Employability and Skills Coach - Unlocking Potential (FTC until Jun’22)

  • Salary: Grade: 3 with a salary scale of £21,287 - £29,302 per annum (pro-rata for part time)
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Closing Date: 17 May 2021 at 11:59 PM
  • Location: Mansfield

What are we looking for? 

Futures are recruiting for an Unlocking Potential Employability and Skills Coaches who will engage with young people aged 15 to 24 years, who are in EET and at risk of NEET(not in education, training or employment), and offer support to take up training, traineeships, apprenticeships, and improve movements into work. This is a fixed term contract until 30th June 2022 with an extension review.

The service will focus on young people at risk of social exclusion and from marginalised communities and help them prepare for and engage with employment or further education. You will be focusing on supporting young people who are either currently in Alternative Provision or who have had previous experience of attending alternative provision and or young people who are either currently Looked After or who have had previous experience of being a looked after children.

This role will serve Nottinghamshire County including Bassetlaw and parts of Mansfield and Newark and Sherwood. Through IAG, coaching and support, you will raise their aspirations, self-confidence, remove barriers and help young people make positive choices about future options.

You will be creative and active in developing relationships, sustaining contact, tracking and persevering with young people who are at risk of NEET. You will use a variety of coaching tools and styles to support young people to develop and enable them to increase their chances of entering and/or sustaining EET.

Who Are We?

Join our team and help us make a difference to people’s lives. At Futures we lead by example. People are at the heart of everything we do and we're determined to help the people we work with be the best they can be. We put people first when it comes to our workforce; a happy and motivated team is vital to us and most of our people have been with us for many years - so we like to think we're pretty good at taking care of them. It’s good for you, it's great for us and even better for the people we support.

We support people and businesses to develop, grow and be the best they can be. Rated by Ofsted as Outstanding, all of our services are clear, enterprising and bespoke.​ We’re leading a change in career support that focuses on the whole person not just the job applicant. There’s more to life than just a career. So our mission is to be at the forefront of careers advice, skills and support that turn ambition into a successful career and fulfilling life. We’re also showing employers a different way of being and doing. We know that success lies in a happy, motivated and skilled workforce, and so we’re on a mission to transform teams and turnover.

What can we offer?

At Futures, our company-wide values: underpin who we are and what we do and it is essential that all colleagues share these. 

  • Have passion
  • Do the right thing
  • Make a difference

Having these values means we work in a culture which is open to learning and improvement, leads by example, is passionate about making a difference.

Having a happy and motivated workforce is critical to our ongoing success. We genuinely care about our colleagues and offer a range of benefits and opportunities to support you in your role and grow in confidence. We will: help you develop in your role, support your career growth, promote positive health and well-being at work, and encourage a good work/life balance.

Job Specification Requirements

The successful candidate will:

  • Have a minimum of a Level 3 Careers Guidance qualification
  • Ability to use computers effectively (word processing, databases, email and internet)
  • Ability to demonstrate substantial experience of effectively working and engaging with young people 15-24 from one of the above cohorts
  • Knowledge and understanding of the barriers and issues affecting unemployed young people with SEND and additional needs, particularly those facing multiple barriers
  • Excellent interpersonal skills (particularly effective communication, flexibility, adaptability and initiative skills)
  • Knowledge of how to effectively apply for jobs or training – how to write a good CV and supporting job statement
  • Ability to manage time and work in a target driven environment whilst maintaining quality standards
  • Effective administrative, organisational and planning skills
  • Willingness and ability to travel across the county on a daily basis

Futures is supportive of job share working arrangements wherever possible. If this is something you are interested in we would encourage you to discuss this during the selection process.

Disability Confident

As a Disability Confident employer we undertake to interview disabled people who meet the minimum essential criteria as detailed on the person specification. If you have a disability please make this known in your application.

Safeguarding: Disclosure of Criminal Background

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Disclosure will apply to all posts that fall under the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) definition ‘Regulated Activity’. The successful candidate will be required to submit an application to the DBS for Disclosure for Criminal Conviction(s). If the company finds anything in that record which might be considered prejudicial to his/her working within the regulated activity then the appointment may not be confirmed.


Your personal data will be used to process your employment application, successful candidates’ data will be held under the company’s General Data Protection Policy details of which will be made available upon the offer of employment. Unsuccessful candidate’s data will be held for a period of 12 months upon which it will be destroyed. Candidates can request that this be destroyed earlier by contacting recruitment@the-futures-group.com.

Job Reference: FUT09

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and we expect all staff to share this commitment and undergo appropriate checks prior and during employment.

How to apply

To apply, please complete the attached application form and return to recruitment@the-futures-group.com.

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