Apex Scotland
Apex Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC023879

We are the specialist organisation which for over 25 years has contributed to a safer Scotland by working with people with criminal convictions or at risk of committing offences to give them the necessary skills to change their behaviour and lead fulfilling lives.

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Personal Development Mentor (Highland New Routes)

  • Full time
  • £22,597 – £24,883
  • Highland (On site)
  • Closing 22nd April 2024

Apex Scotland is the leading employment and training organisation specialising in work with people with convictions.

We now have an opportunity in the Highland area, working as part of a team who provide various support services. Apex Scotland delivers the New Routes mentoring service in various areas, working as part of a Scotland wide public social partnership offering a mentoring service to male prolific offenders. This is an exciting initiative, aiming to reduce re-offending amongst males and contributing to the Scottish Government’s reducing re-offending strategy.

New Routes offers males serving short term custodial sentences a ‘through-the-gate’ mentoring and support service providing practical and emotional support to help them move back into the community and begin to build a life free of offending.

We are looking to recruit a full time Personal Development Mentor (PDM) to join our team. The staff base will be Inverness, however it is anticipated that there will be extensive travel throughout the Highland area. This service is currently funded to March 2025.

For New Routes the successful candidate will be required to work in a prison environment and in the community and should be able to demonstrate excellent levels of professionalism within both settings, in order to maximise the quality of relationships Apex holds with our valued partners. Due to the nature of this post, there will be significant travel involved therefore a driving licence and access to own vehicle or a mode of transport is essential. For this post you will have knowledge or experience of mentoring approaches. Experience of working in a prison environment would be an advantage.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate outstanding verbal and written communication skills as this will be imperative to distinction of service. The ability to work both as part of a team and independently is required, experience of inter-agency working is essential. Effective communication is an essential part of the role, along with an understanding of the importance of integrated and multi-agency working. A commitment to Apex’s value base is crucial, as this type of work can be challenging. Experience of working: with people with complex needs, people who have offended or in a health or social care environment would be preferred.

A relevant qualification is desirable but is not essential.

A valid driving licence and access to a car is essential for these posts.

Membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) is a requirement for this post.

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Personal Development Mentor (Highland Shine)

  • Full time
  • £22,597 – £24,883
  • Highland (On site)
  • Closing 22nd April 2024

Apex Scotland is the leading employment and training organisation specialising in work with people with convictions.

We now have an opportunity in the Highland area, working as part of a team who provide various support services. Apex Scotland delivers the Shine Women’s mentoring service in various areas, working as part of a Scotland wide public social partnership offering a mentoring service to female prolific offenders. This is an exciting initiative, aiming to reduce re-offending amongst females and contributing to the Scottish Government’s reducing re-offending strategy.

Shine offers females serving short term custodial sentences a ‘through-the-gate’ mentoring and support service, providing practical and emotional support to help them move back into the community and begin to build a life free of offending.

We are looking to recruit a full time Personal Development Mentor (PDM) to join our team. The staff base will be Inverness; however, it is anticipated that there will be extensive travel throughout the Highland, Moray and Aberdeenshire area. This service is currently funded to March 2025.

The post holder will operate in Highlands, Moray and Aberdeenshire, providing intensive support to women in the criminal justice system, currently serving a prison sentence; remanded into custody or subject of a Community Payback Order and who choose to engage and work with Shine Women’s Mentoring Service. This post consists of both, prison-based and community-based working and candidates should be able to demonstrate excellent levels of professionalism within both settings, in order to maximise the quality of relationships Apex holds with our valued partners. Support needs of women in the criminal justice system vary enormously, examples include drug and alcohol misuse, experience of abusive and or exploitative relationships, physical and mental issues often alongside chaotic lifestyles resulting from past traumatic experiences. Knowledge of the criminal justice system and experience of working with women within it is desirable but not essential as training will be given.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate outstanding verbal and written communication skills as this will be imperative to distinction of service. The ability to work both as part of a team and independently is required, experience of inter-agency working is essential. Effective communication is an essential part of the role, along with an understanding of the importance of integrated and multi-agency working. A commitment to Apex’s value base is crucial, as this type of work can be challenging. Experience of working: with people with complex needs, people who have offended or in a health or social care environment would be preferred.

A relevant qualification is desirable but is not essential.

A valid driving licence and access to a car is essential for these posts.

Membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) is a requirement for this post.

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Personal Development Mentor (Highland NHS)

  • Full time
  • £22,597 – £24,883
  • Highland (On site)
  • Closing 22nd April 2024

Apex Scotland is the leading employment and training organisation specialising in work with people with convictions.

Apex Scotland offer a diverse range of services for young people and adults to help them break down barriers and engage in education, employment, community activities and recovery focused initiatives.

We are looking for a full time Personal Development Mentor to join our team in the Highland Area 35 hours per week.

The post will present an opportunity to cover our service we deliver in partnership with the NHS and other Treatment providing Partners, for a period of up to 12 months. This service is designed to support participants affected by their use of Alcohol and Drugs as well as difficulties with Mental Health. The Service will achieve this by working in partnership with local Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Mental Health teams, GP surgeries, Residential Rehabs, and other treatment focused agencies across the Highland region, to ensure all action plans are carefully planned and participant needs are met.

The successful applicant will prioritise Trauma Informed practice, Team Working skills and have knowledge or experience of mentoring approaches. Experience of working with a caseload of service users and working to targets are essential. Experience of working in a community environment and an understanding of needs led practice would be an advantage. It is anticipated that there will be some travel throughout the area therefore a driving license or access to a means of transport is essential.

