About the role
An introduction to London Youth
London Youth is a network of diverse community youth organisations serving young people of all backgrounds right across the capital.
Our mission is to support and challenge young people to become the best they can be.
Our vision is that all young Londoners grow up healthy, able to navigate a fulfilling career and make a positive contribution in their communities.
We support them to develop the confidence, resilience and relationship skills they need to do this, delivering with and through our network of community youth organisations and at our two residential centres; Woodrow High House and Hindleap Warren. We work with all young people but place a particular emphasis on those who wouldn’t otherwise have access to the kind of opportunities we offer.
Because good youth work, works.
About Hindleap Warren
Hindleap Warren is London Youth’s outdoor education centre located in the Ashdown Forest and set in 300 acres of woodland just over an hour from London.
Hindleap Warren creates opportunities for personal and social development that are second to none, working with more than 10,000 young people every year. Our mission is to support and challenge young people to be the best they can be.
We provide residential courses – typically for schools during the week and youth organisations (including our members) at weekends and over the school holidays. We also offer day courses to young people from all backgrounds.
Activities are accessible all year round and have been designed to stretch young people of all ages. On-site, there is archery, orienteering, pool canoeing, climbing, high ropes, three zip-wires, abseiling, tunnels, an obstacle course and team challenges. We also take groups off-site to do canoeing, mine and cave exploration, rock climbing and bouldering.
Being an instructor
We are committed to providing a top quality experience to our visitors and all staff play an active part in achieving that aim. The instructional staff have a depth of experience in the provision of outdoor education and they are led by a highly qualified, experienced and approachable management team.
It is the overall quality of our staff and consequently the quality of our provision that allows us to retain a very high reputation.
To deliver outdoor education sessions to groups visiting the Centre and to be involved in other duties required to operate the Centre.
An Important Note regarding Qualifications
We welcome applications from those looking to change career and so for an exceptional candidate, the qualification requirement could be less. We would require that you can demonstrate sufficient personal or voluntary instructional experience in a mentioned activity on the Job Specification and we would have to be satisfied that you could easily and quickly gain a qualification in several of the mentioned areas on the Job Specification.
We have a combination of permanent positions as well as – in the first instance – six-month contracts.
Although 2021 will look a little different due to Covid-19; staff training for our employees remains high on the priority list for us. It is hoped that in 2022 we will go back to a version of the below training.
We provide an ongoing programme of further training for staff. This will often take the form of organised trips away in order that staff can build up log book experience ultimately gaining further Governing Body Awards. As well as providing an opportunity to practice skills that they might not normally use at work.
There is usually a week of organised staff training each year to areas such as the Lakes, Scotland, Wales, North Yorkshire or the Mendips, along with other shorter instances of training to be gained. Other opportunities for small groups of staff to go away are often possible, usually in the winter.
The Centre will pay for staff to take further governing body qualifications (budget permitting) and it usually possible for this type of training to be done in work time. All staff are expected to progress their level of qualification and to develop further instructional skills.
Board and Lodging
Shared facilities are available for single accommodation on site at a charge, variable in line with the Government’s set NMW accommodation offset rate. This is currently set at £249.42 per month. Whilst on duty, meals are free of charge.
Salary: £19,848 – £21,101 per annum depending on Qualifications and Experience
Annual Leave: 31 days plus Bank Holidays. Leave entitlement will be calculated on a pro-rata basis for part time employees.
Hours: Full Time: 42 per week / Part time: Discussed at interview. There will be a need for flexibility to work weekends and occasional evenings to meet business needs.
Important dates and how to apply
Start date: This can be discussed at interview.
How to apply:
Please note that we welcome applications from those wishing to work on a part-time basis as well as full-time.
Please submit by emailing the following by the deadline stated above:
- A supporting statement outlining how your skills and experience meet the Job Description and Person Specification on a maximum of 2 pages.
- Your up to date and comprehensive CV
- A completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
- A completed Criminal Convictions Declaration Form
Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “ Outdoor Education Instructor – Hindleap Warren”
London Youth does not hold a sponsor licence so we are unable to employ someone without permission to work in the UK
London Youth is committed to anti-racism and embraces equality, diversity and inclusion. We are committed to the ongoing development of an organisation that values and represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills and welcome applications that reflect this
Our commitment to anti-racism
In July 2020, we issued a statement committing to become an anti-racist organisation and to actively tackle racism. Since then, London Youth has worked with our staff and trustees to understand first the issues within our organisation, collaboratively developing a Theory of Change to define our areas of focus, approach and plan of action moving forward.
We have a Race Equality Action Stakeholder Group which is chaired by a London Youth member and trustee. This group includes representatives from across the organisation and oversees the implementation of our Race Equality Action Plan.
At the heart of youth work is the drive to level the playing field for all young Londoners to succeed, regardless of their backgrounds. Over two thirds of the young people we work with are from racialised communities and we know that without the opportunities which youth organisations provide, there would be limited experiences open to them.