Vocational Development Officer

  • Truro, UK
  • Contract

Company Description

St Petrocs is an organisation which attracts, develops, and retains talented individuals who are united around a common purpose: to end homelessness in Cornwall.

St Petrocs was established to offer support to those who have nowhere else to go and acts as the last line of defence against someone having to experience rough sleeping. We are an independent, charitable organisation that provides people in need with somewhere and someone to turn to. 

"Equally Different"
Our clients come from all walks of life, and so do we. We wholeheartedly believe that a broad diversity of thought, identity, background, and lived experience makes us a stronger organisation.

From the front-line professionals delivering critical engagement, resettlement, counselling, and accommodation services, to the dedicated support staff working in administration, finance, fundraising and communications, we are committed to building an inclusive environment where people of all backgrounds are treated fairly and feel a genuine sense of belonging.

If you want to be different together, you will feel at home at St Petrocs.

Job Description

As a Vocational Development Officer, you will work with St Petrocs’ residents to engage them with the European Social Fund sponsored Vocational Development Project, helping them to move closer toward training and/or employment.

You will support residents using action plans and will develop a tailor-made package of support for each person to help them acquire and develop the skills and attributes they will need to be ‘work-ready’.

By helping residents to identify their strengths and development needs, supporting them to access experiences, training, and opportunities that will enhance their employability, and building their confidence to enter/re-enter the workplace, you will be playing an important role in helping them to progress towards sustained, independent living.

The role will require frequent travel around the county, so you must have a valid driving licence and access to a vehicle. You will need to be flexible, and occasional evening and weekend work may be required.


Role: 2 x Vocational Development Officer
Reports to: Vocational Development Project (VDP) Service Manager
Salary: £26,351.00 per annum
Probationary period: 6 months
Hours: 37.5 hours per week, including some evenings and weekends

Many of our staff work flexibly, including part-time. Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility you need. We can’t promise to give you exactly what you want, but we do promise not to judge you for asking.

Holidays: 33 days including bank holidays
Length of contract: Fixed Term Contract until March 2023 

Main Responsibilities

  1. Encourage and assist residents in our supported accommodation to engage with the Vocational Development Project.
  2. Develop a professional relationship with residents to help them gain confidence to achieve their project goals.
  3. Draw up an action plan for each resident and assist in their personal development and preparation for work.
  4. Support residents with practical matters relating to their move into training and/or employment.
  5. Liaise with external agencies on behalf of individual residents to support the resident in achieving their stated project goals.
  6. Promote taster sessions and work placements with local businesses who are supporting the project.
  7. Ensure residents are aware of the services and support networks provided by St Petrocs and other organisations.
  8. Assist residents to move closer to work opportunities by liaising and co-operating with their support workers.
  9. Maintain efficient administration systems specifically for the Vocational Development Project and liaise with the project Administrators to ensure that all required paperwork is completed and submitted.
  10. Work within an agreed budget and maintain records in accordance with St Petrocs’ policies and procedures.
  11. Ensure all spending for the project is correctly recorded and handled in a secure manner in accordance with St Petrocs’ procedures.
  12. Work in other areas of the service as required.
  13. Attend events as a positive ambassador for St Petrocs, promoting and raising awareness of its services and inspiring existing and potential supporters.
  14. Carry out any other duties as reasonably requested.


You’ll share our core values: Honesty, Integrity, Equality, and Dignity.

You’ll have previous experience of working with vulnerable adults, together with an understanding and appreciation of the issues surrounding homelessness.

You'll be a proactive and enthusiastic individual, with a proven record of building effective relationships with a variety of stakeholders, including engaging local employers.

Importantly, we’re looking for someone who has a real passion for making a difference to the lives of some of the most marginalised and vulnerable members of society.

In addition to the criteria outlined below, this post is subject to successful completion of an Enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Due to the nature of the role, you must also have a valid driving licence and access to a vehicle.

Essential Criteria

  • Commitment to our service and client group
  • Strong organisational and time management skills, with an ability to balance a varied workload
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to communicate effectively with agencies, employers, training providers, colleagues and clients
  • Able to follow processes and maintain high standards
  • Able to relate to and motivate disadvantaged individuals
  • Energetic, creative and driven, with a proactive and positive approach

Additional Information

St Petrocs is pleased to offer the following employee benefits:

  • 33 days annual leave a year, including bank holidays
  • Family friendly policies including enhanced maternity/partner pay, neonatal leave, paid time off for IVF treatment, and flexible working
  • A focus on health and wellbeing including employee assistance programme (EAP), free eye tests, and free vaccinations
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Long-service awards
  • Life insurance
  • Emergency loan policy
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