The right candidate will have an aptitude for developing and delivering innovative group sessions and the ability to engage with participants on a one-to-one basis, to assist them to overcome barriers to progression. An understanding of local employability pipelines would be an advantage, as would knowledge of the network of support agencies in the area. You would need to demonstrate flexibility and the ability to work in partnership.

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Trustees

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh (On site)
  • Closing 26th May 2024

About Us

Apex Scotland is a national charity and supports people who have experienced the justice system or are at risk of doing so, is recruiting a number of trustees who understand the role and importance of governance in the Third Sector. We are looking for people who act with integrity, compassion, honesty, and who are passionate about our work and the role of the Third Sector.

Apex Scotland supports individuals to develop skills, resilience and confidence that enables them to make positive choices to improve their personal outcomes. We understand our participants require support that is person-centred, recognising their own individual, unique needs and circumstances.

Our work is delivered by specialist, dedicated staff in various locations across Scotland who adopt a trauma informed approach putting participants at the heart of their decision making. We are proud of the impact we have and believe our work makes a meaningful, genuine and positive difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable in our society.

The Role

Following the appointment of a new CEO in July 2023 and the restructuring of the Senior Leadership Team at the start of 2024 Apex Scotland is embarking on a period of positive change to support the development of the charity, reposition the organisation and focus on strategic priorities.

As a Trustee you will have a key role in leading these developments and overseeing the implementation of our strategic plan.

Ideally you will have a deep understanding of the issues impacting those who have experienced the justice service and the stigma they face. You will also have an understanding of the current challenges being faced by the Third Sector. It is useful, but not necessary, to have experience of being a Trustee as training and support will be offered.

We are looking for people with the following skills and experience from throughout Scotland.

  • Justice services
  • Community engagement
  • Fundraising
  • Human Resources and staff development
  • Compliance and mitigating risk
  • Marketing and communications
  • Lived experience of the justice system
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Top job! Director of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications

  • Full time
  • £55,000
  • Hybrid Working (2 days per week office based)
  • Closing 24th January 2024

Are you committed to supporting and improving opportunities to those who have experienced or are at risk of entering the justice system? Apex Scotland is embarking on an exciting new chapter developing our strategic priorities that include a renewed focus on fundraising, marketing and communications to enhance the support we offer those we care for and support.

We are seeking a highly motivated experienced fundraising, marketing and communications specialist to join our leadership team. This new post will take responsibility for developing and leading the fundraising, marketing, and communications strategies to deliver significant growth in the charity’s supporter base, income generation and brand position. You will provide significant strategic capacity and coordinating leadership to ensuring a step change in results through innovation, creativity, and the highest levels of professionalism.

As an active and pivotal member of the leadership team, the Director of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications will work collaboratively and directly contribute to the development of strategies and operational plans that ensure the achievement of Apex Scotland’s key priorities.

You will be an excellent communicator, creative, collaborative, proactive, self-motivated and innovative together with understanding and appreciating the impact trauma has on the lives of those we care for and support.

You will have extensive leadership and management experience within the third sector coupled with a strong track record in developing and delivering fundraising, marketing and communications strategies with at least five years in a senior role.

Apex Scotland offers the following benefits:

  • 25 days annual leave, increasing to 30 days with 5 years’ service.
  • 14 public holidays per year plus closure between Christmas and New Year
  • Enhanced employer pension contributions
  • Access to Perkbox
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Board Member

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 30th October 2023

Could you be a new Board Member on our Board of Trustees for Apex Scotland Social Enterprise All Cleaned Up?

All Cleaned Up Scotland (ACU) is a specialist cleaning company and social enterprise business wholly owned by our parent company Apex Scotland. Our principal activity and core business is to provide sustainable employment and training for people with convictions and multiple barriers to employment.

We are committed to delivering the highest standards of cleaning at competitive prices, whilst providing job opportunities to disadvantaged individuals that allow them to contribute positively to the communities they live and work in.

We are proud to be a finalist in the Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2023. We have been shortlisted in the Building Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Justice Category with winners to be announced in October 2023.

We are looking for people to join our Board of trustees to bring their skills, expertise, and perspectives to help us achieve our vision and strategy. Most importantly, we want applicants who are passionate about what we do and have a strong commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion.

We would particularly welcome individuals with a background in: Business Development, Commercial Cleaning , Social Enterprise or Criminal justice although this list is not exhaustive.

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Personal Development Mentor (Maternity Cover)

  • Full time
  • £22,597 – £24,883
  • Alloa
  • Closing 2nd October 2023

Apex Scotland is the leading employment and training organisation specialising in work with people with multiple barriers to employment or progression.

Apex Scotland offer a diverse range of services for young people and adults to help them break down barriers to employment and engage in education, employment or community activities.

We are looking for Personal Development Mentor(s) to join our team in the Forth Valley area to cover our service we deliver in partnership with Justice Social Work. This could be a full time role or be covered by more than one part time staff member.

We are looking for enthusiastic and dynamic Mentor(s) who have effective communication skills and an understanding of the nature of issues that unemployed individuals, some of whom who may have been involved in the Justice System, or others who may be at risk of being involved in the Justice System, may present with.

The right candidate(s) will have the ability to engage with service users on a one-to-one basis to assist them to overcome barriers to progression. An understanding of local employability pipelines would be an advantage, as would knowledge of the network of support agencies in the area. You would need to demonstrate flexibility as well as the ability to work in partnership and deal with targets. Some travel may be required therefore a driving licence and/or access to a means of transport would be an advantage.

For this service you should be able to demonstrate effective communication skills, be approachable and compassionate and have knowledge or experience of employability. Experience of working to deadlines and targets is desirable. Knowledge of the Criminal Justice System would be an advantage, training can be given. Effective communication and team working skills are essential as the post holder will work closely with Justice Social Work to deliver this service.

