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Do you really love working with children? We're looking for people who are passionate about helping young people achieve your goals and help us run our successful clubs in and around the Sevenoaks District.

Salary 9.15 per hour
Closing Date 20/11/2018 10:25:30 AM
Job Reference WKE917
Hours Two hours to full time hours available
Interview Date 23/11/2018
Contract Type Part-time/Permanent

Do you really love working with children?

We mean, really love it. Because we think our kids deserve the best.

We’re looking to expand our youth team and we need a number of youth workers to help us run our successful clubs in and around the Sevenoaks District.  We can offer anything from just 3 hours a week to full time hours if you are prepared to travel. Or you can join us as one of our bank team and just cover when you are available. All our work is in the evenings, some clubs start at 3.30, others at 6/6.30pm.

We’re looking for people who are passionate about helping young people achieve their goals, we work with young people from 8 to 19 years. Some of them need extra support for their medical, mental or behavioural needs. All of them need you to be organised, enthusiastic, full of ideas to engage them, creative and committed.

There is no typical youth worker, you might be leaving college or uni and looking for your first job, working as a teaching assistant or teacher and looking for extra hours or maybe you’ve had a career and are now looking for a new challenge. Whatever your age (but over 18) or background if you truly want to make a difference to young people’s lives then you could be who we are looking for.

Think you’re up to the challenge? Then apply now!

If you would like to have a chat about the roles available, please call 01732 749420 and ask for Charlotte Ede. 

  • Job and person details

    Purpose of job

    Make a difference to the lives of young people during a critical and transformative time in their lives.

    Responsibilities

    • Deliver exceptional youth work by working with the lead manager in organising trips, programmes and activities which are safe and fun for children and young people
    • Improve the lives of young people by influencing the choices they make through skilfully offering support advice and guidance
    • Support young people to realise their potential and recognise the value they have to offer their community and society
    • Promote a positive environment and challenge negative behaviour, ensuring each young person experiences equal opportunity to participate and their diverse needs are met
    • Help maintain a safe environment for the young people and follow safeguarding protocols when required
    • Work with the lead manager to uphold rules consistently and appropriately
    • Completing session registration sheets and sessional evaluation sheets, and incident forms when necessary
    • Collaborate with colleagues in the youth services team to ensure we deliver exceptional services
    • Engage with supervision, training and staff meetings
    • Comply with confidentiality and information sharing protocols
    • Model West Kent's values for young people and the community
    • Undertake any other duties to achieve the purpose of the job

    Experience, knowledge and skills

    • Genuine passion and interest in working with young people and creating a positive and empowering environment
    • Knowledge and understanding of the key needs of children and young people, especially in relation to health and well-being
    • Ability to listen and demonstrate empathy, whilst maintaining professional boundaries
    • Ability to build rapport with young people to effectively engage them with our services
    • Ability to communicate and build trust with people of all ages and backgrounds
    • Willingness to complete training including safeguarding, first aid, health and safety training
    • Ability to collaborate and work positively as part of a team
    • A flexible and adaptable approach with an optimistic and friendly attitude
    • Administrative skills and basic IT literacy

    Qualifications

    We would welcome people holding or willing to work towards qualifications in youth work or education. However, this is not essential. 

    Additional job details

    You don't need a driving licence for this role and we can be flexible regarding the hours and location of work. 

    You will be required to have a DBS check. 

    The clubs run late afternoon, through into the evening. For more details please see our activities schedule on our website: http://www.westkent.org/your-community/our-community-services/young-people 

  • 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 vulnerable groups such as the elderly, young or people with disabilities. 

      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. 

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