1625 Independent People

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Engagement and Learning Trainee (Care Leaver)

About us

1625 Independent People (1625ip) prevents youth homelessness in the South West and has been helping 16-25 year olds reboot their lives for over 30 years. With around 100 staff in four locations, we provided housing and support to around 2000 young people last  year.

We’re one of the brightest youth organisations in the South West, leaders in our field, no other organisation in the area has the same wealth of experience.

You can read more about what we do and who we are.

About the job

(Please read the full job description for more detail)

Closing date: 5pm Wednesday, 30 May 2018
Interviews: 13 June 2018

Due to the volume of applications we receive we are unable to contact unsuccessful applications prior to the interview stage. If you have not heard from us by Friday 08 June 2018 please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Terms, conditions and benefits:

  • Hours per week : Full time 37.5 
  • Contract type: Temporary 18 months (with progression to a permanent role on non-trainee rate subject to funding) 
  • Pay: £15,807 - £16,781 per year (NJC Scale 11-14, starting at the bottom of the scale (NJC Scale 23-26 on progression)
  • 30 days' annual leave plus Bank Holidays
  • Free Health Scheme with UK Healthcare  
  • Pension - Employer contributes 4% and employees contribute a minimum of 0.8%, (see Summary of T&Cs below). 
  • There is a requirement to work flexibly as required, which will include occasional evening and weekend work.
  • You will need to travel across Bristol so you must have either a full driving licence and access to a vehicle or the equivalent ability to travel with reasonable adjustment OR a willingness to learn to drive once in post.  

Where and who?

You will be working with the Participation and Learning Team and you will be line managed by the Engagement and Learning Co-ordinator.  You will be based at our Kingsley Hall office in central Bristol but will work across the 1625ip sites.



The role

This post is funded specifically to provide an opportunity for a person with previous experience of living in care to train as an Engagement and Learning Worker within 1625ip.
Engagement and Learning Workers work with young people living in our hostels and dispersed housing to help them develop the skills they need to prepare for independent living. The work is hugely rewarding and loads of fun. The E+L team do outreach work to find out what young people are interested in and make sure they know what is available.  They put on all sorts of activities and events as well as accredited skills programmes such as cooking, money skills and pre-tenancy training.
One day you might be supporting young people to access sports sessions, another day you might be helping them with arts or music sessions. 
You will help young people develop confidence and skills, realise their skills and abilities and move onto successful adult lives.     
The team are very supportive of each other and through reflective practice we are always learning from our own and each other’s experiences. 
Our work is rooted in providing support in a Psychologically Informed Environment framework known as PIE. 
A typical day will include: 
  • Visiting one of our hostels or shared houses to consult with young people regarding the activities and learning opportunities they are interested in 
  • Running a group session – could be a fun activity, a trip, cooking, sports, arts or a session helping young people prepare to live in their own place
  • Inputting information about what you have done and what young people have achieved into our client record system.
I love life

About you

For this position you will need to have experience of living in care – foster care, children’s homes or kinship care.
You will need to have experience that demonstrates your ability to work in a busy environment, whilst following policies and procedures. Ideally you will have experience of work with young people with complex needs either in a paid or voluntary capacity. You will have experience of, or demonstrable ability to, complete administrative tasks to the required standard.   
What skills do you need to have? 
You will need to be good with young people, with the ability to motivate and encourage them to take part in activities. Ideally you will have skills in some of the areas we do activities in – arts, sports, music, cooking etc.. You will need to be confident and able to lead small groups. You will need to be well organised with good IT skills.    
Are there transferable skills that are valued?
The most important qualities are reliability, energy and enthusiasm, a positive, proactive approach and a real enthusiasm to see young people develop life skills.   

If you’d like to have an informal chat about the role please contact: Melanie Lavin – 0117 3178800

Equal opportunities for everyone

We safeguard and promote the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
We expect all our staff to do this and to have appropriate criminal and reference checks. Any job offer will depend on a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Barred List Disclosure Check. 

We believe ex-offenders should have an equal chance to become employees or volunteers. Having a criminal record does not automatically mean you can’t work here. We will take the time to consider the offence, the role and the risk.

We pride ourselves on being an equal opportunities employer for everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race  (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, sex (gender) or sexual orientation. Our workforce should represent our community.

We are particularly keen to increase applications from Black and Minority Ethnic groups as they are currently under-represented. This said, all applications are only considered on merit.

We do everything we can to make sure our recruitment opportunities don’t have barriers for disabled applicants. If you have a disability and need an adjustment made to any part of the recruitment process please let us know as soon as possible.

Some examples of types of adjustments we can make are:

  • If you have dyslexia and need extra time during assessments, this can be agreed.
  • If you use a wheelchair or have limited mobility we can make sure your interview is in an accessible room.
  • If you have back pain and need to stretch we can provide breaks in an interview.
Please read our full policies below for more detailed information or for further advice please contact us on  jobs@1625ip.co.uk


Download the documents in the Job Pack below or email jobs@1625ip.co.uk

Job pack


Returning completed applications:

You can send your application by post to:
HR Department
Independent People
Kingsley Hall
59 Old Market Street

or email: jobs@1625ip.co.uk

Closing date: 5pm Wednesday, 30 May 2018
Interviews: 13 June 2018

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