Current Vacancies at Circle

Do you have a social conscience? Circle Collective are always looking for like-minded people that have a passion to help young people succeed.

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Youth Programme Coordinator

SALARY: Up to £24,000, depending on experience
LOCATION: Lewisham
JOB TYPE: 1 Year Fixed Term
HOURS: 9.30 to 5.30 – Monday to Friday (some hours outside of this and weekend work may be necessary)
CLOSING DATE: Sunday 11th May 2018
REPORTING TO: Director of Programme and Operations

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and pro-active individual to work on our successful ‘Get Employed’ programme.

You’ll be joining a friendly, professional and business-focused charity that is wholly committed to providing the very best for young people and ensuring we at all times exemplify our values of passion, enrichment, respect, community and results.

You will be passionate about supporting unemployed young people to develop the skills they need to secure life-changing permanent employment.

So, what does the role involve? Working intensively with a caseload of young people, providing one to one support and mentoring, coordinating and delivering employability sessions, organising work experience and liaising with employers.

We’re looking for a target driven and energetic self-starter who has experience of managing a caseload, is passionate about supporting young people into paid jobs and thrives in a fast-paced work environment. You will be joining a small busy team and will have the chance to be involved in all elements of the growing charity and social enterprise - you must be able to balance competing priorities, think on your feet and be invested in our social mission.

Job Purpose

  • Liaise with external partners and referral agencies (e.g. Jobcentre Plus, youth support agencies, schools, colleges, welfare to work providers, community and voluntary organisations etc.) to recruit target number of young people onto the ‘Get Employed’ programme.
  • Lead on recruitment sessions to meet young people interested in joining the programme, complete initial assessments, check young person meets eligibility requirements, and demonstrates commitment to completing the programme.
  • Lead on induction including one to one sessions with each young person, agree and complete personal action plan, timetable of employability workshops and work experience shifts.
  • Meet with young people on a weekly basis to review progress, update personal action plan, provide support as required including access to additional work experience, help to update CV, interview preparation, support to attend interviews etc.
  • Deliver employability workshops including sessions on developing a CV, preparing for interviews, mystery shopping and coordinating regular job club sessions.
  • Weekly review of caseload with colleagues reviewing progress on work experience, skills development, access to corporate/ partner workshops, job readiness and referrals to jobs.
  • Book young people onto corporate days/ training and accompany them on these corporate days encouraging them to apply for jobs and work experience.
  • Update tracker daily and provide regular updates during weekly team meetings and reviews with line manager.
  • Build positive relationships with local employers to generate job opportunities and additional work experience for young people on the ‘Get Employed’ programme.
  • Match young people to job opportunities and work experience taking into account the requirements of the employer.
  • Meet targets for supporting young people into jobs and helping them to sustain and progress in work.
  • Produce case studies for young people moving into work collating photos, quotes from young people and employers and promoting these success stories to our funders and supporters.
  • Provide weekly reports (or as required by funders) on progress towards targets and KPIs including targets for recruitment, retention on programme, work experience, progression into paid work and sustained work.
  • Follow up with young people who fall off the programme encouraging them to re-engage and providing feedback to referral agency.
  • Attend external meetings including partner and networking events.
  • Professional development and training to stay abreast of changing to the young employability and training landscape.
  • Health and Safety requirements relevant to the post.
  • Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of adults at risks
  • Travel to other Circle locations (Hackney) as required.
  • To undertake any additional duties as required.

This role will require a criminal record check (DBS) and candidates must be eligible to live and work in the UK.

