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PL Inspires Education Officer

Job Title PL Inspires Education Officer Location Selhurst Park Stadium Salary £24K - £26K Hours 37.5 hours per week Contract Full-Time, Permanent Closing date 9th August 2021, Midnight Interview Date 10, 11th, 12th or 13th August 2021

Job Title: PL Inspires Education Officer

Reports To: ETE Manager


  1. Job Purpose

The PL Inspires Officer will support delivery on our ‘Route to Employment Programmes’, for young people aged 14 – 25 years old.  He/she will work closely with young people to develop soft skills in team work, leadership, enterprise and problem solving and support them in their progression into further education, training or employment.   The post-holder will work closely with all colleagues of the Foundation to ensure our processes and delivery meet the needs of our participants and develop mechanisms to support our Routes to Employment Programmes in the following key areas: Enrolment, Induction, Assessment and Learner Support


  1. Principal Accountabilities/Responsibilities/Job Summary


  • Work with the ETE Manager to ensure employability provision is aligned to young people’s needs, demography and chosen employment pathway
  • Lead on the delivery of the PL Inspires Programme for KS3 & KS4, soft skills workshops and activities, in line with relevant standards and regulations
  • Maintain good working relationships with Crystal Palace Football Club (CPFC), parents/carers/employers/referrers and stakeholders
  • Action referrals through the Foundation referral process to identify suitable participants for ETE programmes
  • Support each cohort of learners using a caseload management system
  • Develop delivery of the PL Inspires programme, delivering in secondary schools, alternative provisions & 6th form.
  • Ensure that key project information is recorded, analysed and disseminated as appropriate
  • Work collaboratively with staff using verbal and written reports to ensure accurate and timely progress reviews, ensuring communication updates are shared with the multi-disciplinary team, parents and carers
  • To ensure all work is in line with the Policies and guidelines/procedures as adopted and adhered to by the Foundation.
  • Support the delivery of other ‘route to employment’ courses and programmes
  • Any other reasonable duties and responsibilities considered appropriate by the Senior Management Team of the Foundation
  1. Knowledge/Experience/Technical Skills and Behaviours


  1. a) Knowledge/Experience/Technical Skills




  • PTLLS qualification or equivalent
  • Knowledge of the boundaries faced by young people who are NEET




  • Experience of working with young people who are NEET or ‘hard to reach’
  • Experience of delivering employability skills workshops and/or functional skills
  • Must have excellent organisational skills with the ability to multitask and adapt in a fast-paced environment
  • Previous experience of monitoring learner progress using standard database systems
  • Experience of evaluating programmes, analysing qualitative and quantitative data.


Technical Skills

Consider the skills or abilities that are required to do the job e.g.

  • Must have outstanding written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Working knowledge of Excel
  • Excellent time management and timekeeping



  • Be approachable
  • High level emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills
  • High level communication (oral and written) and organisational skills
  • Ability to manage classroom behaviour
  • Flexible
  • Calm under pressure
  • Able to thrive in challenging circumstances Desirable:-



  • TAQA/A1 Assessor Qualification
  • Knowledge of FE College systems
  • Knowledge of Lesson Planning and Curriculum Development



  • Experience delivering on Study Programmes/Traineeships/Apprenticeships in a Community Football Foundation environment


Technical Skills

  • First Aid Certificate
  • DBS
  1. b) Behaviours

Our Values:

  • TEAMWORK – we support everyone around us and treat them with respect, working together to achieve great results.
  • PRIDE – we are proud to represent Palace and aspire to be the best in everything we do.
  • INNOVATION – we are not afraid to try new things, we are creative and inspiring, always seeking new ways to progress.


Our behaviours:

  • We know why we’re here: we appreciate the unique influence we, as role models, have on young people and the wider south London community
  • We know where we’re going: we are clear on what we aim to achieve, as individuals and as part of the wider team at the Foundation and Crystal Palace FC
  • We communicate effectively: we listen to each other and keep colleagues fully informed of our work, sharing mistakes and challenges as well as successes
  • We respect: we seek to understand the challenges others face and treat our colleagues and participants how we expect to be treated ourselves
  • We are professional: we are punctual, reliable and aspire to the highest standards in everything we do
  • We take responsibility: we take ownership for own performance and put in our fair share of time and effort to support our participants and the rest of the team
  • We are always improving: We reflect, look to develop and evolve, to make things better for our team and the people we support
  • We are brave: We think outside the box, are not afraid to take measured risks, but know when to ask for help and support each other when things don’t go to plan
  • We share success: We are proud of what we do as a team and actively celebrate each other’s good work, sharing credit wherever it’s due.


How to Apply


Complete the Application Form and Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form in full and return to recruitment@palaceforlife.org.




Crystal Palace Football Club acknowledges its duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory requirements and responsibilities, government guidance, recognised best practice and complies with Premier league and football league rules.

The club expects all staff, players, volunteers, contractors and guests to share this commitment.



Crystal Palace Football Club endorses the principle of equality and will strive to ensure that everyone who wishes to be involved in the club whether as players, match-day fans, staff, board members, participants in foundation programmes and other people engaged with the club’s activities (for example, suppliers, corporate partners):

Has a genuine and equal opportunity to participate to the full extent of their own ambitions and abilities, without regard to their age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, sex or sexual orientation; and

Can be assured of an environment in which their rights, dignity and individual worth are respected, and in particular that they are able to enjoy their engagement at the club without the threat of intimidation, victimisation, harassment, bullying and abuse.


As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

Apply now

Complete the Application Form and Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form in full and return to recruitment@palaceforlife.org.