Are you aged 16 - 24, passionate about youth voice, and looking for paid work that fits around your commitments and priorities?
We believe that young people bring new perspectives to our work, provide valuable insight, generate new ideas, and challenge our way of thinking.
That’s why we’re creating a new Youth Advisory Board, made up of eight to twelve young people who come from a diverse range of backgrounds and have vast lived experiences.
They will ensure that young people are at the heart of everything we do and influence conversations and decisions that enable us to stay connected to the everyone we exist to serve.
We are now recruiting members to join us from April 2023. Find out more about being a member and how to apply below.
You can also view the full role description here.
If after reading the information below you have any questions, please see this FAQ document. If your question remains unanswered then please email email@example.com and a member of the team will get back to you.
WHY HAVE A YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD?
The Youth Advisory Board is an integral part of our governance and decision making processes, ensuring we are held accountable and continue to listen to the voices of the young people we exist to serve as a youth organisation.
Made up of young people who both have and have not taken part in an NCS experience, our members will use their own personal experiences and passions to amplify the priorities for and advocate for young people today, ensuring that all work undertaken aligns with our mission statement and organisational values. They will also gain valuable experience working with an organisation, getting their voices heard, and levelling up their life, and work, related skills.
WHAT BEING A MEMBER LOOKS LIKE
As a member of the Youth Advisory Board, you’ll be in a paid position, and will be expected to commit to a twelve month contract, giving, at minimum, two hours a month of your time, paid up to 10 hours per month. You may wish to volunteer more time on projects or events should you wish, and travel expenses will be covered to events.
You’ll ensure the youth voice strategy and approach is always current and in line with the priorities of young people - engaging with wider young person networks and collaborating with other members of the Youth Advisory Board.
You’ll attend and contribute to monthly meetings, open discussions, and quarterly away days. You’ll work alongside an NCS Trust mentor, gain experience from different areas of NCS Trust, and contribute to a committee working group to help steer discussions and influence decision making.
You’ll also receive bespoke training, development days and workshops, networking opportunities with external stakeholders, access to other sector roles and opportunities, professional and personal references…and so much more!
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF A MEMBER
There are no essential requirements to become a Youth Advisory Board Member, however, we’re looking for young people who have one or more of these qualities:
- Are passionate about getting the voices of young people heard and are a positive advocate for others
- Have an interest and/or experience in the three key areas of NCS’ services: community and grantmaking, residential, digital
- Sit on a youth board, youth council, forum or steering group
- Are engaged in school or university student groups and networks
- Are in education, employment, or training and want to influence access for young people
- Have experiences relating to key challenges and topics young people continue to face
In the initial stage of the application process you will be asked to send us written responses to a series of questions. You can find the questions on the application form link.
To apply for this role, all you have to do is click on the application form, enter your details, and answer the questions directly on the form.
We would recommend that you type out your answers onto a separate document first so you can save and come back to it later, before submitting your application. We wouldn’t want you to lose any progress that you make!
Before applying, make sure to review the role description linked at the top of the page in order to gain a clear understanding of the Youth Advisory Board member position and what it will entail.
The deadline to apply is 23:59 GMT on Friday 3 March 2023
This application is now closed.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT APPLYING
The following timeline shows the various stages of the application process. Make sure you are available for the timings before applying:
Initial applications must be submitted by 23:59 GMT on 3 March 2023.
Applications submitted after this time will not be considered.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a thirty minute, virtual interview between Monday 6 March and Friday 17 March 2023.
If shortlisted you must be able to attend an interview between these dates - deadlines cannot be extended unless in exceptional circumstances.
You may then be required to attend a second stage, group interview between Monday 20 March and Friday 24 March 2023.
If successful, you will be invited to attend a two day training event which will take place on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 April 2023.
You must be available for this training. We cannot consider an application from you if you are unable to attend.
If you require any reasonable adjustments to access any stages of the application process please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. A member of the youth voice team will be more than happy to discuss this with you in more detail.
Your privacy is incredibly important and we’ll do everything we can to protect your information. The lawful basis we rely on for processing your personal data for the purposes of the Youth Advisory Board is performance of a contract under article 6(1) (b) of the UK GDPR.