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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).

We look forward to meeting you...


Current vacancies:

Outreach Worker

Forth/Tay and Northern hub; post to be based in primarily in Aberdeen City and environs utilising partner agency accommodation to sustain and generate referral uptake across existing Venture Trust programmes. Will require some additional travel.
Permanent – Full-Time
£21,711 - £24,341 gross per annum
Please note that appointments will usually be made at the lower end of the salary scale.
This role has been generously part-funded by the National Lottery through The Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

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.

We’re delighted to announce a new Outreach Worker post to support our delivery in the North East of Scotland, based from Aberdeen and covering surrounding areas. 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. You may also help to support the delivery of our SQA qualifications if required. Additionally, you will help to promote the programme with stakeholders, providing progress updates for referring partners and agents to develop and maintain effective relationships.

Ideal candidates 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. You will also ideally be qualified as an SQA Assessor and have a strong knowledge of voluntary and statutory sectors in Scotland. You will have excellent communication skills with the ability to connect with stakeholders at all levels, and strong time management skills to manage a varied and demanding workload. An ability to work effectively under your own initiative is crucial. 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.

For more information, please download a job description which includes a person specification. To download an application form, please click here.

Closing date for all applications: 9am on Monday 16th May 2016
Interviews will be held on Monday 23rd May 2016

Please send completed application forms to:
Nicola Clark
Venture Trust
Argyle House
3 Lady Lawson Street
Edinburgh
EH3 9DR

Or e-mail your application to:
Nicola@venturetrust.org.uk

Please note we do not accept CVs.


Outreach Co-ordinator

Edinburgh/Lothians hub or Glasgow/West hub
Permanent – Full-Time
£25,047 – £28,081 gross per annum
Please note that appointments will usually be made at the lower end of the salary scale.
These roles have been generously part-funded by the National Lottery through The Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

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.

We’re excited to announce two new Outreach Co-ordinator roles; one to join our team in Edinburgh and the other in Glasgow. Our Outreach Co-ordinators deliver high quality personal development work with our participants, line manage Outreach Workers, and develop strong and effective partnership relationships across local authorities.

Successful candidates will work across the range of Venture Trust programmes, engaging vulnerable and hard to reach clients in a progressive personal development journey, including being responsible for supporting our SQA delivery as required. Key to the role is developing strong networking and partnership links, to ensure appropriate referrals, Venture Trust delivery which meets the expectations of clients and referrers, and quality employability opportunities in the third phase of the programme. The Outreach Co-ordinator is also responsible for supporting and line managing Outreach Workers within their hubs and working closely with wilderness journey teams to ensure effective co-ordination, delivery and review of all programmes.

Ideal candidates will have qualifications in youth work, community education or similar, or equivalent proven experience of guiding and supporting vulnerable and disaffected people. Knowledge and experience of delivering personal development work underpinned by approaches and techniques such as Experiential Learning, Choice Theory/Reality Therapy and Pro-Social Modelling is also essential, as is knowledge of the voluntary and statutory sectors in Scotland. Ideal candidates will have strong planning, co-ordination and time management skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders at all levels and contribute to strategic planning. Please note that 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.

For more information, please download the job description which includes a person specification. To download an application form, please click here.

Closing date for all applications: Monday 16th May 2016
Interviews will be held on Tuesday 31st May in Edinburgh / Wednesday 1st June in Glasgow

Please send completed application forms to:
Nicola Clark
Venture Trust
Argyle House
3 Lady Lawson Street
Edinburgh
EH3 9DR

Or e-mail your application to:
Nicola@venturetrust.org.uk

Please note we do not accept CVs.


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...

Holidays

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.

Pension

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.

Salary

Venture Trust works hard to provide competitive salaries to all staff, ensuring that they reflect skills, experiences and comparable market rates.

Additional benefits

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.

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