Send your CV and a covering letter (Max 1 page of A4) outlining what you can offer to recruitment, if you would like to discuss the role contact Vicky Morgan on 0207 249 2442

Closing date: 11th May 2018 (note that applications will be reviewed as they are received)

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Chair of Trustee Board


CLOSING DATE: Friday, 15th June 2018

About Us

Circle Community helps unemployed young people develop the workplace skills and capabilities to secure and sustain life-changing employment. Too often young people find themselves trapped in a vicious cycle; they don’t have enough experience to get a job but can’t develop the skills without one. We believe young people have a lot of potential, talent and enthusiasm to offer employers. They just need a chance. Our work helps young people realise their full potential. Our five-week Get Employed programme offers:

  • Real, supported work experience at 2 shops that sell streetwear clothing and support independent designers via our social enterprise (Circle Collective, a CIC)
  • Corporate insight days, delivered on a rolling programme by our corporate partners, providing opportunities to meet different employers and learn about jobs and expectations
  • Motivational workshops, inspirational coaching sessions, practical recruitment support and 1:1 mentoring from our staff and volunteers help grow their confidence
  • Support through early employment to maximise their chance of sustaining and progressing in work

Our approach works: since April 2015, over 75% of young people who complete our programme have moved into work, and of these many have progressed further in their careers.

Since 2014 we have been successfully delivering our Get Employed programme in Hackney and have recently made the transition to a second site. In October 2017 with the help of Landsec we launched our programme at a site in Lewisham shopping centre and are now focused on growing and embedding in this location.

Circle Community’s income for year ending March 2018 was £253,000. The largest income stream is corporate partners which currently makes up over 40% of income in addition to grants and contracts through DWP and Local Authorities.

The video links below provide an overview of how Circle Community and Circle Collective work in tandem to deliver our ground breaking ‘Get Employed’ programme.

You can view our manifesto here.

Person description

This is a key position, playing a major part in shaping Circle Community’s strategy and direction. The Chair will have considerable experience of governance ideally in the charity sector, and will have strong facilitating, mentoring, networking, and ambassadorial skills. You will need to have a firm commitment to working within Circle Community’s values along with a commitment to making a difference in lives of disadvantaged young people. The Chair will work closely with the Chief Executive in providing excellent strategic leadership to the charity. Candidates need to commit to meeting regularly with the CEO (usually once a month) and to being available to represent Circle Community occasionally at events such as local business dinners, or Council ceremonies, most of which take place in the evening. The Chair will provide high quality leadership to the rest of the Board, enabling the trustees, collectively, to function effectively and make decisions that are in Circle Community’s best interests. Ideally, the Chair will take up opportunities for personal and professional development through trustee and governance networks. A trustee appraisal system is in development and one of the initial tasks of the new chair will be to oversee the implementation of this.

What difference will you make?

This role is essential in ensuring that Circle Community remains healthy and sustainable, and able to navigate changing times and economic climates. You will play a major part in ensuring that the charity achieves the impact and outcomes identified in its business plan.

The wider impact is on our beneficiary group. Circle Community has a strong track record in helping disadvantaged young people into high quality employment opportunities. You will be a part of ensuring this is sustained and built upon.

What’s in it for the volunteer?

Circle Community is a vibrant, happy organisation with an excellent reputation, and a culture of positive and transparent staff/board working relationships. We invest in training and development for both staff and volunteers (including trustees). We celebrate success. There's a chance here to be involved in helping to grow and expand Circle Community, reaching more young people.

Time commitment

Board meetings are every 6 weeks in the evening and last approximately 2 hours. Candidates also need to commit to meeting the Director of Operations and Programmes and the CEO outside of board meetings.

Commitment to Circle Values

  • Passion – Real commitment to young people in everything we do
  • Enrichment – Providing opportunities for and supporting development
  • Respect – Taking into account the feelings and wishes of others
  • Community – Building relationships and working to improve our local area
  • Results – Creating the best possible outcome for everyone we work with

Applying for the role

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter (max 2 sides of A4) to recruitment, outlining how your experience and skills match the requirements of this role, by Friday 15th June 2018.

For an informal discussion about the role please call Vicky Morgan / Turly Humphreys on 0207 249 2442.

