If you're creative and want an opportunity to develop your skills and want to make a difference for your local community, read the job description below and then either send us your CV and covering letter or download an application form

Guidance notes for applicants can be found here.

Applicants must be aged 18-24 on their start date and be in receipt of Universal Credit. For more information on the Kickstart scheme and government rules please see https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/kickstart-scheme

Applications need to be submitted to [email protected] by: 25th June 2021 for both placements.

If you need a hard copy of the form please contact [email protected] and we can post one to you. 

Hours of work: 25 hours per week (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 09:30 - 16:15 with a 30 minute unpaid lunch break)

Hourly Rate of Pay: £6.56 if 18-20, £8.36 if 21-22, £8.91 if 23-24

Based: Isle Help Advice Centre, County Hall, High Street, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 1UD AND Working from home

Contract: Up to 6 months

The role aims:

  • To publicise the work of Citizens Advice IW
  • To let people know the benefits of volunteering at Citizens Advice
  • To raise the profile of Citizens Advice to potential clients and stakeholders and the wider community
  • To take full advantage of this, participants will need to demonstrate that they can work independently and have the skills and motivation to follow a self-directed learning programme, as well as being able to work with a diverse team of staff and volunteers.

Key Tasks

  • Promoting Citizens Advice to external organisations - this could be by giving a talk in person or on digital platforms, speaking to the manager and leaving posters, leaflets etc.
  • Revamping current publicity materials where needed
  • Writing draft press releases and social media content
  • Developing a database of contacts and links with the local media (press, radio, TV etc.)
  • Helping to write internal newsflash and develop external publicity
  • Developing our website and keeping content accurate, engaging and up to date
  • Using social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Be aware of equality and diversity issues in all aspects of the work, with a focus on identifying potential discrimination, and using agreed procedures for addressing those issues.
  • Uphold the aims and principles of the Citizens Advice service and its equality and diversity policies.
  • Use agreed IT systems and tools appropriately, within GDPR requirements, to ensure all records are maintained in line with agreed procedures and administrative requirements.
  • Use opportunities to engage with the wider team, attending meetings, workshops and team events, committing to an inventive, responsible and generous team culture.
  • Follow all health and safety requirements and share responsibility for own safety and that of colleagues.
  • Carry out any other appropriate tasks requested by the manager, to ensure the effective delivery and development of the service.

Essential skills, experience and qualifications

Person Specification:

  1. A willingness to learn about and commit to the aims and principles of the Citizens Advice service
  2. To understand the importance of confidentiality
  3. The ability to write clear reports and presentations
  4. Excellent communication skills, both orally and in writing
  5. The ability to analyse and evaluate information
  6. A willingness to attend training and other meetings
  7. Ability to use IT systems and packages in the scope of the role, including the ability to input data for record keeping and navigate online information systems
  8. Ability to work within guidelines, protocols and procedures
  9. To be approachable and friendly
  10. Ability to work on own initiative as well as part of a team.

Details of employability support (training opportunities/mentor)

  • Mentor to provide support and guidance with workload and employability post placement
  • Training in core skills including GDPR, Equality & Diversity, Social Media Marketing Foundations
  • Training in website platform
  • Tutorials in Adobe software including InDesign & Photoshop.
  • Line Management and support from Service Delivery Manager.