Project Worker - Green Influencers Project

Do you believe in a positive future for young people?

Endeavour is looking for an experienced and enthusiastic Project Worker to join our growing Programmes Team to deliver a two year, environmental youth social action project, that includes personal-development, outdoor and work insight activities.

Successful candidates will empower young people to improve engagement, boost attainment, build self-esteem, confidence and aspiration as well as positively impact their community through social action projects.

This is a fixed term contract until the end of Dec 2022. 

Salary Range £18,000 - £21,500

35 hours per week 

Please complete the application form by clicking the link at the bottom of this page and send to recruitment@endeavour.org.uk

Closing date Sunday 10th January 2021 midnight 

 

Endeavour – Empowering Young People

We believe every young person deserves a positive future regardless of their past.

Endeavour is a growing charity that works hands-on with some of Britain’s most disadvantaged disaffected and forgotten young people. We believe the support we give young people today will create a better society tomorrow.

For more than sixty years, we have been working with some of England’s most disadvantaged, disaffected and forgotten young people, providing challenge and inspiration, building confidence and helping them to take control of their future. Building on the skills of our founders, the team that conquered Everest, we now use all kinds of activities - from rock climbing and canoeing to drama and film making – to challenge, inspire and motivate. We give young people the skills they need to face their problems, tackle them head-on and succeed where they may have previously failed. We empower them to conquer their fears, to express themselves, to trust and respect others. We equip them to become better citizens, making a positive contribution to their communities and our society.

Endeavour Programme Offer

Endeavour delivers a range of programmes aimed at engaging young people. Each programme includes an element of Personal Development, Education and Social Action. In addition to this, each programme includes a range of activities and experiences designed to either challenge the young people (encouraging them to step out of their comfort zone) or expand their horizons by showing them the range of possibilities available to them. Funded programmes may have additional outcomes as determined by the funder.  

The basic ethos of Endeavour’s Programme Offer is around ‘respect’ and ‘having a go’. Staff are expected to be ‘relentlessly reasonable’.

Endeavour is proud of the high degree of ‘wrap-around care’ we provide to our young people and the wider community.

Endeavour Values

Reliability    

Integrity    

Passion

    Diversity

 

The Role

The Project Worker will work as part of Endeavour’s Programmes Team to engage young people in projects that focus on providing opportunites for high quality environmental youth social action while maintaining the #iwill principles of being challenging, youth led, socially impactful, progressive, embedded and reflective. The Programmes team supports other areas of Endeavour’s wider engagement with young people.

This role is funded by the Ernest Cook Trust’s Green Influencers Scheme which aims to assist young people to create deep, lasting and meaningful connections with the natural environment. Through this scheme young people will learn and build skills which will help them contribute to the local community through environmental action.  As a Green Influencer, the Project Worker will create environmental projects in local schools, youth groups and communities. 

Due to the nature of the job regular evening and weekend work will be required (which may include occasional overnight stays as part of residential trips or training) and a driving licence will be essential.

The successful applicant for this post will be able to demonstrate previous experience in working with young people and delivering participative youth work projects.  They should also have some experience of carrying out practical conservation or environmental projects.  This is likely to be equivalent to at least 2 years relevant experience and evidence that this has included independent working. 

This post is part time for 2 years (fixed term). The appointment to the post will be subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS Disclosure and references.

Responsibilities 

• Develop purposeful relationships with young people referred to the programme and take an active role in youth development as part of Endeavour’s portfolio.

• Promote social action activities that bring benefit to the local and wider environment.

• To support young people to develop skills and understanding – conservation skills, confidence, team working etc (including by supporting them to access training where appropriate)

• To ensure the young people’s learning, achievements and contribution is recognised and accredited through celebratory events, training and certification (e.g. ASDAN / John Muir Award)

• Plan schemes of work and sessions to meet project outcomes.

• Develop, establish and maintain positive working relationships with referral agencies and promote the programme to ensure that target numbers are achieved.

• Ensure that full and accurate records are kept of projects (in your area of responsibility) and the development of the young people in order that comprehensive and accurate performance information can be presented to funders and managers using organisational systems and processes and adhering to GDPR

• Work closely with other staff to deliver activities including:

•adventurous activities, such as rock climbing, canoeing and walking

• personal and social development activities

• life skills sessions.

• Deliver enhanced support advice and guidance to the young people; identifying and signposting opportunities for progression into sustained education, training or employment.

• Support young people to access the programme and chase up non-attendance of young people.

