Employability Co-ordinator
  • Employer: Gravesham Council
  • Reference: GREC589LS
  • Published: Fri 16/04/2021, 9:30 AM
  • Closing on: Fri 14/05/2021, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £24,703 - £26,317 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Civic Centre, Windmill Street, Gravesend, Kent, Kent

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Employability Co-ordinator

Our Organisation-

Centrally located in the Thames Gateway, Gravesham Borough Council provides a range of services to over 106,000 people and 4,000 businesses.

The Borough of Gravesham, situated in the north west corner of Kent, covers 25,000 acres of the most varied countryside in south east England.

Bordered by the River Thames to the north, it is at the heart of Thames Gateway and has a significant role to play in the regeneration of a major government growth area.

Gravesham Borough Council is committed to delivering to the community and working with us means you are part of delivering the level of growth and improvement our community needs and deserves.

The role

To manage the Council’s Kickstart Scheme.  Working with the Economic Development team to support those employed on 6-month work placements and their line managers within the Council.

To manage the Council’s Apprenticeship Levy, ensuring that the Levy is fully utilised, and our apprentices have the support and experience they require.

Analysing the HR data within the Council and preparing quarterly reports on HR related activity within the Council.

Main responsibilities

Undertake a range of specialist tasks including:

Administering the Kickstart Scheme on behalf of the Council.

Supervising the training and mentoring of Kickstart placements in the Council and providing support to their line-managers and ensure that an appropriate level of training and employability support is in place.

Working with other local employers to widen the number of Kickstart placements in the Borough.

Researching and implementing additional employability programmes that can be adopted by the Council.

Representing the Council in its work with DWP/Jobcentre Plus and local training and employability skills providers.

Development of an apprenticeship and employability strategy and managing the Council’s apprenticeship Levy to ensure the funds are fully utilised.

Liaising with our apprenticeship providers and line managers to source apprenticeships that are suitable for the needs of the business.

Supporting our apprentices to complete their qualifications in a timely manner.

Coordinating cross service training for the Council’s apprentices and kickstart placements.

Compile and provide quarterly HR reports on employee data KPI’s (headcount, turnover, sickness etc), highlighting and identifying trends as necessary and provide actionable recommendations.

General Administrative duties for the HR and Economic Development Teams.

Essential qualifications/experience-

Experience of working in an HR, training, or employment support setting.

Practical experience of working alongside and supporting young people in a workplace.

Experience of undertaking all aspects of employment selection, including interviewing staff.

Experience of office and finance administration of similar programmes or schemes; meeting deadlines for reporting progress.

Partnership working

Has a working knowledge of employment legislation and health and safety in the workplace, especially as they apply to young people.

An understanding of the different players participating in the Kickstart Scheme and the learning and skills sector.

An thorough understanding of the Apprenticeship Levy.

Excellent communication skills and ability to present complex information in a clear manner.

IT skills, including MS Word and Excel or similar.

Ability to think strategically and to add value to the Kickstart work placements in the workplace, through working with other employers and training providers.

Ability to work individually and as part of a team and with a variety of service areas and partners.

Managing a high workload by prioritising tasks and balancing conflicting demands.

Ability to record information accurately and to prepare reports.

A full driving licence and have access to own car for business use.

Desirable qualifications/experience-

Degree and/or relevant professional qualification.

Political awareness and sensitivity.

Experience of delivering training and employability support to young people.

 Experience of managing staff.

In return we offer you:

Holiday entitlement

A generous holiday entitlement, plus paid bank holidays.


In-house and external training including non-qualification, Continued Personal Development (CPD), NVQ and other qualification training.

Employee Assistance Programme

The Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a free and confidential support service, offering you unlimited access to advice and information as well as coaching and counselling where appropriate. 

Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the service is there to help you manage all of life's events and support you through the challenges. Their expert advisers are there to help,

whenever you need them. Support on the telephone, online and face to face.


A very secure pension scheme which both you and we pay into. More information can be found on the Local Government Pension Scheme website.

Occupational health

An on-site Occupational Health Advisor. We have an occupational health service provided by East Kent Hospitals University Foundation NHS Trust. The service is delivered by a team of health professionals who specialise in occupational medicine and deal with the relationship between your work and your health. Occupational Health also works with us to resolve any issues in the workplace and also to ensure that well-being at work is maintained.

If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager call Laura Lowrey, HR Business Partner on 01634 332599.

Important Information-

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

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Gravesham Borough 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

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.

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


How to Apply

Please be advised that we only accept online applications submitted through JobsGoPublic ATS


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, if you require documentation/correspondence in different format such as braille or large print, please contact the Resourcing Team on 01634 332878.

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