Job Vacancies

1.5 roles (either full-time or part-time)



As part of our outreach work into the communities of South Sheffield, Heeley City Farm requires two people become Community Progression Mentors (CPM). This job is about supporting young unemployed people aged 18-24 in target wards where there are high levels of youth unemployment.


Reports to:

Julie Blacker, Senior Management Team (Youth & Training Manager)


Based at:

Heeley City Farm plus flexible home-working and some local /regional travel


Fixed-term 7 months from June 2022 to December 2022 – there is a possibility to extend subject to funding from the Department of Work and Pensions.



IT / laptop and mobile phone provided



Band 4 Full-time rate £23,790 per annum.

Full or Part Time Role – + 4% pension, 25 days annual leave Pro rate + Bank Hols


For further details:


Instruction for applicants

Please email your CV together with a letter explaining why you are the right person for this job to


Closing date:

12.00 midday, Mon 6th June

Interviews: 12.00 midday, Wed 8th June.

Please note:

We are looking to recruit 2 people, who together will cover 1.5 full time posts.

So please say if your application is for full-time, part-time or flexible. 

The standard hours of work will be between 9am & 5pm Monday-Friday.




Sheffield City Council have recognised the need for more targeted resource to support young unemployed people aged 18-24 in target wards where there are high levels of youth unemployment.

During the pandemic, Sheffield saw a 123% increase in youth Universal Credit claimants, 2,695 in total.  This is the third highest increase after Manchester and Bristol.


In June 2019, the Government launched the ‘Plan for Jobs’ policy paper which includes expectations on Local Authority areas to introduce Youth Hubs; youth friendly spaces for unemployed 18–24-year-olds to receive job seekers support. 


Heeley City Farm have been successful in gaining a contract to host and employ 1.5 FTE Community Progression Mentors to cover the South Sheffield area, working alongside DWP Work Coach(es) who will make referrals into the programme


Job Purpose:  to receive suitable referrals from the DWP Work Coach and manage a caseload of min. 57 young people over a 7-month period, with a target of 40% (23) of them to evidence a positive progression outcome – employment or further training, apprenticeship etc


Key responsibilities:

  1. To work as part of a new network of c.10 CPMs across Sheffield, taking part in induction and training sessions throughout the contract delivery period

  2. To be able to identify individual barriers to employment and design / plan a bespoke schedule of 1-2-1 and peer support group work for each unemployed customer referred onto the South Sheffield Community Youth Hub programme

  3. To be responsible for working with each customer to identify personal progression outcomes (work experience, training, confidence-building) and gather data to report monthly to the funders (SCC and DWP) on progress towards these outcomes 

  4. To align the programme of support with the existing youth training provision at Heeley City Farm, manage the CPM workload and provide information for internal reports to the board of trustees of HCF as required / requested.

  5. To collate and present Case Studies as necessary to make the case for funding

  6. To raise awareness of the issue of Youth Unemployment and support the development of the CPM network and the South Sheffield Community Youth Hub


Community Progression Mentor (CPM)


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