Action on Disability is one of London’s leading Disabled People’s Organisations. AOD supports the Social Model of Disability, whilst it's values and principles embrace inclusive and accessible ways of working across all activities, seeking the participation and contribution of its members, and encourage and respect diversity.
Organisation is a medium sized charity with a Board of Trustees, 24 staff and a strong ad hoc staff and volunteer base including many with direct experience of disability - all of whom are passionate about removing the barriers that disabled people face. AoD provides five key services. These are: Youth, Employment, Welfare Benefits, Independent Living and Direct Payments.
AoD’s Employment Service
The Action on Disability Employment Service is setting the agenda for disability employment across West London with great results: Supported Internships, In-Work Support Service and employment support. We also provide management, job coaching and employer engagement, for example, over 20 young Disabled people each year across our 2 supported internship sites.
We are looking for someone who is highly motivated, with a thorough understanding of the Social Model of Disability and high expectations of Disabled people. You will need excellent problem solving, communication and negotiation skills.
The purpose of the job is to provide face to face support work and guidance to Disabled people within their workplaces. The post holder will provide the necessary support and encouragement to enable them to be successful, which will lead, eventually, to independence. The post holder will also work closely with, and take guidance from, their supervisor. They will work closely with the employer to ensure the employer has the skills and confidence to manage and train their intern/employee.
Successful applicants must have:
· Experience of disability
· Experience of training, education or employment support delivery
· Maths and English to GCSE Grade C or equivalent
· Be willing and able to undertake any specific training required for the role
· An understanding of the needs of employers and ability to articulate the benefits of having a diverse workforce in businesses
· An understanding of the Social Model of Disability and its practical application
· Ability and willingness to learn and carry out a variety of employment tasks to support the Disabled person
· Evidenced experience of success in building strong and positive relationships with a variety of people and organisations
· Demonstrable problem-solving skills and experience
· Excellent interpersonal skills with a diverse population
· Good organisational skills with an ability to keep accurate records
· Good IT skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint and the internet
· Be willing and able to travel easily within London
· To be available for work at unsocial hours according to the demands of the work (occasionally)
Main duties and responsibilities
1. To work face-to-face with individual Disabled people, under the guidance of their AoD Supervisor, in accordance with their personalised support plans
2. To be fully cognitive of the workplace of the Disabled person to identify the requirements of key tasks
3. To follow bespoke Support Plans plans which will enable the Disabled person to fulfil their role to meet the requirements of the employer
4. To provide weekly feedback to their AoD Supervisor to ensure continued progression, identifying new areas in need of support, and advising on the amendment of support plans accordingly
Candidates must apply using application form. Please contact Work Hounslow team for details.