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Employment Engagement Officer - homebased with travel over the Leicestershire and Staffordshire

Lifestyles & Work
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Salary Details:
£18,787 per annum pro rata + excellent benefits
Advertising End Date:
26 Jun 2019
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About Mencap
We work in partnership with people with a learning disability, and all our services support people to live life as they choose. Everyone wants a purposeful job - to do something meaningful. At Mencap, we can give you that. You will have opportunities to develop as a person, colleague, leader and activist. We want to make you feel inspired to reach your potential.

Our work includes;

  • providing high-quality, flexible services that allow people to live as independently as possible in a place they choose
  • providing advice through our help lines and web sites
  • campaigning for the changes that people with a learning disability want
Job Advert

Are you interested in education and enthused by the idea of helping young people with learning difficulties and disabilities to progress into paid work? If so, we would very much like to hear from you!

We are currently looking for a Employer Engagement officer to work across Leicestershire ad Staffordshire  on The Right Place programme on a fixed term contract until March 31st 2020  (with the potential for this to be extended)

The Right Place is supported by funding from the Department for Education, working with employers and education providers across England with the aim of securing work placements for young people with a learning disability giving them the opportunity to get practical work-based learning experience, which will provide a smooth transition from education to paid employment.

The Employer engagement officer would engage with employers to secure unpaid work experience for students aged 16-24 who study at our college partners using vocational profiling to ensure work placements are person centred and provide the students with opportunities to learn and develop new skills.

They would work with employers to support them to accommodate students, including delivering Learning Disability Awareness training to employers, and on - going support throughout their journey.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Sourcing and meeting with potential employer/s
  • Completing detailed  monitoring and reports using Excel and our CRM System
  •  Successfully create 158 opportunities/ placements for people we support in a year
  • Delivering Learning Disability awareness training to employers

*Please note this is not an exhaustive list of your day-to-day duties, please refer to the attached JD for more detailed information.

The ideal candidate for this role will be an excellent communicator with the ability to successfully negotiate with various people within their remit. This role will include extensive travel with occasional overnight stays as required. Travel expenses will be paid for within reason by Mencap.

Key Skills and Experiences:

  • Experience with negotiation or sales would be desirable but in no way essential
  • Experience and/or understanding of social care and learning disability would be highly advantageous
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills are required
  • Ability to quickly build rapport
  • An understanding of internships and/or apprentices would be beneficial
  • Good all round IT Skills/Ability
  • Willingness to travel within your remit

If this sounds like the opportunity you have been waiting for then we would love to hear from you….!

As well as knowing that what we do is making a positive difference to people’s lives, you will receive fair pay and have access to a wide range of rewards and benefits as one of our employees.
  • 32 days holiday (including bank holidays) increasing to 35 days with long service plus the ability to buy up to another 10 days via our HolidayPlus scheme
  • Service related sick pay when 6 month probation is completed
  • Eligibility to join Mencap Pension Plan where Mencap matches contributions upto 5% on a salary sacrifice basis meaning NI savings. If you don’t join the Plan you will be auto-enrolled into NEST
  • Membership of Mencap Pension Plan to include up to 3 times salary death in service live cover AND Income Protection of 50% salary to be triggered at 26 weeks of long term sickness
  • Loans for debt consolidation,  bikes, computers and phones when you have been with us for 6 months
  • Interest free season ticket loans
  • Discounts and cashback from 3% to 30% at high street shops including major super markets, cinemas, gyms, leisure/theme parks, holidays and much more via Mencapextras
  • Opportunity to purchase a health cash plan to claim towards dental, glasses, therapy etc.
  • Free access to round the clock employee assistance program for advice and support
  • Quarterly award scheme and recognition at every 5 years through our YouRock program
  • Access to award winning training and development
*T&C's apply based on contract