Careers Advisor The Stourport High School and Sixth Form College, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire

Job description

Main Purpose of the Job:
• To provide information, advice and guidance to help students make realistic choices about their education, training and work.
• To assist and motivate young people in making informed life choices and engage them in mainstream learning and/or training opportunities to meet RPA.
• To develop strategies to support young people to remain in EET and to make a successful transition into EET post 16.
• To support the school in developing good practice models for careers guidance.
• To provide intensive support to young people in Years 8 to 13, supporting them to overcome barriers to education, employment and training and contribute to the safeguarding of young people.
• To target support at vulnerable young people inclusive of those with multiple and complex needs.
• To offer a range of services to intensively support young people including assessment, 1:1, group work and project work.
• Contributing to meeting targets for participation rates of young people in learning.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
• Interview students one to one or in small groups to discuss career or education options.
• Work with parents, carers and families of young people to ensure they remain in EET or make a successful transition into EET post 16 and post 18.
• Identify skills gaps and how to deal with them.
• Help young people to draw up action plans for education, employment and training and supporting them to achieve these goals.
• Research careers, options and support organisations to meet student’s needs.
• Advise students on how to source relevant education and training courses or qualifications and what funding might be available.
• Provide advice on CV, applications, job hunting and interview techniques.
• Run small group sessions or larger presentations on all aspects of careers work and topics related to personal development.
• Help students to understand the current job market.
• Liaise and negotiate with other organisations on behalf of young people.
• Use IT for administrative tasks, such as recording interactions with and tracking students.
• Provide statistics relating to work undertaken, students’ progress and destinations once they have left.
• Use computer-aided guidance packages, skills assessment tools, career planners, psychometric tests and personal inventories.
• Write careers literature or source information products from elsewhere for use within the service.
• Plan and organise mock interview days, careers fayres and conventions.
• Organise visits to local colleges and employer events.
• Keep up to date with labour market information, legislation, and professional and academic developments by visiting employers, training providers and training events run by educational and professional bodies.
• Work with young people to access appropriate support. Co-ordinate support for young people and advocates to ensure their needs are identified and met where possible.
• Ensure young people are actively and meaningfully involved in the development, delivery and evaluation of the careers service.
• Build and maintain partnership working with key stakeholders including colleges, training providers, work experience providers, young people’s services, and parents/carers.
• Raise awareness at a strategic level of the issues faced by young people generally, and in specified target cohorts.
• Represent the school on relevant multi agency meetings.
• Attend appropriate meetings, training and events.
• Engage in ethical and effective practice with young people via:
o Ensuring provision delivery is aligned with best practice.
o Implementation of practice in line with data protection policies.
o Promoting a culture of health and safety.
o Maintenance of professional boundaries with young people.
o Actively promoting equal opportunity in practice and challenging of discrimination.
o Adhering to financial policies and procedures.
o Ensuring that legislative requirements regarding the safeguarding of children and young people are adhered to.

Essential educational requirements

Minimum qualifications to Diploma/Degree level or equivalent, NVQ Level 4 Learning Development and Support Services for children, young people and those who care for them (LDSS) qualification.

Essential qualifications

Minimum qualifications to Diploma/Degree level or equivalent, NVQ Level 4 Learning Development and Support Services for children, young people and those who care for them (LDSS) qualification.

Essential skills and experience

• Knowledge of the principles underpinning careers guidance.
• A strong knowledge of issues relating to vulnerable young people which may impact on young people.
• Knowledge and application of appropriate and effective interventions with young people .
• Knowledge of issues relating to child protection and vulnerable young adults.
• Ability to communicate effectively with young people and motivate them.
• Experience of working within a Children’s Services, school or in another setting with young people at risk.
• Experience of engaging in assessments, one to one, group work and project work interventions with young people.
• Experience of partnership working to gain the best outcomes for young people.
• Experience of using IT databases for the collection and recording of data.
• Experience of recording sensitive information, and adhering to confidentiality policies.

About The Stourport High School and Sixth Form College

Minster Road, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire, DY13 8AX
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