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Job Opportunity – WorkFit Liaison Officer

WorkFit Liaison Officer (Self Employed) – Swindon

Part-time – 11 hours per week 
Salary: £7 per hour whilst training (6 months)
£8.50 per hour after training is complete
The contract is for initially a one-year period.

We are a local charity looking to develop local work opportunities for people with Down’s syndrome. The role of the WorkFit Liaison Officer will involve establishing links with local employers (Swindon and the surrounding areas*) and working together to lend their support to the progression of individuals with DS within their workforce.  The candidate would need to be self-employed and subject to a DBS check (enhanced level).

Main Responsibilities

Main tasks will include:

  • Develop and maintain a database of local supportive employers, arrange employer site visits and arrange employer training
  • Work with others to expand the network of employers who are willing to develop work opportunities for people with Down’s syndrome
  • Engage with HR and line managers of prospective employers to ensure that individuals with Down’s syndrome will be adequately supported, encouraged and managed within
    the workplace
  • Engage with people with Down’s syndrome who are seeking work and set up a steering group for people with Down’s syndrome and their parents/carers
  • Set up network meetings with key stakeholders
  • Engage with local schools and colleges of further education where people with Down’s syndrome access work experience
  • Build networks throughout the learning disability community, specifically those that address employment issues and attend relevant network meetings
  • Provide progress reports to the Swindon Down’s Syndrome
    Group Trustees and an evaluation from employer, employees and steering group.

Experience

A minimum of one year’s experience of with people with
Down’s syndrome.

Skills/Attributes

  • Excellent written, communication and presentation skills.  Confident in delivering training sessions to a wide audience
  • Ability to plan and manage a community based project and identify opportunities for development
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish links with and within external organisations, co-ordinate meetings, motivate others and support people with Down’s syndrome
  • Good organisational skills with careful and methodical working practices, with close attention to detail and working to deadlines
  • Computer literate
  • The ability to respond with sensitivity and understanding when dealing with people with Down’s syndrome, their parents and carers
  • Commitment to equality of opportunity for people with Down’s syndrome and knowledge of employment and equality legislation

If you are interested in the above position, please apply in writing, enclosing your CV to: Kim West, Chair, Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group, 34 Periwinkle Close, Swindon, SN2 2QH or email it to: chair@swindondownsgroup.org.uk

Closing date is Friday 2 October 2015.

* within 20 mile radius of Swindon