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Service Development Manager

  • Full time
  • £33,132 – £35,397
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 23rd May 2023

Apex Scotland are a leading provider of innovative employability services throughout Scotland. For almost 40 years we have been providing specialist employability services to those who have been or are currently in the criminal justice system. Our aim is to create equality of employment opportunities for the people we support, allowing them to aim higher, behave differently and change their future.

Thanks to funding from the City of Edinburgh Council, an exciting and challenging role has developed in Edinburgh. We are now seeking to appoint a dynamic and experienced Service Development Manager to manage and oversee our Strides – Employability Service in the City

Strides aims to maximise the employment prospects of people in various sectors including construction and cleaning/facilities management. You will develop further our skills academy approach particularly though All Cleaned Up, our own social enterprise commercial cleaning company.

You will lead a team of highly motivated and knowledgeable staff and the continued success of the All Cleaned Up skills academy.

The post will require someone with knowledge and experience of developing employability services and development of a commercial cleaning skills academy

The successful candidate will be a self starter who can demonstrate excellent networking and management skills, particularly with employers. You will have line management responsibility for the staff to ensure the effective delivery of services to contract specifications. You will have responsibility for the overall operational management of the cleaning business as well as the employability service to ensure that each meet their strategic goals and performance targets. You will also maintain and develop relationships with customers, funders and partner agencies to maintain and expand the services where possible. You will have excellent communications skills, an understanding of report and bid writing, supervisory experience with the ability to motivate staff.

Due to the large geographical area covered by the cleaning business the successful candidate should have access to their own vehicle or mode of transport for which appropriate travel will be reimbursed.

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Top job! Chief Executive

  • Full time
  • £70,000 – £80,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 13th February 2023

Apex Scotland (Apex) is a specialist organisation that, for over 30 years, has focused on addressing the personal development, employment and training needs of people who have come into conflict with the law. Our core mission is to support people to aim higher, behave differently and change their future, whilst also contributing to a Scotland that is fair, just and safe.

As our new Chief Executive, you will work closely with a relatively new, enthusiastic and ambitious Board to agree the core focus and future strategic direction of the organisation, delivering real value to those people who are most in need of our services. This will include the development of a new strategic plan, identifying opportunities to diversify income streams and overseeing the development of services that encompass trauma-informed practices and meet both the current and future needs of all the people that Apex Scotland serves.

Ensuring Apex continues to play a leading role in developing and shaping policy, including involvement in the Scottish Government’s conversation on the future of criminal and community justice, the new Chief Executive will also build networks and develop strategic partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders. This will ensure Apex continues to promote desistance and enables those people who are the most disadvantaged and disengaged from society to re-engage and work towards a positive future.

An innovative, solutions-focused and visionary leader, you will be able to demonstrate a proven track record in the development and delivery of both strategic and operational business plans and policies to achieve an organisation’s vision and growth. As an accomplished communicator, you will have demonstrable credibility when engaging with both internal and external stakeholders, coupled with the ability to work with a diverse range of stakeholders, create alliances and encourage increased collaboration. The successful candidate will also need to demonstrate strong political acuity coupled with knowledge of, or the ability to quickly gain an understanding of the regulatory and wider policy landscape in relation to justice in Scotland.

This role will be both rewarding and challenging as we continue to face the difficult financial constraints that the whole of the Third Sector has been experiencing, but if you share our passion to empower people to believe in the possibility of change and the prospect of directly shaping the future of our organisation excites you, we would welcome an application.

NB: Apex embrace agile working and whilst the organisation is headquartered in Edinburgh the successful candidate would not be required to be in the office on a full-time basis.

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Temporary Service Development Manager (SDM/YPS)

  • Part time
  • £31,947 – £34,212 pro-rata
  • Central Belt
  • Closing 6th June 2022

RE:SET is a key component in Apex Scotland’s delivery of effective and time appropriate services with young people experiencing difficulty in and outside of the school setting. Using the key pillars of Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) our innovative practice supports national policies and local strategy to ensure young people have equal access to opportunities and positive experiences, regardless of their social context or personal needs. We engage with young people, often with complex needs and vulnerabilities, to help all children and young people overcome the barriers they face.

Apex now has an opportunity for the right candidate to lead the RE:SET initiative and join the senior management team of Apex Scotland on a one year contract. We require a Temporary Service Development Manager (SDM/YPS)

During this year the focus of the role will be to:

  • Review and sustain a business model for the achievement of funding.
  • Establish an evidence base for the impact of our services and inform the answer to ‘what works?’ with the service delivery model.

The successful candidate will be a self starter who can demonstrate excellent skills around the design and delivery of services and their application to commissioner needs, strategy and policy.

You will be responsible for overseeing the development and running of the service as well as line management responsibility for staff to ensure the effective delivery of our school services to contract specifications. You will have responsibility for the overall operational management to ensure that the RE:SET service, currently in secondary schools within multiple local authorities, meet their strategic goals and performance targets. You will also maintain and develop relationships with funders, schools and partner agencies to maintain and expand the service.

You will have excellent communication skills, an understanding of report and bid writing, supervisory experience with the ability to motivate staff and knowledge of local and national strategies for working with young people. Knowledge of funding initiatives and local provision in any of the areas covered would be an advantage.

The post is currently being offered on a one year basis with the potential for this to be extended. The post holder will contribute towards the sustainability of it.

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2 x Personal Development Mentors, Highland Team

  • Full time
  • £20,992 – £23,233
  • Inverness
  • Closing 13th April 2022

Apex Scotland is the leading employment and training organisation specialising in work with people with convictions.

The expanding services Apex deliver in the highlands are diverse, comprised of a range of partnerships with organisations such as DWP, Criminal Justice Social Work, Scottish Prison Service, Skills Development Scotland, NHS Highland, and many more, supporting a range of client groups to access training, volunteer and employment opportunities.

