Family Firm Graduate Intern with East Renfrewshire Council

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Location: East Renfrewshire – across different council sites
£8.51 per hour
Full-time for 12 months
Closing date: 8 November 2017, noon
Interview date: 22 November 2017
Start date dependent on PVG check

The Company

East Renfrewshire Council was formed in 1996 from Barrhead and Renfrew districts, and sits adjacent to the southern border of Glasgow City Council. Its population of 92,380 are split across 5 wards and 11 community council areas. Rural settlements include Eaglesham, Neilston and Newton Mearns while urban areas in the eastern area of the authority include Giffnock, Thornliebank and Stamperland among others. In 2014, 35.2% of the population were aged under 29, making young people a significant age group within the council.

The Family Firm programme has been running since March 2016 at East Renfrewshire Council. It provides local support to care experienced young people and care leavers (16-25 year olds) helping them reach their potential through employment and training opportunities. For care experienced young people, long-term outcomes tend to be below their peers nationally and they face many more barriers accessing education and employment. The programme takes a holistic approach to support through one to one work and group work as well as bringing together a range of Corporate Parents to offer work placements and training.

The Role

East Renfrewshire Council is looking for a graduate intern for their Family Firm programme working with young people in the council’s area. In this role you will be assisting the day-to-day running of Family Firm programme by supporting our care experienced young people to access local training and employment opportunities. This is a cross-departmental role working with two different teams and so provides a great opportunity for a graduate to gain experience across a variety of departments and with a range of stakeholders.


Key Tasks:


• To assist the Family Firm Coordinator to support vulnerable young people to access employment, further training or education
• To work closely with Family Firm clients to support them to access relevant support services
• To support Family Firm clients on work placements, taster days and other work experience opportunities
• To assist with the day to day running of the programme including working closely with clients on an individual basis to overcome barriers to employment
• To help run a regular job club
• To give regular updates to the Youth Intensive Support Services Team and other key stakeholders
• To attend and contribute to team meetings (cross-departmental)


The ideal candidate will be educated to degree level, with a background in Social Work, Youth Work, Public Policy or another relevant discipline. Work experience, through work placements or volunteering, in related sectors would be beneficial. 

You should also be able to demonstrate the following key skills:
• Excellent communicator
• Ability to organise own work effectively, prioritise competing workloads and work to tight timescales
• Self-motivated and able to demonstrate initiative
• Experience working with young people in a supportive capacity
• Competent using IT, including experience of using Microsoft Office (particularly Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook)
• Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work with a diverse range of people in a team environment
• Keen interest in social work or youth work

Some of the work involved may mean that the successful candidate is required to become a member of The Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG Scheme). This would be organised with the council.


Closing date for applications is 8 November 2017, 12 noon.

Interview to take place on Wednesday 22nd November.

Internship start date will be dependent on PVG check.

Please submit a CV and brief covering letter through the Adopt an Intern online application form on our website. All applications must be submitted by noon on the closing date. State a. your availability and b. relevant information on your skills/experience pertaining to the job specifications. We do NOT accept email applications unless otherwise stated.

Please confirm your eligibility to work in the UK.