ROLE: Employment Advisor ASCEND (Assisted Support for Carers and Extra Needs and Disabilities)

SALARY: £14250 per annum (FTE £23,750)

HOURS: 22.50 hours per week

CONTRACT TYPE: Fixed Term until June 2022 (with possible extension)


LOCATION: Home based


At community charity, Groundwork South, we are changing places, changing lives across the South of England, one green step at a time

We are looking for a highly motivated, equally passionate person to join our team in Denham and help us to make a real difference. ASCEND (Assisted Support for Carers and Extra Needs and Disabilities) project is designed to improve the prospects of individuals with complex needs in Berkshire (primarily Newbury and Reading) by addressing the barriers that prevent them from entering and sustaining employment. West Berkshire Council leads the partnership to deliver the project into the heart of communities. Groundwork South is a case-holding and delivery partner.

It is essential that the successful candidate has previous experience and a keen interest in providing proactive support, advice and guidance to a wide range of individuals with various needs.

Main Duties include:

  • Encourage individuals who may face multiple barriers or lack motivation, to develop their confidence and belief in the benefits of a working life, and in further education and training.
  • Assist individuals to gain entry into employment or training.
  • Encourage and support the participants with signposting them to local workshops and events.
  • Provide support with a tailored approach per participant.
  • Work with partners and stakeholders to provide a pipeline of opportunities for the participants.
  • In return we offer:

  • Home based with fortnightly meetings at our Maidenhead office
  • 25 days per annum plus English Bank Holidays
  • A contributory pension scheme
  • Scope to continuing development of your professional skills
  • Closing Date: 18th July 2021

    Interview Date: TBC

    An application form can be downloaded from below or for more information regarding this role please call Nicky Bhatoey-Turnbull on 07736132922. Please send your application form to Laura Dyke on


    Groundwork South is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable groups. In line with our Safer Recruitment & Selection Policy and Procedure, successful applicants are subject to references and an enhanced with barred lists disclosure check.

    CVs will not be accepted. No agencies please. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Please note that we reserve the right to close applications early in the event of a large response.

    We are committed to the employment and career development of disabled people. To demonstrate our commitment we have been awarded the Disability Confident Scheme Symbol, which is awarded by the Employment Service. We guarantee an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the essential criteria for the post. If you consider yourself to have a disability and would like to apply under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme please complete the Guaranteed Interview Scheme form (at the top of our current vacancies page) and submit this with your application. We shall ensure fairness and equal opportunities throughout our workforce and in service delivery.

    Groundwork South is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We welcome applications from suitably skilled candidates regardless of ethnicity, gender, disability, sexuality, religion or age. A copy of our Equality and Diversity policy may also be made available to candidates on request.

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