Employability Coach

  • Employer West Ham United Foundation
  • Town / City London
  • Job Type Part-time
  • Salary £25000 per annum
  • Position Type 24 Month(s) Contract
  • Closing Date 09/05/2021
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We are committed to the principle of equality and equal opportunities in employment and have been accredited with being a Disability Confident Leader. We will actively promote equality and equal opportunities in our business to ensure that individuals receive treatment that is fair and equitable and consistent with their relevant aptitudes, potential skills and abilities.

West Ham United FC is committed to equality and safeguarding children and ‘adults at risk’. Positions that involve working with such groups are subject to safer recruitment protocols, including DBS Disclosure at enhanced level.

West Ham United staff enjoy generous benefits, including a contributory scheme, 25 days’ leave and life assurance. You can also take advantage of childcare vouchers, interest-free season ticket loans, a cycle to work scheme and our employee wellbeing programme.

We believe that a diverse workforce strengthens our creativity and delivers the best commercial performance. We are, therefore seeking applications from high quality people, whose backgrounds, experience and identity broadens and enhances the diversity of our company.

As an employer we are committed to promoting and protecting the physical and mental health of our staff.

Job summary

West Ham United Foundation (WHUF) is seeking an Employability Coach to lead the delivery of our newly launched Employ Me London programme. We’re delighted to be able to create an exciting opportunity for a passionate and driven individual to support SEND young people in securing long-term education, employment and training opportunities over the next two years.

The successful candidate will have a passion for working with young people with learning difficulties/disabilities and proven commitment to improving the lives of young people from diverse backgrounds. They will be able to operate as a job coach, mentor and educator to support local young people through the programme.

In addition, the successful candidate will also support the development and delivery of wider programmes within the Foundation, where required.

This programme is a key element of WHU Foundation’s mission to facilitate community cohesion, social mobility, raise aspirations and achievement amongst young people, and promote individual success.

Key Responsibilities:

• Plan and deliver high quality and safe weekly sessions and workshops for young people aged 16- 24 yrs with learning difficulties/disabilities.
• Plan and deliver appropriate and engaging sessions that consider the needs of SEND individuals.
• Providing one-to-one support, using a case worker model.
• Use peer mentoring, ambassadors and other positive role models to engage and inspire participants.
• Deliver a range of personal development and life skills workshops.
• Source appropriate opportunities for employment, training and education.
• Ensure delivery outputs and outcomes are aligned with project KPIs:
o Recruitment of 33 eligible young people (16-24 years) within the first 15 months of the programme
o Minimum of 50% participant progression into employment, education or training
o Minimum of 65% of participants sustaining employment, education or training for 26 weeks
• To recruit and work in partnership with other agencies, organisations and business to facilitate employment, education and training outcomes
• Monitor and record young people’s progression and engagement using the designated CRM system/s.
• Complete all Risk Assessment procedures and protocols using the internal systems.
• Attend consortium steering group meetings
• Any other duties as reasonably requested by the line manager / organisation.

Equal Opportunities

1. To ensure that all departments are provided within an anti-discriminatory framework and take account of such issues as race, gender, sexuality, disability, religion, sexual orientation and age.

2. To carry out work in a manner which promotes equality of opportunity for both staff and clients.


1. Staff must evidence a commitment to the safety and welfare of children, young people and adults at risk regardless of their age, gender, language, religion, ethnic background or sexual identity and ensure the safety and protection of all children, young people and adults at risk taking part in any activity arranged by or in the name of the Club.

2. It is a requirement for staff to follow the Club’s Safeguarding reporting procedures to report without delay, allegations of abuse, poor practice or which is or may, impact on the welfare of a child, young person or adult at risk. After contacting and taking guidance from the Safeguarding Team, staff must use the Club’s Child Protection Online Management System (CPOMS ) to record the concern within 24 hours unless directed to do otherwise

Employees will be recruited and selected, promoted and trained on the basis of objective criteria.

Person Specification

The ideal candidate will have skills and experience in the following areas: – Essential (E) Desirable (D)


• Youth Work / Education qualification or equivalent – L4 or above (E)
• Training or qualification related to learning disabilities and learning difficulties (E)
• Employability/IAG qualification or similar (D)
• Safeguarding/Child Protection Training and First Aid (will be provided in post if not already done) (D)
• Experience of working with young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities within an education or community setting. (E)
• Experience with CRM database which manages project information. (D)


• Able to use a range of strategies to effectively engage with young people with learning difficulties and/or a learning disability (E)
• Ability to build a programme curriculum that includes one-to-one support, small group work, and personal development. (E)
• A meticulous eye for detail and ability to work in a methodical and organised way. (E)
• Understanding of sector specific short courses and skills packages that will support participants into employment. (D)
• Ability to relate to young people from a wide range of backgrounds and engage them in meaningful activities. (E)
• To have a good knowledge of the local community (D)
• An understanding of safeguarding and health and safety in a youth work setting. (E)
• Strong commitment to quality service delivery (E)
• Ability to monitor and evaluate programme delivery and report writing (E)
• A commitment to supporting young people, and the principles of equality and diversity. (E)
• A commitment to safeguarding and health and safety. (E)
• Self-motivated and the ability to work on own initiative. (E)
• Excellent communication skills including written, telephone and interpersonal skills. (E)
• Proven planning and organisation skills. (E)
• IT literate with particular emphasis on Microsoft and Google packages. (D)

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