Ministry of Defence
Upavon, South West England, SN9 6BE
About the job
This position is advertised at 37 hours per week.
Are you a professionally qualified Youth & Community Worker looking to extend your experience? This post gives you that opportunity. Working within the Army Welfare Service, the Community Development Worker (CDW) delivers play, youth & community work across all age ranges, in a specified geographical area, engaging with a range of partners including schools and other external providers. The CDW works flexibly across locations in a non-standard working week.
Within the wider community, we support Service families through the provision of CS activities and volunteer led CS activities, working directly with, training or providing support and advice to existing and new community groups. This includes the development, delivery and support of play, youth and community activities achieved through a variety of strategies including building-based and outreach work with responsibility for the recruitment and management of volunteers, to assist in this role.
Welfare post roles are currently subject to a welfare review and may be subject to change pending the outcome of the review.
As CDW, you will be responsible for the delivery of Play, Youth and Community provision to members of the Service community within the posts area of responsibility. This may include the management of community centre activities, delivery of a club, initiative or project and the development of provision for all sections of the community as identified within the Community Needs Analysis.
A full UK Driver’s Licence is required for this post which requires travel to other sites in delivering the service.
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This role is suited to a professionally qualified Youth & Community Worker with a dynamic and creative approach to the job, who is looking to extend their experience into an exciting and challenging role.
Key Responsibilities are:
1. Provide professional guidance within the area of responsibility to the chain of command, welfare staff and volunteers for the delivery of play work, youth work and community development.
2. Be actively engaged face to face with communities to identify need, deliver training, support volunteers and work with children and young people. Work flexibly across locations as required, supporting day-time, evening and weekend activities.
3. Prepare as directed and update annually, site specific Community Profile, Needs Analysis and Action Plans in consultation with the local Chain of Command and relevant community groups.
4. Develop, deliver, facilitate and evaluate CS activity projects in accordance with National Occupational Standards, CS quality improvement policy, health & safety, MOD Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults policy and procedures and other relevant MOD policy.
5. Identify, negotiate for and secure through partnership liaison, resources to facilitate the delivery of community support activities within the area, staffing through HQ AWS. Produce reports on partnership, plans and evaluations.
6. Take direction from the Senior CDW on collaboration with AWS colleagues, MoD welfare providers and agencies, schools and other external partners to promote new initiatives and integrate the delivery of community support activities and assure local needs are met.
7. Actively recruit, supervise and support volunteers, providing relevant training to individuals and groups in accordance with CS Volunteer Development Policy
8. Attend In-Service education/relevant training for on-going professional development of Youth and Community work.
9. Undertake Line Management duties as required by the post.
10. Work within MOD policies and procedures, AWS Standard Operating Instructions (SOI) and within the Army Code of Confidentiality.
11. Undertake other duties within the terms and conditions appropriate to the grade and role as directed by the Line Manager.
12. Advice given delivering all the above should be in accordance with MoD policy, current legislation, local governance arrangements, AWS Standard Operating Instructions (SOIs), Army Code of Confidentiality, MoD Directorate for Children and Young People (DCYP) priorities and MoD Service Families Strategy.
UK Driver’s Licence
Degree or Professional qualification recognised by the JNC (Joint Negotiating Committee) which must be validated through inclusion on National Youth Agency (NYA) Validation Databases. The NYA is the national body for Youth Work in England.
Programmes or courses validated in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland have mutual recognition arrangements in place so if a programme is recognised as professional status in one UK nation it will be recognised in all. Professional qualifications across the 4 nations are mediated for equivalence through the Joint Education Training Standards to allow professionals who qualified in the different countries to work across all the nations to the same standard and on the same pay & terms. In Scotland, programmes of study leading to professional status are validated by CLD Standards Council for Scotland.
Validation – The JNC qualification databases and historic Scottish qualifications conferring professional status are attached to the CDW vacancy and applicants are advised that CLD current professional approved programmes can be found on the CLD Standards Council website.
Applications from candidates who do not hold the required JNC recognised qualification will be rejected.
Evidence of qualification will be required at interview
All qualifications/licences declared must be held at point of application and if applicable be in date.
Equivalent Qualifications will not be accepted
Queries about qualifications can be sent to Sascha Bridge,
We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
Learning and development tailored to your role
An environment with flexible working options
A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
Superannuation will be in accordance with the Teachers’ Pension Scheme.
. Annual Leave is 30 days, rising to 35 after 5 years reckonable service.
The post does not offer relocation expenses (move of home, excess fares or temporary transfer). Non-Standard move applicants will be eligible for the full package.
Please be advised that the Department is conducting a review of all pay related allowances which could impact on those allowances that the post currently being advertised attracts.
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Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles , and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
The sift will be conducted on CV and behaviours.
The Interview will be assessed on behaviours and technical skills.
Interview details such as location, date and time will be advised following sift.
Sifted candidates will be invited to attend a formal interview and give a short presentation (10 mins). The subject will be related to Youth and Community Work and will be advised in advance.
Applicants are asked to provide the following within the CS Jobs on-line application:
Personal statement of suitability for the post outlining relevant skills and experience
Evidence of Behaviours: Leadership; Changing & Improving; Making Effective Decisions; Working Together; Managing a Quality Service; Developing Self & Others (Behaviours will be assessed at EO Level.)
Confirmation of professional qualification
As a result of the changes to the UK immigration rules which came into effect on 1 January 2021, the Ministry of Defence will only offer sponsorship for a skilled worker visa under the points-based system, where a role has been deemed to be business critical.
The role currently being advertised has not been assessed as business critical and is therefore NOT open to applications from those who will require sponsorship under the points-based system. Should you apply for this role and be found to require sponsorship….. click apply for full job details