As a key partner of Renfrewshire Council, Apex Scotland has a new employability service in Renfrewshire, and we now require two Personal Development Mentors to deliver this service. The service will be based in Paisley and requires cover across Renfrewshire. The full-time post will be based in Paisley, however there may be an opportunity for the part-time post to be based and work in Glasgow.
This new service is designed to support unemployed ex-offenders to progress towards, or move into, employment. The service will achieve this by working in partnership, assisting individuals to reach their goals by breaking down barriers including lack of self-confidence, lack of work experience or qualifications and primarily addressing issues raised by criminal records. The mentor will help re-engage individuals into meaningful, positive activity, and integration into their communities.
The aims of the service are that all attendees who complete an action plan will be equipped with life skills, core and basic employability skills and, crucially, be provided with advice around disclosure of previous convictions.
If you feel you have the motivation and skills to provide this exciting new service, we now require a full-time and part-time Personal Development Mentor. Part time/job share applications will be considered, please state on application.
Funding has been secured for a period of initially 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 dynamic, self motivated and hard working individuals who are able to motivate and inspire change in others. The Personal Development Mentors 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 holders 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 applicants 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 some travel throughout the area therefore a driving license or access to a means of transport is essential.
In view of the nature of these posts, the successful candidates will be required to join the PVG scheme.
Job reference: PDM/RNF/FT (full-time) or PDM/RNF/PT (part-time)
Rate of pay: Salary Scale £19,491 - £21,571 (part-time salary pro rata per annum)
Hours of work: 35 hours per week full-time; 14 hours per week part-time (Both posts may require some evening or weekend working)
Closing date: 12 noon on Wednesday 7 March 2018