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Trustee - Fundraising Role


CLOSING DATE: Friday, 15th June 2018

About Us

Circle Community helps unemployed young people develop the workplace skills and capabilities to secure and sustain life-changing employment. Too often young people find themselves trapped in a vicious cycle; they don’t have enough experience to get a job but can’t develop the skills without one. We believe young people have a lot of potential, talent and enthusiasm to offer employers. They just need a chance. Our work helps young people realise their full potential. Our five-week Get Employed programme offers:

  • Real, supported work experience at 2 shops that sell streetwear clothing and support independent designers via our social enterprise (Circle Collective, a CIC)
  • Corporate insight days, delivered on a rolling programme by our corporate partners, providing opportunities to meet different employers and learn about jobs and expectations
  • Motivational workshops, inspirational coaching sessions, practical recruitment support and 1:1 mentoring from our staff and volunteers help grow their confidence
  • Support through early employment to maximise their chance of sustaining and progressing in work

Our approach works: since April 2015, over 75% of young people who complete our programme have moved into work, and of these many have progressed further in their careers.

Since 2014 we have been successfully delivering our Get Employed programme in Hackney and have recently made the transition to a second site. In October 2017 with the help of Landsec we launched our programme at a site in Lewisham shopping centre and are now focused on growing and embedding in this location.

Circle Community’s income for year ending March 2018 was £253,000. The largest income stream is corporate partners which currently makes up over 40% of income in addition to grants and contracts through DWP and Local Authorities.

The video links below provide an overview of how Circle Community and Circle Collective work in tandem to deliver our ground breaking ‘Get Employed’ programme.

You can view our manifesto here.

Person description

This is an exciting time for the charity and we now need to strengthen our board of trustees and are particularly interested bringing in trustees with experience in fundraising and bid writing. Duties Include:

  • Working to ensure that Circle Community pursues its objects as defined in its governing document, charity law, company law and other relevant legislation / regulations.
  • Participate fully at board meeting contributing to stimulating excellent, well-rounded and carefully considered strategic decision-making to help Circle Community to make a positive impact across Hackney and Lewisham
  • To lead on the fundraising strategy with the CEO and assist in fundraising and bid writing to ensure that Circle Community secures sufficient funds and resources to carry out its services for young people.
  • Using contacts and networks to support Circle Community to sustain and grow and to be an active ambassador for Circle Community.
  • To create and regularly update Circle Community policies and procedures, strategies, risk framework and other governance related duties.
  • Other duties required and expected of a Trustee as described in the NCVO code of conduct and the Charity Governance Code.

What difference will you make?

This role is essential in ensuring that Circle Community remains healthy, sustainable and able to navigate changing times and economic climates. You will play a major part in ensuring that the charity achieves the impact and outcomes identified in its business plan.

The wider impact is on our beneficiary group. Circle Community has a strong track record in helping disadvantaged young people into high quality employment opportunities. You will be a part of ensuring this is sustained and built upon.

What’s in it for the volunteer?

Circle Community is a vibrant, happy organisation with an excellent reputation, and a culture of positive and transparent staff/board working relationships. We invest in training and development for both staff and volunteers (including trustees). We celebrate success. There's a chance here to be involved in helping to grow and expand Circle Community, reaching more young people.

Time commitment

Board meetings are every 6 weeks in the evening and last approximately 2 hours. Candidates also need to commit to meeting the Director of Operations and Programmes and the CEO outside of board meetings.

Commitment to Circle Values

  • Passion – Real commitment to young people in everything we do
  • Enrichment – Providing opportunities for and supporting development
  • Respect – Taking into account the feelings and wishes of others
  • Community – Building relationships and working to improve our local area
  • Results – Creating the best possible outcome for everyone we work with

Applying for the role

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter (max 2 sides of A4) to recruitment, outlining how your experience and skills match the requirements of this role, by Friday 15th June 2018.

For an informal discussion about the role please call Vicky Morgan / Turly Humphreys on 0207 249 2442.

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Work Experience Retail Assistant


LOCATION: Dalston or Lewisham
JOB TYPE: 5-week Programme
HOURS: Flexible
CLOSING DATE: Ongoing

Circle Collective is looking for work experience trainees keen to gain some retail experience in Lewisham. We will provide full training and support with developing valuable customer services and retail skills to add to your CV. No experience is required.

You can read the full job description here

Click here to send us your CV, request more information and apply.

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