identify individuals until their application has been considered for shortlisting. The council also operates a scheme whereby, for jobs graded up to and including scale SO2, internal candidates are considered first. This includes those candidates who self-identify as having a disability for the purposes of the Disability Confident scheme. For more information, please refer to our recruitment and selection policy
How to apply
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