Engagement Lead – Challenge Programme Job Description
Organisation: Babbasa CIC
Job Type: 1yr Fixed Term contract (this post is offered as a fixed-term contract for the third year of a 3-year grant programme, but with possibility of extension subject to Babbasa securing ongoing grant funding during the year).
Hours: 35 hours
Start date: August 2021
Babbasa is an award-winning, Bristol-based, social enterprise with a vision to create a world where all people are inspired and able to realise their employment and enterprise ambitions, irrespective of where they live, their nationality, ethnicity, gender, race, sexuality or faith. Babbasa realises its mission through its subsidiary enterprises including Babbasa’s Youth Empowerment Programmes and Recruitment & Inclusion Services (BRIS) and our core values of Imagination, Determination and Kindness.
Babbasa supports low income and ethnic minority young people to prepare for the workplace as well as support employers to recruit diverse talent, develop cultural competencies and create inclusive work environments for all to thrive. The direct support for young people includes soft skills training, mentoring, and information and guidance support. The direct support for employers includes Recruitment, Inclusion Advisory Support, Cultural Competency Training, Research, Inclusion Needs Analysis and Onboarding Support. Over the next decade, Babbasa plans to grow its services to both young people and employers to respond to the pressing imperative to overcome the structural barriers to workforce inclusion and associated social inequalities in Bristol and beyond.
The Engagement Lead is an exciting and important role that leads delivery of Babbasa’s Challenge Programme. This involves working with a group of enterprising young people to develop their skills and confidence through a stimulating and experiential training course and social action project, followed by a mentoring programme. In recent years, the Challenge Programme’s Youth Ambassadors have developed a youth manifesto and organised the ‘Our Bristol, Our World’ youth conference Our Bristol. Our World. Our Manifesto. - Babbasa; run Bristol’s first online festival for young people ‘Skill Swap’ and devised and delivered the ‘City of Change’ campaign to challenge Bristol businesses to pledge at least one career opportunity for a young person from an ethnic minority or low income background City Of Change - Babbasa. The post is funded by The National Lottery (TNL) Reaching Communities Fund and has been nominated as a national case study example of the Lottery’s community projects.
● Deliver and facilitate Babbasa’s workshop and training activities including the recruitment, enrolment and induction of participants (Youth Ambassadors) onto the Challenge programme
● Design and deliver weekly training and workshop materials through the use of appropriate teaching, learning and assessment methods - with the aim of encouraging challenge thinking, debates and developing the ability of participants to engage in critical discourse and rational thinking
● Build a trusting relationship (based on Babbasa values) with young people engaged - to ensure we meet their progression outcome and identify/address any health and safety, disability, equality, concerns or welfare issues.
● Lead a group of young people in the delivery of a social action project which develops their employability and enterprise knowledge and experience
● Support Youth Ambassadors to engage successfully with businesses and city wide voluntary organisations, schools, colleges and local youth agencies on the social action project.
● Coordinate a mentoring scheme after the social action project, which includes matching, training, and facilitation of first meetings and reviewing progress of mentoring pairs.
● Monitor and evaluate each of the core elements of the Challenge programme and assist to produce a final report after the 6-month programme cycle.
● Ensure young peoples’ comments, voices and suggestions are at the heart of service delivery and respond to their needs.
● Ensure internal administrative tasks are completed in a timely and accurate manner as required by Babbasa and the activity funder.
● Deliver support and guidance to participants using best practice.
● To attend and take part in all core Babbasa meetings
● To support in the induction of Equal Opportunity Ambassadors
Skills and Abilities
● Good organisation and time management skills, able to manage own workload effectively, meet deadlines, monitor outcomes and achieve targets
● Able to provide young people with enjoyable, stimulating and challenging experiences
● Able to provide young people with appropriate information, advice, support and challenge, and refer them to specialist help when required.
● Able to establish and maintain positive relationships with young people, including agreeing limits for acceptable behaviour
● Able to use a variety of approaches creatively – matched to young people’s different needs, abilities and interests
● Prepared to work flexibly, including evenings, weekends and other unsocial hours
Knowledge and Experience
Experience of designing and delivering skills-development training and support packages (preferably with a training or Information & Guidance qualification such as PGCE, PTLLS, assessor award, or willingness to complete further relevant qualification training)
Knowledge of, and interest in, Equality and Inclusion
● Experience of working with young people aged 16-25
● Experience of delivering training or workshops
● Experience of working with or across agencies
● An understanding of the principles and implementation of Equality and Inclusion, Child Protection and Safeguarding Policies
● Experience of using a variety of information technology and the ability to maintain records on a database
Work in an inclusive environment and supportive team who will support you to be great
Have the opportunity to demonstrate your enterprise skills being part of the development of a new business unit
Work for one of the few organisations in the UK honoured with Queen’s Award For Enterprise
Be part of transforming the lives of low income and ethnic minority young people in Bristol
Help Bristol to become an inclusive city by directly working with us to address inequalities
Have access to flexi-working arrangements