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Job Opportunity - Part-Time Traineeships Officers

Job Title: Part-Time Traineeships Officers
Organisation: Palace for Life Foundation
Salary: Competitive
Location: Selhurst Park, Selhurst, SE25 6PU
Closing date: 10/08/2018
Interview Date: 7th, 8th or 9th August 2018
2nd Interview Date: 13th or 14th August 2018
Contract type: Part-Time/Sessional Contract

As a result of recent growth within the Palace for Life Foundation, Education, Training & Employability (ETE) Department, we have opportunities for new, part-time traineeships officers. These roles have been created to enhance our ETE programmes including short courses like the PL Works, Opportunities for Success, Talent Match Croydon, Traineeships and prospective, Apprenticeship programmes.

We are looking for well-rounded officers with proven knowledge and experience of engaging with schools, colleges and young people. You will work closely with the current ETE team to support individuals towards the right mind-set for business and target those individuals who are furthest away from the labour market, focusing on up skilling, training and utilising work placements within the Foundation, Club and wider community settings.

Our Traineeships Officers will deliver high quality training in soft skills, employability and skills for work and mentor young people as they participate in training and work placements.


1. To plan, deliver and evaluate on the PL Works Programme alongside existing staff.
2. To build and maintain good professional relationships with college staff at all educational establishments hosting our ETE Programmes.
3. To build and maintain an effective rapport with participants and use their planning and organisational skills to ensure that all participants are given appropriate assistance to enhance their chances of starting and sustaining work.
4. Undertaking pastoral duties and supporting participants on an individual basis through academic or personal difficulties.
5. Plan embedded learning for groups and individuals, signposting participants to appropriate partners for further information, advice and guidance.
6. Ensure that participants have access to appropriate contextualized employment, personal & socials skills development and mentoring sessions.
7. Work collaboratively with peers using verbal and written reports to ensure accurate and timely progress reviews, to meet the requirements of awarding and funding bodies.
8. Regularly assess and mark participant’s work to awarding body and Ofsted criteria.
9. Develop delivery in order to maximise progression opportunities for participants.
10. Ensure participants are supported to develop PDP’s, or Individual Learning/Action Plans so progress can be measured.
11. Organize work plans for sessional facilitators and provide inductions and basic training.
12. Ensure all sessional staff and volunteers comply with the Safeguarding, Equal Opportunities and Health and Safety policies at all times.
13. To ensure all work is in line with the Policies and guidelines/procedures as adopted and adhered to by the Foundation.
14. Manage successful Trainee/Apprentice inductions & initial assessments.
15. To build and maintain good professional relationships with the Employer Engagement Officer to deliver soft skills training e.g. Interview Techniques, CV writing, Job search Skills training and level 1 – 3 vocational qualifications.
16. To build and maintain an effective rapport with participants and use their planning and organisational skills to ensure that all participants are given appropriate assistance to enhance their chances of starting and sustaining work.
17. Work collaboratively with peers using verbal and written reports to ensure accurate and timely progress reviews, to meet the requirements of funders and stakeholders.
18. Work with the Employer Engagement Officer to monitor work placement hours and liaise with employers to ensure smooth running of the placement.
19. Alongside the Employer Engagement Officer, develop a network of employers and voluntary organisations to deliver work tasters, placements, and work opportunities
20. Outreach work, marketing and promotion to ensure the relevant target group is reached and aware of the project.
21. Work closely with young people to ensure distance travelled is monitored to measure impact.
22. Supporting the development of the Education, Training & Employability Training Framework for Palace for Life Foundation.
23. Maintaining databases and undertaking any other administrative duties.
24. Any other reasonable duties and responsibilities considered appropriate by the Senior Management Team of the Foundation.


  • At least two years delivering on Employability Programmes for NEET young people
  • Experience of developing key relationships with young people and support their development towards work readiness
  • Understanding the concept of progression pathways

Skills, Knowledge and Qualifications

  • Degree or equivalent in Youth Work, Teaching, or Community Development
  • Must hold PTLLS or A1 (TAQA)
  • Awareness of working with NEET and hard to reach young people

Personal Qualities

  • Car driver/owner – clean driving licence

Palace for Life Foundation is run autonomously from the Football Club and enjoys charitable status. The relationship between the Club and Foundation is strong and mutually beneficial. With an appointed Board of Trustees there is a formal overriding link between the Foundation and the Football Club at senior level.

A competitive remuneration package is available to the right candidate. Additionally, you will be joining an organisation that has recently won the ‘Best Community Scheme Award’ at the Football Business Awards 2015 and the ‘The Best Foundation Diversity Award’ at the Football for Good Awards 2015.

How to apply:

Please complete the application form HERE and send the completed form with an up-to-date CV to recruitment@palaceforlife.org

Equality Statement:

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.

Safeguarding Statement:

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.

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