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Programme Officer

At a glance

£22,000-£25,000 per year
Closing date
Fixed Term, Full-Time
37 hours per week

About Inspire

Inspire is a Hackney-based charity supporting young people to create a positive future for themselves. We connect young people with the world of work, challenge stereotypes and celebrate local talent.

Founded in 2004, we open doors for young people aged 3-24 in Hackney and beyond, through a range of programmes that help them to raise their aspirations and achievement levels. With a team of 30 staff and an annual turnover of £1 million, we work with schools across Hackney, Camden and Islington, supporting thousands of young people each year with volunteers from a huge network of employers. In 2014 we established our independent school Inspired Directions, which offers alternative provision for learners whose needs cannot be met within mainstream education.

The Role

  • Proactively researching and engaging employers from particular sectors, to ensure there is a sufficient supply of organisations willing to take students on placements and provide volunteers to support one-day programmes in schools.
  • Developing and maintaining positive relationships with employers through regular telephone, email and face-to-face contact to maintain their interest in Inspire and ongoing commitment to support Inspire’s programmes.
  • Supporting employers to provide effective and tailored work experience placements for young people, including those with special educational needs or emotional and behavioural difficulties through guidance, design of relevant material and training.
  • Undertaking pre-placement checks for work experience placements to ensure the providers meet the requirements to host students on placements (training will be provided).
  • Designing and delivering briefings, providing advice and guidance to ensure all volunteers are prepared in advance for their volunteering activity

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About You

  • Qualified to degree level/Advanced Apprenticeship level 4 or equivalent experience.
  • Previous experience working with young people in a group setting.
  • A passion for providing vital work-related experiences for young people.
  • Knowledge of how schools operate.
  • Awareness of equalities issues in our local area.
  • Excellent time management and organisation skills.
  • Ability to manage high volume work with conflicting pressures and deadlines.
  • Confident communication skills with the ability to persuade and negotiate effectively.
  • Ability to build and sustain positive, professional relationships with a range of individuals from young people to employers

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