Join our team, and help transform the lives of those in need
Venture Trust is a dynamic, exciting organisation, where you’ll have a real opportunity to transform the lives of people who are struggling with difficult circumstances. Whether you are working with our clients in the community or field, or providing support services in one of our offices, we’ll give you the support you need to grow and develop, and to help you make the most of your skills and experience.
The people we help come from many different backgrounds, and we believe Venture Trust can only benefit from having an equally diverse staff team. We are committed to equality of opportunity in employment; whatever your background, we treat all applications fairly – all you need to do is show us why you’d be a great addition to our team.
All jobs are advertised on this page, so check back regularly for details of our latest vacancies. In the meantime, find out more about our people and why you should work with us (below).
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Outreach Worker (Forth Valley Region)
Salary: £22,250 gross per annum (Band D)
Location: Based in the National Participant Centre (Stirling), primarily working in the Forth Valley Region.
Contract Type: Permanent (full-time)
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Venture Trust works with people experiencing complicated life circumstances. Through the provision of wilderness-based personal and social development programmes, we equip them with the confidence, motivation and core life skills that they need to make positive changes in their lives.
Our Outreach Workers deliver high quality participant support across the range of Venture Trust programmes, to engage participants in a dynamic and progressive community and wilderness-based personal development opportunity.
The successful candidate will undertake the initial assessment of potential participants for our programmes (phase 1) preparing and supporting them to undertake their wilderness journey (phase 2), working closely with the wilderness journey staff. Upon return to their community (phase 3), you will continue to work closely with participants to develop and maintain community links, supporting them into sustained positive destinations, including education, training, volunteering or employment. Additionally, you will help to promote the programme with stakeholders, providing progress updates for referring partners and agents to develop and maintain effective relationships. You may also be required to support the delivery of our SQA qualifications.
Ideal candidates will have excellent communication skills with the ability to connect with stakeholders at all levels. Strong time management skills to manage a varied and demanding workload, with the ability and willingness to work effectively under own initiative and often in isolation are also essential. Ideally you will have qualifications in youth work, community development or a related discipline and/or an equivalent level of experience working with vulnerable and disaffected individuals, supporting them to identify and sustain positive changes in their lives. A strong knowledge of voluntary and statutory sectors in Scotland is also essential. Experience of development training and knowledge of drug, alcohol and youth/Criminal Justice related issues would be an advantage. Please note a driving license and access to a vehicle is an essential requirement of this role.
We offer a range of generous benefits including 28 days annual leave and 9 public and bank holiday days, flexible working and a joint contributory pension scheme. Venture Trust is committed to promoting equality and diversity in employment and follows an equal opportunities policy.
Download an job description here
Closing date for all applications: Monday, 6th April 2020.
Please note, due to the current situation interviews have been postponed until further notice.
Please send completed application forms to email@example.com or mail to:
Argyle House, 3 Lady Lawson Street
Please note we do not accept CVs.
*Our programmes are part-funded by the European Social Fund.
Why work for us?
At Venture Trust we value our employees. As our greatest asset, it is important to ensure we support staff in achieving job satisfaction as well as an effective work-life balance. Read on to discover the range of benefits we offer our employees...
At Venture Trust we offer a generous holiday allowance of 28 days, plus 9 bank and public holiday days per year. Staff with three years’ service or more also benefit from accruing additional long-service annual leave.
We offer all employees the opportunity to join our workplace pension scheme – 5% contribution made by the individual and 3% contribution made by Venture Trust.
Flexible working and time off
We recognise the growing need for people today to be able to work flexibly. That’s why we’ve developed a number of flexible working opportunities for our staff.
We provide support for time off when you need it most. We provide more generous maternity provisions than required by law, but we’ve not forgotten about dad’s either – we provide the statutory two weeks’ paid paternity leave with the option to take further paid leave where mum returns to work before her maternity pay period ends. We also offer eighteen weeks’ parental leave, and flexible dependent care leave, and are keen to support time off for career or personal development breaks where possible.
Learning and development
Venture Trust recognises that it is essential to support and encourage staff to develop their skills so we can consistently provide a high quality service to the people we work with, and increase individual job satisfaction. That’s why our annual appraisal process provides a formal setting to focus on development needs and why we offer up to 10 days a year for staff training and development.
We’re committed to continuing professional development and if you want to work towards professional qualifications, or where membership of a professional body is an integral part of your role, we’ll support you here too.
From your first day with Venture Trust, where you will be provided with a structured induction plan, your learning and development will be a priority.
Venture Trust works hard to provide competitive salaries to all staff, ensuring that they reflect skills, experiences and comparable market rates. Venture Trust is accredited as a Living Wage employer.