Summer School NCS Team Leader & Assistant

16 Apr 2018
14 May 2018
Start Date

Prospects has been commissioned by the Cabinet Office to deliver National Citizen Service (NCS) programmes in the South Gloucestershire and Stroud area.

The National Citizen Service Team Leader/Assistant will each be responsible for a cohort of 15 young people for two full residential weeks (Mon-Fri). Successful candidates will then supervise the group to plan and deliver a social action project based at a local community venue the following 2 weeks. You will be involved with a national initiative to shape young people and improve communities.

Each Team Leader/Assistant is contracted to undertake the following for the duration of their contract with Prospects and lead on:

  • A three day non-residential training programme for Staff Members;
  • 1 pre-residential session where you will meet your team of young people in the two weeks prior to departure (an evening session lasting approximately 2 hours);
  • Outdoor Adventure Residential - A 5 day (4 night) personal development residential taking place in Wales.
  • University Residential - A 5 day (4 night) skills development residential at the University of the West of England.
  • Social Action - Two weeks (60 hours) of planning and running a project that will benefit the local community.
  • Celebration Event (an evening event);

All meals and accommodation is provided for in this role on the two residentials and travel to the outdoor adventure residential.

We require 56 amazing people to support young people through 2 residential weeks followed by 2 full-time non-residential weeks. All candidates must be dynamic team-players, capable of motivating and inspiring young people.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities:

The National Citizen Service (NCS) Team Leader/Assistant will be responsible for but not limited to:

  • Leading a group of 15 young people, facilitating and delivering sessions to the young people.
  • Managing the behaviour of the group and take into account all Health and Safety implications throughout the project.
  • Pastorally caring for the group.
  • Evening and overnight supervision of the young people.
  • Engaging and consulting with young people and the local community regarding the delivery of community based projects meeting targets, goals and deadlines.
  • Enhancing the young people's skills, confidence, personal and social development.
  • Following the Prospects NCS Handbook process, content and delivery outcomes.
  • Ensuring active participation from all young people in all phases of the NCS programme.
  • Guided reflection and learning of the young people throughout the programme.
  • Supervising and support Mentors & Volunteers.
  • Working closely with the NCS Core Team in ensuring all monitoring information (outputs & outcomes) is collected, collated and inputted for evaluation purposes and ensure records for young people are maintained and kept up to date.

About You:

Candidates must demonstrate the following skills and characteristics:


  • Ability to motivate and earn respect of a group of up to 15 young people
  • Belief in young people and in helping them to take more active roles in their communities
  • Experience of working in a fast-paced and demanding environment


  • Experience working directly with groups of young people aged 14-19
  • Experience of working in a residential youth environment
  • Experience working in partnership with schools, youth or community organisations

We also look for all employees to show the following characteristics:

  • Trust-building: Works hard to build trust with people. Brings people together in the community
  • Responsibility-taking: Takes responsibility for actions and attitudes. Claims and solves problems in the community
  • Understanding and Empathy: Works to understand others - their strengths, fears and needs. Ready to stand up for someone who is different.

Additional Information:


All staff will receive three days of non-residential training to deliver our NCS programme.


All staff who work on our NCS programme, must have prior to starting work, a returned satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and two satisfactory references regarding their suitability to work with young people. Prospects will assist the application for, and pay for the processing of, a new DBS for staff members where required. All new employees must be registered on the DBS Update service.


This is an excellent opportunity to be involved with an exciting programme which has tangible results for the young people involved. The role is demanding and fast-paced but highly rewarding. The pay for this contract role is GBP1300-GBP1520 per role (four weeks inclusive of the Training Days and the Celebration Event evening).

There is an opportunity for successful candidates to work more than One Wave for this summer. Please indicate on Cover Letter, what you are able to commit to.

Prospects NCS Summer Key Dates

Wave 1

Kingswood Colomendy 02/07/2018 - 06/07/2018

University West of England 09/07/2018 - 13/07/2018

Social Action Week 1 16/07/2018 - 20/07/2018

Social Action Week 2 23/07/2018 - 27/07/2018

Celebration Event 04/09/2018

Wave 2

Kingswood Colomendy 09/07/2018 - 13/07/2018

University West of England 16/07/2018 - 20/07/2018

Social Action Week 1 23/07/2018 - 27/07/2018

Social Action Week 2 30/07/2018 - 03/08/2018

Celebration Event 05/09/2018

Wave 3

Acorn Adventure Brecon 23/07/2018 - 27/07/2018

University West of England 30/07/2018 - 03/08/2018

Social Action Week 1 06/10/2018 - 10/08/2018

Social Action Week 2 13/08/2018 - 17/08/2018

Celebration Event 06/09/2018

Wave 4

Acorn Adventure Brecon 06/08/2018 - 10/08/2018

University West of England 13/08/2018 - 17/08/2018

Social Action Week 1 20/08/2018 - 24/08/2018

Social Action Week 2 27/08/2018 - 31/08/2018

Celebration Event TBC