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Careers & Employability Officer

28/09/2022

Purpose

Creating strong partnerships with employers and working with curriculum to secure meaningful employer engagement including work experience, industry placements, employer masterclasses and employer input into curriculum development.

To work flexibly across the college and with internal and external stakeholders to provide a comprehensive, impartial careers education, information, advice, and guidance function for the College.

Must be willing to work in a collaborative, partnership focused manner to ensure a student-centred approach to always delivering a range of CEIAG interventions including 1:1s, workshops, activities and events. Ensuring CEIAG sessions are aspirational, empowering, lead to work placement opportunities that support students to progress and achieve their goals.

At present the role will be focused on our technology centre (Construction, Engineering and Construction trades) this is subject to change in future academic years as the team adapt to the needs of the college.

Duties

  • Champion and promote the college’s careers service to staff, students, parents and external agencies
  • Provide a range of careers interventions throughout the learner journey from enrolment through to supporting progression, including 1:1 personal guidance, group work, workshops, and HE events. Empowering learners to make effective, well informed decisions regarding course options, progression pathways and career goals
  • Develop and maintain your own knowledge of educational developments such as T Levels and labour market information
  • Maintain accurate records of all careers interventions and ensure that aspirational, SMART action plans are developed in collaboration with individual learners and recorded in ILP’s.
  • Contact employers to seek high quality employer engagement opportunities ensuring all communication with employers is followed up in a timely way and professional manner. Conduct employer visits for safety appraisals, midpoint and endpoint reviews.
  • Work with the Employer Services team to ensure work placement is explored with all current and potential apprenticeship employers and our AEB (Adult Education Budget) offer is included in the employer offer
  • Work closely with Progress tutors and teaching staff to ensure students are clearly identified for appropriate work experience opportunities and planning for attendance at work placement is effective and supported with prepared learners.
  • Work with Centre Directors, Programme Managers and Progress Tutors across the college to plan and maintain a schedule of employer engagement
  • Provide cross college reporting on take-up of employer engagement including work experience, industry placements and masterclasses as part of the Student experience wider reporting.
  • Promote the linkage between curriculum teams and employers to define ‘live project briefs’ to involve classroom-based students in work that is responsive to employer’s needs.
  • Work with tutors and the Quality team to ensure learning materials to support work experience are up-to-date and utilised effectively within the tutorial programme incorporating iLearn and that ProMonitor is fully utilised to capture employer engagement.
  • Ensure that all learners have ongoing access to their own careers action plans for self-directed career management purposes using the appropriate college systems and Its Learning recourses that are audited termly
  • Promote the use of ProMonitor and other college systems to provide high quality opportunities to prepare for and reflect upon employer engagement opportunities.
  • Undertake a full range of promotional activities including careers fairs aimed at engaging employers/ providers in learner progression opportunities.
  • Support the Student Experience Manager and contribute to the wider student experience team over both campuses
  • To work within the scope of the college’s careers strategy to support the development ofthe Gatsby Benchmarks ensuring they are embedded consistently across the college
  • To enable to provide quality assurance audits, to ensure work experience monitoring is in place, meaningful and effective. This would also include Quality assurance of Gatsby Benchmarks activities such as Peer on Peer observations of personal guidance.

    Hopwood Hall College actively promotes the value of diversity and welcomes and encourages job applicants from people of all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applicants from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates. We would also welcome applicants from LGB and Trans and non-binary candidates. We are a disability confident employer and have made a positive commitment to employing disabled people and guarantee to interview all disabled candidates who meet the minimum essential criteria for the role as set out in the job description.