Careers

Life at Better Connect

At Better Connect, we work with a network of incredible partners to deliver transformational programmes that can support people to rebuild their lives, develop confidence, skills, and progress towards the job market.

Our unique team is made up of human beings who are passionate about making a difference in society. We care about each other and the partners we work with. We really do live by our values, and believe that the key to delivering inspiring provision is having robust and collaborative partnerships and relationships.

As a mindful employer, we are passionate about creating safe and inclusive environments for all. We want people to find genuine happiness at work and support staff to find what makes them thrive!

 

Culture

At Better Connect, we want each individual staff member to feel supported, valued and ultimately happy at work. We want people to feel empowered to be themselves and feel safe enough to do that whilst at work!

We value everyone’s voice and actively seek opinions and ideas from all staff members across all roles. Whether that is through our monthly team days, staff one-to-ones or surveys. We want to include our team in the decisions that impact them at work.

We are always looking for new ways to support our team and learning from each decision we make. We are committed to making Better Connect a positive place for all.

 

We are committed to supporting staff with disabilities, through fair recruitment processes and understanding what individual staff need.

 

Monthly Team Days

Monthly Team Days

A way for us to get together as a whole organisation, have some fun and learn together. Our team days are often opportunities for us to collaborate and co-produce areas of work.

Flexi Time Policy

Flexi Time Policy

We know the value of a good work-life balance and operate under a flexi time policy at Better Connect. This allows flexible working outside of the core hours, so staff can find time for what is important to them.

Generous Holiday Allowance

Generous Holiday Allowance

All staff receive a minimum of 25 days holiday (pro rata), which increases the longer you work at Better Connect. Bank holidays are in addition to this, meaning all staff get at least 33 days off each year.

Employee Assistance Programme

Employee Assistance Programme

Access to a comprehensive package of wellbeing support including counselling, 24/7 helpline and wellbeing portal that also includes information about family and relationships, legal and financial matters

Pension Scheme

Pension Scheme

After 3 months of service, all staff are automatically enrolled in our pension scheme with the People’s Pension. The People’s Pension offers a range of investment options, including an ethical fund.

News and Updates

Meet Natasha Babar-Evans Better Connects New CEO

Blog Careers Internal Meet the Team news item

  Today we welcome the fabulous Natasha Babar-Evans to Better Connect as our new CEO. We asked Natasha a couple of questions to help you (and us!) get to know her as she starts her new journey in leading the organisation.    So Natasha, tell us a little bit about yourself and what is important

Mental Health Awareness Week – “It is the relationship that you have with yourself that is the most important relationship you will ever have”

Blog Careers Internal Meet the Team Mental Health news item Thriving at Work Wellbeing Resources

  Mental Health Awareness Week is from the 9th – 15th May and this years key topic is loneliness. Today we hear from our Engagement Manager Hannah about what she has learnt from her experiences of loneliness.  “Loneliness can show up in life in many different ways, it can come from feeling the need to

A Farewell from Sam and Introducing our New CEO…

Action Towards Inclusion Blog Careers Internal Meet the Team news item Thriving at Work

  Today we say goodbye to our amazing CEO Sam Alexander. Sam has worked for Better Connect for thirteen years, taking over as CEO six years ago. Sam has created an inclusive, positive and exciting place to work for all of the staff here. We will miss her greatly, but know that it is time

“The essence of working at Better Connect is that we really do enjoy working with each other!”

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  Today we get to meet Alex and Julie and hear about their experience of working at Better Connect and why they enjoy what they do! We loved talking to these two as its clear that we are not only passionate about what we do at Better Connect but we have fun doing it! For

Meet our new Data and Analytics Manager.. Jacky!

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  I joined the Better Connect family in November 2020 after being made redundant from my previous company. When I was made redundant, it was during a difficult time of lockdowns and a lot of people in my position looking for work. This was a time filled with uncertainty and I was naturally feeling a

Could you be our next Business Support Manager?

