NCS Team Leaders and Assistants
Prospects has been commissioned by the Cabinet Office to deliver National Citizen Service (NCS, http://www.ncsyes.co.uk/) programmes in the South Gloucestershire, Stroud and Salisbury area.
The National Citizen Service Team Leader/Assistant will each be responsible for a cohort of 15 young people for two full residential weeks (Mon-Fri). Successful candidates will then supervise the group to plan and deliver a social action project based at a local community venue the following 2 weeks. You will be involved with a national initiative to shape young people and improve communities.
Each Team Leader/Assistant is contracted to undertake the following for the duration of their contract with Prospects and lead on:
A three day non-residential training programme for Staff Members
1 pre-residential session where you will meet your team of young people in the two weeks prior to departure (an evening session lasting approximately 2 hours);
Outdoor Adventure Residential - A 5 day (4 night) personal development residential taking place in Wales.
University Residential - A 5 day (4 night) skills development residential at the University of the West of England.
Social Action - Two weeks (60 hours) of planning and running a project that will benefit the local community.
Graduation Event (an evening event);
All meals and accommodation is provided for in this role on the two residentials.
We require 56 amazing people to support young people through 2 residential weeks followed by 2 full-time non-residential weeks. All candidates must be dynamic team-players, capable of motivating and inspiring young people.
Key Tasks and Responsibilities:
The National Citizen Service (NCS) Team Leader/Assistant will be responsible for:
Lead a group of 15 young people, facilitating and delivering sessions to the young people.
Manage the behaviour of the group and take into account all Health and Safety implications throughout the project
Pastorally caring for the group
Evening and overnight supervision of the young people.
Engage and consult with young people and the local community regarding the delivery of community based projects meeting targets, goals and deadlines
Enhance the young people’s skills, confidence, personal and social development
Follow the Prospects NCS Handbook process, content and delivery outcomes
Ensure active participation from all young people in all phases of the NCS programme
Guided reflection and learning of the young people throughout the programme
Supervise and support Mentors & Volunteers
Work closely with the NCS Core Team in ensuring all monitoring information (outputs & outcomes) is collected, collated and inputted for evaluation purposes and ensure records for young people are maintained and kept up to date.
Candidates must demonstrate the following skills and characteristics:
Ability to motivate and earn respect of a group of up to fifteen young people
Belief in young people and in helping them to take more active roles in their communities
Experience of working in a fast-paced and demanding environment
Experience working directly with groups of young people aged 14-19
Experience of working in a residential youth environment
Experience working in partnership with schools, youth or community organisations
We also look for all employees to show the following characteristics:
Trust-building: Works hard to build trust with people. Brings people together in the community
Responsibility-taking: Takes responsibility for actions and attitudes. Claims and solves problems in the community
Understanding and Empathy: Works to understand others – their strengths, fears and needs. Ready to stand up for someone who is different.
All staff will receive three days of non-residential training to deliver our NCS programme.
All staff who work on our NCS programme must have prior to starting work a returned satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and two satisfactory references regarding their suitability to work with young people. Prospects will assist the application for, and pay for the processing of, a new DBS for staff members where required. All new employees must be registered on the DBS Update service.
This is an excellent opportunity to be involved with an exciting programme which has tangible results for the young people involved. The role is demanding and fast-paced but highly rewarding. The pay for this contract role is £1300-£1520 per role (four weeks inclusive of the Training Days and the Celebration Event evening).
There is an opportunity for successful candidates to work more than One Wave for this Summer. Please indicate on Cover Letter, what you are able to commit to.