What's new Blog You're Hired! Could you be our new Apprentice? We are looking for an Apprentice Independent Advocate / Advocacy Co-ordinator to support our provision of Advocacy services. Is that you? Whether you have never heard of 'Advocacy' before or are unsure of what an 'Independent Advocate' does, all you need to know is that if you have a keen interest in helping people and a desire to learn, then you will be in safe hands with the Advocacy Focus Apprentice programme. Over the last two years we have had three apprentices join our organisation, all three going on to secure full time employment. That's a 100% record. Our two recent apprentices achieved their not only their Business Admin Level 2 qualifications and also gained full time roles at Advocacy Focus. Ammaar is now our Operations Assistant at the age of 17, and Beth, 18, is our Assistant Advocacy Co-ordinator. Here is Ammaar proudly collecting our recent Apprenticeship Award win at the 2018 Hyndburn Business Awards. This was awarded in recognition of the high quality support and training programmes we offer to young people. So what is an Apprentice Independent Advocate/Advocacy Co-ordinator? Working initially from our Accrington Head Office, you will learn to support people of all ages with Advocacy, including those with learning disabilities, people with mental health needs, people with physical and sensory impairment, older people and people that lack capacity. You will study and shadow trained Advocates to understand all aspects of Independent Advocacy support. This is Statutory Advocacy as defined under the Mental Health Act (2007), Mental Capacity Act (2005), Care Act (2014), and Advocacy Standards to individuals in community, residential and hospital settings. You will be supported through your apprenticeship and given the associated training to experience and fully understand the skills required to provide specialist Advocacy Casework Support and Statutory Advocacy to local residents across Lancashire. Once successfully completed, this apprenticeship will lead to a Trainee Independent Advocate post. It is also worth noting that Apprentices have the same opportunities as the rest of the team for training and development at Advocacy Focus and we nurture an Apprentice’s emotional wellbeing as part of our company wide Health and Well-being policy. Sound interesting? Let's just check... Are you at least 18 years of age? Do you have a desire to work in Health & Social Care/Third Sector? Do you have minimum grade 4 / C in both English and Maths? Do you have an enthusiastic approach to learning and an ability to develop knowledge, skills and apply these to the role? If you have answered yes to these four questions, then please take a look at the full job description by clicking here Please note that this position is now closed.