Inspiring, nurturing and empowering young people with a vision impairment.

Youth Engagement Officer

Residential Care
New College Worcester, Whittington Road, Worcester, WR5 2JX
Posted 1 month ago

Job Ref: C284/0224

Scale 4: SCP 7-11, £24,294 – £25,979

This role is flexible working over 7 days. to include overnight, evenings. weekends and Bank holidays, as required.                                                         
Closing Date:       

10am Friday 15th March 2024 


Week beginning Monday 18th March 2024 

Purpose of the Job:

The Youth Engagement Officer is an exciting and unique role which combines the responsibility of running the onsite NCW Youth Club and extending that work to other young people who are blind or vision impaired, both in the wider community and nationally.

New College Worcester (NCW)

The Youth Engagement Officer is an exciting and unique role which combines the responsibility of running the onsite NCW Youth Club and extending that work to other young people who are blind or vision impaired, both in the wider community and nationally.

The Youth Club at NCW is a facility for residential students to enjoy outside of the school day in the evenings and weekends. With a pool table, air hockey and other entertainment equipment, the space is great resource for students who are blind and vision impaired to relax when not in lessons.  The postholder will be responsible for opening, maintaining and operating this space – including running a varied programme of events and activities.

Alongside this, the postholder will use their experience and skills to engage with children and young people in the wider community, attending residential breaks run by charity partners, participating in open days and recruitment events and running online get togethers for young people with a vision impairment.  The focus of this element of the role is to communicate NCW’s offer by building relationships with families and other sight loss organisations and charities.  This is a fun, diverse and hands-on role for a motivated self-starter who enjoys spending time with young people and who has a ‘can do’ attitude.

NCW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  This post is a regulated activity, and is conditional on two satisfactory and verified references, an enhanced DBS Clearance and Registration, and medical clearance and a six-month probationary period.  NCW is an Equal Opportunities employer.

Full details for this role can be down loaded from NCW website (www.ncw.co.uk), or contact [email protected] (01905 763933) for details.  Candidates must complete an NCW application form, CVs will not be accepted.

Main Tasks:

Youth Club

  • To lead on the provision of the NCW Youth Club, running a varied programme of events and activities for NCW students.
  • Work with students to co-design the programme for the Youth Club.
  • Be responsible for opening, maintaining and operating this space.
  • To devise and implement a programme of Youth Club based activities and events for students of NCW.
  • Organise staffing of the Youth Club and oversee volunteers supporting events and activities.
  • The provision of appropriate reports, risk assessments and the maintenance of records on pupil participation with Youth Club events and activities.
  • To have due regard for Health and Safety and Safeguarding elements of running the Youth Club and act accordingly and appropriately.
  • Willingness to undertake any First Aid, medical or safeguarding training as required.


Nationwide Youth Engagement

  • To attend activity and sports weekends and family events with charity partners, involving working with young people and their families, much of which will be at weekends and over holiday periods. This could involve overnight stays at activity centres.
  • To proactively develop and maintain strong relationships with key individuals in sight loss charities, developing strong relationships to help promote NCW and communicate the NCW offer.
  • To support the Marketing team in participation with student recruitment open days and events to help realise student recruitment targets.
  • Support the development and implementation of a school engagement programme targeted at UK primary schools to involve assemblies, class workshops and activities to raise awareness of vision impairment and NCW.
  • Plan and implement a programme of online youth activities to children and young people with a vision impairment.
  • If required, to represent NCW at exhibitions and events, engaging with parents and young people affected by vision impairment, to promote NCW and communicate the NCW offer.
  • To represent NCW externally in a responsible and professional manner.
  • To undertake any other duties commensurate with your level of responsibility as may be required by Line Manager, Senior Leadership Team (SLT) or Principal in order to ensure the efficient functioning of the College.
  • Any other duties commensurate with the nature of the post and under the reasonable direction of the Principal.

Equal Opportunities Statement:

NCW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  This post is conditional on an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check.

Safeguarding Children:

NCW is fully committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of students at the College.  You are responsible for adhering to the College’s policies on Child Protection and for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people you come into contact with.

Annual review:

This job description will be reviewed annually and may be subject to amendment or modification at any time after consultation with the post holder.  It is not a comprehensive statement of procedures and tasks but sets out the main expectations of NCW in relation to the post holder’s professional responsibilities and duties.

This document is to be read in the context of NCW Statement of Purpose, NCW Equal Opportunities Statement, and agreed policies of the NCW and the Conditions of Service as outlined in the individual employee’s contract.

Important Information to read prior to applying to work at NCW:

Please note that any offer of employment will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Registration through the DBS and Health clearance which will be arranged by the College.

If you are shortlisted, you will be asked to complete and return a criminal history / suitability self-disclosure prior to interview; any relevant information that you disclose will be discussed with you at interview. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 as a result of the Exceptions Order 1975 as amended in 2020, and therefore all unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs, and any convictions or adult cautions that would not be filtered, must be declared on the self-disclosure.  Please see the Ministry of Justice website for information about the filtering of offences.

By completing an application form, the applicant confirms they are not disqualified from working in regulated activity with children, or subject to sanctions imposed by a regulatory body, eg Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) or Health and Care Professions council (HCPC). NCW will seek references on short-listed candidates, and may approach previous employers for information to verify particular experience or qualification, before interview.

If the applicant is currently working with children, on either a paid or voluntary basis, their current employer will be asked about disciplinary offences relating to their suitability to work with children, including any for which the penalty is time expired (that is where a warning could no longer be taken into account in any new disciplinary hearing for example) and whether the applicant has been the subject of any child protection concerns which are founded / upheld.  If the applicant is not currently working with children, but has done so in the past, that previous employer will be asked about those issues.

To provide false information is an offence and could result in the application being rejected or summary dismissal if the application has been selected, and possible referral to the police.

For full details on this role, please download the Job Description and Person Specification. 

How to apply

There are three ways you can apply for a vacancy at NCW.

It is optional for you to include a copy of your CV. A CV alone is not sufficient for our Safer Recruitment Procedures.

If choosing to complete the online application form, please complete as much information as possible. It may be helpful to write your supporting statement for the ‘Further Information’ section in a word processing programme first, which can be copy and pasted into the form below.

If choosing to upload a completed application form, please ensure you fill in the ‘Personal Details’ section below before clicking Submit.

If you would prefer to collect an application form or request that one is posted to you, please email Sheila Wood.


Apply entirely online using the fields below. Please complete all fields, using N/A if a field is not applicable to you. You can also upload a CV if you wish but a CV alone will not suffice.


Open the form in your chosen word editor and complete the fields. Save and submit the completed form by using the file uploader under "Apply Online" below. You can also upload a CV if you wish but a CV alone will not suffice.


Download the application form using the green button below. Print off the completed application form or print and complete it by hand and send it by post or hand deliver to the following address:
Sheila Wood, NCW, Whittington Road, Worcester. WR5 2JX

If you do not receive an acknowledgement email from NCW following submission of your application or if you are experiencing issues with submitting your application form online (please complete this via Word), email Sheila Wood, HR Assistant.

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