Kickstart - Youth Support Worker - Working for Essex
Salary: National Minimum Wage
Closing date: 04 Oct 2021
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Part-time
Req ID: 2177
Role: Kickstart
About the role

Kickstart - Youth Support Worker

Fixed Term, Part Time

National Minimum Wage

Location: Chelmsford

Closing Date: Monday 4th October 2021


Essex County Council is one of the largest Local Authorities in the UK, with responsibility for delivering services and support to our 1.4m Essex residents. We are also responsible for running the council on a day to day basis including services like administration, finance, HR and customer service.

We are excited to be supporting the Kickstart scheme and are very pleased you have taken an interest in this opportunity to join us on the Kickstart programme.

Please note that to be eligible for the Kickstart scheme you must meet the following criteria:

1. Aged between 16-24 years

2. Currently receiving Universal Credits

3. Have informed your DWP Work Coach that you wish to apply for this vacancy

Kickstart positions are for 6 months and working 25 hours per week. Further details on the Kickstart scheme a can be found at

What’s great about working for ECC is that we have nearly 7000 employees who work for us, from everything to our Country Parks, managing our highways and transport and all the support services needed to deliver the best service to our residents.

The Role:

Business Area: Education

The Youth Support Worker will be working within the Essex Youth Service team, which supports young people and community groups across Essex in a broad range of programmes from health and wellbeing, risk of crime, barriers to getting a job or other training.

We also support and encourage young people to have a voice on the issues that affect their lives.


The Youth Support Worker will be expected to travel across an operational area to support the delivery of a range of Youth Service programmes delivered to young people.

  • Assist in the support and motivation of young people and their learning
  • Assist in the promotion of the programmes to young people • Assist in the administration tasks and social media associated with digital and face to face events
  • Assist in supporting young people to have a voice in decision-making where individuals take on responsibilities for themselves
  • Build relationships and relate well to young people to support their full involvement in the programme

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Due to nature of the role, applicants will need to be 18 and over.
  • Driving Licence is desirable, but not essential. We do expect staff to be able to get around a geographical area.
  • Ability to undertake evening and/or weekend work as required in order to support the delivery to young people (colleagues currently work between hours of 7.00am – 9.00pm)
  • Must meet eligibility criteria set out by the DWP:
    • Aged between 16-24 years old
    • Receiving Universal Credits
    • You must also make your Work Coach aware of your interest in the opportunity.
  • Have a desire to succeed and a willingness to learn new skills and demonstrate a good work ethic.
  • Ability to deliver duties, as required; being well organised, reliable, and able to meet deadlines, whilst appropriately handling confidential and sensitive information.
  • Excellent communication skills are essential, as well as an ability to build and establish relationships, a friendly approach.
  • Experience of working effectively as part of a team, is helpful but not essential.
  • A positive, proactive can-do attitude is a must.

As part of employment with Essex County Council should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please visit:

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. For more information please use the following link:

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

If you have queries on this role or require anything further, please email: