My work in youth participation really got started when the fantastic Bill Badham (Who incidentally is right his moment is somewhere cycling three times up a mountain in France to raise funds for a youth centre in Birmingham. Go sponsor him.) created four part-time jobs in The National Youth Agency Participation Team for 16 – 24 year olds to become co-trainers in equipping local and national government to include young people. Being one of the young members of that training team was a great experience for me – so I'm always delighted to see the model spreading.
Participation Works are recruiting young trainers to help in delivering their programme of support and training for third-sector organisations. Here is what they say:
Participation Works runs a national programme of training for organisations working with children and young people. Two of our one-day courses, Ready Steady Change and Building a Culture of Participation are delivered by a team of Associate Trainers (some of these Associates are young people).
Participation Works is offering this opportunity to enable young people with potential to develop the skills and confidence to join the Associate Trainers in delivering the training courses.
We will be recruiting young people to join the team initially as trainees, who will take part in a comprehensive learning programme. This programme will give trainees access to accredited learning, development opportunities and ongoing support. Travel costs will be paid during training, and once trainees are delivering training they will be paid up to Â£120 a day.
What skills and experience do I need?
You will need to be aged 16-24.You donâ€™t need to have experience in training others, but you will need to demonstrateâ€¦.
Â· Enthusiasm and commitment
Â· Being keen to learn and develop training skills to a high level
Â· Being happy to travel around England
Â· Ability to work with others
Â· Some knowledge of community, voluntary or faith sector organisations
Â· Passion for children and young peopleâ€™s involvement in decision making
Â· Awareness/ brief understanding of ICT
Â· And finally, free time to get involved â€“ We anticipate this will be about 10 days over 6 months (including 2 residential weekends and 6 days â€“ some weekdays, some weekends).
Find out more on the Participation Works website – and do pass details of this opportunity on to any young people who you think might be interested.