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Programme and Networks Officer Apprenticeship

1 Albert Square, Manchester, M2 6LW
£22,000.00 annually
Closing date
26 Jun 2021

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Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
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As Programme and Networks Officer you will be determined, accountable, resilient, resourceful and organised.Your strong competencies in developing and sustaining relationships with a wide range of individuals and your proven ability to get things done will mean you play a key role in facilitating change.

This is a remote-working, home-based role.The successful candidate will work from an agreed remote location with access to their own secure internet connection and functioning work equipment (laptop, mobile, printer and other required office facilities).When the pandemic permits, Fastn colleagues will be required to travel to regular meetings in different parts of England for work purposes, by arrangement.

Responsibilities of the post-holder are to:

Co-ordinate delivery of projects and initiatives to achieve intended results:
  • Develop project plans, budgets and partnership agreements, where relevant
  • Once set up, co-ordinate delivery and monitor completion of collaborations and projects, including problem solving and providing support to partners as needed

Nurture a wide range of relationships at different stages of maturity to achieve tangible results for Fastn:
  • Research and follow up with individuals and organisations to understand work, priorities, capacity and interest in collaboration
  • Maintain and enhance FASTN's value add through sustained day-to-day relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders, connecting to colleagues and other partners as appropriate
  • Conduct due diligence commensurate on relationships with collaboration scale and risk

Facilitate activism with partners:
  • With colleagues, identify partnership opportunities for youth activism in line with Fastn plans
  • Liaise with partners to recruit and prepare young people to take up activism opportunities
  • Maintain and develop Fastn's relationships with a small number of activists where they can react to immediate opportunities (e.g. for media, blog posts...) and align with our values
  • Ensure codes of conduct are followed/ permissions etc are in place
  • Work with colleagues and activists to drive up relevant online engagement and activism through partners
  • Work with communications colleagues to identify and prepare case studies/ champions for media

Develop, co-ordinate and administer networks:
  • Work with CEO (and others as appropriate) to develop and extend networks
  • With support from the Finance and Administration Co-ordinator, set up, service and follow up on network and partner meetings, ensuring action points are followed up
  • Provide updates and relevant information to keep networks and partners engaged and active on an ongoing basis
  • Encourage network members to make contributions to network development
  • Review network performance and implement improvement plans

Disseminate and share learning:
  • Develop early-stage plans with service providers, partners and networks to disseminate learning, practice and inspiration with key audiences
  • Work with colleagues and partners to identify and implement relevant dissemination plans for target audiences
  • Take steps to maximise legacy and impact of any practice dissemination
  • Monitor and evaluate progress of dissemination plans, gathering case studies and feeding data into reporting

Fundraise and develop business:
  • Monitor and co-ordinate named donor reporting and compliance requirements
  • Research potential donors and funding opportunities where appropriate
  • Share information and briefings with donors as agreed
  • Gather information, contribute to or co-ordinate funding bids as agreed

Organisational effectiveness:
  • Ensure full compliance with related regulation and good practice
  • Oversee the performance and terms of contractors when required
  • Prepare for, attend and follow up on one-to-one meetings with manager
  • Engage in learning and development to maintain and update personal effectiveness
  • Attend, contribute to and take a lead on team meetings as required

Interviews will take place as part of the assessment centre on Monday 19th July.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Proven ability to develop and sustain a range of purposeful working relationships with a diverse range of people (and organisations)
  • Great communications skills -verbal and written - including proven ability to document learning, strong active listening, rapport building and an ability to get to the heart of issues
  • Outstanding organisational skills, including an ability to plan and keep track with delivery of a portfolio of activities
  • Strong analytical and strategic thinking ability including opportunity recognition
  • Proven ability to take ideas through to completion, with resourcefulness and tenacity to overcome barriers encountered
  • Good level of numeracy and confidence with basic numerical data
  • Proven ability to work/ volunteer in an organisation with limited financial and staff resources (micro charity or equivalent)
  • Strong IT skills (Microsoft, Google based IT, web search etc.) and experience of using in a professional capacity preferred


Successful home-working and working within a micro charity requires demonstration of the following, which will be monitored during probation:

Ability to:
  • Work independently, motivate yourself and use your own initiative to achieve agreed targets.
  • Manage workload effectively and complete work to set deadlines.
  • Identify and resolve pressures from working at home, openly discussing with manager as needed
  • Adapt working practices as needed including maintaining contact with line manager and colleagues

Personal qualities

  • Firm conviction in the importance of Fastn's mission today
  • Diligent, trust-worthy and loyal with a strong sense of personal responsibility and accountability
  • Resilient and resourceful in the face of challenge
  • Positive, proactive and solutions-focused
  • Ready, willing and able to motivate others to deliver shared plans
  • Learns from experience and committed to continuous improvement
  • Strong alignment with FASTN's values - inclusive, compassionate, courageous and committed- including a belief that healthy, dependable relationships and family are achievable for everyone, whatever their family circumstances, sexuality, gender, ability, religious and political beliefs
  • Ready, willing and able to undertake travel throughout England when needed (and when FASTN permits work travel)

Desired qualifications

Generally, we expect our degree apprentices to demonstrate similar academic achievements to full-time BSc students. There may be some flexibility for candidates with relevant work or volunteering experience. Strong numeracy and communications (written and oral) in English are essential.


General Studies
Critical thinking

International Baccalaureate (IB)
36 points overall, including 6,6,6 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include a minimum of 4 in Standard Level Mathematics.


Full BTEC entry requirements:
Access to HE
We consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma on a case-by-case basis.


GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 or above required.


Professional Experience

Given the vocational nature of Degree Apprenticeships consideration will be given to reducing the academic entry requirements should applicants have relevant work experience. Queen Mary and the employer will agree to consider such applications on a case by case basis.

In terms of residency, to be eligible for an Apprenticeship you must:
  • Be a citizen of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) (including other countries determined within the EEA or those with bilateral agreements), and have been ordinarily resident in the EEA (including other countries determined within the EEA or those with bilateral agreements), for at least the previous three years on the first day of the apprenticeship. OR

  • Have the right of abode and the right to work in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least the previous three years before the start of the apprenticeship OR

  • Be a non-EEA citizen with permission from the UK government to live in the UK, (not for educational purposes) and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least the previous three years before the start of the apprenticeship.

Future prospects

Providing funding continues to be secure and performance is strong, Fastn expects to appoint the candidate into a permanent role.

Since we are a micro charity, the successful candidate will have involvement in all aspects of the organisation, including contact with the Trustees and funders. This will ensure that a highly performing post-holder will have the opportunity to develop a broad range of practical experience.

Things to consider

Fastn is a micro organisation and all roles are home-based. We are open to supporting partial working out of a suitable co-working space or partner office if preferred.

Once safe to do so, some travel throughout the UK will be required. Return travel may be necessary in the early mornings and late evenings.

We seek to be a family-friendly and flexible by default organisation. We have an excellent track record on work-place flexibility. We currently operate an annualised TOIL system, which gives employees even greater flexibility over their time off. Working pattern is flexible and to be agreed between the apprentice and their line manager ahead of the start date. If required, changes can be negotiated during the placement.

Fastn's Board have approved diversity and equality principles so we take action and monitor our progress to being an ever-more inclusive organisation. We are committed to improving our workplace diversity and open to considering adaptations which will bring about greater equality both in the recruitment process and subsequently. This applies both to the recognised protected characteristics and to 'caring' which is central to our remit as a family and relationships charity.

Fastn offers 28 days annual leave which includes bank holidays and statutory days. As part of Fastn's commitment to inclusivity these can be taken at any time during the year.

Fastn make contributions to an Aviva pension scheme.
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