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Programme Lead

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13 Dec 2021

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Catch22 exists to help build a society where everyone has a good place to live, good people around them, and a fulfilling purpose. We call these our '3Ps'.

We achieve this in two ways. First, we improve lives on the frontline through delivery of public services. Secondly, we use our knowledge to change 'the system', to fix the complex web that can trap and disempower those it was set up to help. With the heart of a charity and the mindset of a business, we are uniquely placed to deliver on this challenging agenda.

The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a flagship policy at the heart of the coalition government's vision for building a Big Society. The programme brings together 16-17 year olds from different backgrounds in a summer and autumn programme which includes adventure, discovery and meaningful social action within their local community . NCS aims to support participants' personal and social development and help them develop the confidence, skills and attitudes they need to take on active roles in their communities and develop themselves for their own future.

Job Description

As an NCS Programme Lead, you will organise and lead NCS delivery in the South West region. Your primary responsibilities will be overseeing and supporting young people from a diverse range of backgrounds and enabling them to engage, participate and develop within the Catch22 NCS programme. For 2022 the NCS programme is also extending to schools and colleges in skills builder activities during the term time where we will be delivering a range of personal and social development workshops.

Do you have a passion for developing the minds of young people? Are you a good role model and committed to making a change in the next generation ? Have you always wanted a job where you can see and feel that your making a difference?If the answer is 'YES" then working on NCS, a life changing programme is the next step for you.

We are looking for an ambitious individual who is self motivated and has the ability to inspire others. You will have the creative freedom to design and deliver a programme that will be rolled out to over 300 young people in you region, giving them the confidence and life skills young people need to navigate into adulthood.

Main Duties & Accountabilities:

- Organising, planning and delivering all phases of NCS, including pre-programme engagement activities , one week residential at activity centre, planning community projects & delivery, graduation events and post-NCS activity.

· To support recruitment teams in schools and college to attract and sign young people up to the programme.

·Engage and build positive relationships with young people and their parent/carers so that they are comfortable and confident in coming on programme. This may take the form of events and activities so that young people can build relationships with the staff team.

- Building a network oflocal community, partner individuals and organisations in order to provide young people opportunities to develop community based projects.

· Lead a team of sessional staff to deliver the NCS programme, this includes delivering staff training and managing staff on the ground.

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Educated to A Level or equivalent.
Demonstrate ability to incorporate and demonstrate an equal opportunities perspective in all areas of work, including race, disability, sexual orientation and gender.
Experience of working directly with young people from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Experience of working in partnership with a variety of agencies to achieve agreed outcomes.
Experience of working with young people from a variety of ethnic groups cultural and social backgrounds.
Strong communication skills, effective at all levels, both orally and in writing.
Ability to use IT effectively.
Ability to work on your own initiative to an agreed action plan.
Ability to organise your own work routines effectively with a minimum of supervision and support.
Ability to create and develop relationships with partner organisations, including educational establishments, youth organisations and those working with targeted groups.
Ability to handle sensitive and confidential issues with tact and diplomacy.
A high level of communication, interpersonal and commitment to the organisation and to their own personal and professional development.
Be able to drive and have use of a personal vehicle.

What looks good for this role?

Excellent interpersonal skills to build relationships with community partners
Recruit, assess and retain good sessional staff
Remaining in budget and generating ideas for efficiency
Delivering an engaging and creative NCS programme
Develop a successful extension programme including a proactive Youth Board
Ensuring that you meet all contract requirements within the required timeframe
Strong project management skills
Ensuring brilliant basics are met and creating opportunities for magic moments on NCS
Passionate about supporting young people to meet their potential
Clear understanding of Catch22 and its vision, mission and ethos

Additional information

Salary: £25,000 (Grade C, Zone 3) 37.5 hours permanent .

Homebased : Currently all staff are homebased but there is a requirement to travel if needed during delivery periods when programmes are running in the summer holidays and autumn.

Working hours : Flexiable working hours especially in non delivery time

Benefits : 28 days annual leave + bank holidays, rising to 33 days with service (pro-rata) • Pension scheme with matching contributions of up to 4%, Access to Catch22 rewards scheme

Training and Development : Lots of opportunaties for accessing Catch22 portfolio of training sessions online hub , training sessions and qualifications such as ILM Leadership and Management
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