Careers Adviser (Prisons)

Location: HMP Elmley and HMP Standford Hill, Kent Contract: Permanent, Full-time Salary: £25,880 - £31,544 per annum (depending on experience) Closing Date: 23rd October 2023

CXK is an award-winning charity which supports young people and adults to build the skills and confidence they need to move into sustainable education, employment, or training. We continually strive to provide the best services to meet the needs of the 260,000+ beneficiaries that we support each and every year – empowering individuals and strengthening communities across the south of England.

 With continuous growth driven by numerous long-term contracts, CXK is a charity that prioritises innovation and investment in both our staff and services. Our solid financial security, underpinned by substantial reserves, ensures we can offer a stable environment for our team. Choosing a career at CXK means you will join an organisation that supports your development and provides opportunities for you to take part in rewarding work. As a result, our staff are able to make the most of their potential.

Passion, innovation, and integrity are at the heart of our culture. Therefore, we’re dedicated to bringing together highly skilled people who are passionate about making a difference. In return, we offer a flexible, professional, and friendly working environment in which our staff are truly valued and invested in.

The charity delivers careers information, advice and guidance (IAG) services in ten prisons across Kent, Surrey and East Sussex; supporting prison residents during their stay in custody.

We are currently looking to recruit an experienced Careers Adviser to work at HMP Elmley and HMP Standford Hill. The purpose of this role is to provide residents with professional and impartial careers information, advice and guidance;  working with them to develop their motivation and work-related skills in order to enable then to move into employment, education, training, apprenticeship or volunteering on release.

The roleholder will also work with the prison staff to recruit, manage, mentor and support a caseload of peer mentors, delivering inspirational IAG and Employability programmes in both 1:1 and group sessions as required.

The successful candidate will need to have:

  • An IAG qualification to level 3 or above;
  • the ability to build effective and professional relationships with individual clients;
  • a non-judgemental attitude with a desire to support people to fulfil their full potential;
  • a high level of organisational skills with good time management.

The ideal candidate will need to be available to work in both HMP Elmley and HMP Standford Hill as required each week.  

Please click here for the full job description and person specification.

**Whilst we are recruiting for qualified advisers we are open to applications from unqualified candidates that have relevant experience and transferable skills and who would be willing to undertake a  IAG qualification**

This is an exciting opportunity for a passionate individual with a genuine desire to make a difference and who wants to join an organisation that improves the lives of more than 300,000 individuals every year.

In return for your skills and experience, you’ll receive the following benefits:

  • An annual salary of £25,881 to £31,554 pro rata (depending on experience)
  • 28-31 days holiday, plus bank holidays (pro rata)
  • Defined contribution pension scheme (matched by CXK up to 10% depending on length of service)
  • Death in service life assurance policy (3 x annual salary)
  • Flexible working
  • Generous sick leave benefits
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity leave
  • Comprehensive training and development programmes
  • Mental health first aiders
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Interest free season ticket loans
  • Interest free parking permit loans
  • Employee Assistance programme

To apply for this role all you need to do is download, complete and upload the CXK application form.  Please note that CVs alone will not be considered.

Closing date for applications:  9am, Monday 23rd October 2023.

**Please note that we reserve the right close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role.  Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as soon as possible** 


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