Apply to be a community partner and help shape the support for disabled people in your area

Published: 12 Dec 2016 By Jennifer Jackson

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Nathan from the DWP’s community partners project team tells us about the lead community partner vacancies it’s recruiting for

Tell us about your organisation and what it does

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is responsible for welfare, pensions and child maintenance policy. As the UK’s biggest public service department it administers the State Pension and a range of working age, disability and ill health benefits to over 22 million claimants and customers.

What role are you currently recruiting for and what does it involve?

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is launching an exciting opportunity to shape the support for disabled people and those with health conditions. Lead community partners will lead a team of community partners to work collaboratively with the third sector in strengthening disability awareness within Jobcentre Plus, across a range of specialisms, tailored to local needs.

The lead community partner will also oversee the development of local third sector services to enhance the range of support available and work with local employers to inform them of advice available and good practice in employing disabled people.

This unique role will be essential in supporting Jobcentre Plus teams to strengthen their understanding of disability, and to gain valuable insight into the issues faced when finding and securing employment. This will support Jobcentre frontline staff to strengthen the personalised and holistic support they provide. The lead community partner will work closely with Jobcentre Plus’ external relations teams to further enhance and build on existing relationships.

What kind of people are you looking for?

The role requires a lived experience or in-depth understanding of the barriers disabled people and people with health conditions face in everyday life and may encounter when seeking and sustaining long term employment. 

We are also looking for a good understanding of the social model of disability and the ability to effectively articulate this and communicate confidently to a range of stakeholders. Applicants must have the ability to demonstrate empathy and carry out work in a holistic and person-centred way and strong self-motivation and the ability to deliver change in a challenging environment with a passion to make a real difference to the services available.

A full list of our essential criteria is available on the Civil Service Jobs website.

Why would someone want to work for the Department for Work and Pensions?

The new community partner roles will build on expertise within Jobcentre Plus and strengthen understanding to ensure support is tailored to customer requirements in partnership with the third sector. The community partners initiative forms part of the Personal Support Package, announced in the Government’s Work, Health and Disability: Improving Lives Green Paper publication.

The new approach will build on Jobcentre Plus expertise and strengthen disability understanding. The recruitment of the community partners across Scotland, England and Wales provides a unique opportunity for third sector organisations and people with a lived experience or expert knowledge of disability to help shape the employment support provided.

What exciting projects are you working on?

We are currently recruiting for lead community partners, and welcome expressions of interest in the further community partner positions to be recruited for from January 2017. Both lead community partners and community partners will have a varied range of responsibilities and tasks. They will provide valuable insight and advice to Jobcentre Plus staff, partners and potential employers and use knowledge and networks to identify, map and develop local services. They will also build awareness and engagement within the district by promoting a range of services available to disabled people and those with health conditions.

What tips would you offer applicants?

Applicants should provide a CV and personal statement based on the essential criteria within the job advert ahead of 16th December 2016 to Community.Partners@dwp.gsi.gov.uk. 

You may wish to apply for the lead community partner vacancy, or consider the specialist community partner vacancies which will be recruited for from January 2017. Expressions of interest at this stage are welcomed, and should be made via email to the address above.

Sum up what it’s like to work for the Department for Work and Pensions

The community partner role is an exciting opportunity to shape the support for disabled people and those with health conditions – apply now and help shape the support in your area.


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