The Apex Highland Unit provides a range of services to individuals who face multiple barriers to returning to work and individuals who may be long term unemployed.

We are looking for two enthusiastic and dynamic individuals to join our team. You will need effective communication skills and an understanding of the nature of issues that unemployed individuals may present with. The right candidate will have the ability to engage with service users on a one to one basis to assist them to overcome barriers to progression. An understanding of local employability pipelines would be an advantage, as would knowledge of the network of support agencies in the area. We envisage this post holder getting involved in a range of activities including outdoor groupwork activities, one to one mentoring and managing a caseload of service users.

For this post you should be able to demonstrate good communications skills, be approachable and compassionate and have knowledge or experience of employability. Experience of working to deadlines and targets is desirable. A keen eye for detail and understanding of good record keeping is essential as information is recorded in paper files and in our database. You would need to demonstrate flexibility and the ability to work as part of a large team. Our office is based in Inverness however there may be a need to travel to Caithness, Wick or Ross-shire as we cover a large area. Some travel and work with our outdoor teams, taking part in team activities and challenges may also be required therefore a driving licence or access to a means of transport would be an advantage. This service is currently funded until December 2022.

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Personal Development Mentor

  • Full time or Part time
  • £20,992 – £23,233
  • Working closely with our Highland Team based in Inverness, covering Moray area.
  • Closing 13th April 2022

Apex Scotland is the leading employment and training organisation specialising in work with people with convictions. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Enable and Barnardo’s Works as part of Moray Council’s employability programme – All in Moray.

This exciting collaboration between 3 of Scotland’s biggest and most effective employability agencies is now providing a specialist employability service to residents of Moray seeking employment or who wish to progress in their current employment. We accomplish this through the delivery of highly engaging and accredited employability training, delivered by skilled and highly motivated staff.

If you are a self-motivated individual with knowledge of employability or experience of working in the employability sector and you want to work for a dynamic organisation that values and rewards it’s staff, then we really want to hear from you.

We will provide training and support to help you succeed and thrive in the role. We will give you every opportunity to showcase your talents and we will provide a fair and safe working environment that values you as an individual regardless of your background, your race, your sexual orientation or gender identity. We want to hear from anyone who wants an exciting challenge working for one of the most diverse and professional organisations in Scotland.

For this post you should be able to demonstrate good communications skills, be approachable and compassionate and have knowledge or experience of employability. Experience of working to deadlines and targets is desirable. A keen eye for detail and understanding of good record keeping is essential. You would need to demonstrate flexibility and an understanding of partnership working. Some travel will be required therefore a driving license and access to a vehicle or a means of transport is an advantage. This new and exciting service is currently funded until end of March 2023 and we are hopeful of extension.

So, self-motivated, individuals looking for a challenge, step forward and work for Apex Scotland in Moray

In line with recent guidelines Apex Scotland staff are currently working a hybrid working model therefore some home working can be agreed where appropriate. This post is funded by the European Social Fund and 100% the post holders time will be spent delivering this activity.

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Peer Navigator

  • Full time
  • £20,992 – £23,333
  • Kirkintilloch
  • Closing 11th April 2022

Apex Scotland is the leading employment and training organisation specialising in work with people with convictions.

Apex Scotland offer a diverse range of services for young people and adults to help them remove personal barriers to employment and engage in education, employment or community activities. We also work in partnership with many organisations and employers.

We are delighted to work closely with East Dunbartonshire Justice Social Work to deliver the Peer Navigator Service. The service is designed to support people over 18 years of age and the aim or our Peer Navigator is to support individuals working with Justice Social Work Services and Alcohol and Drug Recovery Services as well as other relevant support services during the difficult transition period from Custody to the Community. The service will focus on four main areas; Diversion from Prosecution; Structured Deferred Sentences; Community Payback Orders as well as Custodial releases.

The Peer Navigator will have knowledge and ideally expertise by experience, provide a recovery-based approach to support that is person centred, strengths based and trauma informed. Using relationship-based practice to develop supportive and meaningful relationships with service users, many of whom can be difficult to engage.

The right candidate will have the ability to engage with our predominantly male service user group on a one to one basis to assist them to engage with the relevant services and take forward an action plan.

For this post you should be able to demonstrate good communications skills, be approachable and compassionate and have knowledge or experience of the issues affecting our service users. A keen eye for detail and understanding of good record keeping is essential as information is recorded in paper files and on our database. Networking, flexibility and organisational skills will be essential to make this role a success. Based in Kirkintilloch JSW office and covering the East Dunbartonshire area, some travel will be required therefore a driving licence or access to a means of transport would be an advantage. This service is currently funded as a two year pilot until early 2024.

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Personal Development Mentor

  • Full time
  • £20,992 – £23,233
  • Glasgow and Lanarkshire
  • Closing 17th March 2022

Apex Scotland is the leading employment and training organisation specialising in work with people with convictions.

We offer a diverse range of services for young people and adults to help them remove personal barriers to employment and engage in education, employment or community activities. We also work in partnership with many organisations and employers.

We are now delivering phase 3 of our Steps Employability Service, funded through European Social Fund’s National Third Sector Fund. We are now looking to recruit a Personal Development Mentor to join our team delivering the Steps employability service, currently covering Glasgow and Lanarkshire.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and dynamic individual who has effective communication skills and an understanding of the nature of issues that unemployed individuals may present with. The right candidate will have an aptitude for developing and delivering innovative group sessions and the ability to engage with service users on a one to one basis to assist them to overcome barriers to progression. An understanding of local employability pipelines would be an advantage, as would knowledge of the network of support agencies in the area. We envisage this post holder being based from our shared office in Glasgow. You would need to demonstrate flexibility and the ability to deal with targets. Some travel will be required therefore a driving licence or access to a means of transport would be an advantage. Knowledge or experience of action planning and/or training delivery would also be an advantage.

