Please read all instructions carefully and complete the form clearly in BLACK pen or typescript, as it will be necessary
to photocopy your application.
The completed form should be returned to Toyin Dania, Business Counselling and Training Manager,
Wandsworth Youth Enterprise Centre at Wandsworth Youth Enterprise, Broadway Studios, 28 Tooting High
Street, London SW17 0RG. Ref: F/T1
EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION FORM
Job Title: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………..
Where did you hear about the post? ………………………………………………………………
SECTION 1: PERSONAL DETAILS
Surname (Block Capitals please)
Address in full (Block Capitals please)
Home telephone number Daytime telephone number (if different)
Are there any dates when you would NOT be available for an interview (e.g. holidays)
If appointed, when could you start? (Give period of notice if applicable)
SECTION 2: EDUCATION / QUALIFICATIONS
(Where applicable, please include details of examinations which have been or are about to be taken, but the results
of which are not yet available). If successful in your application, you will be asked to provide documentary evidence
of the qualifications listed below)
Name of school / college Subject Qualifications gained, Grade Date
e.g. GCE,CSE, GCSE
Name of college/university Qualification gained Grade/Class if Date
PROFESSIONAL OR VOCATIONAL TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS
Name of professional body or training Grade achieved Was membership gained Date
course by examination?
SECTION 3: EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
(Please include details of any vacation and/or voluntary work, and account for all periods since leaving full-time
Name and address of Position held and From To Total Reason for
present (or most recent) grade, if applicable Month/ Month/ Remuneration leaving/wishing
employer and nature of Year Year (inc. to leave
Names and addresses of Positions held and From To Month/ Final Salary Reason for
previous employers and grade, if applicable Month/ Year leaving
nature of business Year
Continue on a separate sheet if necessary
REFEREES Please give the name of your present employer and another recent employer best able
to comment on your suitability against the selection criteria given in the person specification. School
and college leavers should give the name of lecturers/tutors/headteachers as appropriate. Please
state the relationship between you and the referee. You should not give friends or relatives as
Name Position/Job title
Daytime tel. no. Relationship
Name Position/Job Title
Daytime tel. no. Relationship
If you are shortlisted, references may be taken up before interview. If you are NOT willing for your
employer to be contacted at this stage, please write NO
SECTION 4: FURTHER INFORMATION
Please use this section to let us know why you think you would be suitable for this job. Be sure to
i) the reasons why you are applying for the post
ii) details of any relevant experience you gained, at work, in a voluntary capacity or as part of
your outside hobbies or activities
iii) details of any relevant training or education you have
Please look carefully at the job description and person specification and cover all the
points listed. It is important that you complete this section fully because we need as
much information about you as possible in order to decide whether or not to invite you
to interview. You may attach extra sheets if necessary.
SECTION 5: GENERAL
Asylum and Immigration Act 1996
It is now the law that employers must be satisfied that anyone they employ is legally entitled to live
and work in the UK. We can do this most easily by asking to see one of the following documents:
- A P45 from your previous job
- A pay slip from a previous job
- A P60
- A birth certificate
- A naturalisation certificate
- A passport
Full Information about this law and the documents that are acceptable is included with this
application form. Are you able to produce one of the documents referred to there? YES/NO
If not, please explain why you cannot do so
Are you subject to any conditions relating to your employment in this country? YES/NO
If YES, please give details
Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
Certain criminal convictions may have an impact on the job you are applying to do. For this reason,
it is important that WYEC is aware of any convictions which may affect your work, subject to the
overriding provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
The Act states that after a suitable period of time (called the rehabilitation period) has passed, you
may treat a conviction as if it never happened. These are called "spent" convictions. If you are
shortlisted you will be asked to declare all relevant unspent convictions. Providing misleading or
false information to support your application will disqualify you from appointment, or if appointed,
will render you liable to dismissal without notice.
Do you have any unspent criminal convictions YES/NO
If YES, please give details
I hereby declare that none of the information in this application form is false or
SIGNATURE OF APPLICANT DATE
EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES IN EMPLOYMENT POLICY
It is the policy of Wandsworth Youth Enterprise Centre that there be equal opportunity for
employment in its service and equable terms and conditions for all staff, and that all employees be
recruited and trained on the basis of their ability, their fitness for the work and the requirements of
the job. Each Director, manager or supervisor must ensure
a) that the terms of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, the Race Relations Act 1976 and the disability
Discrimination Act 1995 and this policy are observed and that no discrimination is permitted on
grounds of colour, race, nationality or ethnic or national origins, marital status, gender, sexual
orientation, disability or age;
b) a positive attitude towards equality of opportunity and the administration of staff policies to that
c) to communicate the terms of this policy to each employee, with guidance in the use of WYEC's
grievance procedure as a means of making any complaint of discrimination or failure to accord
equality of opportunity.