• Provide 1:2:1 mentoring and support for young people on the programme to overcome any issues or barriers they may have, including referring young people to, and supporting them to access, support organisations. 

• Ensure true involvement of young people within the project.

• Where data sharing agreements are in place, provide information to other agencies as required.

• Ensure dissemination of project learning to other organisations.

• Attend relevant meetings, training and working groups as required, including accompanying young people to such meeting, when necessary.

• Monitor and ensure that project expenses remain within the agreed budget.

To ensure that full and accurate records are kept of the project and the development of the young people in order that there is comprehensive and accurate project performance information.

• Oversee visits, trips and offsite activities as required, ensuring the opportunity for experiential learning is implemented.

• Other duties commensurate with the post and needs of the company 

 

Ways of Working

• Include personal development and environmental social action as an integral part of your aims 

• Establish purposeful and productive working relationships with the staff & young people acting as a role model and setting high expectations.

• Take a responsible and approach to outreach and detached work that respects young people’s community space

• Promote independence and thinking skills and employ strategies to recognise and reward achievement and self-reliance

• Encourage the staff & young people to interact and work co-operatively with others and engage all the young people in activities

• Encourage everyone to take responsibility for their own actions

• Promote punctuality and excellent attendance

• Embed, where appropriate, employability skills as part of your programme delivery design

• Encourage respect for each other, the staff, the building and the wider community at all times 

• Promote acceptance and appreciation of diversity by providing opportunities to get to know people from different cultures / backgrounds 

• Recycle as much as possible and encourage staff and the young people to recycle and avoid waste

• Promote Endeavour Values and encourage the staff and young people to do the same 

• Support Endeavour at meetings, fundraising and other events as required

  

Organisational

• Be responsible for keeping accurate records to maintain comprehensive and accurate project performance information

• Deal promptly with conflicts and incidents in line with behaviour management and reward policies

• The postholder will be expected to take part in any CPD opportunities 

• Attend and participate in regular meetings as appropriate 

• Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures including safeguarding, prevent, health and safety, security and GDPR 

• Support the aims and objectives of the Endeavour Leadership Team and Board of Trustees. 

• Promote and support quality assurance initiatives

• Act responsibly in the care of premises and equipment including vehicles

• Determine the need for, prepare and maintain general and specialist equipment and resources

 

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

Certain posts require that you disclose any conviction, caution or binding over and including ‘spent convictions’ under the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exemptions) order 1975.

 

Child Protection

This post does involve direct work with young people, and the workplace has programmes which are delivered to young people aged 8 upwards.  Please note you will be asked to complete an enhanced DBS check if you are successful at interview.

 

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential Qualifications

Higher level qualification in working with young people e.g. Youth Work / Cert Ed / PGCE or at least 2 years’ experience of direct work with young people and/or volunteers, including group work and work in community settings.

Full UK Driving Licence.

Desirable Qualifications

Management qualification 

D1 Driving License

National Governing Body qualifications (e.g. RCI, ML, Paddlesport Coach)

 

Essential Skills

Organisation & time management skills with ability to multi-task 

Excellent people-management 

Communication skills: written, verbal and listening.

Strong stakeholder management.

Excellent use of IT specifically Excel, Word Powerpoint and Outlook.

Some practical conservation and / or gardening skills (e.g. construction and maintenance of raised beds, fences, footpaths, ponds; tree planting; habitat management etc.)

Desirable Skills

Negotiation skills 

Social Media capabilities

Essential Experience

Experience of developing and delivering participative youth projects.

Experience of developing and implementing innovative and inspiring personal development, environmental and employability programmes.

Experience of engaging young people in environmental activities (e.g. practical conservation or gardening tasks).

Desirable Experience

Experience of working with young people with barriers to engagement (this may include ESOL, mental health, SEN) and / or exhibiting challenging behaviour and / or not able to cope in a mainstream setting. 

Project management experience including analysing activities, budgeting, quality assurance and controlling resources.

Experience of delivering qualifications and preparing for moderation.

Experience of participation techniques and theories (e.g. Ladder of Participation, Hart 1992).

 

Essentail Attributes

Commitment to Endeavour’s mission and values.

Commitment to young people’s development and safety .

Resilience.

Takes responsibility for own personal and professional development.

Ability to think innovatively 

Ability to inspire others.

Working as part of a team

Desirable Attributes

Reflective practitioner

 

Project Worker Green Influencer Job Description

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