Vacancy -- Appointment Of Board Members to Youth Work Strategy Implementation Board - Welsh Desirable

Vacancy details

Youth Work Strategy Implementation Board
Board meetings will be a mix of online and face to face meetings. Where appropriate meetings may take place around Wales, including in youth work premises.
Board members will be entitled to claim remuneration at a rate of £198 per day if the cost of their participation cannot be met by their employer as part of their existing contract of employment.

Function of body

The Youth Work Strategy Implementation Board (‘Implementation Board’) is being established to build on the work of the Interim Youth Work Board which  published  its final report `Achieving a sustainable delivery model for youth work services in Wales’, on 16 September 2021.  Its recommendations are wide reaching and have been considered by the Minister for Education and Welsh Language, who has set out his priority recommendations, which require immediate action, and has committed to undertaking the further work that is necessary to identify how to take forward the Board’s proposals more broadly.

The Implementation Board will be expected to work with young people, the youth work sector and the Welsh Government to explore the recommendations further, and start working towards implementation of those recommendations through a workplan over the next two years. The Minister for Education and Welsh Language’s written statement on the recommendations can be found here.  

Role description

  • To support the Chair in delivering the remit of the Board.

  • To play an active role on the Board, including responsibility for leading the work of a subgroup (as required) in support of the Board’s work plan and achievement of delivery targets.

  • To contribute to ensuring children and young people are central to the work of the Board.

  • To work collaboratively with stakeholders in developing proposals for implementation in the interests of securing a sustainable youth work service in Wales, best practice, value for money and alignment with other government priorities.

  • To promote youth work across other sectors, highlighting the benefits of the principles and purposes of youth work as an approach to working with young people to enable and empower young people to thrive.

Welsh language skills

The Welsh Government acknowledges the importance of developing and growing bilingual capabilities in public appointments in Wales, and welcomes applications from candidates who demonstrate their capability to work in both English and Welsh.  The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the recruiting body of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.
Can read some basic words and phrases with understanding
Can write basic messages on everyday topics
Can understand parts of a basic conversation
Can hold a basic conversation in Welsh

Person specification

Essential Criteria

  • Broad expertise in and understanding of statutory and voluntary youth work provision at community, local, regional and national levels, including the challenges facing the youth work sector.
  • Respect for and understanding of the principles of accountability and good governance including a commitment to Nolan’s ‘Seven Principles of Public Life’.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with a track record in building highly effective relationships with a range of stakeholders at various levels.
  • Experience in advising policy development from own expertise base, but comfortable and confident engaging in discussion on a broad range of issues.
  • Proven ability to make sound judgements in strategic decision-making.
  • Specific experience of participation and engagement work and working from a rights based approach
  • An understanding of the importance of the Welsh language to the delivery of youth work provision and how it links to Cymraeg 2050.
  • A clear understanding of, and commitment to, equality issues, and challenging discriminatory practices.

Desirable Criteria

In addition, we are looking for people with one or more of the following skills and/or knowledge at a senior level:

  • Experience of evidence based policy development and effective use of data to inform strategy development.
  • An understanding of effective change management
  • Knowledge and experience of digital youth work and the principles of service design.
  • An understanding of the legislation affecting youth work in Wales.
  • Experience of finance, resourcing and commissioning.
  • Knowledge of mental health and well-being issues and how they impact on young people.

Interview dates

18 July 2022
18 July 2022

Closing date

04/07/2022, 23:55

Additional information

For further information regarding the selection process, please contact: 

Public Appointments Team

Public Bodies Unit


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How to apply

To apply for this role, click on the ‘Apply’ button below. The first time you apply for a post, you will need to complete a registration form for the Welsh Government’s online application system.  You will only need to register once, and you will be able to keep yourself updated on the progress of your application, and any other applications you make, via your registered account.

Once you’ve registered, you’ll be able to access the application form.  To apply you will need to submit two supporting documents. The first, a document outlining how your knowledge, skills and experiences meet the criteria for the role as outlined in the information for candidates.  This document should be no more than 2 sides of A4.  Your application may be rejected if you exceed this limit.  The second document is a full, up to date CV.  The two documents should be uploaded to the ‘Reasons for applying’ section of the online application form.

In your application, you will also be asked to provide details of any activities which have helped you to develop skills that would be useful in a public appointment role, and list the organisations for which you undertook these activities.  We also need to know about any political activity that you’ve undertaken over the last 5 years. 

It is recommended that you register for an account and access the application form as soon as possible so that you see how the application form is structured, before starting to prepare your evidence.  You don’t have to complete the application form all in one go.  You can save your responses, and log in and out as required, until you’re ready to submit – just follow the guidance in the application form.

If you’d like to apply for this opportunity in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

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This vacancy is closed to applications.