Information for job applicants
Asylum and Immigration Act 1996
A certificate of registration or naturalisation as
The above Act is intended to ensure that only those a British citizen
people legally entitled to live and work in the UK are
offered employment. Under Section 8 of the Asylum A birth certificate issued in the UK or the
and Immigration Act it is a criminal offence to employ Republic of Ireland
a person aged 16 or over who is subject to
immigration control unless: A passport or national identity card issued by
a State which is party to the European Economic
1. that person has current and valid permission Area Agreement and which describes the holder
to be in the UK and that permission does not as a national of that State.
prevent him of her from taking the job in
question; or A passport or other travel document endorsed
to show that the person named is exempt from
2. the person comes into a category where such immigration control, has indefinite leave to enter
employment is otherwise allowed. or remain in the UK or has no time limit on his or
her stay; or a letter issued by the Home Office
This second category will include: confirming that this is the case.
Asylum seekers who have been given written A UK residence permit issued to a national of
permission to work; and the Sate which is party to the European Economic
certain people who are appealing against a
refusal for further permission to stay. They will A passport or other travel document endorsed
have letters from the Home Office confirming that to show that the holder has a current right of
they can be legally employed. residence in the UK as the family member of a
named national of a State which is party to the
Responsibility of Employers European Economic Area Agreement and who is
resident in the UK
In order to comply with the Act, as an employer,
WYEC has introduced arrangements whereby the A letter issued by the Immigration and
immigration status of all successful applicants will be Nationality Directorate of the Home Office
checked. indicating that the person named in the letter is a
British citizen or has permission to take
This will be done by checking the original of employment.
any one of the following documents:
A work permit or other approval to take
A document issued by a previous employer, employment issued by the Department for
the Inland Revenue, the Benefits Agency, the Education and Employment or, in Northern
Contributions Agency or the Employment Service Ireland, by the Training and Employment Agency.
(or their Northern Ireland equivalents) which
states the National Insurance number of the A passport describing the holder as a British
person named. This could include a P45, a pay Dependent Territories citizen and which indicates
slip, a P60, a NINO card or a letter issued by one that the status derives from a connection with
of the Government bodies concerned. a Gibraltar.
document showing only a temporary National
Insurance number will not be satisfactory You will only be asked to produce one of the
above documents if you are offered an
A passport describing the holder as a British appointment. A copy of the document will be
citizen or as having the right of abode in or an kept on your personal file.
entitlement to readmission to the United Kingdom
Should you have any queries on the above, please
A passport containing a Certificate of contact the Director of WYEC.
Entitlement issued by or on behalf of the
Government of the UK certifying that the holder
has the right of abode in the UK.
WANDSWORTH YOUTH ENTERPRISE CENTRE
Title: Outreach and Community Development Officer
Responsible to: Business Counselling & Training Manager,
Contract term: To March 2009 in the first instance
Primary Purpose of Role
In consultation with the Manager of Business Counselling and Training Services (MBCTS) and
Key partner Roehmapton University, to co-ordinate and deliver a programme of outreach and
community development activities designed to increase awareness of self-employment as a
career option and facilitate access to information, support and training for young people aged 14
– 30 years old in the Roehampton area within the London Borough of Wandsworth.
To assist the MBCTS with the development of awareness training modules targeted at
young people, support agencies and parents/carers
With the support of the Counselling/Training Management team to develop an
outreach/community development programme and detailed activity/implementation plan
Outreach, Referral and Awareness Raising
To identify and liaise with key referral agencies and promote the work of WYEC/ the Self-
Employment Project for Young People in the Roehampton area
To proactively outreach and engage in community development work as appropriate
To provide pre-awareness and awareness training to the target groups
To refer clients to key agencies where appropriate.
In consultation with the MBCTS, to organise and run promotional events/seminars
promoting the work of WYEC/Self-Employment Project for Young People in the
To support the WYEC and Roehampton University in the staging of major promotional
To assist WYEC /Self-Employment Project for Young People in Tooting in obtaining
appropriate media coverage, in consultation with MCTS and the Director, to promote the
work of WYEC and the project.
To assist with the development of information and promotional materials.
As required, to maintain statistical records and produce returns relating to the provision
of outreach and awareness training activities.
To collate, analyse, evaluate and report to the MBCTS qualitatively and qualitatively on
client progression and outcomes through the outreach programme into WYEC’s core
business support provision for young people.
To further develop and/or adapt systems of monitoring and evaluating programme
delivery and client feedback
To monitor and feedback on changing client needs and develop/adapt appropriate
materials/training modules to meet the needs with the support of the MBCTS.
To attend as required management and programme review meetings.
Such other reasonable duties as may be requested by the MCTS and/or the Director
A competent level of Information Technology – internet access etc.
A good level of business development skills
A good working knowledge of word processing and spreadsheets (Microsoft Office)
The ability to relate positively to and engage with a wide range of young people.
The genuine desire to help young people explore and develop their potential.
A thorough knowledge and understanding of young peoples’ lifestyles.
