Time to Shine Intern: Schools Engagement Support

Time to Shine Intern: Schools Engagement Support

Location: Isle of Coll, Scotland 

About The Organisation

 Project Trust is an educational charity based on the Hebridean Isle of Coll. Since 1967 Project Trust has sent over 7,000 Volunteers to Africa, Asia and the Americas to a wide range of long-term volunteering projects including teaching, social care work, outward bound instructing and community development.

All Project Trust’s Volunteers are 17-19 year-old school leavers, with around 260 Volunteers from across the UK and Europe going overseas annually. The projects are carefully selected, and rigorously vetted, to ensure the Volunteers’ existing skills can be put to good use in their host communities and that our Volunteers do not take work away from local people.

Extensive training and support before, during and after their time overseas is provided to all Volunteers, to maximise both the educational value of their experience and the positive impact they have in their projects. Staff on Coll, project Hosts and Overseas Representatives support the Volunteers during their placements, and Volunteers return to Coll for a Debriefing course at the end of their year.

Project Trust is widely regarded as the leader in the field of international volunteering and is highly respected.

Purpose of Job

  • Assist in the achievement of Project Trust’s strategic aim to ensure that our volunteering experience is open to and supportive of all young people with the desire, motivation and aptitude required to succeed.
  • To increase, by 20%, the number of yearly school and college visits. Currently this number is between 450 and 500.
  • To work alongside the Volunteer and Schools Engagement Team to raise Project Trust’s profile with the aim of recruiting a target of up to 300 Volunteers in the year 2019/20.

Summary of Main Responsibilities

  • To provide support to the Volunteer and Schools Engagement Team by researching, engaging and developing partnerships with new schools and youth organisations, with a focus on lower socio-economic areas of the UK.
  • To organise a regular programme of school and youth organisation presentations, to be delivered by Volunteer and Schools Engagement Coordinators and by Project Trust Returned Volunteers.
  • To assist in the development of recruitment-specific campaigns and support the Volunteer and Schools Engagement Team in the growth of its social media presence.
  • To be involved with young people at all stages of the Project Trust Volunteer journey, including Selection and Debriefing Courses as detailed below:
    • Selection: To assume the role of Group Leader, working with groups of up to six young people at a time, over the course of four days. The Group Leader must gather evidence and present this at a Selection Review meeting.
    • Debriefing: To engage with newly returned Volunteers; developing links, identifying contacts and organising presentations at their old school or college.
  • To take on responsibility for Volunteer and Schools Engagement administration associated with the above tasks, including:
    • Processing applications, enquiries and Selection bookings
    • Handling phone-calls
    • Selection Course administration
  • Attend Staff Team meetings and other meetings as required.
  • Within the job holder’s skills and abilities, support the Chief Executive and Head of Volunteer and Schools Engagement as required in other tasks or activities which contribute to the achievement of Project Trust’s strategic aims and objectives, and its development.

How to Apply

Download the application form from the Project Trust website: https://projecttrust.org.uk/time-shine-intern-schools-engagement-support-officer/ 

Closing Date: 5pm Tuesday 7th November 

Interview Date: Monday 13th November (Glasgow)


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