Navigator Developer (helping Gloucestershire's vulnerable adults into work, training or education)

Forestry Commission

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This vacancy is open at Stage 4 - External Recruitment.

Gloucestershire County Council and over 70 voluntary community social enterprise (VCSE), public and private sector partners (including the Forestry Commission) have joined together and won '3.2 million funding to help the county's most vulnerable adults into work, training or education; the project is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

This exciting project, known as The Gloucestershire GEM (Going the Extra Mile) Project, will engage with over 1,100 people over three years commencing October 2016 and will focus on people who face challenges in getting into work, and support them to move closer towards education, training, volunteering or employment.

The GEM Project will be managed by Gloucestershire Gateway Trust (GGT) on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council. The project will be delivered by GEM Delivery Partners, and as one of those Partners, the Forestry Commission wish to recruit a Navigator Developer for this project. The post will be initially recruited for 12-months, with the option of extending for a further 12-months and subsequently an option to extend until 30th September, 2019.

Target GEM Project Participants are Women, Addictions, Over 50s, Rural, Disability, Learning Disability, Carers, Black and Minority Ethnic, Homeless, Mental Health and Unemployed.


Part time post - annualised hours averaging 20 hours per week.

To provide intensive day to day, one to one support to GEM Project Participants to build their stability, confidence, motivation and readiness to learn, and ultimately move them closer towards education, training, volunteering or work, including self-employment.

- Promotion of the Gloucestershire GEM Project to potential participants and referral partners.

- Engagement of potential participants directly through community based activity or through engagement with referral partners. Assessment of participants utilising the Gloucestershire GEM Project Common Assessment Framework, and the creation in partnership with the participant, of their Participant Action & Development Plan (PADP).

- Consultation and liaison with appropriate Delivery Partners to ensure successful delivery of the PADP focusing on establishing available options and participant choice relative to the outputs of the PADP. On going one to one support of the participant throughout their time on the Gloucestershire GEM Project through to successful achievement of their agreed targets.

- Attend Gloucestershire GEM Project Induction and other GEM Training and network meetings as requested. Timely completion and return of monthly returns with all necessary evidence of eligible expenditure and required participant records as described in the Gloucestershire GEM Project Manual and required by the Gloucestershire GEM Project Partnership Agreement.

- Contribute to the Gloucestershire GEM Project communications strategy providing information for case studies, reports and media campaigns having regard to Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund branding requirements as specified in the Gloucestershire GEM Project Partnership Agreement.

- Support the Forestry Commission's Business Sector Lead role for the GEM Project for the Green Infrastructure and Land Based economic sectors in the Forest of Dean and surrounding areas (within Gloucestershire).


The Navigator Developer will be part of the Forestry Commission (Forest Enterprise England, West England Forest District) team. The post is based in the West England Forest District Office, in Coleford within the Forest of Dean. The post holder will be part of the Community Team in the Forest of Dean, and report to Heather Lilley, Community and Communications Officer.

West England Forest District is the part of the Forestry Commission responsible for managing the 35,000ha of the public forest estate in the west and south-west of England, extending from Haughmaund Woods near Shrewsbury to Savernake Forest near Marlborough and Idless Woods near Truro in Cornwall. The district team extends to around 120 people working either in management and support roles, or in one of the 10 front-line delivery teams in the Forest Beats and Recreation Hubs.

Within the Forest of Dean, the Forestry Commission takes a leading role in the management of the historic and ancient Forest, facilitating the active engagement of local communities and partners in woodland management, and making positive use of the Forest. The Foresters' Forest is a Heritage Lottery Funded programme that is just coming to the end of a development phase, before entering a 5-year delivery programme to unearth and reveal the landscape heritage of the Forest, to tell the story of the Forest, and to secure our Forest's heritage for future generations. This provides a synergy into which opportunities for the Gloucestershire GEM project should flourish.

Funding for the post will be reviewed at the end of the first year according to results and outcomes achieved. Should the post be extended into a second year the funding will again be reviewed at the end of that year. If the post is extended again, that extension will only be to a final end date of the 30th September as no funding will be available beyond that time.



The candidate must have direct experience of having lived as, or having worked with, vulnerable or disengaged people'
The candidate must be literate and numerate, and demonstrate this with a qualification in English and Maths.
The candidate must have basic IT skills, being able to use Microsoft Office Word, Excel and Outlook, the latter for both messaging and diary scheduling.
Ideally the candidate will have a valid driving licence that entitles them to drive a car in the UK, however, we will consider applications that set out an alternative way of doing the job that does not require driving.

- Gather information from a range of relevant sources inside and outside your Department to inform your work;
- Understand what is required of you in your role and how this contributes to team and Departmental priorities.

- Make and record effective decisions following the appropriate decision making criteria, framework or guidance;
- Undertake appropriate analysis to support decisions or recommendations.

- Put forward your views in a clear and constructive manner, choosing an appropriate communication method, e.g. email / telephone / face to face.
- Act in a fair and respectful way in dealing with others.


- Actively seek information from customers to understand their needs and expectations;
- Act to prevent problems including health and safety, reporting issues where necessary;
- Encourage customers to access relevant information or support that will help them to understand and use services more effectively.

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