Who can apply for the scheme?

Applicants to the scheme must have:

  • Personally experienced homelessness (e.g. slept rough, lived in a hostel/refuge/supported accommodation, linked in with homelessness services etc)
  • Good literacy and numeracy skills and basic IT skills
  • The right to work in the UK
  • A willingness to undertake an Enhanced CRB (more details below).
  • A passion and commitment to working with homeless people

We particularly encourage people who have been out of work for some time to apply for the scheme.

Additional Information for applicants that are currently living in St. Mungo's accommodation

Resettlement

During the application process you will be asked to evidence that you are actively participating in your own resettlement process and to be open about what your resettlement options/plans are.

While it is acceptable to be living in St. Mungo's accommodation while you are participating in the Apprenticeship Scheme, you will be expected to move out of St. Mungo's accommodation within 6 months of starting the Apprenticeship. This is to support your own development through the scheme as it can be difficult to be both a client and a member of staff.

Arrears

You will be asked during the application process to evidence that you are not in any significant rent arrears (accommodation clients only) and that you are keeping to any rent agreement that you are in. We are unable to offer you a place on this scheme if you are in high rent arrears as this will make it difficult for you to be resettled. If you currently have arrears, please make sure you have set up a repayment plan before applying.

Rent

If you are accepted onto the scheme while living in one of projects we will expect you to set up a standing order from your bank account for the day that you are paid to pay your rent to the project you are living in. This is to help you avoid falling into arrears, which could cause problems with your Apprenticeship.

Will I need to undergo a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check?

To ensure we safeguard and protect the clients we work with, we have a number of pre-registration checks we have to complete before recruiting for most positions. St Mungo's is entitled to ask questions about an applicant's entire criminal record because it is exempted from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Having a criminal record does not necessarily bar someone from working for us. It depends on the nature of the position applied for, and the circumstances and background of the offence(s).

We will ask for your consent to a clearance check. Any information supplied will be treated in confidence and in accordance with the Data Protection Act. If you don't give consent, we will be unable to proceed with your application.

Applicants will be asked to undergo a check via the Criminal Records Bureau (England and Wales) or POCVA (Northern Ireland); this will be an Enhanced Disclosure.

  • Standard Disclosure - this would be needed for a role whose duties involve regular contact with vulnerable adults. A Standard Disclosure contains details of any spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings recorded by the police centrally. It will also indicate if there are no such matters on record.
  • Enhanced Disclosure - this would be needed for a role whose duties involved working closely with vulnerable adults. An Enhanced Disclosure will contain the same information as a Standard Disclosure but may also contain non-conviction information from local police records considered relevant.

If you have any concerns/questions regarding this please get in touch with St. Mungo's HR department.

Terms and Conditions

  • 12 month paid fixed term contract
  • 37.5 hours per week. To begin within this will be generally ‘office hours' Mon- Fri however some flexibility (evening and weekends) will be expected as the Scheme progresses.
  • 25 days annual leave over the 12 month fixed term contract.