E15, London
£36,184 FTE, pro rated for 30 hours per week
Contract, Part-time
Job description

Are you an energetic, ambitious and strong networker looking to put your skills to work? A fantastic opportunity has arisen to join The Children's Society's and Catch22's newly designed service to support care leavers in London into apprenticeships. We are a dynamic, friendly and varied team from two organisations supporting young people.

As a Partnership Development Manager you will be instigating and managing relationships across London with multiple agencies including referral and employer partners. You will source and motivate suitable apprenticeship and employment opportunities for care leavers. This will include Local Authority Partners, Leaving Care Teams, community referral partners and employer partners.

You should be able to demonstrate your enthusiasm as you represent and promote the work vision and purpose of this programme and champion the rights and needs of care leavers.

You will join a highly motivated team with strong front line practice expertise. As the Partnership Development Manager you will play an integral role in helping us connect, inspire and mobilise referral and employer partner to be part of the cause, collectively transforming the lives of vulnerable young people.

Information about the Partnership between The Children's Society and Catch 22

This project will be delivered by a bold new partnership between Catch22 and The Children's Society.

The Children’s Society fights for change for disadvantaged young people through direct practice and through lobbying and campaigning for policy change.

Catch22 supports people at every stage of the social welfare cycle to build resilience and aspiration in people/communities.

Together we have over 1,800 professionals in our networks, operating from 144 locations across the UK, working to support over 51,000 people every year.

Key Activities

  • Creating and managing relationships across London with employers providing apprenticeships for Care Leavers.
  • Being responsible for the generation of self-sourced leads and employer contacts in order to help care leavers access apprenticeship and employment opportunities.
  • Developing and managing relationships with multiple agencies across London. This will ensure referral pathways into the service are smooth and Care Leavers adequately supported.
  • Supporting the Apprenticeships for Care Leavers team while operating within The Children’s Society’s performance management. This includes undertaking training, customer relations management and regular supervision.
  • Developing and delivering training for professionals as required. This includes disseminating models of good practice for working with vulnerable young people and their families.
  • Developing and implementing monitoring and evaluation systems for partnerships in line with agreed targets of the overall programme. It is expected that this role will contribute towards the overall delivery of outcomes and enable sustainability of the programme in the longer term.
  • Developing models of practice and participation, enabling children and young people to be involved in the work of the service and The Children’s Society.


To be considered for the role you will ideally come to us with a passion or background in partnership / relationship development in the charity or public sector. You must be willing to travel extensively throughout London. You should be able to demonstrate a proven track record of working in a multi-disciplinary way, across teams, achieving both financial and non-financial targets and be able to work on your own initiative.

To be considered for this post you will have to demonstrate that you already have:


  • Sales / business development - including getting buy-in, building rapport and establishing value propositions for multiple stakeholders
  • Partnership working: developing and maintaining good relationships with key stakeholders
  • Generating leads for new partnerships with both agencies working with young people and employers
  • A strong understanding of the Apprenticeship levy and the benefits to employers
  • Working with vulnerable young people; including Care Leavers.
  • Youth Engagement and Participation Work: Engaging, listening, sharing and using young people’s views to shape services that they receive
  • Delivering training (including train-the-trainer)
  • Managing, leading and supporting individuals and teams who are dealing with complex and sensitive issues
  • Operating within a team requiring high quality supervision and case management
  • Project management including managing budgets


  • A relevant professional qualification such as Social Work Qualification or another qualification associated with the area of work. (desirable)

Work based knowledge

  • Understanding of the issues that affect vulnerable young people leaving care, including child sexual and criminal exploitation, trafficking, violence against women and girls, sexual abuse, going missing, serious youth violence and substance misuse
  • Knowledge of how to deliver excellent advocacy and children’s rights-based services for vulnerable children and young people
  • An in-depth knowledge of relevant children and young people’s legislation in relation to vulnerable children and young people; including safeguarding and child protection.
  • Effective methods of working with vulnerable young people; including trauma and gender informed approaches.  
  • Understanding of how to challenge effectively and champion the rights and needs of young people


  • Agile project management
  • Business development or sales
  • Networking
  • Problem solving
  • Influencing and challenging decision makers internally and externally 
  • Time management
  • Clear and concise written and verbal communication skills, including report writing.
  • Budget setting and financial management

Salary: Salary Scale CN (£36,184 Pro Rata incl. London Weighting)

Hours: 30 hours per week

We are working on a rolling application process, therefore there is currently no closing date - so if you're interested in this role, please apply as soon as possible. Interviews will be arranged as and when we receive and shortlist applications

This role is subject to an Enhanced DBS check.

Both organisations are committed to safeguarding and protecting the young people that we work with.  As such, all posts are subject to a safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records and vetting checks.  We ensure that we have a range of policies and procedures in place which promote safeguarding and safer working practices across our services.

More about Catch22

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Refreshed on: 19 November 2019
Closed date: 20 November 2019
Job ref: REF402F
Tags: Business Development, Vocational/Services

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