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Personal Advisor

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Milton Keynes City Council’s 16-25 Team is a friendly and professional team of Social Workers and Personal Advisors who support our looked-after and care-experienced young people.

The team provides young people with support and guidance as they enter into adulthood, working closely with colleagues in Health, Housing, Adult Social Care, Education and more to ensure our young people have the opportunity to reach their potential.

You’ll be organised with excellent communication skills, have the ability to remain calm in a crisis and be willing to work as part of a team.  You’ll have good written skills and be confident when using computers.

Main Responsibility

  • The ideal candidate will be expected to work with a number of care experienced young people from 16 years old up to the age of 25.
  • Work within the legal framework and leaving care policy.
  • They will have the ability to advocate for the young person so they are supported to reach their potential and have a successful transition to adulthood.
  • Demonstrate skills in assessing young people’s needs and accessing relevant interventions so that each care leaver is enabled to make positive improvements in their lives.
  • To provide direct work, advice, guidance, practical and emotional support to care experienced young people.
  • Review Pathway Plans, support visits, and support young people to access accommodation, education, employment or training and appropriate services to meet their needs.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Experience of working with young people.
  • Some knowledge of leaving care legislation or being willing to learn.
  • A motivated individual who is willing to engage young people creatively, encouraging them to achieve their aspirations.
  • Someone with good communication skills and also an ability to use IT equipment to record work.
  • Someone who can get about, with a driving license.
  • Someone who is flexible – you might be asked to work in another place.

Package Description

​We are really proud of the benefits we are able to offer our staff here at Milton Keynes City Council, including:-

  • Local Government Pension Scheme, considered to be one of the best employer contribution rates of 18.8%.
  • 27 days annual leave per year in addition to statutory and public holidays, rising to 31 days after 5 years. (From April 2023 this will increase to 28, and 32 days after 5 years)
  • Holiday Purchase Scheme.
  • Our Professional Development Centre provides access to courses such as in-house management development programmes endorsed by the Institute of Leadership, coaching and mentoring and access to our Smarter Learning portal
  • Cycle to Work Scheme.
  • Health Cashplan.
  • MK Advantage benefits package – a range of savings on a wide range of retail, leisure and entertainment products and services such as Pizza Express, M&S, B&Q, John Lewis and Arriva Travel.
  • Blue Light Card - Employees working within Social Care can qualify for a range of discounts from national retailers to local businesses in a wide range of categories including holidays, cars, days out, fashion, gifts, insurance, phones and much more!
  • SmartGo – Aimed at encouraging low-carbon transport and healthy lifestyle with discounted travel e.g. Halfords, Arriva, Europcar, National Railcards and Stagecoach.
  • Homebuy Scheme (for eligible roles).
  • Smarter working which provides the opportunity to work from various locations including from home for a proportion of your role (subject to business needs).
  • A full range of family friendly policies including enhanced Maternity, Adoption and Paternity entitlements.
  • Childcare Subsidy.

About the Company

Milton Keynes is a diverse, welcoming, and expanding place, built on smart ideas with even bigger plans for the future. We have world class attractions, beautiful open spaces, and a great standard of living.

Milton Keynes City Council is one of the largest employers in the region, making a difference every day for local people. We’re responsible for all local government services in MK including education, housing, highways, and social services - around 240 services in all.

Our values are to be dedicated, respectful, and collaborative. If this sounds like you, join us for a stimulating and fulfilling career measured on results, and a rewarding work-life balance.

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