Youth Worker in Training - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £21,900 per annum + £867 fringe allowance per annum
Closing date: 08 Oct 2023
Location: Harlow
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 12614
Role: Young People Services
About the role

Youth Worker in Training

Permanent, Full Time

Up to £21,900 per annum + £867 fringe allowance per annum

Location: Harlow

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Closing Date: 8th October 2023

Are you looking for a new opportunity to combine paid work with study and achieve a qualification? Do you have a passion to help and support young people? This could be the opportunity you are looking for!

We are currently seeking an Area Youth and Community Worker in Training to support the development of youth work in the community, whilst working towards a Level 3 qualification in Youth and Community Work. Your base will be Goodman House in Harlow and you will work with local youth work teams including volunteers in community youth clubs, areas covered to include Epping Forest, Uttlesford and Harlow.

Mobile and flexible working requirements: must be available for some evening and weekend work.


  • Healthy work life balance.
  • Wide range of learning and development opportunities.
  • IT equipment and home-working equipment supplied.
  • 30 days annual leave + bank holidays + choice to buy extra.
  • Generous Local Government Salary related pension scheme.
  • Access to hundreds of discounts and benefits through Essex Rewards.
  • Access to our health and wellbeing support platform with LifeWorks.
  • Up to 4 days per year Volunteering leave.
  • Disability Confident Leader: we are committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job.
  • Study towards a Youth and Community Worker Level 3 Apprenticeship.

What our apprentices say:

"It feels amazing when you meet young people who you have previously worked with. You get to see how they’ve progressed and see how their confidence has grown and know that you were part of helping them do that."

"The team I work with are very supportive and everybody is happy to help and answer questions. They will rally together to give you the correct information, whether it be for an assignment for my apprenticeship or something on the job"

The Role:

Working four days face to face with young people as part of a team and one day for learning and development, you will ensure young people have positive experiences, by working with them to identify what’s important to them and then being part of developing good youth work activities. You will work with local youth work teams including volunteers in community youth clubs across the west Essex area.

You will need to be someone who can focus on putting young people at the heart of your work. Working flexible hours, including some evenings, weekends and residentials, you will be supported by an experienced team of youth workers in a variety of youth work settings.

About You:

You will:

  • Be passionate about supporting young people.
  • Experience of working with young people and communities is an advantage.
  • Have the ability to work across Essex as per service needs.
  • Have the ability to undertake evening, weekend and residential work as required to meet service needs.
  • Be able to build relationships and relate well to people.
  • Motivate young people and facilitate young people’s learning.
  • Be able to work in a changing environment.
  • Be committed to challenging prejudice and ignorance.
  • Have the ability to develop work with young people to achieve planned outcomes.
  • Work together as part of a team.

Essential Requirements for the role:

  • Functional Skills Level 1 in Maths and English (or equivalent), which is a Grade D/E or 2/3 to begin the apprenticeship.
  • Ability to reach a Level 2 Functional Skills in both Maths & English by the End Point Assessment (EPA), if you do not already have this.
  • This job role requires you to be mobile throughout an operational area. Therefore, the post holder will need to have a driving licence and access to a vehicle, or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means.

What will you be doing?

  • Identify areas of need and opportunity within the community where a youth work programme can be identified to support the development of youth provision delivered by the community.
  • Support the commissioning of services by working with the community to enhance their skills so they can be more independent in design and delivery of services.
  • Negotiate with young people and their communities on their involvement in the programme planning, implementation and evaluation.
  • Contribute to and promote the programme to ensure that opportunities are accessible to all who wish to become involved.
  • As part of the team involve young people in the decision-making processes whereby individuals and groups take on responsibilities for themselves and others in their project and the wider community.
  • As part of the team respond to individual and group needs, this includes issues affecting young people, promoting self-awareness and self-esteem.
  • To deliver or support the direct delivery of youth work programmes as may be required, to include residential experiences for young people.
  • Take part in management supervision and the staff performance management scheme, to identify priorities and learning needs and to be responsible for the learning and development of self and to complete all required training and accreditation within 18 months of starting employment.
  • Follow Child Protection Guidelines and report any concerns using the correct procedure and comply with individual responsibilities for staff and young people, in accordance with work role, for health and safety in the workplace.
  • Ensure all duties and services provided are in accordance with the County Council Equal Opportunities Policy and Practice.
  • Undertake any other reasonable duties commensurate with the level and accountabilities of the post as directed by the Youth Work Commissioner.

Applications for the role of Area Youth and Community Worker (In Training) will close at midnight on 8th October 2023. You will be notified w/c 9th October if you have been selected for interview. Interviews will be held in person at Harlow Youth Centre w/c 16th October 2023.

Why Essex?

Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here .

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We are committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you need any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We are also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

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