August 2008 Dear applicant RE: Youth Participation Worker Post Thank you for your interest in the above position. Please find attached a copy of the job description and person specification for the post, along with a copy of GED‟s Equal Opportunities policy and our policy on the recruitment of ex offenders. If you still want to apply after reading through this, please send us your c.v. along with a covering letter (about one side of A4) outlining your skills and experience in relation to the requirements set out in the person specification. Your application should be returned to us in an envelope marked “Confidential: Youth Participation Application”, and will need to reach us before 5pm on Friday 19th September at the latest. Applications may also be emailed to email@example.com The person taking up this post will be subject to an enhanced CRB check. Yours faithfully Linda Barker Education Coordinator GLOBAL EDUCATION DERBY (GED) JOB DESCRIPTION Job Title: Start date: Duration: Hours: Youth Participation Worker November 2008 Until end March 2011 Part time, 16 hours per week. The Youth Participation Worker will be required to work occasional evening and weekend work. £9,410 (Pro-rata on £22,054pa) Salary: Location: Global Education Centre, 12 Bramble Street, Derby. Responsible to / Responsible for: Responsible to the Youth Work Coordinator who will act as line manager providing supervision and support. The Youth Participation Worker will be responsible for supervising and supporting any young people volunteering at the Global Education Centre. Main purpose of the job To promote the participation of young people in the day to day running of Global Education Derby and the Global Education Centre; promote young people‟s participation in Global Youth Action projects and Global Bites. Background to the post Global Education Derby, a development education centre, has been promoting global youth work for the last 6 years, leading projects with young people and providing a resource base and training for youth workers. This post is funded by the volunteering charity V as part of a national programme of global youth action coordinated by the DEA. Global Youth Action Project (GYAP) are youth-led community action project developed out of involvement in a global youth work (GYW) process. Young people involved in GYAPs should commit to a minimum of 20 hours over 4 months. Global Bites are short-term taster of Global Youth Action. Through a GYW approach young people are supported to develop a personal or group challenge based on the themes: influencing decision-makers, environmental action, awareness raising, celebrating community or challenging inequality. Main responsibilities Promoting the participation of young people in the work of GED, developing a global youth action project and Global Bites. Promote and develop the GED membership scheme for young people. Promote the participation of young people in the decision making processes of GED Recruit, train and support a team of young volunteers to support the day to day running of the Global Education Centre. Deliver project activity inline with the Service Level Agreement between GED and the DEA which includes: - Involve 15 young people per year from target groups* in sustained community action through GYAPs - Develop 4 new Global Bites per year - Involve 50 young people from target groups in Global Bites per year - Support 10 young people per year through a Youth Achievement Award or other accreditation scheme Liaise with the DEA‟s youth programmes manager and attend national steering groups meetings. Build relationships with Children‟s Trusts, Regional Youth Work Units, Local Strategic Partnerships, voluntary sector youth organisations and other relevant bodies Build relationship with local volunteer centre to promote opportunities, including through the national volunteering database. Responsibility for appropriate risk assessment and Health and Safety at all events and activities undertaken with young people * Primary targets are black and minority ethnic young people and marginalised young people, particularly those not in education, employment or training. Secondary targets are young people with learning difficulties, refugees and asylum seekers and those experiencing rural isolation. Approximate time allocation 75% General duties Work to GED policy, which include Equal Opportunities and Child Protection. Attend any training/skills development/ networking opportunities that GED considers would be beneficial for the project. 25% Maintain and update details of the participating young people in line with the Data Protection Act. Contribute articles about the project to the GED newsletter and any other relevant publications. Participate in GED staff meetings. Produce quarterly reports and target setting as the basis for formal supervisory sessions, and an annual evaluation report. GLOBAL EDUCATION DERBY (GED) Person specification for post of: Youth Participation Worker The person specification shows the abilities and skills you will need to carry out the duties in the job description. Short listing is carried out on the basis of how well you meet the requirements of the person specification within your application. You should mention any experience you have had which shows how you could meet these requirements within your covering letter. If you are selected for interview you will be asked to deliver a 10 minute Presentation demonstrate some of the skills and abilities listed below: Qualifications Requirement Youth work qualification or similar Essential / Desirable Desirable Measurements From application, Evidence provided during interview process Experience Requirement At least one years previous experience of engaging with young people in the 13 to 25 age range. Developing non-formal programmes of work with young people. Experience of managing volunteers, resources or projects. Experience of development education, global youth work or Education for Sustainable Development. Skills and abilities Requirement Ability to establish non-judgmental relationships with young people. Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people Essential / Desirable Essential Essential Desirable Desirable Measurements From application, Evidence provided during interview process From application, Evidence provided during interview process From application, Evidence provided during interview process From application, Evidence provided during interview process Essential / Desirable Essential Essential Devise and implement appropriate Essential social, educational programmes for Measurements From application, Evidence provided during interview process From application, Evidence provided during interview process From application, Evidence provided young people on a voluntary basis Good organisational skills and time management Ability to work with others in a team, to support and motivate others. Self-motivation and a creative approach to problem solving Ability to reflect on own experience as a young person and awareness of how this impacts on young people today. Knowledge and understanding Requirement Awareness of issues affecting young people living in a globalised society. Understanding of Health and Safety issues in relation to work with young people Cross-cultural learning and sensitivity A proven commitment to justice and equal opportunities Commitment to anti-discriminatory practice Understanding of Accredited Learning Programmes. Knowledge of other relevant agencies working with children and young people on global development issues Other Requirement Ability to work flexible hours and to work some evenings and weekends as required Ability to use information Essential Essential Essential Essential during interview process From application, Evidence provided during interview process From application, Evidence provided during interview process From application, Evidence provided during interview process From application, Evidence provided during interview process Essential / Desirable Essential Essential Essential Essential Essential Desirable Desirable Measurements From application, Evidence provided during interview process From application, Evidence provided during interview process From application, Evidence provided during interview process From application, Evidence provided during interview process From application, Evidence provided during interview process From application, Evidence provided during interview process From application, Evidence provided during interview process Essential / Desirable Essential Essential Measurements From application, Evidence provided during interview process From application, technology A willingness to undertake appropriate training Essential Evidence provided during interview process From application, Evidence provided during interview process Global Education Derby Equal Opportunities Policy Statement of Intent 1. Global Education Derby recognises that many people in our society experience discrimination or lack of opportunity, based on their race, religion, creed, colour, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, gender, illness, political beliefs, sexual orientation, HIV status, marital status, family circumstances, responsibility for dependants, social class, geographic area, mental health, income level, criminal record and trade union activity. In the spirit of the above statement, Global Education Derby will endeavour to respond to the needs of people who experience discrimination in these and other ways. Global Education Derby declares its intention to challenge discrimination and lack of opportunity and to work towards its elimination in its own policy and practice. Global Education Derby strives to create an environment in which all individuals feel welcome and in which they are treated with respect and fairness. All volunteers, staff and Organisation members must declare their support for the objectives of this Equal Opportunities Policy. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action and/or ineligibility for membership. Global Education Derby believes that Equal Opportunities is an integral part of all the activities of Global Education Derby. The equal opportunities policy will be made available to all. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Services 7. Global Education Derby aims to make its services available in a variety of formats in accordance with our commitment to equal opportunities and this policy. Global Education Derby reserves the right to refuse to provide services to individuals or organisations considered to be discriminating or oppressive. Services provided by Global Education Derby will be reviewed and monitored at regular intervals to ensure that they conform with this Policy and, where appropriate, changes will be made. 8. 9. Recruitment and Selection 10. Global Education Derby believes that no person or group should be treated less favourably in employment because of reasons stated in section 1. 11. Staff appointments will be monitored to ensure that no discrimination is occurring at the point of selection. 12. Global Education Derby recognises that apart from job related qualifications and experience, other knowledge and experience may be equally valid in the appointment of a worker. 13. Jobs will be advertised in a range of venues and publications which reflect the diversity in our society. 14. A reasonable period of time will be left between advertising a post and the reply date to allow the possibility of people finding out about the post through other means apart from reading the advert. Job Description 15. When a vacancy arises a job appraisal should be carried out and the job description brought up to date. 16. Descriptions should include a section on the postholder’s responsibility to work in a way that promotes the Equal Opportunities Policy and procedures. Person specification 17. The person specification is a statement of the specific skills, knowledge, experience, essential qualifications and attributes required to undertake the tasks involved in the job. It will be used as a basis for selecting candidates to be shortlisted and for decision making during the interview by providing known, appropriate and agreed criteria. 