This is an opportunity for a disabled person to work with the Social Security Service Design Team at the Scottish Government. Please note that this internship is based in Edinburgh.
Project Assistant Intern – Disability Benefits Assessments
Accountable to: Social Security Programme and Project Management Division
Contract: 25-35 hours, flexible depending on preference of successful candidate. 6 month contract with possibility of extension not beyond 12 months.
Location: Victoria Quay, Edinburgh (occasional travel to our office in Atlantic Quay Glasgow)
Closing date: Wednesday 30th May 2018 10am.
The Smith Commission proposed the devolution of significant welfare powers to the Scottish Parliament – many of these powers are set out in the new Scotland Act. Once fully enacted, social security benefits in excess of £2.7bn will be transferred from the UK Parliament, including powers to create Scottish benefits for those of working age.
This will allow the Scottish Government to establish many elements of a Scottish social security system. Ministers will wish to use these powers to demonstrate the competency of the Scottish Government in delivering new services effectively and to outline a distinctive Scottish approach to social security. This is a high-profile and exciting policy area, with continuing political, public and media interest.
Disability Benefits including Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Attendance Allowance (AA) and Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) are four of the eleven benefits which will be devolved to Scotland. These benefits all require some of assessment as part of their eligibility and application process. The Disability Benefits team is redesigning the assessment process for these benefits making them more person-centred, fair and built around the principles of dignity and respect.
You will work within the wider Programme Management and Delivery Division in a small supportive team focussed on Disability Benefits. You will be responsible for supporting the Assessments Product Owner and Product Lead. This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in important work that will have a direct and positive impact on the lives of thousands of people across Scotland.
For a list of full responsibilities, and what applicants should tell us in their application please download the job application pack (links are at the end of this article).
Placement host website: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/People/fairerscotland/Social-Security
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To apply for one of the WeCanWork Internships you must define as disabled under the Equality Act 2010 which defines this as: “someone who has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities”.
This may include:
- A physical impairment
- A sensory impairment (visual, hearing, deaf, blind or other)
- A mental health condition or cognitive/neurodiversity
- A learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia
- Learning disability
- Any other long-term impairment linked with a significant barrier you regularly experience
- Diagnosed as HIV positive, or with cancer, multiple sclerosis or other long term chronic condition.
You must also be unemployed or “under-employed” (meaning that your current employment falls well short of your full skills or required working pattern) and be able to demonstrate a genuine need for the internship opportunity. For more details please see the application pack.
- Please read the civil service eligibility criteria as listed on the Scottish Government recruitment website. You can find this here http://www.work-for-scotland.org/faqs/am-i-eligible-to-apply/
- If you have a criminal record, this will not necessarily exclude you from employment with the Scottish Government. This will depend on the nature of the role, together with the circumstances and background of the offences and/or other relevant information. Please note that for Scottish Government Internships the successful candidate would need to complete pre-employment security checks before a formal offer of employment is issued. These can take 4-6 weeks from the job offer being made. This will include a Basic Disclosure Certificate which can be obtained from Disclosure Scotland. Inclusion Scotland will pay the application fee for this if needed for the successful candidate.
- While staff will not be permanent civil service employees they will be expected to adhere to the civil service code listed here https://beta.gov.scot/publications/civil-service-code/ This covers issues such as political impartiality, conduct, professionalism and confidentiality.
Please get in touch with us as soon as possible if you would like support with your application or would like to apply in a different format or have BSL interpreter support to complete the form. Interviews dates to be confirmed.
Please download and save the following documents for making your application:
The national Disability Internship Programme “We Can Work” is funded by the Scottish Government’s Equality Unit. 120 internships will be created for disabled people over four years (2017-2021) as per the Scottish Government’s A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People Delivery Plan. You can find out more about the Disabled People Delivery Plan by clicking here