Employability Coach – Project SEARCH - Lancashire

Location Preston
Discipline: Care and Support
Job type: Permanent
Salary: £23,111.60 pro rata
Contact name: Rachel Osborne

Contact email: rachel.osborne@hft.org.uk
Contact phone: 07901103295
Job ref: 017182
Published: about 1 month ago
Expiry date: 01 May 2024 23:59

Location: County Hall, Preston (primarily based at host business, but with some travel required within the wider community to provide workplace support)

Working hours: Part time (22.5 hours per week). Wednesday – Friday 8.30-4.30pm with some flexibility expected around evening and weekend work

Find your place with us and help change lives.

HFT are one of the largest learning disability charities in the UK, supporting over 2,500 people through our friendly, supportive, creative and diverse teams.

As an Employability Coach at Hft you’ll be supporting adults with learning disabilities to live the best life possible, by supporting them to achieve goals and aspirations around paid employment. In this creative and rewarding role, you will enable people to develop and acquire relevant skills needed for the workplace, support them to gain work experience, and help them to find long term paid employment. You will provide innovative and high quality support to individuals who are in employment, or currently looking for work. You will be helping to ensure that the people we support:

  • - Have the opportunity to develop relevant skills for employment
  • - Gain work experience in a large business
  • - Increase their independence
  • - Achieve their aspirations
  • - Are empowered to make decisions and choices around their future employment
  • - Are kept safe

About you

You will have a ‘Can Do’ attitude, be driven and enthusiastic about helping people with learning disabilities to meet their aspirations. You will have the ability to look for creative solutions to meet people's support needs in a way that respects their individuality. You will work be able to work well using your own initiative and in partnership with colleagues from partner organisations, and with Hft’s Work Options Manager.

As an Employability Coach in this role, you will work Mon-Thursday during office hours, however you will need to be open to flexible working which may involve some occasional evening and weekend work.

What we offer

We offer a range of benefits and career development opportunities. We’ll give you a comprehensive induction, full training and support along the way. With Investors in People and Skills for Care accreditation we are committed to investing in our teams to ensure they have the specialist skills they need.

  • As a ‘Gold’ standard Investors in People accredited employer, we are committed to supporting colleague wellbeing as a priority. Within this, all Hft employees get access to the TELUS Health – the world’s biggest 24/7 colleague counselling and support service. It is completely free for all colleagues to use in complete confidence, whenever and however they want to access it
  • 25 days annual leave (plus 8 days statutory Bank holidays) increasing to 24 days after 1 year's service
  • 20% Bank Holiday allowance with an increase rate of 50% for key dates over Christmas
  • Apprenticeships - Earn whilst gaining a fully funded Level 2 Diploma in Health & Social Care with a Top 100 apprenticeship employer (ranked 11th in 2020)
  • Access to award-winning training and development
  • Annual staff award scheme
  • A contributory pension scheme & life assurance
  • Free DBS Check

Job Description and Person Specification





​​​​​​​​​​​​​​We reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive sufficient applications.

Hft's usual terms and conditions apply. Hft is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. As a Disability Confident Employer, Hft is helping to ensure that disabled people have the same opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations that people without disabilities do. Successful applicants will need to undertake an enhanced disclosure check against the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Having a criminal record may not bar you from employment.