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Personal Adviser Profile

Introduction

This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Personal Adviser. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Personal Adviser
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Personal Adviser Work Information


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Working Duties Expected

Personal advisers in the Connexions Service provide guidance and support to people aged 13-19. The work varies, but could include:

  • identifying and exploring clients' needs and offering information, advice, support and guidance on options for learning, careers and personal development
  • raising clients' ambitions and helping them address issues affecting their participation in learning and work
  • working with parents, carers, families and other organisations to overcome barriers to learning and employment faced by young people
  • working with schools, colleges, employers and other organisations to discuss issues relevant to young peoples needs
  • promoting links with the local community
  • various administration, record keeping and information management tasks.


Much of the work involves direct one-to-one contact with young people, with group work such as giving talks or leading discussions also likely to feature. Some personal advisers specialise in providing intensive, long-term support to a small number of clients facing severe problems, while others work less intensively with larger numbers of people.
All personal advisers are expected to spend some time reviewing and reflecting on their professional practice.

Hours and Environment

Hours vary. Although most work during the day, Monday to Friday, there may sometimes be the need to cover evenings and weekends. The service may offer flexitime, part-time work, job-sharing or work during term-time only.

Advisers could be based in a school, college, Connexions centre or Connexions one-stop shop. The work usually involves local travel, as outreach work is common.

Skills and Interests

To be a personal adviser you should:

  • be non-judgmental and able to gain the trust and respect of young people
  • have excellent communication skills, and the ability to respond sympathetically to young peoples problems
  • be flexible, creative and imaginative in your approach to solving problems
  • be confident and enthusiastic with patience and a sense of humour
  • be able to work as a team member, and to organise your own workload
  • be self-critical and willing to adapt your working methods where necessary
  • have administrative and computer skills.


Entry

Entrants to training should be 21 or older and have experience of work with young people. Additionally, the endorsement of a Connexions Partnership is required. A background in careers advice and guidance, youth work, education, youth justice or social work is particularly useful. Recent graduates and adults with experience in other occupations may be recruited. Check with your local Connexions Partnership.

Applicants are vetted for suitability to work with young people. Fully qualified personal advisers hold a relevant professional qualification, such as careers advice and guidance or youth work at NVQ/SVQ level 4, diploma or equivalent. They would then undertake Connexions specific training to work with young people - either the Diploma for Connexions Personal Advisers or the Understanding Connexions training programme.

Those relevant experience but without a qualification at NVQ/SVQ level 4 or equivalent can enter a Connexions Service as a probationary personal adviser, and work towards fully-qualified status by taking the Diploma for Connexions Personal Advisers and obtaining a relevant NVQ/SVQ level 4.

Some services offer trainee-level entry, where those without qualifications can study for NVQ Level 3 in Guidance and then continue with the qualifications mentioned previously.

Training

The main national training programmes for personal advisers are:

Introduction to Connexions - a two-day programme to gain an overview of the Connexions strategy and service.

APIR (Assessment, Planning, Implementation and Review) - a one and a half day programme for existing personal advisers and managers, to assist with the assessment of a young personĂ¢€™s needs. This course is a pre-requisite for both the Understanding Connexions programme and the Diploma for Connexions Personal Advisers.

Understanding Connexions a four-day university accredited programme aimed at advisers who already hold a relevant professional qualification at NVQ/SVQ level 4. The qualification also forms the first module of the Diploma for Connexions Personal Advisers.

The Diploma for Connexions Personal Advisers - the programme leads to a university-accredited diploma and requires knowledge and skills equivalent to the second year of an undergraduate degree. The qualification is for those personal advisers who will be working with young people who need significant in-depth support.

Local training programmes have been developed by many Connexions Partnerships, covering topics such as drugs awareness, counselling, child protection, equal opportunities and health and safety.

Further developments in the training and qualifications of personal advisers are likely.

Opportunities

The Connexions Service is delivered by local Connexions Partnerships throughout England. Suitable candidates for personal adviser posts are in demand, particularly in London and south-east England and other large cities. Connexions is not available in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Most personal advisers are employed directly by local Connexions Partnerships. Some are employed by organisations subcontracted to provide a service to Connexions, for example youth services, health authorities or voluntary organisations.

There are opportunities for promotion to management posts within the service, or to move into related fields such as education welfare, the care sector and training.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

A trainee could start on around £14,000 a year.
Qualified personal advisers can earn around £20,000.
With extensive experience earnings could rise to £25,500.

Those working in and around London may receive an additional cost of living allowance.

Further information

Connexions Service National Unit
Department for Education and Skills
Moorfoot
Sheffield
S1 4PQ
www.connexions.gov.uk

Other Useful Personal Adviser Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Personal Adviser job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

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Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Norfolk, North London, North Midlands, Northampton, Northamptonshire, Northern Ireland, Northumberland, Norwich, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Plymouth, Salisbury, Scotland, Sheffield, Shropshire, Somerset, South East, South London, South Midlands, Southampton, Staffordshire Surrey, Swansea, Swindon, Telford, Wales, Warwickshire, West End, West London, West Midlands, Worcestershire, York and throughout Yorkshire.

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