18. The criteria should be testable against the application form and interview. No criteria should be used for shortlisting or selection which are not included in the person specification. Criteria should be divided into those, which are essential, or those, which are desirable. 19. All information relating to applications and candidates should be retained for a period of six months. Statement of Terms and Conditions of Employment 20. All staff will be issued with a statement of the terms and conditions of their contract of employment, which will include the disciplinary, and grievance procedures. Particular care will be taken to deal effectively with all complaints of discrimination, harassment, victimisation or abuse. Disciplinary action will be taken against any member of staff who is considered to have acted in a discriminatory manner. Volunteers 21. Global Education Derby believes that no person or group should be treated less favourably in access to opportunities for volunteering because of reasons in section 1. 22. Volunteer appointments and placements will be monitored to ensure that no discrimination and/or harassment is occurring. 23. Discriminatory actions by a volunteer may result in termination of the placement. Global Education Derby Management Committee 24. All members of the Management Committee are expected to affirm their commitment to the Equal Opportunities Policy. 25. Monitoring of the Policy and its implementation is the responsibility of the Management Committee. The Management Committee will review the Policy annually and ensure that all committee members, staff and volunteers are aware of it and its implications for their work. The equal opportunities sub group will meet 3 times a year for ongoing reviewing and development of the policy and implementation procedures. The Management Committee will ensure that copies of this Policy are readily available to all members, staff, volunteers, members of the Management Committee and other interested parties. Complaints 26. If users wish to complain about discrimination in any of our services then they will have access to a complaints procedure. Training 27. Regular training on equal opportunities will be made available to all paid workers, volunteers and management committee members. Agreed by the Management Committee on ………17th April 2000……………. Global Education Derby Policy on employing ex-offenders As an organisation using the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Disclosure service to assess applicant‟s suitability for positions of trust, Global Education Derby complies fully with the CRB Code of Practice and undertakes to treat all applicants for positions fairly. It undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of conviction or other information revealed. Global Education Derby is committed to the fair treatment of its staff, potential staff or users of its services, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibilities for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background. We have written a policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders, which is made available to all Disclosure applicants at the outset of the recruitment process. We actively promote equality of opportunity for all with the right mix of talent, skills and potential and welcome applications for a wide range of candidates, including those with criminal records. We select all candidates for interview based on their skills, qualifications and experience. A Disclosure is only requested after a thorough risk assessment has indicated that one is both proportionate and relevant to the position concerned. For those positions where a Disclosure is required, all application forms, job adverts and recruitment briefs will contain a statement that a Disclosure will be requested in the event of the individual being offered the position. Where a Disclosure is to form part of the recruitment process, we encourage all applicants called for interview to provide details of their criminal record at an early stage in the application process. We request that this information is sent under separate, confidential cover, to a designated person with Global Education Derby, and we guarantee that this information will only be seen by those who need to see it as part of the recruitment process. Unless the nature of the position allows Global Education Derby to ask questions about your entire criminal record we only ask about „unspent‟ convictions as defined in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. We ensure that all those in Global Education Derby who are involved in the recruitment process have been suitably trained to identify and assess the relevance and circumstances of offences. We also ensure that they have received appropriate guidance and training in the relevant legislation relating to the employment of ex-offenders, e.g. the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. At interview, or in a separate discussion, we ensure that an open and measured discussion takes place on the subject of any offences or other matter that might be relevant to the position sought could lead to withdrawal of an offer of employment. We make every subject of a CRB Disclosure aware of the existence of the CRB Code of Practice and make a copy available on request. We undertake to discuss any matters revealed in a Disclosure with the person seeking the position before withdrawing a conditional offer of employment. Having a criminal record does not necessarily bar you from working with us. This will depend on the nature of the position and circumstances and background of your offences.
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