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

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 job we are currently advertising is the latest in a series that together form the biggest expansion in youth services in London for a generation.

The roles we are advertising

We recently recruited to a large number of roles, each of which will work with young people, helping them to achieve their goals. We are currently recruiting to the below post:

Senior Youth Worker (JNC 25-32)

4 x Youth Workers (JNC 14-19)

Detached Youth Worker (JNC 22-25)

The below diagram sets out the structure of our new Youth Empowerment Team, with the post we are currently recruiting to shown in white.

Youth empowerment team structure (PDF)

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.
Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz - Youth recruitment video.

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.

Youth Empowerment Service recruitment - what are the young people looking for? (YouTube video) 

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 and 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

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 the receipt of applications is Friday 15 May.

Newham is committed to involving young people in the selection of candidates to be appointed to Youth Empowerment roles. Candidates may be asked to meet with a panel of young people as part of the selection process.