Business and Employment Adviser

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Fixed Term
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
30/09/2020 23:59
£24,313 - £26,999
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Wansbeck Workspace
Closing date:
30 Sep
Further Information

Business and Employment Advisor, Fixed Term for 12 months initially subject to funding based in the Employability Team, Learning and Skills Service. The post is open to secondment opportunities in line with current business and service needs. If you would like to apply for this position as a secondment opportunity please discuss this with your line manager first.

Previous applicants need not apply

The Council
Northumberland County Council operates a huge range of services across one of the largest counties in the UK. Local Government’s ongoing challenges and the diversity of our residents means we have to work smarter. That’s why we want bold, creative and agile thinkers who can help us move forward and innovate.
For further information about working for Northumberland County Council, please click here: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/working

The Service
The Learning and Skills Service (LSS) Employability team deliver employment and skills support to people across Northumberland to move them towards employment. Currently, the Employability team deliver The DWP Work and Health Programme, Generation North East and an Triage Employment service as part of the Covid-19 Northumberland Response Programme. The Business and Employment Advisor will work primarily on the DWP Work and Health Programme and DWP JETS programmes. You will work alongside LSS staff including Employment Coaches and LSS Tutors and with other Council services supporting residents to take up employment and training opportunities.

The role
The primary function of the role is to source sustainable employment opportunities for programme participants within the local employer market, ensuring service levels exceed employers’ expectations.

Participants on programmes will be newly unemployed and many will have recent work experience, but some may also have health-related issues or need support to access new employment opportunities. You will have the ability to identify new business opportunities and convert opportunities effectively, explaining fully job roles and expectations to participants on the programme.

The successful candidate will:
Build and maintain strong and effective relationships with new and existing employers to identify and generate job vacancies ( virtually, on the telephone and face to face)

Support a small caseload of participants with employability and in-work support

Work with Employment Coaches and other staff to ensure candidates are appropriately matched to employer vacancies and prepared for an interview

Manage a comprehensive recruitment offer and process to meet business need and contract outcomes

We are looking for an individual who has the drive and enthusiasm to make a positive impact on the labour market prospects of residents who are now being impacted by the Covid 19 lockdown and subsequent economic downturn. It is essential to have a clear and full understanding of the local labour market and the support available to residents through existing programmes and services. You should have experience of building and cultivating excellent working relationships with employers, colleagues and participants and stakeholders. Proven experience of supporting workless people into employment, excellent customer service skills and a performance-driven approach to meeting targets are essential.

The post will be managed by Northumberland Council’s Learning and Skills team, working agilely across and the ability to travel locally and regionally.

We are offering:
- A starting salary of £24,313 (Salary range is £24,313 - £26,999)
- Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme (or other pension scheme)
- A wide range of staff benefits including a competitive annual leave provision
- Flexible working arrangements (subject to meeting business need)

Essential requirements:
Owing to the nature of this position, any offer of employment will be subject to a satisfactory check from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

For further information about this vacancy, please contact Rachel Druce for an informal discussion.
Contact details: E: rachel.druce@northumberland.gov.uk T: 01670 623892. or M: 07768671071

Further details can be found in the attached job description and person specification and for guidance on completing your application and for information about our Equality and Diversity principles, please see attached notes.

If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to attend an interview please email hrrecruitment@northumberland.gov.uk

Closing date for application is midnight on 30th September 2020