Job Title: Development Worker – Employability & Training

Salary: £22,330 to £24,881 (It is Move On policy for all new candidates to start on point one of the salary scale)

Hours: 35 hours per week to be worked flexibly – will include office hours (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm), with occasional evenings and weekends. Participation in the on-call safety phone rota is also required.

Contract Type: Full Time, Permanent

Location: Glasgow

Closing date: Friday 1st July

About Us

Move On is a mentoring, employability and support charity. We work with vulnerable people of all ages, particularly young people aged 14-25. Our mission is to help our service users take their next steps to lead an independent, fulfilling life.

We also run two social enterprises – Move On Wood Recycling (MOWR), and FareShare Glasgow & the West of Scotland (FSGWS). MOWR is a sustainable waste wood collection service and retail business. FSGWS is a regional centre for UK-wide surplus food redistribution charity FareShare. Both are actively involved in our work supporting employability, and provide training and volunteering opportunities.

The people we support are vulnerable for many reasons. These include poor mental health, substance misuse, care experience, homelessness, and debt. Many have experienced trauma, neglect and abuse, and gained few qualifications and skills due to lack of opportunity. They often suffer from low levels of confidence and motivation as a result.

We’re committed to providing opportunities. By doing so, we offer people an equal chance to reach their full potential, and find their path.

FareShare Glasgow & The West of Scotland

FareShare Glasgow & the West of Scotland works to fight food poverty, while reducing waste. We send quality surplus food, which would otherwise go to landfill, to over 100 frontline charities, or Community Food Members (CFMs). Our CFMs work with the most vulnerable people in society, and include homeless shelters, refuges, pantries and community centres.

Millions of people across the UK are severely affected by food poverty. As a result of the pandemic, economic crisis, and soaring food prices, we expect this to worsen in the coming months. Every month, more than 81,000 people in need access food provided by FSGWS. In 2021, we delivered more than 3.5 million meal portions to those most at risk of going hungry.

These deliveries also saved 1500 tonnes of good-to-eat surplus food from going to waste at landfill, at an approximate value of over £5.3m. Every tonne of surplus food saved by FSGWS also saves the wastage of 1.5 million litres of water, and 1.6 tonnes of harmful CO2e emissions.

FSGWS is central to supporting our main aim at Move On; supporting those furthest removed from the world of work. FSGWS is our main source of work experience, training and volunteering opportunities, operating a full-time staff team as well as volunteers. We offer a supportive environment for people to learn and develop key employability skills. As a user-led organisation, we pride ourselves in investing in this essential part of our service. We support volunteers, trainees and service users alike with careers advice, literacy and numeracy skills, and gaining qualifications. We can then guide them through the process of CV writing, job-hunting, and interview prep.

The Role

We’re now looking for a new Development Worker to join our Glasgow team! Based at our FSGWS depot, this role will provide key support on our employability training courses.

The main purpose of the role is to promote and develop the delivery of our employability programmes within FSGWS. You’ll be supporting young people who are furthest from the job market to access and sustain employability training. You’ll coach them through gaining practical work experience on the depot floor, learning new skills and completing vocational training, including SQA qualifications. The role also offers the chance to help develop and deliver a range of bespoke employability programmes for adults affected by long-term unemployment, including some of our FSGWS volunteers.

We’re proud to offer person-led support to our trainees on a 1:1 basis. As a Development Worker, you’ll be responsible for completing relevant assessments and reviews of our young peoples’ needs in order to support this. This includes ensuring that the safety and welfare of all individuals are protected in accordance with Move On’s safeguarding policies and procedures. You’ll also complete case recording, monitoring and evaluation using various case management systems. This is key to recording our impact, and helping to constantly improve our services.

You’ll also bring creativity to the role. This role provides a chance to help us invent and apply new ideas for improving our services, and reaching positive outcomes. You’ll need to be able to respond quickly and flexibly to the changing needs and circumstances of our vulnerable young people and volunteers. You’ll also support and inspire our volunteers to play a positive role, and share valuable information and experiences with our young people to support their move towards independence. Most importantly, you’ll understand and uphold the ethos of ‘helping people to help themselves.’

Role Requirements

Our ideal candidate is keen to learn, committed and imaginative. You’ll be educated to degree level, and/or have relevant qualifications or experience.

An awareness of the kinds of issues facing the young people we work with is a must. You should also have some knowledge of the barriers facing adults dealing with long-term unemployment. You’ll ideally come ready with creative ideas on how to respond to and work around these barriers. We’re constantly evolving our services to better serve our people, and we want you to get involved in this. It’s also key that you’re aware of the importance of upholding professional boundaries while working with vulnerable people.

You’ll also need some experience of working with people in a group setting. This should include some experience with delivering training or information sessions. You’ll have good IT skills, and work well both by yourself, and as part of a team. Some knowledge of basic financial processes, such as managing expenses, will also be needed.

Communication & Experience

Above all, our perfect Development Worker has brilliant communication skills. Working with Move On means meeting with people from all walks of life. It’s essential that our team members can communicate well with a wide range of people.

As a Development Worker you’ll need to be able to communicate well with our young people in order to effectively support them. You’ll need experience of working with young people, and ideally of supporting them into employment, training or education. You’ll work with our trainees both one on one and in groupwork sessions, so you’ll need to be able to move fluidly between these roles as needed.

Most importantly, you’ll bring an open, accepting attitude to the role. Many of the people we work with are from socially excluded or disadvantaged groups, and are working to overcome personal barriers such as addiction. As our Development Worker, you’ll be experienced in how to work with people from these groups in a professional, kind way. Being part of the Move On team means holding a genuine wish to help the people who come through our doors to find their path and unlock their full potential.

Benefits

  • 25 days annual leave and 9 bank holidays for the first 2 years of service, increasing to 28 days and 9 bank holidays after 3 years
  • Flexi-time
  • Option to buy extra annual leave  
  • Annual personal volunteering day
  • Individual training allowance and commitment to CPD  
  • TOIL system
  • The opportunity to be part of a dedicated, welcoming team
  • The chance to make a difference, and help change lives

More Information

For further information about the role please contact Gabs on gabriella@moveon.org.uk.

Please see the relevant pages for more information on our employability programmes, and FareShare services.

How to Apply

Please send a CV and covering letter to gabriella@moveon.org.uk

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