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NOAH’s values and ethos simply expressed are care, compassion, and commitment, and love for the people we work with and serve. Our values are practically expressed in humble service, helping those in need, in poverty and experiencing disadvantage and marginalisation.

In living out these values as an organisation we will seek as a priority to recruit trustees, staff and volunteers who are committed to and actively live out these values in contributing to the work of our teams.

Find out about volunteering opportunities with NOAH here

 

Head of Training & Employment

Location: Flexible, with majority of time spent at NOAH sites in and around Bedfordshire
Salary: £42,000 – £47,000
Contract: full time, permanent

Could you head up our Training & Employment functions and work with us to offer hope and support to people struggling against homelessness and exclusion across Bedfordshire?

Background

NOAH (New Opportunities and Horizons) is a Luton-based charity working across Bedfordshire, offering hope and support to people struggling against homelessness and exclusion. For over 30 years NOAH has been working to provide support for people with complex needs who have nowhere else to turn. Our staff, volunteers, partners and benefactors, provide a combination that is dedicated to recognising the potential in people who have experienced disability and helping them to realise it. We have come through some tough times with them to create an organisation that can do extraordinary things.

At the heart of our vision is a belief in the fundamental dignity and worth of every individual. Last year we met and worked with over 600 people through our Welfare Centre. We helped 353 people into accommodation and trained over 800 people in a range of skills. Since 2015 over 350 have been assisted into employment.

Appointment of a Head of Training & Employment

We are recruiting for a Head of Training and Employment to join our Senior Management Team. Reporting into the CEO, this role represents an exciting opportunity to have a real impact on the work we do to offer hope and support to people struggling against homelessness and exclusion.

The Head of Training and Employment provides strategic leadership for the development and operations of the NOAH Academy. The post-holder has overall responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the NOAH Academy and oversees a budget of c.£1M.

The NOAH Academy is well-respected across Bedfordshire for helping people experiencing disadvantage to regain their confidence and gain employment. The Academy has grown significantly in recent years, and the challenge is to capitalise on new opportunities, whilst continuing to provide a caring and trauma-informed service and ensuring financial and operational sustainability.

The NOAH Academy operates projects which are free at the point of entry to our clients. However, through those projects, the Academy will increasingly be providing services to other NOAH departments, namely staff recruitment via our in-house agency Rainbow, staff training, and building & grounds maintenance. During the 2021-26 strategy period, all three of these services will be commercialised to bring in new revenue streams to NOAH, to be re-invested into our services for the most disadvantaged. The Head of Training and Employment is accountable for achieving this strategic objective.

This role presents an opportunity to work with an established organisation which is well respected across Bedfordshire for helping people experiencing disadvantage to regain their confidence and gain employment.

Application is by CV and a covering letter which should indicate why you are interested in applying for the role and how you meet the role requirements. Please send this to recruitment@ep-uk.org. If you would like a call to discuss the role in more detail, please email Paul Venning at p.venning@ep-uk.org to arrange a convenient time.

We want you to have every opportunity to demonstrate your skills, ability and potential; please contact us if you require any assistance or adjustment so that we can help with making the application process work for you.

Download the candidate information pack here

Closing date: Friday 3rd December
Shortlisting interviews will take place the next couple of weeks thereafter. This will be followed by a second round of interviews with NOAH.

NOAH Enterprise is fully committed to equality of opportunity and diversity to ensure that we reflect the full breadth of the people we aim to support. We warmly welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates.