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Senior Employability Worker

  • Full time
  • £26,250
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 5th December 2022

  • Advertised from 21st November 2022
  • Permanent. 35hrs per week.


Inspired to make a positive impact on young people’s lives? Do you have the skills to engage, inspire and progress young people aged 16-24 towards a positive destination? If the answer to these questions is yes…Then read on – we may just be the perfect fit!

We are an innovative and exciting organisation who INSPIRE young people across Scotland to realise their potential and we are looking for someone who shares our passion and commitment to achieve this through delivery of a variety of vocational and employability themed programmes.

This is a full time (35hrs per week) role and the successful applicant will have experience in delivering and designing employability training and supporting individuals into a positive destination.

Context and Purpose

RUTS is committed to providing vocational training and other support of the highest quality to young people using innovative solutions. The successful candidate will be responsible for securing employment, education and training opportunities for participants and supporting them to progress into positive destinations. They will lead on and deliver group employability and personal development workshops and qualifications, establish, and maintain partnerships with referral agencies and develop links with the colleges and employers to secure suitable opportunities for our young people.


This role will be accountable for the planning, delivery, and achievement of RUTS employability programmes including managing the day-to-day operation of the employability department. This role will be accountable for ensuring contract compliance is achieved to a high standard, and that RUTS meets its delivery and outcome targets. This role will also be responsible for the line management of RUTS employability youth worker(s).

There is scope to further develop this post creatively with young people.

This is not an exhaustive list and you will be required to contribute to the development of this exciting role.

The Individual

Will be enthusiastic and committed to working with young people, supporting them to identify and remove barriers and helping them to successfully move into positive destinations and achieve better outcomes. You will have vast experience in the employability sector.

Values based -

The individual will share RUTS values:

  • Innovative – Encouraging and nurturing ideas.
  • Networks – Connecting and building relationships
  • Seamless – Providing effective service delivery through joined up services
  • Participative – Collaborating in the design and implementation of services
  • Inclusive – Encouraging diversity, welcoming individuals from all communities
  • Responsive – Anticipating change and adapting our services to meet needs
  • Empowering – Enabling people to reach their potential

We have a friendly and professional ethos, with a strong commitment to quality and innovation, both in terms of the services and products we provide and the way we work together.

Essential tasks:

  • Accountable for the design and delivery of a range of employability and vocational programmes and qualifications
  • Responsible for the development of activities which support young people to develop work-based skills, life skills and enhance communication
  • Overall accountability for participants progression into employment, education, or training
  • Overall accountability for identifying work experience opportunities and supporting participants within work experience, employment, education, or training by providing aftercare
  • Work with young people to identify barriers to positive destinations and empower them to move towards achieving and sustaining a positive outcome
  • Support young people who may have had a poor experience of education and consequently have difficulties with literacy, self-esteem, and communication.
  • Accountable for updating the staff team of opportunities available to young people who wish to pursue a career in a related field.
  • Responsible to develop and maintain employer relationships to facilitate work experience and/or employment opportunities
  • Expand networks with other training and education providers
  • Accountable for keeping written records of the work undertaken for the purposes of evaluation.
  • Accountable for the delivery of a complete employability service including job searching strategies, interview techniques, job applications etc.. and delivering group and personal development workshops
  • Accountable for meeting delivery team targets in relation to recruitment, retention, and outcomes.
  • Accountable for ensuring there is evidence to support progression outcomes and achievement
  • Manage own time and support the delivery of objectives and targets ensuring the development of professional practice and updating personal knowledge of local and national employability initiatives.
  • Continuously demonstrate and develop better understanding of ethical issues in relation to working with young people. (eg. Confidentiality, Child Protection and equal opportunities, etc.)

The above is not an exhaustive list of duties, and you will be expected to perform different tasks as necessitated by your changing role within the organisation and its overall objectives.

Person Specification

Required skills and experience:


  • Able to demonstrate coaching/mentoring experience and persuasion/influencing skills through previous work or social activities
  • Experience or knowledge of local and national employability initiatives
  • Experience of working in a performance target driven environment
  • Any relevant vocational and/or training qualification e.g. CIAG, Assessor/Verifier – Or willing to work towards this
  • Excellent communication, planning and organisational skills and the ability to manage your own time effectively
  • Proficient IT literacy (use of Microsoft applications such as Word, Excel, Teams and Zoom)
  • Flexible can-do attitude
  • Commitment to Continued Personal Development (through both in-house, external, and self-guided learning/training)
  • Current full UK car driving licence
  • Membership of PVG scheme (upon appointment)


  • Experience of line management of staff
  • Experience or understanding of SQA/SCQF qualifications structure or development
  • Occasional out of hours working

The above is not an exhaustive list of duties, and you will be expected to perform different tasks as necessitated by the organisation and its overall objectives

Application notes

To apply, please send an up-to-date CV and cover letter detailing why you believe you fit the requirements of the role to

For an informal chat or if you have any questions around any aspect of the role please get in touch with Asher on 0131 663 5736