Young People's Work and Skills Outreach Worker
Young People's Work and Skills Outreach Worker
We are looking for a passionate and committed youth outreach worker with a background in skills development and employment support, to be part of our Bright Futures programme for Gypsy and Traveller young people in London.
We strongly encourage applications from Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller (GRT) people.
Are you interested? If you would like to come and talk to us about our organisation’s work, meet our team or chat informally about the role, contact us by our info email
Who we are?
London Gypsies and Travellers is an organisation which challenges social exclusion and discrimination, working for change in partnership with Gypsies and Travellers. We work with families across London Boroughs, living on council caravan sites, roadside encampments, those living in bricks and mortar housing, and those experiencing homelessness. We work together with GRT communities to build the capacity of individuals and their communities to influence on the decisions that affect their lives. For more information visit our website
LGT’s Bright Futures provides mentoring, employability, and wellbeing support for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller young people. We passionately believe that increasing opportunities for young people is crucial for the future of their communities. We work directly with young people to enable them to overcome socio-economic barriers, engage in wider society, and be active changemakers for their community.
Bright Futures’ revised strategy for the new year focuses on individual mentoring and practical guidance around training, employment and entrepreneurship that is tailored to each young person’s interests, skills, and aspirations. The Work & Skills Outreach Worker will play a vital role in the redesign and assist in strengthening the career guidance, employment and skills development services for young people in the programme.
As the Work & Skills Outreach Worker, you will assist and motivate Gypsy and Traveller young people, aged 14 – 25 into pathways to sustainable training, employment, and entrepreneurship opportunities. In coordination with the Project Lead, you will develop collaborations with employers, training providers, and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community members to identify relevant training, learning and work placements for young people. You will work directly with young people and their families through community outreach initiatives as well as individual and group work.
Role and responsibilities
- Collaborate with Project Lead to develop and enhance the Bright Futures programme with robust employability support services.
- Develop effective working relationships with employers, businesses, training providers, and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community members to secure high-quality and impactful training and work placements for young people.
- Provide guidance and assist young people in understanding their skills, aspirations, and goals, and finding appropriate training and employment pathways.
- Undertake community outreach initiatives to promote and enrol young people to the Bright Futures programme.
- Design accessible processes to facilitate young people’s engagement in the programme, including skills assessment, individual development plans, resources, check-ins and progress tracking.
- Organise regular individual and small group thematic sessions such as industry awareness talks, taster activities, interview skills workshops, exploring self-employment etc.
- Monitor progress, making adjustments as needed, and maintain accurate records of interactions with young people in the programme.
- Input into the monitoring and evaluation of the programme including funder reports and funding applications.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
- Demonstrable knowledge and experience in delivering career guidance and skills development support for young people. .
- Ability to foster trust and interact with young people with patience and empathy in both formal and informal settings.
- Ability to develop positive working relationships with a wide range of external stakeholders.
- Experience in undertaking skills and competencies assessments and designing and implementing action plans.
- Ability to deliver engaging and accessible training to young people in small groups or individually.
- Commitment to equality and challenging discrimination, and to advocate for and on behalf of GRT young people in the work force.
- Ability to work flexibly to respond to changing needs of the Traveller community and the organisation and to prioritise work within the resources available.
- Ability to work independently as well as within a team and developing plans together with colleagues.
- Good IT and project support skills including administration, planning, report writing and record keeping.
- Effective communication skills, both written and oral, with a wide range of people.
- Previous experience of working with the Gypsy, Traveller, Roma community
- Knowledge or experience of youth work or social support services.
- Understanding of welfare benefits system in relation to young people
How to apply: Please submit a CV and a cover letter with concise answers to these questions:
1. Why do you want to work with London Gypsies and Travellers
2. What experience do you have in working with young people?
3. What knowledge and experience do you have in skills development and employment support with young people?
4. What other skills and knowledge you are bringing to the role?
Please make reference to the role description and essential skills and experience as outlined.
Applications without a cover letter may not be considered.
Interviews will take place on Tuesday 23rd and/or Thursday 25th January 2024.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.