Full time, Permanent Role
Job Description & Person Specification
Organisation: Babbasa Youth Empowerment Projects
Job Title: Engagement Lead – Challenge Programme
Hours: 35 hours a week
Line managed by: Head of Services
Start Date: May 2023
Employment term: Permanent
Location: Bristol-based at Babbasa Hub, Backfields House, Upper York Street, St Pauls, Bristol BS2
8QJ with hybrid working arrangements considered.
Babbasa is an award-winning, Bristol-based, social enterprise with a vision to create a world where
all people are inspired and able to realise their employment and enterprise ambitions, irrespective
of where they live, their nationality, ethnicity, gender, race, sexuality or faith. Babbasa realises its
mission through its subsidiary enterprises including Babbasa’s Youth Empowerment Programmes
and Recruitment & Inclusion Services (BRIS) and our core values of Imagination, Determination and
Babbasa supports low income and ethnic minority young people to prepare for the workplace as well
as support employers to recruit diverse talent, develop cultural competencies and create inclusive
work environments for all to thrive. The direct support for young people includes soft skills training,
mentoring, and information and guidance support. The direct support for employers includes
Recruitment, Inclusion Advisory Support, Cultural Competency Training, Research, Inclusion Needs
Analysis and Onboarding Support. Over the next decade, Babbasa plans to grow its services to both
young people and employers to respond to the pressing imperative to overcome the structural
barriers to workforce inclusion and associated social inequalities in Bristol and beyond.
The Engagement Lead is an exciting and important role that leads delivery of Babbasa’s Challenge
Programme – a 5 year programme focussed on working with a group of aspiring young people to
develop their leadership potential, skills and sense of self confidence through a stimulating and
experiential training course, delivering a social action project and participating in 1:1 mentoring
sessions. The Challenge Programme is the flagship Babbasa programme and has delivered some
powerful initiatives in Bristol to date such as the Youth Ambassadors City of Change campaign
and the ‘Our Bristol Our World’ Youth Conference working closely with Bristol’s elected Mayor.
The post is funded by The National Lottery (TNL) Reaching Communities Fund and has been
nominated as a national case study example of the Lottery’s community projects.
● Deliver outreach workshops to young people in education and community settings aimed at
increasing their sense of confidence, belonging and empowerment.
● Deliver and facilitate Babbasa’s workshop and training activities including the recruitment,
enrolment and induction of participants (Youth Ambassadors) onto the Challenge
● Design and deliver weekly training and workshop materials through the use of appropriate
teaching, learning and assessment methods – with the aim of encouraging challenge
thinking, debates and developing the ability of participants to engage in critical discourse
and rational thinking. Including the incorporation of experiential leadership development
opportunities and trips e.g. to the UK Parliament or social impact organisations with high
● Build a trusting relationship (based on Babbasa values) with young people engaged – to
ensure we meet their progression outcome and identify/address any health and safety,
disability, equality, concerns or welfare issues.
● Lead a group of young people in the delivery of a social action project which develops their
employability and enterprise knowledge and experience
● Support Youth Ambassadors to engage successfully with businesses and city wide voluntary
organisations, schools, colleges and local youth agencies on the social action project.
● Coordinate a mentoring scheme after the social action project, which includes matching,
training, and facilitation of first meetings and reviewing progress of mentoring pairs.
● Monitor and evaluate each of the core elements of the Challenge programme and assist to
produce a final report after the 6-month programme cycle.
● Ensure young peoples’ comments, voices and suggestions are at the heart of service
delivery and respond to their needs.
● Ensure internal administrative tasks are completed in a timely and accurate manner as
required by Babbasa and the activity funder.
● Deliver support and guidance to participants using best practice.
● To attend and take part in all core Babbasa meetings
Skills and Abilities
● Good organisation and time management skills, able to manage own workload effectively,
meet deadlines, monitor outcomes and achieve targets.
● Able to provide young people with enjoyable, stimulating and challenging experiences.
● Able to provide young people with appropriate information, advice, support and challenge,
and refer them to specialist help when required.
● Able to establish and maintain positive relationships with young people, including agreeing
limits for acceptable behaviour.
● Able to use a variety of approaches creatively – matched to young people’s different needs,
abilities and interests.
● Prepared to work flexibly, including evenings, weekends and other unsocial hours.
● Able to build strong collaborative relationships with a variety of stakeholders including:
Equal Opportunity Ambassadors, education bodies, community organisations, event venues,
and corporate partners.
Knowledge and Experience
● Experience of designing and delivering skills-development training and support packages
(preferably with a training or Information & Guidance qualification such as PGCE, PTLLS,
assessor award, or willingness to complete further relevant qualification training)
● Knowledge of, and interest in, Equality and Inclusion
● Experience of working with young people aged 16-25
● Experience of delivering training or workshops
● Experience of working with or across agencies
● An understanding of the principles and implementation of Equality and Inclusion, Child
Protection and Safeguarding Policies
● Experience of using a variety of information technology and the ability to maintain records
on a database
● Work in an inclusive environment and supportive team who will support you to be great
● Have the opportunity to demonstrate your enterprise skills being part of the development of
a new business unit
● Work for one of the few organisations in the UK honoured with Queen’s Award For
● Be part of transforming the lives of low income and ethnic minority young people in Bristol
● Help Bristol to become an inclusive city by directly working with us to address inequalities
● Have access to flexible and hybrid working arrangements
● 31 days annual leave including public holidays
● 3% employer pension contribution
● Access to confidential Employee Assistance Programme
If you are interested in working with us and would like to find out more about this role, we’d love to hear from you. Please complete our application form HERE and our Equal Opportunities monitoring form HERE by the deadline of 5pm on 7th April 2023. If you have any questions on the role please contact Zoe Lynes, Head of Services, on 0117 924 1707.