Targeted Prevention Worker
Open up new life-changing opportunities for young people
In Kensington and Chelsea, we put local people at the heart of decision-making, working in partnership with them to provide quality services that are responsive, effective and efficient. As part of that, we’re passionate about making sure the young people who live in our communities have access to the opportunities they need to thrive – especially teenagers who have faced barriers to opportunity, or who’ve fallen through the cracks. Which is where our Targeted Prevention team comes in.
Part of our Family Services department, the team was established in 2018 as a direct result of community engagement. We’re still a new team, but our impact has already been significant, with young people, their families and the external organisations we partner with all giving us great feedback about the work we do and the difference we’ve made. Now we’re looking to build on our successes – we’re looking to the future. We’re passionate about finding new ways to support the young people living in what is one of London’s most vibrant boroughs.
Our goal of empowering young people to make the most of their potential is even more important than ever given the challenging times we’re all living in. For you, it means the chance to use your talents to make a tangible and lasting difference to countless lives.
Primarily working with 16-19*-year-olds who are (or who are at risk of becoming) Not in Education Employment or Training (NEET), you’ll provide mentoring, coaching and support to help them move forward with confidence. Initially, you’ll focus on getting to know the different individuals, their needs, challenges and interests, before helping them to build the skills and access the support that will enable them to make positive changes. Ultimately, you’ll help them to find and maintain a suitable education, training or employment placement.
It’s a great opportunity to be part of a progressive and adaptable team – during the pandemic, we’ve continued to support young people through initiatives like virtual employer presentations, and we were able to help more than 30 young people into e-opportunities.
Put simply, this is an incredibly rewarding role that will give you huge scope to help shape the way young people find and follow the path that is right for them.
Please refer to the Job Description for more information
We’re looking for someone who has at least a Level 3 qualification in careers advice and guidance, or the equivalent qualification – you might have worked in youth work, education, and training, for example. You’ll certainly need to have strong coaching skills and experience of working with NEET and other vulnerable young people. It’s a background that means you not only understand the barriers these young people face, but you also know how to give the kind of thoughtful, non-judgemental advice that will enable them to overcome those barriers. You’re a patient, empathetic and inspiring communicator, both virtually and face-to-face, with real drive and tenacity. And you’ll relish the opportunity to make your skills count as part of a close-knit team that is incredibly proud of, and passionate about, the work it’s doing to change young lives for the better.
In return, you can look forward to a package that includes a competitive salary, a high-quality pension scheme and generous annual leave plus bank holidays.
Please apply online explaining how you meet the requirements set out in the person specification and job description. CV’s will not be considered for this role.
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