Brighter Futures for Children (BFFC)
Part-time - Flexible hours by agreement
Brighter Futures for Children is improving outcomes for Reading's children, young people and families.
We are an independent, not-for-profit-company, wholly owned by Reading Borough Council. Our responsibility is to deliver quality children's services, early help, education and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) services in the borough.
- We protect and enhance the lives of the children of Reading.
- We help families find long-term solutions to ensure children lead happy, healthy, and successful lives.
- We embrace new and proven ways of working, including; Trauma Informed practice, Restorative approaches, Strong partnership working, Quick and appropriate decision-making.
This is a fantastic opportunity for an Apprenticeship Officer to lead the apprenticeship programme.
The post sits within the HR and L&D team. You will take the lead in supporting BFfC to maximise the use of the Apprenticeship Levy to recruit, develop and retain both new and existing staff. The role is essential to ensuring that a wide range of apprenticeships are available, aligned to the business needs of the council.
- Positively promote the work placement scheme and apprenticeships to managers across the company.
- Positively promote the ‘public sector apprenticeship standard’ internally using case studies and other collateral or evidence e.g. recommend as a route to acquire customer service, business admin and I.T. skills.
- The implementation of a corporate approach for Short Term Work Placements for school college aged students, particularly for Looked after children and care leavers.
- Provide support to BFfC apprentices, overseeing the provision of mentoring and pastoral care for apprentices, providing advice and support where appropriate.
- Work within the budgetary constraints of the apprenticeship levy and maintain, monitor and report on financial matters relating to the levy.
- Provide information, advice and guidance concerning the apprenticeship levy to staff.
- Utilise all available internal communication channels appropriately; e.g. company intranet, staff briefings and expression of interest notification.
- Level 3 English and Maths e.g. A level or equivalent
- Advanced Microsoft Office User Skills e.g. Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
- A qualification or part-qualification in supervision or management
- Or equivalent demonstrable experience
Essential knowledge, skills and experience:
- Apprenticeship levy allocation process
- Working with different community groups
- Working autonomously
Contact details for an informal discussion: email Nerin.Swanton@brighterfuturesforchildren.org
- Competitive salary
- Flexible working
- Local Government Pension Scheme
- On-site “outstanding” nursery
We offer a range of extras
- Cycle to work scheme
- Season ticket loans
- Local discounts
- Health and wellbeing programme