Drive Forward Foundation is a UK charity based in London working to help young people leaving the care system move into education, training and employment. As youth unemployment reaches record levels, the obstacles facing the more vulnerable in this group are immense. Drive Forward Foundation runs weekly skills and confidence building workshops under the umbrella of ‘The DRIVE Programme’, a mentoring scheme, and most importantly, provides access to work through its business partners, helping to break the cycle of deprivation through genuine social change.
We are looking to recruit an engaging and inspiring person who can run the DRIVE training programme for youths between the ages of 17-25. The candidate must be confident to lead sessions by themselves as well as managing and responding to approximately 30 professional volunteer trainers who need to be integrated into the programme. The candidate must take a genuine interest in the personal development of our young people, ensuring that they achieve their goals.
TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- · Liaising with and managing 30 external professional trainers to plan and coordinate the delivery of the programme (which includes sessions on improving independent living skills, job seeking, self expression and confidence to 15-20 young people
- Delivering one-to-one sessions in the form of careers guidance and managing a case-load
- Recruit new trainers to deliver the programme
- Designing and delivering 1-2 workshops and learning experiences of your own for each programme
- Collecting and analysing feedback from facilitator and students to propose programme enhancements
- Setting up and moderating young people advisory board .Recruiting new young people to the programme from local authorities in conjunction with the Head of Youth Engagement when necessary
- Supervising Mentoring Programme, including recruiting, training, and monitoring mentors, and overseeing the mentoring relationships
- Reporting to the Operations Director (Head of Youth Engagement)
- Other duties as assigned
- 2+ years’ experience of working with young people
- Qualification Requirements : relevant training qualification and IAG
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
- Ability to work on their own initiative
- Must be sympathetic/empathetic but also energetic, passionate, engaging, innovative and dynamic.
- Strong organisational skills.
- Flexible with time and the ability to work at least 2 evenings per week.
- Ability to effectively communicate and relate to a variety of different ages and levels, from high level stakeholders to young people with disadvantage.
- Knowledge of the job market and qualification progression in London in order to be able to advise our young people.
- Understanding of how to use social media to engage and build communities
DESIRABLE BUT NOT
- Knowledge of the State Care System (and the problems that young people from this kind of disadvantaged background face)
- Knowledge of ASANA project management software