Employability Co-ordinator

Category: Youth Work

Type: Part time, 14 month contract

Hours: approx 14 per week

Location: Islington

Salary: £10.55 per hour

Are you passionate about seeing young people develop their skills and interests? Do you get excited about making connections and providing people with new opportunities?

Creative Opportunities is a youth-led social enterprise that facilitates and encourages creativity amongst young Londoners; supporting them to develop skills, make connections and lead change.

Our mission is to teach young people transferable skills relevant to their own interests and to guide them to successfully navigate their chosen pathways. Our user-led programmes empower young people to develop creative processes, freethinking and technical knowledge under the guidance of industry professionals. We challenge the young people we work with to be ambitious, building their resilience to risks and challenges.

After a successful pilot in 2018 Creative Opportunities is expanding our mentoring programme in Islington and are seeking an Employability Co-ordinator to join our team. You will be responsible for recruiting and getting to know 30 mentees - you will ask them about their interests, what they care about and what their goals for the future are. You will then recruit 30 mentors who have the relevant life experience and skills to provide support.

In 2018 mentors supported their mentees to gain paid experience in the film industry, helped them to decide what to study at University, gave them strategies for coping with exam stress, advice on how to register as self-employed and pairs attended open days, the cinema and parliament. Areas of interest ranged from film to fashion and beyond. Not just limited to the creative industries, we matched pairs on their mutual interest in chemistry, human rights law, community organising, economics and aerospace.

The Role

The Employability Co-Ordinator will be responsible for the recruitment of mentors and mentees, sourcing new opportunities for our members such as trainings, paid work placements and relevant events and the promotion and administration of the programme. Once the pairs are matched they will be expected to meet 15-20 times over the course of one year at a time and place that is convenient to them. You will check in with mentors and mentees throughout the year to provide any additional support, resources or guidance.

Key responsibilities:

  • Social media related to the programme
  • Recruit 30 mentees by the end of February 2019
  • Recruit 30 mentors by the end of February 2019
  • Match pairs
  • Organise and deliver mentor training
  • Organise DBS checks
  • Planning four events over the course of the year - programme launch (March 2019), 2 group activities (July and October 2019) and a closing event (March 2020)
  • Researching new opportunities for members
  • Publicising these opportunities to our members
  • Process mentor/mentee expenses
  • Request and keep track of learning logs / mentoring outcomes
  • Collect informal feedback
  • Write end of grant report and case studies for the programme


An enthusiasm for working with young people and providing them with opportunities they might not otherwise be aware of or have access to.

Ability to build and maintain relationships.

Using your network to make introductions and build new partnerships.

Computer literate with experience of G Suite.

Experience of managing a database.

A valid DBS certificate or willingness to undergo a DBS check.


Experience of the following:

Volunteer, project or programme management.

Being or having a mentor.

Delivering mentoring training.

Knowledge of safeguarding.

Delivering safeguarding training.

Application Deadline: Wednesday 12th December

Shortlisting: Thursday 13th December

Interviews: Monday 17th, Tuesday 18th December

Ideal start date: Week commencing 7th January 2019

TO APPLY: Please send a copy of your CV and a 1 page cover letter outlining your suitability for the role to ashar@creativeopportunities.co.uk with the subject “Employability Co-Ordinator”

This is a self employed position. Creative Opportunities can provide support with registering as self employed.