Business Advisor

Job Category
Children and Family Services
starting at £27,322 pro rata
Closing date
Contract type
Total hours per week

Business Advisor

We are expanding our Information, Advice and Guidance services for young people in London with our ‘Spark Change’ programme, funded by Greater London Authority (GLA) and European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF).

As Business Advisor will work with young people who are exploring starting their own business and becoming self-employed, supporting them to develop business ideas, and identify and overcome barriers. You will build and maintain a network of external partners who can provide additional support to young people to help them to achieve their business goals.

This is a part time role working 2.5 days per week.


  • You will a level 4 qualification in Guidance or Advice and Guidance, Employability or an equivalent qualification relating to working with young people and supporting them to progress (life coach, mentor, Youth worker etc)
  • Experience of developing effective relationships with a range of stakeholders including young people, employers, and colleagues
  • Experience, understanding and empathy with the lives of young people
  • Proven track of working to targets, and achieving within payment by results programmes
  • The ability to inspire young people; persuade and influence accordingly

This is a great time to join Shaw Trust as we grow our Information, Advice and Guidance services for young people in London. Download the Job Description for full details.

Occasionally you may be required to work during the evening or on a Saturday, for example if a young person’s event is taking place during an evening or on a Saturday. In this instance you will be able to take time back in lieu of hours worked.


Hybrid working with a mix of office, home and community working. Our service will cover the London Boroughs of Bexley, Brent, Hackney, Harrow, and Havering.

Salary: starting at £27,322.00 pro rata 

Successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Employee Benefits

As well as helping to make a positive difference to the lives of young people, as an employee of Shaw Trust you will have access to the following benefits:

  • 25 days annual leave per year (plus bank holidays), with incremental increases post 3 years’ service up to 28 days, and the option to purchase additional holiday
  • 2 days paid volunteering leave each year
  • An enhanced pension scheme after 6 months
  • Life Assurance at 3 times your annual salary rate
  • Access to a suite of learning and development opportunities including paid for apprenticeship and masters’ levels qualifications, and management development programmes
  • Opportunities to connect with our employee diversity networks (LGBTQ+ Support Network, Racial Equality Network, Disability Equality Network, Women’s Network)
  • Health and Wellbeing initiatives including internal support, employee assistance programme and health cash plan

Our Strategy

To find out more about Shaw Trusts aims in our 2030 Strategic Directive available here: 

Join a diverse and inclusive organisation

Shaw Trust is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive working environment, where every employee, regardless of their background or lived experience, feels that they belong and can progress in their career:

  • We are proud to be certified as an employer who meets the National Equality Standard, the accepted standard for inclusiveness in business across the UK.
  • We are Disability Confident Leaders, support the guaranteed interview scheme and use of the government’s Access to Work scheme. 
  • Living our values, we are keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within our organisation.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community including from people with lived experience and/or knowledge of disability or social exclusion.

If you have accessibility requirements and would like information in a different format, email: to make alternative arrangements. 

Shaw Trust reserve the right to close this vacancy early if sufficient applications are received.