A deep understanding of the issues concerning disaffected young people.
The ability to communicate effectively with key figures and leaders in the community.
A genuine appreciation and application of the principles of equal opportunity for all.
Good interpersonal and communication skills.
An open non-judgemental attitude.
Strong self-motivation and the ability to motivate others.
A flexible team-player.
A calm and grounded nature.
Youth Work or relevant social work and/or training qualifications, or appropriate modules
working towards relevant qualifications, with a component focussing on young people
A developed knowledge of the venues and activities frequented by young people in
Strong knowledge of street culture and language.
Knowledge of issues relating to re-habilitation. (substance addiction/abuse)
Knowledge of probation and ex-offenders support systems
Knowledge of monitoring and record-keeping systems/techniques
Salary: £24,000 per annum
Annual leave: 29 days per annum inclusive of Christmas close down period
Hours: Minimum 35 hours per week excluding lunch break. A flexible
approach to the working week will be essential, as the post will
include evening and weekend work.
Pension: 4% of salary non-contributory and 4% matched with 4%
contribution after the first six months in post
Term: A fixed term contract expiring in March 2009
Appointment: Due to the age and nature of some of the young people to be
supported, appointment of the successful candidate will dependant
on an acceptable enhanced disclosure check through the Criminal
Records Bureau. This check will be additional to the follow up of
references supplied by the candidate.
Wandsworth Youth Enterprise
Business Incubation Programme for Young People
Wandsworth Youth Enterprise (WYE), was set up in Tooting 1988, in an area of high
unemployment with a high ethnic minority population. The project’s intention was to tackle
the growing problems of unemployment, social exclusion and lack of opportunities for young
An Integrated Programme for Young People
WYEC has developed an integrated business incubation programme specifically designed to
help young people aged 16 – 30 start up and run a successful enterprise. Since inception, the
Centre has supported over 4500 young people and helped hundreds successfully set up and
develop their own businesses.
A Client Led Philosophy Founded on Empowerment
Central to the programme is an intensive one-to-one business counselling service inter-linked
with business skills workshops, training courses and managed workspaces. This provides a
flexible structure to allow the young entrepreneur to explore the self-employment route and,
if appropriate, set up in business.
The success of the programme is due to a number of factors. A key feature is the client-led
counselling service based on an underpinning philosophy of empowerment. This, combined
with the range of supporting services, enables an appropriate blend of counselling,
participative learning and practical support to be provided and tailored to meet the needs of
Intensive support is provided at the pre-start-up stage for as long as needed. After starting a
business, post-start-up counselling and other practical support is provided for up to two
years. This support is structured to help clients during the formative stages of business
development while enabling them to gradually achieve full independence of the programme.
For those who need it, a business unit is also provided on a reducing subsidy over two years.
At the end of the two-year period the cost of the unit will be one step below local commercial
rates, at which point the client moves out of the Centre into fully commercial premises. One
example of the effectiveness of the programme is illustrated by high business survival rates
of 85% - 90% after two years.
For this reason, and with a view to securing the existing Centre’s long term viability, To
provide a stable funding base WYE has developed a £2.7 million commercial business centre
complex, which provides 90 small business units within a 46,000 sq. ft. managed workspace
This facility generates income to underpin WYE's existing activities. this new business centre is
directly generating over 300 jobs in the small business sector in the area, while also providing a
natural progression path for young businesses moving on from the existing Centre.
A Trans -European Service Developed – www.youngbusiness.net
WYE’s model of a totally integrated youth enterprise incubation programme has been of
considerable interest to the European Commission, Central Government and organisations in
various regions of Europe. In response to this, WYE has developed a service that facilitates the
effective dissemination and transfer of this model of practice. For example, WYEC has
successfully adapted and transferred this model into a number of regions, including Central and
Eastern Europe, leading to the establishment of the first youth enterprise incubator centre in this
area. WYE is currently working with a number of agencies both in the UK and mainland Europe,
helping them to develop youth enterprise incubator programmes appropriate to their regions.
New Project – www.businesslaunchpad.org
To further build on the charity’s work in Tooting, WYE has secured funding from Wandsworth
Borough Council, through the London Development Agency’s Single Regeneration Budget, to
undertake a major expansion of the charity’s enterprise support services to young people
living in the Tooting area.
The project, businesslaunchpad.org, has been operational since July 2003 and is providing
intensive and practical business start-up support including in-depth business counselling with
linkages to new and existing enterprise support programmes. The project targets young
people (16-30 year olds) within the Tooting area and seeks to engender a culture of
enterprise and self-help. Extensive outreach is provided to generate awareness of the self-
employment option amongst young people (particularly those from black and minority ethnic
backgrounds) to enable them to have a better understanding of enterprise and be better
prepared to become self-employed. To support young people responding to outreach
activities we need to recruit a full time business counsellor to assist their progression into self
employment while underpinning the outreach activities as necessary.