The Apprentice Careers Adviser will work towards being proficient in the following areas over the course of their apprenticeship:
Operational delivery of effective and individualised Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance interventions to Craven College students including: 16-19, Higher Education, Adults and SEND Learners at all stages of their College journey.
To support applicants to Higher Education through the UCAS process.
To support Supported Internship, Employability and tutorial programmes with activities and resources designed to help students make well thought out and thoroughly researched choices about their next steps.
To support the Careers Manager in the development of a dynamic, supportive and customer focused service that meets the requirements of the National Careers Quality Mark, the Gatsby Benchmarks and the Matrix Standard.
This position is subject to a probationary period of 6 months, then will become permanent upon successful completion of the required Careers Advice qualification.
A full enhanced disclosure check will be required via the Disclosure & Barring Service for this post.
This job description is a guide to the duties you will be expected to perform competently on completion of your apprenticeship. The initial duties and responsibilities of the role will be tailored in line with your existing knowledge and experience, and development needs.
Duties may change in the future in line with the strategic direction and development of the College.
- To support the delivery of a high-quality Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance service across the College in order to assist students to make education, training and occupational choices and to manage their careers;
- To support the provision of professional, person-centred and timely careers and guidance interviews face to face, by telephone, and by other digital means; support meetings and/or college visits to help students to draw up Careers Action Plans for their education, training and employment and supporting them to achieve work or learning goals;
- Assist with the design and delivery of groupwork and resources; ensure all resources are up-to-date;
- To support the Careers Manager in working with SEND students at key transition points during their education including attendance at Annual Reviews to ensure they have access to confidential, impartial information, advice and guidance and support that will enable and empower them to participate fully in decisions relating to their future aspirations and career plans;
- Support with gaining and recording feedback from one-to-one support and groupwork activities;
- Work in partnership with the SEND Team to deliver awareness sessions in schools and Colleges about the Local Offer and attend any relevant local events.
- To maintain appropriate student records including recording interactions; tracking student’s progress and gathering their feedback and to provide statistical information on the usage of the service to the Careers Manager, whilst working within the guidelines of confidentiality and data protection
- To assist with the delivery of the Careers Programme in line with the Gatsby Benchmark;
- To work in close conjunction with Progress Coaches and Curriculum staff in support of the tutorial and Employability programmes through the development of centrally available and accessible resources, presentations; arranging and publicising guest speakers, and directing / escorting students to events arranged within and external to the College;
- To support students applying to higher education via UCAS, both on a one-to-one basis and via groupwork; manage the UCAS Adviser portal and associated processing/submission of applications;
- To attend and contribute to key internal and external events, peak enrolment periods and promotional activities – Careers Events, Parents Evenings, Open Days, Results Days in line with the requirements of the service;
- To support the Careers Manager to continue to meet the requirements of the National Careers Quality Mark; the Gatsby Benchmarks and the Matrix Standard.
- To function as an effective team member within the Student Support Services Department;
- To work on a flexible basis to meet the changing needs of the service;
- To participate in the College’s appraisal scheme and undertake further professional development in line with the needs of the College;
- To perform any other duties commensurate with grade and status as may reasonably be requested.
- You will be expected to be fully conversant with the College’s range of equality and diversity and safeguarding policies and procedures, to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all learners and staff;
Our behaviours are not meant to be exhaustive but serve to illustrate and bring to life the range of aspects that contribute to being an effective Craven colleague. We need everyone to bring them to life.
WORK TOGETHER TO OFFER ALL LEARNERS AND CUSTOMERS EXCELLENT OUTCOMES, BUILD STRONG WORKING RELATIONSHIPS
- Connected - Work well with others
- Innovative - Creative and solutions-focussed, work inventively, generate new ideas
- Responsible - Takes ownership, completes work well and on time
ABLE AND WILLING TO EVOLVE, ACHIEVE POTENTIAL, ADAPT TO CHANGING ENVIRONMENTS
- Curious - Inquisitive and interested
- Optimistic - Have a positive outlook
- Progressive - Determined to succeed
CAPABLE OF WITHSTANDING ADVERSITY AND ABLE TO TRANSCEND DIFFICULTY THROUGH CAPABILITY AND COMPETENCE
- Adaptable – Flexible
- Enthusiastic - Can do attitude
- Pragmatic - Sensible and realistic
HONEST AND OPEN IN ALL TRANSACTIONS AND RELATIONSHIPS, SELF AWARE, POSITIVE AND HELPFUL
- Positive mindset - Committed and determined
- Respectful - Inclusive and kind
- Socially intelligent - Self-aware and employable
The person we are hoping to appoint will meet all the following essential requirements and some or all of the desirable requirements.
- Working towards or willing to work towards a Level 6 Diploma in Careers Development Practice
- Minimum of a Level 3 or equivalent qualification
- Level 2 in Maths and English minimum grades C’s or Passes
- Interest in the delivery of careers guidance to 16-19, Higher Education, Adults and SEND Learners
- Awareness of FE / HE systems and careers directions typically followed by FE students
- Experience of working with young people with a learning difficulty / disability during transition, promoting high aspirations and securing positive outcomes
- Awareness of available careers resources, websites, online information sources
- Excellent communication, organisational and prioritising skills
- Ability to assimilate and present full and accurate information, both written and verbal, in a clear and concise manner
- Well organised, capable of working under pressure, meeting deadlines and targets, managing caseloads and with minimal supervision
- High level of competency, effective operation and use of ICT including its wider application e.g. use of social media
- Flexible approach to working and responding to the needs of the service
- Strong team player, committed to an ethos of continuous improvement
- Commitment to equal opportunities and embedding it in practice through reflective approaches
- Ability to recognise and respond to the needs of different service users
- Experience of supporting students and delivering presentations / groupwork activities in an FE setting
- Knowledge of the Gatsby Benchmark and legislation relating to Careers guidance
- Knowledge of qualification frameworks