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    This post is in place to deliver a needs based programme of fun, challenging, exciting, educational and engaging festival, street and community based youth work sessions for young people aged 8 – 25 years who live in the Sevenoaks district.

    Salary £26,010 per annum
    Closing Date 03/01/2019 9:00:00 AM
    Job Reference CDD021
    Hours 37 Hours per week
    Interview Date 11/01/2019
    Contract Type Full-time/Permanent

    West Kent has recently been commissioned by Kent County Council to deliver youth services across the Sevenoaks district.

    We are looking for a dynamic and experienced Lead Youth Worker who will be managing and delivering a programme of festival, street and community based youth work sessions for young people aged 8 – 25 years. 

    This role requires the successful candidate to hold a full UK driving licence and have access to a private vehicle for business use. The post is also subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

    You will be experienced in working with young people as well as in managing and delivering youth projects, events and programmes. You will be confident in setting and delivering key performance indicators and in evaluating the quality and success of youth interventions, with a good understanding of record keeping.

    The interview process for this position will include attendance at a daytime/evening youth session.

    • Job and person details

      Purpose of job

      To deliver a need based programme of fun, challenging, exciting, educational and engaging festival, street and community based Youth Work Sessions for young people aged 8 – 25 years who live in the Sevenoaks district.

      Responsibilities

      • Organise and manage six youth forum projects across the Sevenoaks district in order to:
        • consult and communicate with young people in the design and planning of local youth programmes through regular youth forum meetings and team building days
        • deliver mapping and needs assessments and
        • enrol young people in the co-production, design and review of services.
      • Develop and deliver a rolling programme of street and community based youth work provision that:
        • explores learning, training, enterprise and employment opportunities
        • develops young people’s communication and leadership skills
        • increases young people’s self confidence and agency through developing their creativity, planning and problem solving skills
        • encourages young people to explore their resilience and determination and increases their skills in  managing relationships and feelings
        • responds to the expressed needs of young people. 
      • Plan, organise and deliver local youth festivals, co-designed with young people (and open to young people from around the district) which deliver a range of specialist themed workshops. 
      • Work with the youth services manager in the recording, monitoring and evaluation of the delivered activities. 
      • Direct line management of Youth Work Apprentices. 
      • Take part in supervision, training and staff meetings as required. 
      • Comply with confidentiality and information sharing protocols as required. 
      • Model West Kent’s values for the young people and the community.
      • Undertake any other duties to achieve the purpose of the job and any other responsible tasks appropriate to the role as identified by the Youth Services Manager.

      Person details

      Experience, knowledge and skills

      • Minimum of two years experience of working with children and young people in relevant settings and creating a positive and empowering environment where young people can develop and grow. 
      • Experience of project and event planning, organisation and delivery. 
      • Experience of working in partnership with education and other statutory and non statutory services and providers. 
      • Experience of line managing staff, preferably in a youth work setting. 
      • Ability to relate to young people in a positive way including those with challenging behaviour and/or additional needs and the patience and confidence needed to do so. 
      • Effective communication and ICT skills and the willingness to learn new online monitoring systems. 
      • Experience of delivering and managing youth events and activities, planning and facilitating group programmes for young people.
      • Experience of record keeping, monitoring and evaluation against specified outcomes. 
      • Knowledge and understanding of the key needs of children and young people, especially in relation to health and well-being, emotional intelligence and resilience. 
      • Understanding and training in child protection and safeguarding practices. 
      • Ability to work positively as part of a team. 
      • Ability to work flexibly in the evening and at weekends. 
      • A flexible and adaptable approach with an optimistic and friendly attitude.

       Qualifications

      • Minimum of five GCSEs or equivalent – including mathematics and English.
      • Youth work qualification (minimum Level 2 Diploma in Youth Work) or willing to work towards.
      • Full UK driving licence and access to a car for business use.

      Additional job details

      Reports to: Youth Services Manager

      Place of work: Sevenoaks, with a requirement to work throughout the Sevenoaks district as required.

      DBS check: You will be required to have a DBS check at enhanced level.

      Further information: You will need to have access to a private vehicle for business use and this role will require evening and weekend working as part of the youth services on offer to service users.

    • About the team

      At West Kent, the residents we provide homes for are not the end of the story. The aim of my teams is to help nurture all residents in our local communities through our support services and development activities. These include youth clubs and groups, clubs to support young parents, and training sessions designed to help people into employment or personal development, such as how to use a computer for older people or helping young people to understand how to budget, run a home and be a good tenant

      Will Campbell-Wroe - Communities Director

    • How to apply
      • Respond to the job advert

        Read the advert, the job and person details and all additional information carefully.

        If you want to go ahead, send your current CV along with your completed Applicant's Statement by email to recruit@wkha.org.uk or use the contact form below.

        The Applicant's Statement form allows you to demonstrate how you meet the criteria in our person details, enables us to consider your application fairly and helps us monitor our equality and diversity practices.

