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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Venture Trust Board Member
Venture Trust helps people transform their lives. We work with people, who because of their life circumstances, have become marginalised and vulnerable, to support them towards making and sustaining positive changes in their lives. With support individuals develop skills and strategies to improve confidence and motivation and to maintain positive personal relationships or enter into training, education or employment and for those involved in offending to reduce the risk of reoffending. Venture Trust works in partnership; in communities and in the wilderness of Scotland, delivering transformational and innovative personal development programmes.
The Board of Trustees lead the organisation; bringing a range of expertise, skills and experience and offering objectivity, support and challenge, and policy and business insights, working with the senior staff team to shape and drive Venture Trust's strategy and plans. We are looking for new Board Members who can help us take Venture Trust forward by enhancing our reputation and growing to deliver high quality personal development and employability services which provide the greatest impact to enable and support some of Scotland’s most disadvantaged people.
Could you help us achieve more? We are looking for individuals who are dynamic, with capacity to contribute, and willing to share their expertise. We are keen to attract influencers, who are also able to engage their network to broaden and deepen support for Venture Trust. An affinity with our work, supporting people in their development to overcome life challenges is essential.
We would be particularly interested in hearing from people with experience and expertise in the following sectors:
We are seeking to diversify Venture Trust’s funding base, including increasing income from voluntary fundraising and donations. A strong network and experience in this area will support our staff team to implement our income diversification strategy, and contribute to a new Board sub-committee focussing on fundraising.
Individuals with a financial background will bolster the Board’s ability to assess and mitigate financial risks, and support the staff team to ensure sound financial management practice. This role will also involve participation in, and potentially chairing of, the Finance and HR Board sub-committee.
Venture Trust has a growing range of employability services, with this area being a key strategic focus for us, and the development of which will ensure the greatest impact and outcomes for our participants. Knowledge of and networks within the sector will help position Venture Trust and drive strategic direction.
- Local authority or other statutory commissioning
Commissioning of services will be of vital importance to Venture Trust over the coming years. In depth knowledge of commissioning processes, particularly at a local level, will enable alignment of our strategy with local and national opportunities.
- Criminal justice or social work, policy background
Experience in the core voluntary and statutory sectors relating to Venture Trust’s work will ensure our programmes and services are designed to align with the needs of our core client groups.
In return, we offer a comprehensive induction programme including charity trustee training, CPD as a trustee and opportunity to be part of a forward thinking, committed and impactful team working to help people transform their lives.
Location: Meetings usually held in Edinburgh
Closing date: Monday 11 December 2017. Please provide a CV and short personal statement to Nicola Clark, Employability and HR Officer, email@example.com
Next steps: It is anticipated that informal discussions will be held initially, followed by an opportunity to attend and observe a Board meeting on Tuesday 27 February.
Salary: The positions are voluntary, however reasonable travel expenses are met.
Reception and Bookings Assistant and Housekeeping Assistant
Hartfield House, Applecross, IV54 8ND
Casual worker contract – £8.45 per hour, plus holiday pay
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.
Venture Trust’s social enterprise, Venture Mòr, operates an Affiliate Youth Hostel, Hartfield House on the Applecross peninsula and also offers adventure holidays and activities plus corporate team building and wilderness experiences across Scotland. Essential to the effective operation of our Hostel is a bank of experienced and hardworking casual worker staff, to who we can offer work to meet business requirements. As a casual worker with Venture Trust hours offered and worked may differ week to week, and particularly in response to high season; this is a great opportunity for you if you’re looking to work around existing commitments or bolster your current income levels.
We’re currently looking to increase our bank of casual workers at Hartfield House in advance of the high season 2018, in both Housekeeping Assistant and Reception and Bookings Assistant roles. Our Housekeeping Assistants are responsible for ensuring a high standard of cleanliness throughout the Hostel, including bedrooms, washrooms and public areas; as such, high attention to detail and previous experience of general domestic work are essential. Our Reception and Bookings Assistants are responsible for delivering consistently high quality customer service to clients at the Hostel and those making enquiries and bookings; as such we’re looking for people who can bring experience of working effectively within a team and who have a good knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite with the ability to pick up new IT skills quickly.
Venture Trust is committed to promoting equality and diversity in employment, and follows an equal opportunities policy. As such, you will be asked to complete an equal opportunities form.
If you would like to be considered as a casual worker at Hartfield House, please write to our Hostel Manager Henry Robertson (firstname.lastname@example.org) outlining your previous experience, which role you’re interested in, and a note of two referees we can contact. It is envisaged that hours will be offered from early March 2018, however some winter 2017 shifts may also be available.
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 – 3% contribution made by both the individual and 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.
We offer all staff two free nights’ accommodation in a twin room with breakfast and packed lunch for two each year (subject to availability) at our Youth Hostel Hartfield House in Applecross.