Engagement and Learning Trainee

Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol
£15,807 - £16,781 per year
08 Jun 2018
25 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

1625 Independent People

Engagement and Learning Trainee (Care Leaver)

Closing date: 5pm Wednesday, 25 June 2018

Interviews: 05 July 2018

About us

1625 Independent People prevents youth homelessness in the South West and has been helping 16-25 year olds reboot their lives for over 30 years. With around 100 staff in four locations, we provided housing and support to around 1800 young people last year.

We’re one of the brightest youth organisations in the South West, leaders in our field, no other organisation in the area has the same wealth of experience.

You can read more about what we do and who we are.

About the job

Terms, conditions and benefits:

  • Hours per week: Full time 37.5
  • Contract type: Temporary 18 months (with progression to a permanent role on non-trainee rate subject to funding)
  • Pay: £15,807 - £16,781 per year (NJC Scale 11-14, starting at the bottom of the scale (NJC Scale 23-26 on progression)
  • 30 days' annual leave plus Bank Holidays
  • Free Health Scheme with UK Healthcare 
  • Pension - Employer contributes 4% and employees contribute a minimum of 0.8%, (see Summary of T&Cs below).
  • There is a requirement to work flexibly as required, which will include occasional evening and weekend work.
  • You will need to travel across Bristol so you must have either a full driving licence and access to a vehicle or the equivalent ability to travel with reasonable adjustment OR a willingness to learn to drive once in post. 

Where and who?

You will be working with the Participation and Learning Team and you will be line managed by the Engagement and Learning Co-ordinator.  You will be based at our Kingsley Hall office in central Bristol but will work across the 1625ip sites.

The role

This post is funded specifically to provide an opportunity for a person with previous experience of living in care to train as an Engagement and Learning Worker within 1625ip.

Engagement and Learning Workers work with young people living in our hostels and dispersed housing to help them develop the skills they need to prepare for independent living. The work is hugely rewarding and loads of fun. The E+L team do outreach work to find out what young people are interested in and make sure they know what is available.  They put on all sorts of activities and events as well as accredited skills programmes such as cooking, money skills and pre-tenancy training.

One day you might be supporting young people to access sports sessions, another day you might be helping them with arts or music sessions.

You will help young people develop confidence and skills, realise their skills and abilities and move onto successful adult lives.    

The team are very supportive of each other and through reflective practice we are always learning from our own and each other’s experiences.

Our work is rooted in providing support in a Psychologically Informed Environment framework known as PIE.

A typical day will include:

  • Visiting one of our hostels or shared houses to consult with young people regarding the activities and learning opportunities they are interested in
  • Running a group session – could be a fun activity, a trip, cooking, sports, arts or a session helping young people prepare to live in their own place
  • Inputting information about what you have done and what young people have achieved into our client record system.

About you

For this position you will need to have experience of living in care – foster care, children’s homes or kinship care.

You will need to have experience that demonstrates your ability to work in a busy environment, whilst following policies and procedures. Ideally you will have experience of work with young people with complex needs either in a paid or voluntary capacity. You will have experience of, or demonstrable ability to, complete administrative tasks to the required standard.   

What skills do you need to have? 

You will need to be good with young people, with the ability to motivate and encourage them to take part in activities. Ideally you will have skills in some of the areas we do activities in – arts, sports, music, cooking etc.. You will need to be confident and able to lead small groups. You will need to be well organised with good IT skills.    

Are there transferable skills that are valued?

The most important qualities are reliability, energy and enthusiasm, a positive, proactive approach and a real enthusiasm to see young people develop life skills.   


We believe in equal opportunities for everyone – you can read our full statement on our website.

Closing date: 5pm Wednesday, 25 June 2018

Interviews: 05 July 2018