Training will be given, however for this post you should be able to demonstrate good communications skills, be approachable and compassionate and have knowledge or experience of employability. Experience of working to deadlines and targets is desirable. A keen eye for detail and understanding of good record keeping is essential as information is recorded in paper files and on our database. This service is currently funded until December 2022 and we are hopeful of extension.

We hope to carry out face to face interviews, this will be decided on depending on numbers and restrictions. Our staff are working a mix of office and home working at the moment therefore ability to work from home would be desirable.

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Personal Development Mentor – Shine Womens Mentoring Service

  • Part time
  • £20,992 – £23,233 pro-rata
  • Scottish Borders
  • Closing 10th February 2022

Working as part of a Public Social Partnership (PSP), Apex Scotland deliver SHINE - a mentoring service for females involved in the criminal justice system.

Shine women’s mentoring is a voluntary intensive mentoring service providing both practical and emotional support to women who are:

  • Serving a sentence of less than 4 years not subject to statutory supervision
  • On remand
  • At a high risk of breaching their Community Payback Order (CPO)

The post requires working between Prison establishments, with wide coverage of the Scottish Borders area. The service aims to support and assist women from an offending background to help themselves to develop their own personal identity, skills, knowledge and abilities. We now require a member of staff to deliver this service.

The post is funded until March 2023 and we are hopeful of extension. The successful candidate will work on a one to one basis with women of all ages who may face multiple barriers to progression providing advocacy when required and through signposting to specialist agencies. The post will cover the Borders area and will require some home working and sharing offices with partner agencies. Equipment will be provided.

Experience of working with service users to help maximise their potential and an understanding of the issues facing women is desirable. The post will involve working within a prison setting as well as in the community. A current driving licence or access to a means of transport is essential as the post will cover the Borders area. Knowledge of the Scottish Criminal Justice system is desirable but not essential.

We welcome applications from individuals with lived experience of/or experience of working with those who have experienced psychological trauma such as, poverty, homelessness, criminal justice, domestic violence, addiction/recovery, looked after/care, carer/young carer services and this highlights the value we know that lived experience brings to service delivery and design.

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Personal Development Mentors

  • Full time or Part time
  • £20,992 – £23,233
  • Based Paisley
  • Closing 31st January 2022

Apex Scotland is the leading employment and training organisation specialising in work with people with convictions.

As a key partner of Renfrewshire Council, Apex Scotland have a new employability service in Renfrewshire, and we now require Personal Development Mentor’s to deliver this service. The service will work closely with Invest in Renfrewshire, will be based in Paisley and requires cover across Renfrewshire.

This new service is designed to support unemployed higher category ex-offenders to progress. The Service will achieve this by working in partnership with Police, Social Work and other agencies to ensure all action plans are carefully planned and risk assessed.

The aims of the service are that all attendees who complete an action plan will be equipped with life skills, core and basic employability skills and crucially be provided with advice around Disclosure of previous convictions.

Funding has been secured for a period of January 2022 to March 2023 initially, this is subject to review and efforts are ongoing to confirm additional funding to secure the service longer term. Therefore we now require dynamic, self motivated and hard working individuals who are able to motivate and inspire change in others. The Personal Development Mentors will work alongside Criminal Justice Social Work staff as well as our team in Glasgow to engage with service users. To proactively source work experience, learning and activity based opportunities and be involved in the facilitation of these opportunities.

The successful applicants will have knowledge or experience of mentoring approaches. Experience of working with a caseload of service users and working to targets are essential. Experience of working in a community environment and an understanding of MAPPA would be an advantage. It is anticipated that there will be some travel throughout the area therefore a driving license or access to a means of transport is essential.

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Partners in Change – Service Development Manager

  • Full time
  • £31,321 – £33,541
  • Clackmannanshire
  • Closing 7th February 2022

Apex Scotland has been awarded 3 year funding from The Robertson Trust to become one of their ‘Partners in Change’, (press release found here: therobertsontrust.org.uk/news-and-blogs/2-4-million-awarded-to-ambitious-projects-tackling-poverty-and-trauma-in-scotland )

As a Partner in Change, Apex will lead a live action research project in partnership with Resilience Learning Partnership, a Psychotherapist, a doctorate level Researcher and University of Dundee, to embark on a journey to understand how Apex can be classified as an authentically ‘trauma informed’ and ‘trauma responsive’ organisation.

We now require a motivated, insightful and passionate individual to join our Management group to support us through this journey.

  • Do you have leadership skills which can be used to co-ordinate both people and learning?
  • Do you have a passion for research and the impact research findings can have?
  • Do you want to better understand what it means to deliver trauma informed practice and to make a commitment to that?
  • Do you have the capacity to ‘think big’ with a deep understanding of ‘impact’ in all it’s forms?

If you can answer YES to all of these questions then we would love to hear from you!

This role will support the strategic priorities and operational delivery of Apex Scotland.

The role will have a national (Scotland wide) remit while the focus of the work for Year 1 of the project will be in Clackmannanshire.

Apex Scotland currently offers employees a hybrid working policy whereby we offer the option to use home as a working base.

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Part time Trainers and Sessional Trainers

  • Part time
  • £20,992 – £23,223 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 11th November 2021

Apex Scotland is the leading employment and training organisation specialising in work with people with convictions or at risk of offending.

Due to an increase in demand for our training services in Edinburgh, we are now looking to recruit experienced Trainers on a part time or sessional basis to join our team. Apex Scotland offer a diverse range of services for young people and adults to help them break down barriers to employment and engage in education, employment or community activities.

