Youth Development Lead - Kickstart

Company:  Prince's Trust

Contract Type: Fixed-term for 6.00 months with the possibility of extension.

Hours: Full Time, 35 hours per week (part-time job shares are subject to availability)

Closing Date: 23:59 on Wednesday 13th October 2021

Salary:  Dependent on location, skills and experience. (National - circa £20,300.00 Inner London - circa £24,350.00)

Location: You can be based from any of our UK hubs.


The Prince’s Trust is excited to be recruiting passionate people across the UK to work with, and support, young people via the Government’s new Kickstart scheme!


We will begin reviewing applications prior to the closing date so we advise you to submit something sooner rather than later. If you have already applied, you do not need to reapply.


What is Kickstart?

The Kickstart Scheme is the UK government’s flagship employability scheme for young people in response to the COVID pandemic and provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16-24 year olds on Universal Credit. For further information, please visit our website (this will open in a new window).



To help young people make the most of their Kickstart placement and build the skills and confidence to sustain employment beyond.


What will I do?

As a Youth Development Lead, you will be delivering a combination of group workshops and 1-to-1 support in employability and personal and social development. You may also assist to deliver webinars and provide ‘buddy training’ for employers to help them support young people during their placements.


You must be comfortable delivering programmes on virtual platforms, as all sessions will be delivered virtually. You may at some point, be asked to occasionally deliver face-to-face, but there are no plans for this anytime soon.



We are particularly interested in receiving applications from individuals with the following:


  • You engage in challenges with optimism and resilience.

  • You are adaptive and flexible, ready to embrace change and innovation.

  • You are experienced in Employment training in both a 1-to-1 setting and in group sessions - ideal but not essential.

  • You have experience in partnership management to engage with employers effectively - ideal but not essential.

  • You deliver high-quality learning & development sessions to young people.

  • You are a natural and effective communicator, delivering excellent customer service.

  • You are passionate about supporting young people to make positive choices.


Please click here for the job description. You can also head to our ‘Working with young people’ page for more information. (These will open in a new window, however, if you're viewing from an external job board, please click apply to be directed to our website.)


We work with young people from every background, so we’re passionate about building a diverse workforce that represents the young people we support. We, therefore, welcome applications from everyone who meets the essential criteria for the role. If you think you could do the role, but don’t have all the desirable experience, we would still love for you to apply, as you’ll have the chance to complete a supporting statement to let us know what you would bring to the table, that will help young people on the Kickstart scheme.



Why we need Youth Development Lead - Kickstarts:

Last year, we helped more than 70,000 young people, with three in four young people on our programmes, move into work, education or training. 


The young people we help face a range of challenges, such as unemployment, mental health issues or some who have been in trouble with the law. Our job is to inspire and support young people, to help them reach their potential so that they can thrive and society can prosper.  


We believe all young people should have the chance to succeed, and that young people are the key to a positive and prosperous future for all of us.


Perks for working at The Trust:

  • Great holiday package! 30 days annual leave entitlement, plus bank holidays. Office closure the days between Christmas and New Year
  • Fantastic Family leave! Receive 13 weeks full pay and 13 weeks half pay for maternity and adoption leave. Receive 8 weeks full pay for paternity leave.
  • Flexible working! Where operationally possible, you can work hours to fit in with, school hours or care arrangements for example and you can also work from home.
  • Interest-free season ticket loans
  • Benefits platform! Everything from health and financial wellbeing support to discounts on your favourite restaurants, shops and cinemas
  • In-house learning platform! Develop your skills for your career and your role
  • The Trust will contribute 5% of your salary to the Trust Pension Scheme
  • You can volunteer for and/or attend events – music festivals, The Prince’s Trust Awards, active events etc.
  • Generous life assurance cover (4 x annual salary)


Here at The Prince's Trust, we're committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. We want to be an organisation that's representative of the communities we serve, which is why we strive for diversity of age, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, ethnicity and perspective. More importantly, creating an environment where everyone, from any background, can be themselves and do the best work of their lives is the right thing to do.


We’re a Stonewall Diversity Champion and we are an employer that is Disability Confident. Our staff, volunteers and young people are supported by PT CAN (our Cultural Awareness Network), PT GEN (Gender Equality Network), PT DAWN (Disability & Wellbeing Network) and Pulse (LGBT Network). For more information, click here.


The Prince's Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. As part of this commitment, we undertake basic disclosure checks in accordance with the Codes of Practice for all roles within the Trust, and for our roles working directly with young people, at an enhanced level. Having a criminal record will not automatically exclude applicants.



We prefer to hire people directly, but we do have a preferred supplier list for when we need a helping hand. We'll be in touch directly if we need you!


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Date added:  11-Sep-2021

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