This is an opportunity for a disabled person to work in the Equalities Team at Perth & Kinross Council in Perth.
Role: Equalities Research Internship
Payment: £9.00 per hour
Accountable to: Perth & Kinross Council
Contract: 455 hours, equivalent of 13 weeks full time or around 6 months part-time (hours per week to be negotiated)
Location: 2 High Street Perth PH1 5PH (flexible working arrangements including home working will be possible)
Closing Date: Monday 1 July 2019 at 10.00am
Perth & Kinross Council is the area’s largest employer. There are over 5,000 people employed within the Council, undertaking a wide range of different types of jobs.
This internship will be working within the Council’s Equalities Team which is a small Corporate Team which works with all Council services, partner organisations and community members to ensure our services are safe, welcoming and accessible for all of our citizens. The successful candidate will to assist the work of the Council to continue to deliver its equality outcomes by supporting the Equalities Team Leader on specific identified projects – more information about the equality outcomes and the Council’s work locally in relation to equality and diversity can be found on the website link below.
Main duties and tasks
The main duties will be project-related work and specific research around particular aspects of equalities and protected characteristics. The successful candidate will also be able to shadow other members of the team to increase their awareness and broaden their experience and knowledge.
Specifically, we are keen that the successful candidate leads on projects relating to:
- developing Accessibility Events Guidance
- research and updating the equalities content of the Perth and Kinross ‘Stories of Place’ website (http://pk-storyboard.org.uk/)
Where possible any personal experiences and knowledge which would be beneficial to share would be welcomed for each specific project.
Essential skills and experience:
- An understanding of equalities and the barriers people may face in accessing services, or a willingness to learn.
- Ability to work effectively and flexibly as a member of a team,
- Good communication skills, including the ability to empathise with and communicate with a wide range of people.
- An ability to develop positive relationships with team members, other colleagues and community groups.
- An ability to manage your time and workload, with appropriate support.
- Good IT Skills, for example, an ability to use word, outlook, basic excel and PowerPoint.
- An ability to carry out basic research, for example, searching for relevant information on the internet.
- Ability to collate and analyse a range of information and draw together conclusions and recommendations in a clear and accessible way to share.
- Ability to use good judgement in knowing when to act independently to make decisions / resolve problems, and when to seek further guidance / advice
- Have a clear need for the opportunity, and be able to show how it will help you overcome barriers to achieving your career goals. (this is assessed in the sections motivation for applying, skills development, and current employment status.)
- Must define as Deaf or disabled which includes physical, sensory and mental impairments, autistic spectrum, learning disabilities, learning difficulties such as dyslexia or long term health conditions. (You do not need to give details in the supporting statement unless you wish to. If you do, this will not be removed from the application before the shortlisting panel sees it.)
To apply for one of the WeCanWork Internships you must define as disabled as under the Equality Act 2010 which defines disability 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
- A mental health condition
- A learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia
- Learning disability
- Any other disability or impairment
- Diagnosed as HIV positive, or with cancer, multiple sclerosis or other long term chronic condition
You must also be unemployed, under-employed (meaning that your current employment does not match your skills or required working pattern) and demonstrate a genuine need for the internship opportunity. For more details please see the application pack.
If you would like to discuss this opportunity with the employer prior to submitting your application, please contact: David McPhee Equalities Team Leader (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Completed applications to be forwarded by 10am on Monday 1 July 2019 to:
By email: email@example.com
22-24 Earl Grey Street,
Telephone: 0131 370 6708
Interviews will take place on Wednesday 10 July 2019.
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