As a key partner of Renfrewshire Council Social Work Department, Apex Scotland has a new service in Renfrewshire, The Labyrinth Project, and we now require a Personal Development Mentor (PDM) to deliver this service. The service requires cover across Renfrewshire.
Labyrinth is designed to support unemployed ex-offenders to progress towards or move into employment, by using a mentoring approach. The service will achieve this by assisting individuals to reach their goals by breaking down barriers including lack of self-confidence, lack of work experience or qualifications and addressing issues raised by criminal records. The Labyrinth PDM will help re-engage individuals into meaningful, positive activity and to integrate into their communities.
The aims of the service are that all attendees who complete an action plan with The Labyrinth Project will be equipped with life skills, core and basic employability skills, financial management techniques and the digital literacy skills they need to progress towards their goals.
Funding has been secured for a period of approximately 12 months; this is subject to review and efforts are ongoing to confirm additional funding to secure the service longer term. Therefore we now require a dynamic, self motivated and hard working individual who is able to motivate and inspire change in others. The Personal Development Mentor will work alongside Criminal Justice Social Work staff to engage with service users on community payback and other court orders. To proactively source work experience, learning and activity based opportunities and be involved in the facilitation of these opportunities.
As part of this role we would like the post holder to develop a group work service for vulnerable women in the area. Therefore we feel the post may be more suited to applicants who can demonstrate a good level of understanding of the complex needs of women offenders.
The successful applicant will have knowledge or experience of mentoring approaches. Experience of working with a caseload of service users and working to targets are essential. Experience of working in a community environment would be an advantage. It is anticipated that there will be extensive travel throughout the area therefore a driving license or access to a means of transport is essential. Part time/job share applications will be considered, please state on application.
Job reference: PDM/LAB
Rate of pay: Salary Scale £19,203 - £21,252
Hours of work: 35 hours per week - may require some evening or weekend working
Closing date: 5pm on Monday 13 February 2017