Senior Transition Coordinator
We’re looking for a Senior Transitions Coordinator to join our team in Education Partnerships on a Fixed Term Contract until 31 December 2023.
The Education Partnership team work across all phases to support our schools and colleges to realise the best education and life outcomes for our young people in Somerset.
Here’s what you can expect to be doing
Somerset County Council have been approved to deliver European Social Funding to prevent and re-engage NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) individuals as part of a three-year programme that will aim to support young people in their transition from compulsory education into a sustained and successful Post 16 destination.
The project will offer the opportunity to develop new and innovative ways of engaging and supporting those at highest risk of NEET from Year 11, working with a range of institutions, partners and agencies to develop bespoke and effective engagement programmes.
We are looking for a flexible and innovative project delivery coordinator to work closely with the Transition College Head, the service team and partner organisations to build relationships and work with a variety of professionals to ensure that service delivery is part of co-ordinated and cohesive services to young people and their families.
You will be responsible for:
Providing advice and guidance to young people with known vulnerability issues at specific points of transition into their post 16 destination.
Providing day to day support to the Pre-16 and Post-16 Transition Coordinators. Act as first point of contact for all queries, organise the work programme and discuss any issues with the Safeguarding Lead and/or Transition College Head as appropriate. Manage the referral caseload and take part in the triage process for young people.
Engaging with partners to reach the strategic aims of the County to reduce NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training) and increase participation of the most vulnerable students across Somerset.
Lead on the data collaboration project with the Supporting Families team ensuring sensitive information is gathered and input to the TRANSFORM database.
Liaising between home and institutions and providing a direct line of communication and link between parties. Developing specific plans, in agreement with the young person, family and appropriate organisations.
Meeting with young people with the purpose of empowering them to make the best use of their own resources and decision making to make a sustained and positive engagement in Post 16 activity.
Manage the referral and enrolment process of the programme. Provide the lead oversight of the Capita database and work closely with the Transition College Head.
Liaising with other agencies to enable access to a wide range of services and opportunities that will support sustained engagement.
Designing and delivering classes and support sessions as appropriate.
Data collection and reporting, including collation of college early leaver information and providing regular reports to management and the team.
Key college link role with regards to sharing data, getting referrals into the service and planning for key student leaving dates.
Day to day management of the Transition Coordinator team.
A few things about you
You will have experience of supporting vulnerable young people in their transition to post 16 education, employment or training.
You will be comfortable with lone working and with meeting a range of young people in agreed locations such as our Hubs or where required to undertake home visits.
You will have experience of working in a school or college on post 16 transition activities.
You will have experience of working with schools, colleges and various agencies to support and deliver transition activities.
You will have the motivation to work with children, especially the most vulnerable.
You will have the ability to motivate and mentor students and show how empathy to their learner journey and circumstances.
You will have the ability to work effectively within a team and across institutions and complete tasks in a timely manner.
You will be flexible, innovative and forward thinking.
We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working including working from home, with agreement from the manager.
The salary for the role is Grade 11 ranging from £25,991 to £29,577 per annum
For an informal discussion please contact Julie Young, Post-16 Advisor on 07977 401897 or via JAYoung@somerset.gov.uk.
Interviews will take place virtually over MS Teams
Why choose Somerset County Council
We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, working as part of a team who are passionate about the work they do to improve the lives of people in Somerset. We offer great training and development opportunities, with supportive management. As well as this, we have some fantastic employee benefits available:
• We promote a healthy work-life balance and offer flexible working arrangements wherever possible, including working from home.
• Generous annual leave allowance, with the opportunity to purchase additional leave.
• Staff discounts in gyms.
• Employee Assistance for the times you may need some support and a variety of employee wellbeing services.
• Auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme and optional pension enhancement through our Additional Voluntary Contribution scheme.
• A Flexible Benefits Scheme via salary sacrifice to obtain a cycle for work and health screenings.
• My Staff Shop offering discounts in shops, online shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets, insurance benefits and more.
This role requires a criminal background check via the disclosure procedure.