Blog Careers Meet the Team news item

  On Friday 25th February we launched our search for a new Business Support Manager to take over the role for the next 12 months whilst Debs is on maternity leave. The Business Support Manager role has been transformational to the way Better Connect operates on a day to day basis. This role was created

Meet our new Engagement Manager – Hannah!

Blog Careers Internal Meet the Team news item

    Hello everyone!   Many of you will already know me as I have worked at Better Connect since 2017! I started off in the Programmes Team as an Assistant. Since then, I have worked across various funding streams and programmes and have always sought new opportunities and ways to be involved in pretty

What are Better Connects board looking for in a new CEO?

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Someone who really buys into Better Connects vision.. But is ready to take it to the next stage!   Last week we launched the search for Better Connects new CEO to lead our organisation through the next stages of its development. This process will be lead by our fabulous Board of Directors so we wanted

“There was a palpable sense of novelty and excitement from the get-go” – Laura’s experience of working at Better Connect

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What is it like to work at Better Connect? I was lucky enough to join Better Connect in April 2021, at an interesting time, as we transitioned from Your Consortium to Better Connect and underwent an organisational overhaul. Having joined straight out of university following a stint in retail, there was a palpable sense of

“We all want to see each other win” – Joe shares his experience of working at Better Connect

Action Towards Inclusion Blog Careers Internal Meet the Team news item

Better Connect is a uniquely wonderful place to work.   I joined the team in 2017, way back when we were still called Your Consortium. From day one, I could tell this was a very special and unique place to work. It proved to be a fantastically stark contrast with my former workplaces. Before I

From Seedling to Blossoming – Sams Story

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Tiny Seedling Better Connect was created in 2007 by a group of forward-thinking innovators from the voluntary and community sector. Its aim was to enable small voluntary sector organisations to work together to deliver large government-funded projects in the area of learning, skills, and employment. It was the first time that the sector had collaborated

“The work I’m doing on Kickstart is helping me feel confident in myself and my own decisions which is changing me for the better”

Blog Careers Kickstart Meet the Team news item

I never thought I would be involved in Kickstart; however, it has taken over my life in the best way! At the start of the pandemic, I had to come home to finish of my degree online following this time I found myself on universal credit and working a low hour’s part time job. This

“When I started on my Kickstart placement, I wasn’t expecting the support I have received, it has been amazing!”

Blog Careers Kickstart Meet the Team news item

The last 18 months have been different for everyone. People have lost their jobs, had mental health challenges, and being stuck in all-round hard situations! There has been some good that has come from this time too. My story began before the pandemic. For three years I worked in a retail job part time while

Interview Top Tips for Kickstarters

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    The truth is all employers will be looking for something different when they are interviewing candidates for a job. It depends on many factors such as the job role itself, our own personal preferences, the ‘idea’ of the sort of person we may want, the organisations values and many many more things! Now

New Staff at Better Connect

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Did you know when you hit 17 zoom boxes on zoom the image quality drops? Well, we found that out over the past few weeks as our lovely staff team has recently grown! It has been such an exciting time for new staff members to join us at Better Connect! We are very excited to

‘I feel very lucky to have found a home here!’

Blog Careers Meet the Team

As part of our recruitment campaign, we will be sharing daily interviews with staff members where they explain a bit about who they are, what they do at Better Connect and what they enjoy the most about their job roles. Todays interview is with.. Hannah Introduce yourself! Hi my name is Hannah! I have worked

It is very hard to pick my favorite thing about working at Better Connect because I have so many!

Blog Careers Meet the Team

As part of our recruitment campaign, we will be sharing daily interviews with staff members where they explain a bit about who they are, what they do and what they enjoy the most about their job roles. Introduce yourself! Hi, I’m Helen. I have worked at Better Connect since February 2019 Why did you want

‘Everyone has their own space to fill, and is supported to achieve whatever their potential may be.’

Blog Careers Meet the Team

As part of our recruitment campaign, we will be sharing daily interviews with staff members where they explain a bit about who they are, what they do at YCL and what they enjoy the most about their job roles. Today is.. Lucie! Introduce yourself! Hello, my name is Lucie and I am the Finance Manager