Youth work: jobs that will make a difference to young peoples' lives

Thank you for visiting this page and for showing an interest in Newham’s Youth Service.
Newham is committed to putting young people at the heart of everything we do. The Mayor and Members have agreed ambitious plans to expand our youth services.
The jobs we are currently advertising mark the biggest expansion in youth services in London for a generation.

Why we are expanding our youth service

Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz is a regular visitor to our ‘Youth Zones’. In this short video, Mayor Fiaz outlines her administration’s commitment to providing the best Youth Service in London. She explains what we will achieve through our expanded offer. And she highlights the skills and commitment we are looking for through our current recruitment campaign.

What type of person are we looking for?

We are committed to recruiting a team that understands what it is like to grow up in an Inner City borough like Newham. A team that can get to grips with the challenges and also make the most of the amazing opportunities that such an environment brings.
Specific skills and experience are important to us, as is your attitude and your incredible passion and commitment to making a positive difference working with young people.
We want to hire the best youth work team. We want the most inspiring mentors. The best informal educators. We will recruit people who share our enthusiasm. People who can see the potential in the young people of Newham. People who have the passion and imagination to work with those young people and ensure that they thrive.

​​The roles we are advertising

We are recruiting in excess of 30 people who, together with our existing Youth Service staff, will work with young people and support them to achieve their goals.
There are a broad range of jobs available for experienced managers, for specialists in particular aspects of youth work, and for those who are at the beginning of their youth work careers. There are roles designed to promote participation and increase volunteering opportunities. There are roles for those with an aptitude for working in a detached team.
The work will be challenging but rewarding for those with an aptitude for youth work.
The roles that we are currently seeking applications for are:
The below diagram sets out the structure of our new Youth Empowerment Team, with the posts we are currently recruiting to shown in white.

Our commitment to you

The youth work staff we employ will be committed to developing their skills, to honing their practice, and to enhancing the impact of the work that they do with young people. We want to attract people with a desire for learning.
As your employer, we will commit to working with you to support your development. We will provide you with formal and informal learning opportunities, our approach to supervision will be focussed on you and your development, and we will give you support and opportunities to enhance your skill set and to broaden your experience.
Our Youth Empowerment Team will do things differently. Supported by the Mayor and Members, and by our new Director-level Children & Young People’s Commissioner, you will have the space to innovate.
On top of this, our overall team structure has been designed to facilitate career progression; and each role comes with a market-leading salary.

What parents and carers say about our youth service

I’m a mother of a child with Special Educational Needs who really enjoys coming to the youth zones. The staff are very welcoming. The children are friendly. Staff facilitate friendship, life skills and social skills. The service is amazing.
 As a parent I like what I see. Children walk in very confident, very comfortable. They all get welcomed with a smile. It’s very uplifting for those teenagers. We’re very grateful that the service is available.
 Thank you very very much for your support. You and your team, the way you guys bring the children on, I’m so happy about it. I’m so proud of them. Thank you.

The Application Process

Application forms for each of the roles can be found by selecting the relevant jobs links above.
Candidates should complete the application form, and in the process demonstrating how their skills and experience meet the essential criteria within the person specification associated with the relevant role.

The closing date for applications for PO7 and JNC 25-32 roles is 5pm on Wednesday 3 July 2019.

The closing date for all other roles is 5pm on Friday 12 July 2019.

Newham is committed to involving young people in the selection of candidates to be appointed to Youth Empowerment roles. Candidates will be expected to meet with a panel of young people as part of the selection process.
Interviews and Young Peoples Panels for the senior roles will be held between 19-26 July.
Interviews and Panels for the remaining roles will be held between 5-16 August.
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