We are looking for enthusiastic and dynamic individuals who have experience of delivering training programmes, in particular employability programmes to a diverse group of people.

We will provide all the training materials required and you will provide effective communication skills, personality, dynamism and sound organisational skills. Experience of working with those considered harder to reach or support would be an advantage

The successful candidates will have an aptitude for delivering innovative group sessions both online and in person, so must be confident with technology. You will be able to demonstrate an ability to engage with service users on a one to one basis to assist them to overcome barriers to progression. An understanding of the Criminal Justice system would be beneficial but not essential as training in this area will be provided. Experience in delivering recognised qualifications including First Aid or Food Hygiene Certificates would be desirable. You would need to demonstrate flexibility as some travel may be required therefore a driving licence or access to a means of transport would be an advantage.

Due to demand for the service, we are also looking to recruit Sessional Trainers

Sessional Workers are paid an hourly rate of £11.53 per hour plus reasonable out of pocket travel expenses, actual hours and place of work are agreed locally

Whilst having previous experience of delivering employability programmes or training would be an advantage, as we will be providing training on the delivery content, the most important factor is that the right person has experience of delivering training, is approachable and friendly and above all is non-judgemental. A large amount of our training will be delivered online and as well as creating challenges for delivery, this can create challenges for people accessing the training which we would want to provide as much encouragement and support with as we could, this will require some basic technical knowledge and patience.

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Personal Development Mentor – Shine Womens Mentoring Service

  • Part time
  • £20,992 – £23,333 pro-rata
  • Scottish Borders
  • Closing 25th November 2021

Shine Womens Mentoring Service – Scottish Borders

Working as part of a Public Social Partnership (PSP), Apex Scotland deliver SHINE - a mentoring service for females involved in the criminal justice system.

Shine women’s mentoring is a voluntary intensive mentoring service providing both practical and emotional support to women who are:

• Serving a sentence of less than 4 years not subject to statutory supervision

• On remand

• At a high risk of breaching their Community Payback Order (CPO)

The post requires working between Prison establishments, with wide coverage of the Scottish Borders area. The service aims to support and assist women from an offending background to help themselves to develop their own personal identity, skills, knowledge and abilities. We now require a member of staff to deliver this service.

The post is funded until March 2022 and we are hopeful of extension. The successful candidate will work on a one to one basis with women of all ages who may face multiple barriers to progression providing advocacy when required and through signposting to specialist agencies. The post will cover the Borders area and will require some home working and sharing offices with partner agencies. Equipment will be provided.

Experience of working with service users to help maximise their potential and an understanding of the issues facing women are essential. The post will involve working within a prison setting as well as in the community therefore knowledge and experience of working within a prison establishment would also be an advantage. A current driving licence or access to a means of transport is essential as the post will cover a significant area. Knowledge of the Scottish Criminal Justice system is desirable but not essential.

We welcome applications from individuals with lived experience of/or experience of working with those who have experienced psychological trauma such as, poverty, homelessness, criminal justice, domestic violence, addiction/recovery, looked after/care, carer/young carer services and this highlights the value we know that lived experience brings to service delivery and design.

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Personal Development Mentor, Highland Team

  • Full time or Flexible
  • £20,992 – £23,233
  • Inverness
  • Closing 2nd November 2021

Apex Scotland is the leading employment and training organisation specialising in work with people with convictions.

The expanding services Apex deliver in the highlands are diverse, comprised of a range of partnerships with organisations such as DWP, Criminal Justice Social Work, Scottish Prison Service, Skills Development Scotland, NHS Highland, and many more, supporting a range of client groups to access training, volunteer and employment opportunities.

The Apex highland Unit provides a range of services to individuals who face multiple barriers to returning to work and individuals who may be long term unemployed.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and dynamic individual who has effective communication skills and an understanding of the nature of issues that unemployed individuals may present with. The right candidate will have the ability to engage with service users on a one to one basis to assist them to overcome barriers to progression. An understanding of local employability pipelines would be an advantage, as would knowledge of the network of support agencies in the area. We envisage this post holder getting involved in a range of activities including outdoor groupwork activities, one to one mentoring and managing a caseload of service users.

For this post you should be able to demonstrate good communications skills, be approachable and compassionate and have knowledge or experience of employability. Experience of working to deadlines and targets is desirable. A keen eye for detail and understanding of good record keeping is essential as information is recorded in paper files and on our database. You would need to demonstrate flexibility and the ability to deal with targets. Some travel and work with our outdoor teams, taking part in team activities and challenges will be required therefore a driving licence or access to a means of transport would be an advantage. This service is currently funded until June 2022.

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Non-Executive Board Members (Finance and Accounting)

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Scotland wide
  • Closing 24th November 2021

Apex Scotland is looking for new members who can bring enthusiasm and experience to the Board of a dynamic and hard working third sector organisation. For over thirty years Apex Scotland has been a leading provider of innovative and effective services to people who have criminal convictions or who are at risk of getting them, with a specific focus on developing work readiness and entry to employment.

Due to recent changes in our Board, we are now looking to recruit some exceptional people with knowledge in the finance and accounting field to help us move our strategy forward.

With a head office in Edinburgh and offices across the country, Apex is involved in policy and practice in partnership with both national and local Government and other third sector entities. We operate in communities, schools, and prisons, providing work opportunities through social enterprise and offering training, early intervention, mentoring and employment support to over five thousand individuals every year. The last year has been a challenge, as it has for many, and we have adapted our services to continue to provide support to those who most need it.

