Employment Skills Advisor - Palmer's

USP CollegeEssex

Location: Palmer's campus (Grays, Essex)

Hours: 37 Hours per week, 39 Weeks.

Contract: Permanent

Commencing: ASAP


Would you like to work for a forward thinking, innovative college?


As a College, our strategy is Career Focused Learning and ensuring that the learner experience and our relationships within our community, local and regional employers, are at the heart of everything we do

The post holder will promote the USP College Work Placement Programme and will be responsible for identifying and assessing prospective work placement opportunities through initiating and developing relationships with local businesses and organisations.  As part of our energetic, focused and welcoming team, you will enthuse and motivate students to strive for success and will support and mentor them through the placement process. This will involve providing group presentations and 1:1 advice/support along with supporting the College Industry Placement Programme where required. 

You will be able to build positive relationships with young people and support them to achieve their long-term career goals.  You will be able to use your expertise and emotional intelligence to unlock barriers to your students’ progress and provide the tools, support and challenge they need to go forwards. We pride ourselves on excellent student behaviour and our strong ethos of inclusion and diversity.


As a college, our strategy is to create a Career Focused, Digital Learning environment, ensuring that the learner experience and our relationship within our community, local and regional employers, are at the heart of everything we do. Providing a high achieving, focused learning environment allowing our students to achieve the grades they need for higher educations or the skills and aptitude required to secure a suitable role in their chosen career. Our college is set in the leafy suburbs of Essex, with easy access to surrounding areas and amenities, we are based in a well-connected location both by road and rail.


  • A competitive salary.
  • A college environment fully dedicated to developing every student to reach their full potential, irrespective of their ability.
  • Collaborative working with parents and carers to support our endeavours to work smarter and achieve an effective balance between home and work.
  • A dedicated and friendly team of professionals who are keen to develop and learn.
  • Excellent CPD opportunities.
  • Onsite parking.
  • Onsite canteen & coffee shop with locally sourced ingredients.
  • A cycle scheme and discounted gym membership.


The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, IT skills (MS Word, Excel and Outlook), with the ability to work accurately. A confident and professional approach when dealing with students, staff and outside organisations is required.

Although this post is based at the Seevic, Benfleet Campus there may be a requirement to  travel to the Palmer’s Campus (Grays, Essex) training and events. A full clean driving licence, access to own vehicle and willingness to travel to surrounding areas is required.

 An understanding of Safeguarding including Prevent and Keeping Children Safe in Education legislation will also be required.


  • High standards of communication and interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to work as a team.
  • The ability to work towards deadlines.
  • The ability to motivate both students and your peers.
  • Highly motivated and enthusiastic.
  • Excellent attendance and punctuality.
  • Highly efficient and have ability to manage workload and priorities
  • A pro-active and confident approach to engaging with employers including cold calling via telephone, face to face and email.
  • A resilient and positive outlook.
  • A Work Placement Risk Assessment Qualification or willingness to undertake training.


This role is considered exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020. Which means that when applying for certain jobs and activities certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’, so they do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account. Further information about filtering offences can be found in the DBS filtering guide.  It is an offence to apply for the role if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity relevant to children.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to complete a self-declaration of their criminal record or information that would make them unsuitable to work with children. Self-declaration is subject to Ministry of Justice guidance on the disclosure of criminal records, further information can be found on GOV UK

USP College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, we therefore expect all staff to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be required to undertake an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service, and any other checks that the role requires to ascertain suitability of working with children.

We will hold and process any personal data, including sensitive (special category) personal data, relating to you in accordance with our legal obligations, in the manner set out in the Privacy Notice for staff and in accordance with our Data Protection Policy, which is set out on the College’s website, found here.  You should familiarise yourself with our Data Protection Policy (and all other subsidiary policies to it) and comply with them at all times. Neither the Privacy Notice for Staff nor those policies form a part of your contract of employment.

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