In addition, we run an Adult Learning Service which provides a full range of opportunities for personal, social and professional development (including some Family learning).
Assistant director - learning youth and skills
The unit also coordinates positive activities (all educational or leisure activities which are not school curriculum based) and promotes opportunities for positive activities though our website www.gimi.co.uk. Positive Activities includes Play and the unit is involved in developing integrated links and strategies to bring together all those involved in Play. This is especially exciting as the Play agenda moves towards more naturalistic play and building risk back into activities.
All areas of work offer a wide range of challenges and opportunities to work with and for children and young people in either a developing specialist role or opening doors to opportunities in other parts of the Service.
The service is primarily funded by the Skills Funding Agency (previously the Learning and Skills Council) and in addition to meeting the priorities of the County Council and the needs of local communities we need to ensure that we meet the priorities set out by the Skills Funding Agency in order to secure future financial support.
We offer learning opportunities to some 9,500 learners in 243 venues across the whole of the County. The courses we provide include formal accredited further education qualifications, 'softer' accredited courses which would lead on to further learning and informal learning which could be leisure or health based.
The service has seven main area bases across the County. Each base has an Area Adult Learning Manager and a team of administration and delivery staff, and receives specialist support from area based Learning and Skills Advisors, Skills for Life and Family Learning Coordinators and Supported Learning Coordinators. Each area also has a Quality Improvement Officer to ensure a consistent approach across the service. There is also a team of staff based at County Hall and here we have Officers, specialist managers and the finance team, as well as the Employment Engagement team who work County wide to coordinate work with employers including the County Council.
The responsibilities of the team include:
Our team works in partnership with many other services across North Yorkshire within various youth venues, including our 6 Integrated Youth Support hubs which are based in Northallerton, Pickering, Scarborough, Selby, Harrogate and Skipton. The job roles within our team are dynamic and varied. For example, our Connexions service provides impartial information, advice and guidance to help young people make the transition to adult life. A key focus of our work is supporting unemployed young people to get them back into education, work and training. Our Youth Justice Service prevention teams are committed to preventing youth offending and helping young people to achieve positive outcomes in their lives.
Working within our team you can be creative in engaging young people, you will get satisfaction from supporting colleagues as well as benefiting from others' support, and you will make a real difference to young people's lives.
How do we do this? We have practitioners who have common core skills when working with young people. These include:
In addition, staff develop specialisms to support young people with the range of issues they face. This might include:
Staff might come to us already with an Information, Advice and Guidance or Learning Development and Support Services NVQ award, or a counselling, teaching, social work or other similar qualification. For those starting as trainees we offer opportunities to complete an NVQ award in Information, Advice and Guidance or Learning, Development and Support Services. We also offer internal training to all staff, whatever their previous training and experience, as we are committed to lifelong learning and development.
The aims within the "Every Child Matters" green paper guide our work. We are always endeavouring to help young people to be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve in their life and make a positive contribution so that they can aspire to economic wellbeing.
The Education Social Work Service provides a range of support services to children and young people, parents/carers and schools in order to ensure that all children are able to benefit from access to appropriate education.
The team includes Education Social Workers, Welfare Officers, Home School Support Workers and Parent Support Advisers based in schools. The focus of their work includes; the promotion of high levels of school attendance, support to schools to safeguard children, early intervention and support for parents and carers whose children are experiencing difficulties.
Parenting support is also provided to the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller community and parents and carers of children from minority ethnic families through a dedicated team.
The support provided to families often features direct work with parents and carers, including both individual support and the delivery of parenting programmes.
The Service also hosts the Parent Partnership Team which provides specialist independent advice to parents/carers of children with special educational needs. Parent Partnership Coordinators also provide support to parents and carers who are seeking advice or experiencing difficulties choosing an appropriate school.
The teams are based in many schools, and also in Children and Young People's Service offices around the County to allow for integrated working with other agencies at a local level.
The mixture of qualified and experienced staff, with recently developed parent support posts, has created a positive blend of support and innovation. Whilst a number of staff have social work qualifications, there are opportunities for staff with less experience to receive induction support and training whilst in post. Most recently appointed staff will complete training which fits with the Children's Workforce Development Council guidelines.
The responsibilities of the team currently include:
For information on the range of activities that we offer for young people visit our 'Gimi' site.
To join our team of qualified youth workers you need to be passionate about working directly with young people and able to motivate, inspire and engage them. We offer a range of training opportunities for both our paid staff and volunteers, ranging from introductory e-learning courses on working with young people to NVQs and courses that lead to a nationally recognised qualification. For more information on training opportunities please see the National Youth Agency website and ABC awards website.
For information on responsibilities and career progression please see this document [28kb] [pdf].
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Please note, we are committed to recruiting staff directly and do not utilise agency suppliers for direct recruitment. We will not accept applications nor services from agency suppliers in respect of our vacancies. Find out more.