The Board is responsible for setting strategy, governance oversight and supporting the aims and objectives of Apex Scotland. Trustees meet on average four times a year as a full Board and there is also an expectation of some committee work in support of specific governance areas. Board members join with staff to attend our annual national conference and enjoy networking at our Annual Lecture, held every September in Edinburgh.

We are particularly seeking potential members who can bring skills and experience in financial planning; operational financial management; being able to understand and interpret financial accounts; experience or understanding of internal and external audits, and the processes involved in this, as well as risk Management.

This is an exciting opportunity to bring finance and accounting skills to our board and would suit a part or fully qualified accountant who has knowledge of financial strategy; development of business cases and options appraisal. Experience of third sector or public sector finance, and political and/or community engagement would also be an advantage. Apex Scotland is recognised as an equal opportunity employer and would welcome applicants from under-represented groups.

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RE:SET School Mentor

  • Full time
  • £20,992 – £22,233
  • Based in Edinburgh
  • Closing 21st October 2021

RE:SET is a key component in Apex Scotland’s delivery of effective and time appropriate services with young people experiencing challenges in and outside of the school setting.

Our innovative practice supports national policies and local strategy to ensure young people have equal access to opportunities and positive experiences, regardless of their social context or personal needs. We engage with young people, often with complex needs and vulnerabilities, to help all children and young people overcome the barriers they face.

Building on the success of our work, we are looking forward to working in partnership with secondary schools in Edinburgh. Through our partnership approach we aim to improve the life chances of disadvantaged young people, improve wellbeing and reduce the number of exclusions and progressions to third tier support.

This initiative is funded to work alongside schools in order to equip pupils with motivation and skills; raise aspiration; improve relationships and increase attainment and attendance.

For this post you will have experience of working with socially excluded young people and be able to develop and deliver a programme that identifies and meets the needs of individuals. Experience of delivering group work and one to ones to young people overcoming barriers are essential for supporting participants to achieve their potential. The ability to work with a range of other disciplines is also essential. A driving license or access to a means of transport would be an advantage but not essential.

The funding for our service is initially until 31st March 2022 with a view to extend pending funding.

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Personal Development Mentor

  • Full time or Part time
  • £20,992 – £23,233
  • Alloa
  • Closing 25th October 2021

Apex Scotland is the leading employment and training organisation specialising in work with people with convictions.

We offer a diverse range of services for young people and adults to help them remove personal barriers to employment and engage in education, employment or community activities. We also work in partnership with many organisations and employers.

We are now delivering phase 3 of our Steps Employability Service, funded through European Social Fund’s National Third Sector Fund. We are now looking to recruit a Personal Development Mentor to join our team delivering the Steps employability service, currently based from Alloa and covering the Forth Valley area

We are looking for an enthusiastic and dynamic individual who has effective communication skills and an understanding of the nature of issues that unemployed individuals may present with. The right candidate will have an aptitude for developing and delivering innovative group sessions and the ability to engage with service users on a one to one basis to assist them to overcome barriers to progression. An understanding of local employability pipelines would be an advantage, as would knowledge of the network of support agencies in the area. You would need to demonstrate flexibility and the ability to deal with targets. Some travel will be required therefore a driving licence or access to a means of transport would be an advantage. Knowledge or experience of action planning and/or training delivery would also be an advantage.

Training will be given, however for this post you should be able to demonstrate good communications skills, be approachable and compassionate and have knowledge or experience of employability. Experience of working to deadlines and targets is desirable. A keen eye for detail and understanding of good record keeping is essential as information is recorded in paper files and on our database. This service is currently funded until June 2022 and we are hopeful of extension.

We welcome applications from individuals with lived experience of/or experience of working with those who have experienced psychological trauma such as, poverty, homelessness, criminal justice, domestic violence, addiction/recovery, looked after/care, carer/young carer services and this highlights the value we know that lived experience brings to service delivery and design.

Due to current Government guidance we may carry out interviews virtually using Microsoft Teams. It is envisaged that the successful candidate will carry out some work and on line training from home once in post until we are able to return to the office more regularly. This can be discussed at interview.

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Personal Development Mentor

  • Full time or Part time
  • £20,992 – £23,233
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 23rd August 2021

Apex Scotland is the leading employment and training organisation specialising in work with people with convictions.

We offer a diverse range of services for young people and adults to help them remove personal barriers to employment and engage in education, employment or community activities. We also work in partnership with many organisations and employers.

We are now delivering phase 3 of our Steps Employability Service, funded through European Social Fund’s National Third Sector Fund. We are now looking to recruit a Personal Development Mentor to join our team delivering the Steps employability service, currently covering Glasgow and the Lanarkshires. .

We are looking for an enthusiastic and dynamic individual who has effective communication skills and an understanding of the nature of issues that unemployed individuals may present with. The right candidate will have an aptitude for developing and delivering innovative group sessions and the ability to engage with service users on a one to one basis to assist them to overcome barriers to progression. An understanding of local employability pipelines would be an advantage, as would knowledge of the network of support agencies in the area. We envisage this post holder being based from our shared office in Glasgow. You would need to demonstrate flexibility and the ability to deal with targets. Some travel will be required therefore a driving licence or access to a means of transport would be an advantage. Knowledge or experience of action planning and/or training delivery would also be an advantage.

Training will be given, however for this post you should be able to demonstrate good communications skills, be approachable and compassionate and have knowledge or experience of employability. Experience of working to deadlines and targets is desirable. A keen eye for detail and understanding of good record keeping is essential as information is recorded in paper files and on our database. This service is currently funded until June 2022 and we are hopeful of extension.

Due to current Government guidance we may carry out interviews virtually using Microsoft Teams. It is envisaged that the successful candidate will carry out some work and on line training from home once in post until we are able to return to the office more regularly. This can be discussed at interview.

