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Progression Coach, Ref: 50047704

Island Futures, County Hall, Newport

Grade 8 £24,319 to £27,041 per annum

Vacancy Reference: 50047704

Closing Date: 28/10/2020

Interview Date: 05/11/2020

Hours: 37 per week

Contract Type: Permanent


As part of the established Island Futures service, your main role is to help young people to secure education, training or employment and to track their progress through a variety of means as well as providing accurate data for monthly and annual statutory data returns. You will undertake engagement activities in a range of community and education settings.  Developing employability skills, you will provide high quality information, advice and guidance in person and remotely using a variety of digital tools. This work is key to meeting the statutory duty to raise levels of participation in education and training by young people on the Isle of Wight.


You will be required to work pro-actively within the Island Futures Team, and with professional networks to plan and co-ordinate interventions for young people. Based on initial need assessments, you will produce individual development plans and provide relevant and appropriate support to assist young people to realise and achieve their goals. You will build a network of contacts to enable you to signpost young people to external agencies and providers where appropriate. You will assist them with tasks including job searching, completing applications and CV building as well as inspiring young people to participate in valuable activities such as work experience or volunteering. You will hold regular one-to-one progression review meetings. You will possess strong administrative skills and be able to keep accurate records whilst adhering to policies and legislation such as GDPR and safeguarding.


With a background in a similar role, you will have had experience delivering advice and guidance, coaching and mentoring, learning support and/or personal development training. You will be organised and IT literate, experienced in communicating effectively at all levels, and demonstrate a commitment to achieve the best outcomes for young people. The successful candidate will work flexibly and in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines which will involve remote working.


For further information or an informal discussion please contact Jennifer Setters on 07784264699.


Find out more about working for the Isle of Wight Council and living on the Island here.


This council and its schools recruit according to the council’s Safer Recruitment policy and are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.


The Isle of Wight Council protects its employees from discrimination, we actively promote the diversity of our workforce and we provide flexible working options (where appropriate) to support the different needs of our employees.  The Isle of Wight Council is an equal opportunities employer and is proud to encourage applications from all cultures, backgrounds and abilities to better reflect the diversity within our local community.


In addition to the above, the Isle of Wight Council is a Disability Confident Employer. This means that providing an individual meets the basic essential requirements of the advertised role and have declared themselves as disabled, they will be offered an opportunity for an interview within the council.


Telephone 01983 823134 or email if you need further information about applying. Please note only applications completed and submitted online by the closing date will be accepted.


In the interests of efficiency and economy, no further communication will be sent to you unless you reach the final shortlist. This means that if you do not hear from the recruiting manager within three weeks of the closing date, we regret that your application will not have been successful on this occasion.


Please note that this role falls within the strategic partnership between the Isle of Wight Council and Hampshire County Council. The employer will be the Isle of Wight Council and employment is on Isle of Wight terms and conditions. Hampshire County Council delivers, on behalf of the Isle of Wight Council, all of its children’s services functions and did so for an agreed period of five years from 1 July 2013, the original five year partnership arrangement under direction of the Secretary of State finished in 2018 but has been extended voluntarily by both local authorities for a further five years.

The management reporting line for this role is ultimately through Hampshire County Council Children’s Services Director/Assistant Director and managers who take operational responsibility for children’s services.

Interview Dates: 5th and 6th November