Youth Worker

  • Full time
  • £26,135 – £27,643
  • West Lothian
  • Closing 9th July 2021

  • Advertised from 10th June 2021
  • 37.5 hours. Temporary – 2-year post with potential for extension depending on funding (secondments will be considered)


Summary and main purpose of role:

The Larder supports young people and adults, with multiple and complex barriers, to move closer to or into work and other positive destinations. We deliver training and employability programmes in our bespoke training academy, in schools and in community settings across West Lothian with plans to expand to other geographical areas.

We are now recruiting an experienced and dynamic Youth Worker to join our expanding team. The post is initially funded for two years and will deliver our new Realising Potential programme as well as providing support to current training programmes. Please see document below providing a summary of our new and exciting programme.

Realising Potential will be a new co-produced programme to provide longer-term, holistic support for disadvantaged young people, aged 16 to 24, in West Lothian with the most severe, multiple and complex barriers to attainment, supporting them to engage with education, employment and training. The Youth worker will be the lead in the project and will be responsible for the planning and delivery of the programme, recruitment, fostering positive partnerships with participants, colleagues and a range of organisations to offer a whole support and learning package. The role will include supporting improved mental health & wellbeing, youth issues, and attainment, helping young people to develop personally, socially, and educationally.

The post holder will work with young people on a one-to-one basis and in a group work setting and include face to face and online delivery, responding to the needs of each participant to enable them to reach their full potential based on equality and respect for each other.

We are looking for someone who is experienced in youth work and project management. Delivery of engaging youth work and evaluation skills are all essential. This will involve fostering positive

relationships with young people, colleagues in the training team and strong partnerships with a range of organisations offering alternative progression options. In particular, you will work closely with The Larder’s Employer Engagement Officer, Progressions Co-ordinator and Training Co-ordinator. The result of these services will allow young people to maintain personal choice in the development of skills and qualities leading to positive progressions in their life and work.

As a member of The Larder Team you will be reliable, enthusiastic and capable of positive interaction with all stakeholders and colleagues and remain consistent with our company ethos and focus. You will have excellent communication skills, and able to engage with our trainees in an understanding and professional manner.

Experience for the role is required and a willingness to participate in further development is essential.

The post is for 37.5 hours per week but you must be flexible and able to work additional hours when reasonably required. You must also be flexible in your delivery location with weekend and evening work required when necessary.

The post is rewarding and you will be part of a wider team that includes training and support staff based in various locations.

Travel outside the immediate Local Authority area may be required.

A Job Description and Person Specification is available for download below.

Application notes

To apply please submit CV and covering letter to

Closing date: 9th July 2021

Applications will be monitored as they are received and interviews held so we may close early if sufficient applications are received.