        Completing the Applicant's Statement

        In the 'How my knowledge, skills and experience match West Kent’s person details' section it's important to break up what you write into small paragraphs and write in full sentences. Use headings to help guide the reader’s eye to the most important information. Write in a style that makes your statement fresh and slightly different to the formal writing of your CV. Include such things as: 

        • Events from your education/career to date that make you especially suited to the job (including volunteer work/work experience).
        • What it is about the job that especially attracts you to it.
        • The skills and experience/ knowledge you have that is relevant to the job.
        • What is the unique contribution you can make to us? Check online for our vision and values and refer to these when describing how you can contribute.
        • Use the language from the job and person details and then relate that to your own experiences.
        • What are your career aims? Tailor your answer to the job you’re applying for. We want you to come across as a real person and not simply writing what you think we want to hear.

        Remember – skills are transferable. You may not have done exactly the job we are advertising, but if you have relevant skills, knowledge and experience from other jobs or aspects of life, tell us about it. 

      • What we will do when we receive your application

        If you're shortlisted, we’ll send you an invitation to interview, and sometimes other assessments, with the details of date, time, place and how to find us. We welcome applications from people with disabilities and aim to provide equality of opportunity to all applicants, so if we need to cater for any special circumstances, such as mobility issues, please let us know. 

      • Preparing for interview and assessment

        We want you to do well in your interview and any assessment tests we set, so we'll do our best to make you feel comfortable. You'll usually meet with the recruiting manager and one other person. Here are some tips to help you prepare. 

        • Use relevant examples when answering questions. 
        • If you have knowledge, skills or experience you think are really important to the job, please tell us about it when you get an opportunity or at the end of the formal questions.
        • Interviews are a two way conversation. We allow time at the end of the interview for you to ask us more questions about the job or West Kent.
      • How we decide

        We use a range of methods to assess how well your application meets our advertised person details. As well as the supporting information form, CV and interview, we sometimes set tests or other exercises to help us assess the key qualities you need to be successful in the job. The exercise is designed to be relevant to the job you are applying for and to test the skills you'll need. 

      • You got the job!

        Congratulations!

        We'll contact you by phone to offer you the job and follow up by writing to you with a contract of employment and details of your start date. Our offer is conditional on the results of a pre-employment health check and references. We may also require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to be completed if you will work with adults or children in regulated activities. 

        Once you start working with us, you have a six month probation period, helping us both ensure you're getting the right induction and you're settling well into your job. 

    • Pay and benefits

      We believe it's crucial that our people are fairly rewarded so we review our package and benchmark our salaries regularly to make sure the total reward package attracts, motivates and retains the best people. In addition to the staff benefits you would expect of a top class employer, we offer generous leave provisions, a variety of health and well-being benefits plus support for both personal and professional development. And you'll be working every day in an positive atmosphere and culture with amazing colleagues!

      Here are some good reasons to join us!

      • Financial

        We know pay is important so we regularly check to make sure we are paying market average salaries.

        • Pension - The most substantial financial benefit West Kent offers you is employer contributions to a pension scheme. You will be ‘auto-enrolled’ into our direct contribution scheme with Royal London. You contribute at least 3% of your basic salary and West Kent will double match your own contribution (at its discretion) up to a maximum of 10% of your basic salary.
        • Life assurance - if you die while employed by West Kent a life assurance policy pays a lump sum of three times your annual salary to the person listed as your next of kin.
        • Income protection health insurance after six months' service (subject to the policy conditions), paying 50% of salary if you are off sick for more than six months.
        • Interest free season ticket loan for cost of train fare to and from work.
        • Occupational sick pay and maternity and parental leave pay
        • Shopping discount vouchers available through our Medicash health plan
      • Leave and working hours

        West Kent offers a range of flexible opportunities around leave and working hours. Among these are:

        • 25 days annual leave (increasing to 30 days after five years’ service) boosted by three additional days during Christmas closure. Leave is in proportion to hours worked.
        • Opportunity each year to buy or sell annual leave.
        • Annual leave can be booked by the hour.
        • Up to three days a year for volunteering leave.
        • Flexible working opportunities, such as job sharing or changing working hours or patterns.
        • Enhanced maternity, adoption and shared parental leave provisions.
      • Health and wellbeing

        We want our staff to be in top shape and look after themselves. So we encourage healthy lifestyles by offering these benefits:

        • £150 annual grant towards some sport, hobby or activity that enhances your well-being. 
        • Employee assistance programme for support with a variety of personal issues.
        • Active social committee with subsidised events.
        • Medicash health cash plan, including the following annual cover;
          • £65 Routine dental treatments
          •  £250 Dental accident and injury
          • £65 Optical
          • £200 Specialist consultations, diagnostic tests and scans including CT, MRI and PET scans
            £160 Complementary therapies – covers physiotherapy; sports massage, acupuncture; osteopathy and chiropractic treatments
          • £75 Alternative therapies – covers reflexology; reiki; Indian head massage, Bowen and Alexander technique, homeopathy, allergy testing and hypnotherapy as part of treatment plan
          • £20 Chiropody
          • £20 Prescriptions and flu jabs
          • £100 Health screening
      • Personal and career development

        We understand that investment in people leads to motivated staff and improved business performance. West Kent offers;

        • Regular one to ones with line management and a yearly review to look at performance. Staff are encouraged to talk about career aspirations and learning and development needs.
        • Job shadowing and secondment opportunities.
        • A coaching and mentoring programme.
        • Support for professional and vocational qualifications.
        • Reimbursement of professional membership fees for relevant organisations