Employment Officer - Lisburn Council area

Remote working across the relevant Council area(s)

Schedule & Rate of Pay

Monday to Friday weekends  Salary £22,000 per annum

Closing date

Mon Oct 04 2021 11:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Job Type

Permanent contract 37.5 hours per week


22 days annual leave plus 12 statutory days (pro-rata)
Health Cash Plan (on successful completion of probationary period)
Access to confidential Staff Counseling & Financial Advisory Services
Stakeholder Pension Scheme (5% employer contribution)
Bike to Work Scheme
Holiday purchase scheme
Flexible working initiatives
Wellbeing initiatives

Job description

Main Function: As a part of the Verve project team the Employment Officer will provide the highest quality support to our participants to enable them to secure the job they want and keep it.
The post holder will have a particular focus on securing jobs for people with learning difficulties and autism, while promoting learning and work experience to ensure they achieve their individual goals. The Employment Officer will engage effectively with parents, carers and employers in a professional manner to ensure the optimum opportunities and outcomes can be achieved by the participants.
Project Verve is funded through the European Social Fund.



1. A full current driving licence and access to a car. Consideration will be given to alternative travelling proposals in respect of applicants with a disability who cannot hold a licence.

2. Ability to be flexible and adaptable - hours are flexible and may involve evening and weekend work as required.

3. Minimum level 2 qualification in English and Maths.

4. Minimum of one year’s paid experience of working with either:

Ø Participants with learning disabilities/difficulties

Ø Experience assisting individuals into work

Ø Experience of liaising with employers

5. Proficient in the use of the Microsoft Office suite.

6. Excellent social media, communication and presentation skills.

7. Clear understanding and articulation of the principles of supported employment.


1. Foundation Diploma in Supported Employment.

2. Proven track record of securing employment for people with barriers to learning.

3. Experience of building local networks.

4. Working experience of government programmes to support people to gain and sustain employment.

About us

We're a social enterprise based in Belfast but working across Northern Ireland to support people with learning difficulties and autism into jobs with a future. Loaf Catering is our catering business which delivers outside catering to businesses, functions etc. We run six cafes four are in Belfast - The Bobbin in City Hall, Loaf on Grosvenor Road and the cafes at Ulster Museum and the Folk at Transport Museum at Cultra.

We also have a cafe at the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh. Loaf Pottery our sixth site is our pottery, pizzeria and coffee shop in Crawfordsburn where we offer wood fired pizzas and our range of beautiful handthrown pottery.

For every £1 invested in NOW Group 2019/20 we generated £20 in social value.

Support people with learning difficulties and autism into jobs with a future.

We challenge convention, ourselves and each other. We have the strength, willingness and determination to initiate, make things happen and to carry them through.

We are all champions of NOW Group. We take personal responsibility for achieving our objectives. We act with openness, integrity and trust. We ask for help, admit to our mistakes and put things right.

We are one company across all services and locations. We work towards a common goal through cooperation and teamwork. We are all NOW Group people and treat each other with respect regardless of status.

Our services change lives. We listen to our participants*, their families and communities and use continuous improvement to deliver results. We are relentless in our pursuit of success and excellence. (*also external and internal customer)

We are a business committed to doing the right thing for our staff, the environment and society. We run a catering business that uses and sells no single use plastic and all our packaging is compostable. We do not use single use plastic in our head office and all our staff have been supplied with either a reusable water bottle or coffee cup. We run wellbeing initiatives which include a health cash plan, stakeholder pension scheme (5% employer contribution), Bike to Work scheme, flexible/agile working. We offer opportunities for our staff to volunteer at the social and other events that we run for our participants. We only want the best, most motivated people in NOW Group. Everything we do is focused on supporting people with learning difficulties and autism into jobs with a future. It’s in our DNA. We are socially focused and expect our staff to be entrepreneurial. We are constantly changing, evolving and innovating so expect change.

Professional & personal development opportunities.