Employer Engagement & Apprenticeship Officer – Fixed Term till November 2023

21 April 2022
£33,782 - £36,186 / year

Job Description

The Employer Engagement and Apprenticeship Officer (EEAO) is a split role across Employer Engagement and Partner and Supply Chain management on the European Social Funded (ESF) Way 2 Work (W2W) project.

The EEAO will spend 50% of their role providing an employer engagement and sales service on behalf of the Nottingham Jobs Hub, engaging employers with a focus on construction employers, to support them with their recruitment, skills, and workforce development needs and ensuring the sign up to the Nottingham Jobs offer.

Taking an employer focused approach the post holder will work with the employer to develop an initial bespoke package of recruitment, skills and workforce solutions and liaise with Job Seeker Engagement team accordingly to ensure that the service meets the employer’s need and meets the required standard.

The EEAO will spend the other 50% of their time, managing supply chain community partners on the W2W project, ensuring that they are compliant with standards of work and paperwork when engaging jobseekers across D2N2, They will also ensure partners hit performance outcomes in relation to participant sign-ups and job outcomes monthly, quarterly and across the lifespan of the project.

In addition, the post holder will have a particular focus on:

1. Stimulating and nurturing demand from employers to generate employment, apprentice and training opportunities, including apprenticeships that are suitable for city residents in line with Nottingham City Council’s pledges.

2. Encouraging employers to recruit directly within job centres, to sign up to key DWP initiatives such as disability confident and work trials and to use targeted recruitment solutions such as sector based work academies to support more unemployed jobseekers into work.

3. Supporting the commercial development and contractual performance of other service areas and teams within Futures, which align with the principals of the Nottingham Jobs and support more local unemployed jobseekers into work.

2 Principal duties and responsibilities

1. To proactively identify and engage employers not previously engaged with the service with a view to increasing the uptake of Nottingham Jobs services.

2. Managing supply chain and community partners on the W2W project across D2N2 ensuring compliance and performance are met.

3. To work directly with employers to identify initial recruitment, workforce development, skills and CSR needs, providing expert advice on the delivery options available to meet their needs.

4. To have a full and comprehensive understanding of the Nottingham Jobs, its offer and objectives, as well as additional support available to employers through key partners and third parties

5. To act as the local expert on the ‘Nottingham Apprenticeship Offer’ to raise awareness of and increase the uptake of apprenticeships within the city.

6. To support and monitor employers in delivering Section 106 and procurement employment and skills clauses, undertaking strategic planning to ensure outputs are delivered against agreed targets.

7. To provide a smooth handover to the Nottingham Jobs, jobseeker engagement team liaising with the employer throughout the process and ensuring that the Employer Relations team understand the employers requirements in full.

8. To develop specific projects relating to driving up apprenticeships, graduate retention, in-work support and inclusive recruitment of specific target groups into local opportunities.

9. To maintain an up to date understanding of the skills, employment and apprenticeship offer to employers, including how they benefit the business, the local economy, the labour market and how their behaviour may be affected by key changes in government skills funding policy.

10. To work with colleagues within Futures, NCC Economic Development, other sections of the council including procurement and planning (Section 106), partner agencies such as the D2N2 Growth and Marketing Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, DWP National Employer and Partnerships Team, to proactively generate new business and promote the Jobs Hub offer.

11. To make referrals where required to Nottingham Jobs partners services that are better placed to assist the employer connect with schools, access graduates (local Universities), or require wider business support (the D2N2 Growth Hub).

12. To manage the S106 budget and associated projects providing monthly progress reports against key performance indicators

13. To develop appropriate marketing, sector campaigns, trade fairs and other employer-targeted events to promote the Nottingham Jobs offer to local employers including SMEs, public sector employers and large corporate employers, working with partners where appropriate.

14. To oversee and maintain a database of employer accounts playing the key role in the creation of new accounts, entering all data accurate and comprehensively and ensuring an effective handover to the Employer Relations Team.

15. To follow up and liaise with Jobs Hub Employer Relations Team to ensure all relevant aspects of the Hub offer are being taken up by the employer and to assist with up-selling to existing employer accounts.

To apply, please send a CV and Personal Statement (no more than 2 sides of A4) stating why you have the knowledge and skills to deliver the role of Employer Engagement and Apprenticeship Officer to: jenny.clarke@nottinghamcity.gov.uk