At Bede, we believe strong, confident communities enable people to flourish. That is why, since 1938, we have been working from our Bermondsey and Rotherhithe base in Southwark to support local people in creating better lives for themselves, their families and their communities.

We believe that one of the best ways to live a fulfilling life is to try to make life better for others as well. So we not only provide professional services for people who need them, we also create opportunities for people to help make life better for others too. In 2008, Bede was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for our Inside Outside project. This project enables people who have a learning disability and local housebound and elderly residents to help each other. It sums up the spirit of Bede perfectly!

Person specification

Essential Competencies, Qualifications, Skills, and Knowledge

Candidates must be:

  • willing to undertake training to further professional and personal development
  • prepared and available to work flexible and unsociable hours
  • have at least 6 months youth work experience in a paid or voluntary capacity
  • able to establish a rapport with, and gain the respect of young people aged 8- to 25
  • able to handle and respond effectively to inappropriate and challenging behaviour from young people
  • able to successfully work with work colleagues and to take direction
  • willing to organise and participate in adventure activities
  • enthusiasm for working with young people living in Bermondsey and Rotherhithe, and an understanding of issues facing young people in inner city areas where education and employment prospects are often limited and family relations often strained.
  • available during school holidays for daytime activities and residentials
  • committed to own learning and development
  • good literacy and numeracy skills
  • good organisational and administration skills
  • punctual and reliable

About the role

This exciting new youth work apprenticeship is fully funded by the Bert and Aase Sams Legacy. As part of a team of two lead youth workers, deputy manager and manager, the apprentice will be learning through direct work with young people aged 8 to 25 (including some who have special education needs) and a formal programme of study leading to a Level 3 Youth Work Diploma qualification. Candidates will have at least 6 months experience (paid or voluntary), an enthusiasm for working with young people living in Bermondsey and Rotherhithe and the flexibility to work the full range of variable hours and activities.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

The apprentice will work under the direction of the Deputy Manager to support the planned activities of the session. This will involve one to one work and group work. The apprentice will need to be aware of service targets and outcomes and assist in working towards their achievement; assist with service development by contributing to planning, delivery and monitoring of projects and programmes for young people.

A minimum of 15 hours face-to-face work with young people is required each week.

Specifically, the apprentice will:

  • work directly with young people aged 8 to 25 years (main target being 13 –19 year age range, those with special needs up to age 25) to develop their social education by assisting in the provision of programmes of activities, services and facilities.
  • build positive relationships with young people and guide young people through our four weekly programme.
  • develop individual activities or series of activities, with agreement of the Deputy Manager, to be delivered within the wider programme.
  • assist in the provision of support and information to individuals and groups of young people.
  • comply with the terms and conditions of the Bert and Aase Sams Legacy Apprenticeship requirements; attendance at place of study, successful completion of academic study, residentials, conference, training and monthly reports, etc.
  • attend and keep up to date with assignments as per the terms and condition of the designated training provider/s.
  • represent Bede at local/London/national youth bodies.
  • contribute to the use of existing administration systems to enable the smooth running of the youth office.


  • Assist in keeping statistical and activity records.
  • Ensure that all sensitive information remains confidential and locked securely.
  • Take part in daily session planning and debriefs, weekly team meetings and monthly supervision.
  • Support the project team in representing Bede Youth Adventure Project at meetings with other agencies and partners including the Annual General Meeting of Bede House Association.
  • Contribute to the overall smooth running of the Bede Youth Adventure Project and to the effective teamwork within the Project.
  • Comply with Bede House Association’s policies and procedures, following good professional practice at all times.
  • Carry out any other duties reasonably requested by senior staff.

How to apply

Go to the vacancies page on our website

Download the application pack:

  1. Apprentice Applicants cover letter (docx)
  2. Apprentice Job Description, Person Spec and Terms (doc)
  3. Application Form (doc)
  4. Application Form – guidance (doc)
  5. Information about Bede (PDF)

Return the application to Gwen Green at or by post to: Gwen Green, Bede House Association, 351 Southwark Part Road, London SE16 2JW

Contact the Project Manager, Fokrul Meah on 07979 386 215 if you would like to discuss this post informally.

Please note

Short-listed candidates will be invited for interview on Thursday March 5, 2020. Please keep this date free.

Bede is an Equal Opportunities employer.