Greater Manchester (Hybrid)
West Yorkshire
£23,500 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Youth Engagement Co-ordinator- Job specification

About Volunteer It Yourself (VIY) 

VIY combines volunteering and DIY by challenging young people aged 14-24 to learn trade and building skills, on the job, by helping to refurbish and transform youth and community facilities in need of essential improvements (e.g. youth clubs, community centre’s, sports clubs, and arts, music and cultural venues). 

The majority of young people who take part and benefit are disengaged or excluded from mainstream education and training, at risk of disengagement and/or unemployed. 

VIY participants are mentored by professional tradespeople and gain vocational skills accreditations as well as access to further training, work placement and apprenticeship opportunities with local providers and employers beyond the project. 

VIY launched in 2011 and, to date, over 650 youth and community buildings across England and Wales have been repaired/refurbished, involving 12,000 young people and 1,100 trade skills mentors, with 4,500 young people gaining a City & Guilds accreditation. 

We are looking for outgoing and confident individuals to join our team to support our work in the West/East Midlands region and Greater Manchester/South Yorkshire region.


Job purpose

Youth Engagement Co-ordinators play a critical role in ensuring young learners receive a positive experience with VIY.  Co-ordinators are responsible for engaging young people onto VIY projects and supporting them at the end of the project with progression opportunities where relevant/appropriate, into sustained, further and higher level training and employment opportunities.

Due to operational growth, we are looking for Youth Engagement Co-ordinators to support our work in the following regions: 

  • West and East Midlands (x1)

  • Greater Manchester/ South Yorkshire (x1)

Candidates should be located within the region for which they are applying and willing to travel within the regions (and occasionally beyond).  Due to the location of some of our projects, a driving licence and access to a vehicle is preferable.

The role

Accountable to: Senior Youth Engagement Manager

Location: This is a home-based role, however, there is access to remote desks in Birmingham or Leeds if required.

This is an exciting and varied role which offers opportunities for experience and development across a broad range of VIY teams.

  • Identify, establish and maintain relationships with new and existing youth referral partners to drive young people’s engagement with VIY


  • Communicate directly with young people about VIY projects through presentations to group of young people, with a view to engaging them onto projects


  • Work with the youth engagement team to maximise young people on projects through creative, innovative and engaging methods


  • Monitor number of young people engaged and adjust recruitment plans accordingly to maximise engagement with each project


  • Ensure young people/ youth referral partners are well briefed on VIY and the opportunity available, including project logistics and an overview of the experience they can expect


  • Engage directly with young people through Welcome Calls and other forms of communication, as required, to ensure young people feel excited, informed and motivated to take part in a project


  • Support VIY participants in progressing, where relevant/appropriate, to sustained, further and higher level training and employment opportunities beyond VIY


  • Work with colleagues to ensure accurate and regular data collection from young people and venues, which is appropriately recorded and maintained on Salesforce 


  • Achieve recruitment and progression targets for each project

  • Any other tasks as may be reasonably required

Skills and Experience




  • At least one year’s experience of working with young people


  • Excellent organisational skills and experience of multi-tasking 


  • Excellent communication and engagement skills, with the ability to communicate with and influence a wide range of audiences in a variety of ways, including in person or over the phone/email


  • An ability to build rapport with young people from a wide range of backgrounds, supporting their development and relating sensitively and confidentially to their needs


  • Absolute attention to detail


  • Ability to work on your own initiative and as part of a team


  • Ability to work in a small, evolving and flexible organisation


  • Commitment to the aims and values of VIY and a passion for helping young people to progress


  • Willingness/ ability to travel throughout East/West Midlands OR Greater Manchester/South Yorkshire



  • Experience of supporting young people who are not in education, employment or training, with an understanding of the key issues affecting them and experience of supporting them to overcome issues/barriers


  • Experience of engaging young people into volunteering, training or employability programmes 


  • Experience of working towards KPIs and a proven ability of achieving targets


  • Experience of speaking publicly/ delivering presentations to groups of varying sizes


  • Experience of data inputting and working within a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system, ideally Salesforce


  • A driving licence and access to a car.


Terms and conditions

Location: West/East Midlands OR Greater Manchester/ South Yorkshire 

Salary:           £23,500

Hours:    Full time, hours are  9am - 5.30pm  

Leave:    25 days pa (plus bank holidays)


Full time contract, with three month’s probation period.

Posted on: 30 May 2022
Closed date: 29 June 2022 at 23:59
Job ref: VIY Youth Engagement Co-ordinator
Tags: Admin, Volunteer Management

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