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Personal Development Mentor, Highland Team

  • Part time
  • £20,992 – £23,233 pro-rata
  • Inverness
  • Closing 8th July 2021

Apex Scotland is the leading employment and training organisation specialising in work with people with convictions.

The expanding services Apex deliver in the highlands are diverse, comprised of a range of partnerships with organisations such as DWP, Criminal Justice Social Work, Scottish Prison Service, Skills Development Scotland, NHS Highland, and many more, supporting a range of client groups to access training, volunteer and employment opportunities.

The Apex highland Unit provides a range of services to individuals who face multiple barriers to returning to work and individuals who may be long term unemployed.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and dynamic individual who has effective communication skills and an understanding of the nature of issues that unemployed individuals may present with. The right candidate will have the ability to engage with service users on a one to one basis to assist them to overcome barriers to progression. An understanding of local employability pipelines would be an advantage, as would knowledge of the network of support agencies in the area. We envisage this post holder getting involved in a range of activities including outdoor groupwork activities, one to one mentoring and managing a caseload of service users.

For this post you should be able to demonstrate good communications skills, be approachable and compassionate and have knowledge or experience of employability. Experience of working to deadlines and targets is desirable. A keen eye for detail and understanding of good record keeping is essential as information is recorded in paper files and on our database. You would need to demonstrate flexibility and the ability to deal with targets. Some travel and work with our outdoor teams, taking part in team activities and challenges will be required therefore a driving licence or access to a means of transport would be an advantage. This service is currently funded until June 2022.

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Personal Development Mentor, Edinburgh Steps

  • Full time
  • £20,992 – £23,233
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 27th May 2021

Apex Scotland is the leading employment and training organisation specialising in work with people with convictions.

Apex Scotland offer a diverse range of services for young people and adults to help them remove personal barriers to employment and engage in education, employment or community activities. We also work in partnership with many organisations and employers.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and dynamic individual who has effective communication skills and an understanding of the nature of issues that unemployed individuals may present with. The right candidate will have the ability to engage with service users on a one to one basis to assist them to overcome barriers to progression. An understanding of local employability pipelines would be an advantage, as would knowledge of the network of support agencies in the area. We envisage this post holder being based from the offices of Apex Scotland or our partner agencies.

For this post you should be able to demonstrate good communications skills, be approachable and compassionate and have knowledge or experience of employability. Experience of working to deadlines and targets is desirable. A keen eye for detail and understanding of good record keeping is essential as information is recorded in paper files and on our database. You would need to demonstrate flexibility and the ability to deal with targets. Some travel will be required therefore a driving licence or access to a means of transport would be an advantage. This service is currently funded until June 2022.

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Non-Executive Board Members

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh and across Scotland
  • Closing 6th April 2021

Apex Scotland is looking for new members who can bring enthusiasm and experience to the Board of a dynamic and hard working third sector organisation. For over thirty years Apex Scotland has been a leading provider of innovative and effective services to people who have criminal convictions or who are at risk of getting them, with a specific focus on developing work readiness and entry to employment.

Due to the retiral of several Board members, having served their permitted term, we are now looking to recruit some exceptional people to help us move our strategy forward.

With a head office in Edinburgh and offices across the country, Apex is involved in policy and practice in partnership with both national and local Government and other third sector entities. We operate in communities, schools, and prisons, providing work opportunities through social enterprise and offering training, early intervention, mentoring and employment support to over five thousand individuals every year. The last year has been a challenge, as it has for many, and we have adapted our services to continue to provide support to those who most need it.

The Board is responsible for setting strategy, governance oversight and supporting the aims and objectives of Apex Scotland. Trustees meet on average four times a year as a full Board and there is also an expectation of some committee work in support of specific governance areas. Board members join with staff to attend our annual national conference and enjoy networking at our Annual Lecture, held every September in Edinburgh.

We are particularly seeking potential members who can bring skills and experience in charity law, marketing and PR, Policy/Strategic experience especially local or national government level, IT, Criminal Justice- particularly Social Work or Police and HR/staff development although other relevant assets would be welcomed. Apex Scotland is recognised as an equal opportunity employer and would welcome applicants from under-represented groups.

This is an unpaid voluntary role.

Whilst our head office is in Edinburgh, we have a presence throughout Scotland and would welcome applications from across the country.

Travel expenses can be paid for attendance at Apex Scotland events and meetings, we are also making full use of virtual meeting technology.

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School based RE:SET Mentor

  • Full time or Part time
  • £20,381 – £22,556
  • Lornshill Academy, Clackmannanshire
  • Closing 25th March 2021

RE:SET is a key component in Apex Scotland’s delivery of effective and time appropriate services with young people experiencing difficulty in and outside of the school setting. Using the key pillars of Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) our innovative practice supports national policies and local strategy to ensure young people have equal access to opportunities and positive experiences, regardless of their social context or personal needs. We engage with young people, often with complex needs and vulnerabilities, to help all children and young people overcome the barriers they face.

Building on the success of our work, we are looking forward to working in partnership with Lornshill Academy in Clackmannanshire. Through our partnership approach we aim to improve the life chances of disadvantaged young people, improve wellbeing and reduce the number of exclusions and progressions to third tier support.

This initiative is funded to work alongside the school in order to equip pupils with motivation and skills; raise aspiration; improve relationships and increase attainment and attendance.

The funding for our service is initially until March 2022 however we are hopeful this may be extended beyond this date.

For this post you will have experience of working with socially excluded young people and be able to develop and deliver a training programme that identifies and meets the needs of individuals. Experience of delivering group work and one to ones to young people overcoming barriers are essential for supporting participants to achieve their potential. The ability to work with a range of other disciplines is also essential. A driving license or access to a means of transport would be an advantage but not essential.

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