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Youth Work Apprentice

About us

1625 Independent People 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 2500 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: Midnight Friday 5 May 2017
Intervews: Initial interviews will be held by South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.

Terms, conditions and benefits:

  • Pay: £7390.24 pro rata per annum during the first 6 months, £10003.50 pro rata per annum for the following 6 months.
  • Contract type: Temporary for one year.
  • This is a full time post, 37.5 hours per week (including college/study time). 
  • 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 Summ of T&Cs ).
  • There is a requirement to work flexibly as required, which will include occasional evening and weekend work.
The job is based at our Head Office, Kingsley Hall, on Old Market Street, Bristol.

You’ll be working in the Participation and Learning Team and line managed by the Team Manager or designated member of staff.
The Participation and Learning Team helps to ensure that young people using 1625ip services are able to develop the skills they need to live independent adult lives.
We run loads of personal development activities - these range from social events and trips to sports, arts and crafts, music and cooking to pre-tenancy training courses. These activities help to get people  into Education, Work and Training.
The team also run all of our service user involvement activities - this includes our Youth Board who act as representatives for the young people in our services, Peer Education projects which train young people to teach other young people about homelessness and money management and Peer Support and Volunteer programmes.
The apprentice role will have a focus on the Peer Education project, teaching young people about managing money, but will also get involved in the work of the wider team. 
It is a great opportunity to get a really thorough experience of youth work in a range of settings.
Our work is rooted in providing support in a Psychologically Informed Environment framework known as PIE. The team are very supportive of each other and through reflective practice we are always learning from our own and each other’s experiences. The apprentice will be well supported by the whole team.
 A typical day will include: 
  • Planning a session for young people - gathering resources, planning the activities and what happens when, doing a  risk assessment to make sure everyone is safe, calling young people to make sure they know where to go/can get there.
  • Delivering a Peer Education session in a school - talking to young people about the challenges of managing money, how easy it is to get into difficulty, what help is available etc.
  • Inputting notes about the activities into our client database.

I love life

About you

You have empathy and understanding of the needs of homeless young people, young people leaving care, and the barriers they face. You like being around and working with young people.

You are confident talking to young people.  

You are a good listener and have good communication skills.

You have lots of energy and enjoy getting involved in activities.

You are reliable and have good time keeping skills.

You have reasonable IT skills.

If you have any particular skills and interest in sports, arts, music, cooking or any of the other things we do.

You have attained Level 2 or equivalent knowledge/experience (including English, Maths). IT is desirable but not essential.

Closing Date: Midnight Friday 5 May 2017

Interviews:  Initial interviews will be held by South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.


To apply, please visit the National Apprenticeships website (opens in a new window).

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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 identity, race, religion and beliefs, sex and 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 above for more detailed information or for further advice please contact us on  jobs@1625ip.co.uk
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