Employment Pathway Broker
Milton Keynes College has an exciting opportunity for an Employment Pathway Broker. This role will be based at HMPYOI Winchester with a requirement to travel to prisons throughout the South Central Region and the Milton Keynes College Campus.
As an Employment Pathway Broker, you will possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills in order to build strong relationships with regional and national employers, to further develop the Employment Pathway, enabling access to interviews and jobs for offender learners.
This is a highly rewarding role and an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of offenders who are trying to gain sustainable employment upon release.
You will work collaboratively with Managers, Key Workers and Milton Keynes College staff. As a successful Employment Pathway Broker, you will manage internal and external queries, meet targets for learner progression through final employment outcomes and liaise with employers and learners to achieve success.
Location: HMPYOI Winchester, Hampshire, SO22 5DF
With requirements to travel across the South Central Region
Hours: 22.5 hours per week, 52 weeks per year
Salary: £26,000 pro rata
Closing date: 1st April 2019
Milton Keynes College Rewards:
- 25 days annual leave pro rata, 3 additional days leave for Christmas to New Year closure and UK Bank Holidays
- Amazing discounts with NUS card or Blue Light Card, ranging from Eating Out, Shopping and Fashion, Health and Fitness, Music, Technology, Travel and Entertainment
- Access to an employee wellbeing platform with options to book free activities such as yoga, relaxation, boot camp, personal training and a health and wellbeing news hub
- Access to Local Government Pension Scheme with generous employer contributions
- Tax-free childcare scheme
- Access to Continued Professional Development, including professional qualifications and a variety of training courses
- Save up to 32% off all bikes through our Cycle To Work Scheme
- 24 hours per day, 365 days per year Employee Assistant Support Programme
- Plus many more…
About HMPYOI Winchester:
HMP/YOI Winchester is a busy Category B/C Local prison housing both sentenced and remand prisoners from the age of 18. The Education Department delivers relevant short courses that help prepare learners for employment upon release in three different Education areas in the prison. Courses include English and Maths Functional Skills (Entry 1 to Level 2), ESOL, ICT, Art, Cookery, Employability Skills, and Barbering. We also work closely with our prison colleagues to provide embedded Employability skills in the prison workshops for Carpentry, Recycling, Textiles and Enterprise Services. The Education Department has recently started working with external employers to provide employment opportunities upon release to the workers in the main prison kitchen who engage in the Hospitality and Catering Academy programme provided by the College in partnership with Premier Inn and also those keen to show their potential through a fast track employment course linked to Timpsons. This is a model which we hope to further expand in the future.
In the department, we believe the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge will help our learners to end their offending behaviour. We engage the hardest to reach learners and encourage them to take pride in their own education and self-development. As a department, we endeavour to inspire learners to achieve. This enthusiasm for learning and desire to help our learners was reflected in grade 2 that the department received on the last Ofsted inspection and our continually high success rates.
As a successful candidate, you will:
- Hold a minimum of an NVQ level 3 qualification, which could be in Training and Mentoring, Recruitment (CertRP), Advice and Guidance, Youth Work or a similar discipline.
- Have a good general education, including G.C.S.E English and Mathematics at grade C or equivalent.
- Have proven, relevant experience in business development in local and national companies.
- Possess proven experience of networking and developing effective relationships with job seekers and employers.
- Have the ability to work with a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds.
- Possess knowledge of current and local, regional and national labour markets.
- Have excellent communication skills both written and verbal.
- Have strong interpersonal skills with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and learners and outside organisations.
- Be well organised, have good administrative skills and manage workload effectively.
More about the College:
Milton Keynes College is proud to be an open and inclusive general Further Education College welcoming learners of all levels and delivering an exceptional educational experience. The College offers a broad range of qualifications with more than 3,000 16 – 18-year-old full-time students studying traditional A Levels, vocational courses, apprenticeships and Higher Education at our campuses in Milton Keynes. In addition, the College delivers employability and key skills training programmes to 3,000 people in local community learning centres. For over 25 years, we have worked with offenders in both custody, and the wider community and from 1st April 2019, we will be working with 19 prisons across England; this includes 13 prisons which make up the Long Term High-Security Estate across England, and 6 category B, C & D men’s prisons.
Milton Keynes College is a committed safer recruitment employer. We take extreme care in ensuring the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. All positions, therefore, undergo a stringent vetting process to include DBS for all positions.