Specialist child and youth care provider Kibble is encouraging those looking to move into a more meaningful career to sign up to its Child and Youth Care Worker Staff-in-Training programme.
Following a successful in-take in 2020 which saw 100% of Child and Youth Care Worker trainees employed by the leading charity upon completion of the course, Kibble is hoping to further bolster the team with people passionate about making a difference.
The charity and social enterprise provides essential care, education and therapeutic support to children and young people from the age of five through to 26, many of whom have experienced adversity or trauma.
The job description is unlike others, ranking commitment, patience, compassion and life experience above qualifications or knowledge of the sector. This will of course be provided as part of the programme training. At Kibble, Child and Youth Care Workers play a significant role in making a positive difference to the lives of young people by providing consistent love and care to those who have had a difficult start in life.
The Staff-in-Training programme, which offers the chance to gain a HNC in Social Services as part of the course, includes extensive training, personal mentoring, as well as ongoing guidance and support from peers and professionals who will work with successful candidates throughout the year.
Sharon McEwan, 41 joined the Child and Youth Care Staff-in-Training programme in January this year and is currently working full-time in the role. She said: “I had very little experience working with young people other than my own kids before starting at Kibble, but my natural ability to listen, understand and relate to people made me a great candidate.
Photo: Sharon McEwan
“I was previously working as a catering assistant but knew that I had the life experience and drive to help others, so I took the leap and applied last year and haven’t looked back since. Every day is different, offering a fresh opportunity to connect with a young person, and help them on their life journey.”
Jim Gillespie, CEO of Kibble, said: “The care that Child and Youth Care workers give to young people can truly change their lives, and that’s why it doesn’t matter to us if you’ve never worked in the sector before, or if you don’t believe you have the transferable skills – we are looking for people with an ambition to make others feel seen and listened to. If this sounds like you then we want you to get in touch and join our team.”
Photo: CEO of Kibble Jim Gillespie
Applications for Child and Youth Care Staff-in-Training programme close on 17th October. If you would like to find out more information, visit: www.jobtrain.co.uk/kibble.
Main photo: Harry Turner (left), Kibble Youth Care Worker reading a book to a child