Could your organisation offer a supported work placement?

advance_group_logoA new supported employment programme designed to help disabled people to gain skills and experience is looking for host employers in Solihull.

The Supported Business Placement programme is being run by Advance – a charitable organisation and prime contractor for the ‘Work Choice’ programme in Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country, working on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions.

The programme helps disabled people and people with mental health issues to receive the same employment opportunities as everyone else. Applicants are matched to six month placements and a dedicated ‘in work’ adviser is on hand for the employer and individual throughout the process – initial work skills assessments, development plans, regular review meetings and in-house training are part of the package. The main aim of the Supported Business Placement is for host employers to be able to take on the trainee as an employee at the end of the 6 months.

A wage incentive of 16 hours per week (at minimum wage) is paid to trainees who are employed by Pluss (Advance’s delivery partner and supported business provider). 

The model means employers get the support and encouragement they need to recruit, manage and progress disabled people and people with long-term health issues, leading to rewarding, independent and unsupported employment for Advance customers.

For more information about the scheme contact:

Donna Dind – Supported Business Placement Team Leader

Tel: 07920 793942 or 0121 711 1044


Birmingham & Solihull Wommens Aid are recruiting

Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid offers safe, temporary accommodation and a range of community based support services to women and children affected by domestic violence.  Applicants must have a commitment to quality, equality and valuing diversity.


Outreach Workers (full and part time posts) – £22,823 pro rata

To deliver case work and drop in support to women and children, living in the community, affected by domestic violence.  This role may include evening and weekend work


Referral & Assessment Workers – £22,823

To deliver a high quality initial response and assessment service to women and their children who are affected by domestic violence


Children & Family Worker (full and part time posts)  – £22,823 pro rata

To work with a team that delivers a comprehensive programme of play and family support services to children and their mums who are living in our refuges.  This role may include weekend and on call work

Birmingham and Solihull Womens Aid  are particularly keen to recruit staff who can speak community languages, particularly, South Asian languages. 

These posts are subject to a 6% pension contribution.  Women only need apply.  These posts are covered by a Genuine Occupational Requirement (Schedule 9; Equality Act 2010).

Please note: all successful candidates will be subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service Check before commencing their employment.

If you are interested please download a recruitment pack from and return completed forms to: Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid, Central Administration, Ryland House, 2nd Floor, 44-48 Bristol Street, Birmingham, B5 7AA.  For all other enquiries please email

 The closing date for receipt of completed applications is: Midday, 12 noon Wednesday, 11th June.  Interviews for the positions will take place weeks beginning 23rd & 30th June

Voluntary and Community Sector Support Vacancy – Solihull

Solihull SUSTAiN are recruiting a Sector Development Officer

£25,060 pa (37 hours per week)

Main duties

  • to provide one-to-one advice, information and guidance to Solihull’s Voluntary Sector to enable it to sustainably improve the quality, quantity and diversity of services it provides to local people and communities.
  • to support voluntary organisations to successfully apply for financial assistance through a range of grants, tenders and commissioning opportunities as well as assisting them to refresh and develop their business plans.

This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check.

For an informal discussion please contact:

Alan Crawford (Infrastructure Services Manager) on 0121 711 3148 or 077955 61943

To apply download the application information:

Or you can request an application pack from Steven Breese on or phone 0121 711 3148.

PLEASE NOTE: CVs will not be accepted.

For more information on the organisation please visit

Closing date: Monday 26th May 2014. Interviews will be held on Friday 6th June.

If you have not heard from us by Friday 30th May, please assume that your application has not been successful.

Voluntary Sector Infrastructure support is one of four strands of work delivered by ‘The Colebridge Trust Ltd’ under the banner of Solihull SUSTAiN. Colebridge Trust Ltd is a Registered Charity, Company Limited by Guarantee and member of Locality.

Development Manager Post

Three Trees Community Centre is looking for a dynamic person with Social Enterprise skills and knowledge for an exciting three year Development Manager post

£24,000 – £26,500

Three Trees needs someone who is a sorter outer, a consolidator, a focuser and a let’s-get-this-finisheder. We are bristling with people full of ideas and vision, who dive in and get on with it. We are looking for someone to come and work alongside us bringing skills of focus, administration, strategy and business development. If you have experience in project management and are a solutions person, you maybe interested in this job!
The role includes the day to day running of a lively community centre, designing and implementing administrative systems, working with a range of volunteers, community members and organisations from across the sectors, and developing a long term strategy for the Centre and fundraising.

Closing date for applications 12.30 p.m. Friday 6th December. Please apply using the application form. You can download the application pack from


Note applications need to be submitted in hard copy.

The School for Social Entrepreneurs – West Midlands is looking to recruit to a high level position of CEO

.Please find attached the updated CEO application pack.  It includes:

·         Overview information on SSE

·         Brief overview of West Mids SSE

·         Introductory paragraphs on the role and the person we’re looking for

·         Revised JD with new salary range, hours negotiable and revised priorities, experience and skills

Deadline for applications is 10am Monday 15th April.

Download the application pack here


Does Your Business Need a Kickstart?

Do you run a Voluntary Organisation, Social Enterprise, Public Sector Organisation or Micro Business [1-9 employees] in Solihull?

Solihull Council’s Kickstart Project is offering  a wage subsidy to local businesses that create new jobs for unemployed young people aged 16-17 years who live in North Solihull.

The jobs must:

  • be 25 hours per week
  • Paid at the natiional minimum wage rate of £3.68 per hour
  • last between 3- 6months

Eligible businesses will receive a wage subsidy of 100% paid retrospectively in Monthly installments.

Register your business or find out more contact the Employment and Skills Team, Solihull Council:

Thinking About Becoming a Green Deal Installer?

SolihullGreenDealSolihull Council has been successful in securing funding from the government to promote the Green Deal in Solihull. The Green Deal is a new mechanism

which helps householders and businesses borrow money to finance energy efficiency projects like insulation and boiler replacement.

Preliminary estimates suggest the Green Deal will help support more than 100 local installation jobs in Solihull in the next decade. The objective of the Solihull Energy Pioneers project is to ensure there is a level and open playing field for Green Deal Providers in Solihull and that local installers get the maximum opportunity to benefit.

If you would like to get involved in the Green Deal in Solihull (see attached flyer)
FREE Green Deal Event
Date: 19th Feb (repeat event 19th March)
Time: 8.30am – 12pm
Venue: EH Smith, Coleshill Road
Sutton Coldfield
B75 7AZ

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