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NCS Wave Leader

ncs wave leader

We are looking for sessional NCS Wave Leaders to support our Lead Mentors and Support Mentors to help guide a cohort of 15 to 17-year-olds through the NCS programme, helping ensure they have an experience of a lifetime, learn new skills and become inspired to make a difference in their communities.

You will lead, direct, encourage and motivate a staff team to facilitate young people completing all phases of the NCS programme, including pre-programme engagement, two residentials, social action planning & delivery and graduation events. If you’re an seasoned Youth Worker, this role will allow you to develop your leadership and planning skills.

Read about Katie’s experience of being a Wave Leader

Dates: July to August 2019
Payment: Earn up to £1,591 for the Summer 2019 programme.
Accommodation, meals and transport: Provided for week one and two
Level of DBS Disclosure required: Enhanced
Reports to: NCS Coordinator

Got a question about becoming a Catch22 NCS Wave Leader? See our frequently asked questions page.

Main Duties and Accountabilities

  1. Lead, direct, encourage and motivate a seasonal staff team to facilitate young people completing all phases of the NCS programme, including pre-programme engagement, one three-night-four day residential, social action planning & delivery and graduation events.
  2. Assist the NCS Coordinator to ensure all necessary and appropriate safeguarding, data handling, health & safety and other legal requirements are in place to protect NCS participants and staff.
  3. Manage any safeguarding or health & safety incidents in line with Catch22 and NCS procedures.
  4. Ensure all participant registers and relevant paperwork (including risk assessments, safeguarding reports and incident reports) are completed within agreed timelines and to a high standard
  5. Support the NCS Mentor Team to deal with challenging behaviour from young people.
  6. Engage and build positive relationships with young people and their parent/carers to provide effective support on a one-to-one or group basis to achieve NCS outcome targets.
  7. Ensure programme content is relevant to the local community and builds on existing relationships with partner individuals and organisations in order to provide young people with a quality NCS experience, ensuring they learn community and citizenship values within their local environment.
  8. Record daily activity across delivery of the local NCS programme, including participant contact and outcomes during the programme, and ensure these are fully up to date in time for regular reports to the Catch22 NCS national team.
  9. Assist in ensuring in-kind funding opportunities are maximised and on or above target.
  10. Carry out regular supervision sessions with seasonal staff and volunteers to enable all duties to be carried out effectively.
  11. Attend regular supervision sessions with the NCS Coordinator and compulsory training to enable all duties to be carried out effectively.
  12. Manage a petty cash float to be used to support the running of the programme.

Read about Emily’s experience of being a Wave Leader

Other duties

  • You will be required to work on a three-night-four-day full-time residential, during which you will be expected to undertake night duty on a rota basis.
  • To make sure that you read, are familiar with, and follow all Catch22 policies and procedures and to read and accept key Catch22 policies
  • To act as an ambassador for Catch22, upholding and promoting our corporate values.
  • To undertake any other duties which can be reasonably expected of you within the level of your job.
  • This post will involve overnight stays and it will also involve some evening and weekend working

Person specification

Criteria  Essential Desirable
Qualifications and




Substantial experience of working directly with young people from a wide variety of backgrounds

Experience of planning, delivery and evaluation of activities for and with young people

Experience of working in a residential setting with young people from a wide variety of backgrounds

Experience of supporting a staff team and volunteers

Experience and understanding of Health and Safety, Safeguarding and data handling practices

Professional qualification in a relevant discipline e.g. Youth and Community Work, Social Work, Education, Counselling, Health, or Sports

Coaching qualifications

Experience and understanding of the issues affecting young people at risk of social exclusion/offending

Experience of youth-led programme development and participative techniques

Knowledge Knowledge of the NCS programme Working knowledge of alcohol, drugs and their effects
Skills and Abilities





Ability to communicate effectively at all levels, orally and in writing

Ability to use IT effectively

Ability to work on your own initiative to an agreed action plan

Ability to organise your own work routines effectively with a minimum of supervision and support

Ability to handle sensitive and confidential issues with tact and diplomacy







Equal Opportunities An awareness and understanding of Equality & Diversity issues Ability to promote equality, diversity, rights and responsibilities of individuals


Punctual and reliable to ensure professional service

Creative and flexible and able to work well with others in a team

Commitment to personal and professional development

Able to work within a flexible timetable and to commit to at least one 4 week programme

A full UK driving licence and access to a car for work purposes


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