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Aspirations Officer
  • Employer: Medway Council
  • Reference: REC1006VR
  • Published: Tue 05/10/2021, 16:35 PM
  • Closing on: Wed 20/10/2021, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: Range 3 - £20,526 - £26,450
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Elaine Centre, Clifton Close, Strood, Kent, ME2 2HG, Kent

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Aspirations Officer

An exciting new opportunity has arisen to work with the 16+ Care Leavers Service and the Skills & Employment Team. 

You will be required to support care experienced young people to gain education opportunities and to help them find employment or training, with a particular focus on enabling young people to access opportunities generated by the Medway Skills & Employment Grants Scheme. This role will support young people aged 16-25 who are in care or have left care, and who need advice and guidance on what they can access and how to do so. It will include working with personal advisors, as the allocated worker, to support young people with accessing ETE opportunities, preparing good quality CV’s and applications, preparing for interviews, and to advise on any work/education related issues that may arise. 

This role will be expected to offer activities, support, information and guidance and informal learning opportunities to young people aged 16-25 years who are care experienced, to support them in accessing education, training and employment opportunities. To work with partners and agencies to bring together skills and expertise to support young people in achieving their ETE aspirations.

A higher proportion of care leavers are not in education, employment or training by the age of 19, compared to their non-looked after peers. This can be for a number of reasons, including a lack of qualifications and not having the self-esteem, support, skills or experience to find a job or be able to access education/training.

Young people may also be applying for jobs that have additional costs, for example protective clothing, tools, CSCS card or even the ability to drive. All these can be barriers to young people finding sustained employment. Some young people have told us they have not applied for a job as they did not have suitable shoes for an interview, an up to date CV or were not sure how to get there.

This role will be expected to support with these barriers and be creative in how they can be overcome, using their own knowledge, skills and expertise as well as those of both internal services and external partner agencies.  The post holder will also need to work with businesses and providers to enable the best chance of success for all parties.

The key duties of this role will be to work intensively with young people approaching readiness for a positive destination, and link them to education, training or employment opportunities, with a particular focus on the Medway Skills & Employment Grants Scheme, or through existing or new schemes as appropriate.

Some examples of where we would expect the officer to provide support are:

  • Access to Further/Higher Education
  • Further training opportunities
  • CV/Application/Interview support
  • Work experience access
  • NEET programmes
  • Kickstart programme
  • Supported Internships/Supported Employment
  • Apprenticeships
  • Employment


  • Develop and deliver programmes of support and advice, focusing on building employability skills for young people. To offer guidance on accessing education provision needed to achieve the aspirations of young people.
  • Assess and work with the needs of care experienced young people aged 16 to 25 across a wide range of employment and training programmes, promoting personal and social development, which result in recorded and accredited learning, and identify learning opportunities in relation to these.
  • Develop activities for care leavers that respond to assessed ETE need and that are open to all but offer targeted support to vulnerable young people/those struggling with their ability to access programmes that would help them to achieve their aspirations.
  • To form partnerships with education, training and employment providers working with young people and to develop joined up working practices to ensure that the needs of the young people are met.
  • To work with the Medway Skills & Employment Grants Scheme to maximise opportunities for both young people and businesses and providers.
  • All staff working in the department have a responsibility for promoting and supporting the Council's policies and procedures for safeguarding. You should ensure that you carry out your duties and work at all times in a way that ensures the safeguarding and welfare of service users.

The children and young people of Medway have said the following qualities are very important to them:

  • Be a good listener
  • Be non-judgemental
  • Be consistent and stable
  • Be contactable
  • Understand me
  • Be honest
  • Be focused
  • Be realistic
  • Be a good timekeeper
  • Be resourceful in your approach

To be ambitious for young people and promote others to share the same drive.

To champion Children and Young People’s views and rights in everything you do.

To ensure Children and Young People’s voices are listened to and acted upon.

To ‘Do what you say and say what you do’.

In return we offer you:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Generous local government pension scheme package
  • Access to wider training and development qualifications
  • Flexible working scheme
  • Travel plan discounts
  • Car Benefit Scheme from Tusker
  • Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
  • Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
  • The Government has introduced new ways of supporting parents with childcare costs. Further details are available here: -

Our organisation:

Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.

Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London.

We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.

Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.

If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager, please call Daniel Ratcliff on 01634 338399

Interviews are likely to be held virtually via Microsoft Teams.  Full details on how this will work will be sent to you, if your application is successfully shortlisted.    

Important Information-

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age

For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.  All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.

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We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.