Care Leavers – join our First Star family

/Care Leavers – join our First Star family
Care Leavers – join our First Star family 2019-02-19T22:18:16+00:00

Care Leavers are you currently studying at a UK University 


Have YOU graduated from University

Youth Coaches play a critical role in the success of our Academies. The Youth Coach serves as a supportive and caring staff member, models appropriate professional and university behaviour, delivers workshops, tutors our young people and encourages successful learning practices.

We are seeking to recruit Youth Coaches from among Care Leavers who are attending university or who have successfully completed their university degree to support this exciting and innovative programme; the only long term university preparation programme in the UK.

First Star Youth Coaches 

The job

The role of the Youth Coaches includes but is not restricted to:

Assisting students with the transition from living at home to living in University accommodation by working closely with the Director, the campus staff and other members of the Service teams to help students settle into the Academy programme.

Providing  support, information, advice and guidance to students in their learning experience throughout the year.Supervise young people during Summer Academy activities, including classroom, recreation and leisure activities, involvement in off-campus activities, and meal and evening activities and supervision.

Playing a role in the delivery of the academic, cultural, sporting and life skills programmes.

Maintaining an effective and high profile relationship with all students, assisting with welfare issues and responding to all requests for assistance and to any complaints in an efficient and professional manner to ensure a positive outcome.

Modelling appropriate behaviour for young people and others including, productive study habits, cleanliness, punctuality, language choice, and personal representation.

Acting promptly to maintain expected standards of behaviour and to provide academic support and tutoring to the young people during classes and study activities during both Summer Academy and First Saturday Academy.

Ensuring all administration tasks and reports are completed on a timely basis including but is not restricted to: Health & Safety Reports, safeguarding and other Incident Reports, home base group activities and 1 -1 mentor meetings with student notes.

Employment and Training – further information

Youth Coaches are expected to be available to work full-time (36 hours a week including weekends) while our young people are on campus in July and August and a fixed term contract will usually be offered to successful applicants for four weeks covering the Summer Residential Academy.  Youth Coaches may be required to live in / stay overnight in university residence with the academy students and this accommodation is in the same halls as the students.

The Summer Residential Academy is planned to run between 20th  July 2019 and 31st August 2019, with dates to be finalised soon.

The expectation is that Youth Coaches will commit to at least two Summer academies (2019 and 2020) to give our young students consistency in their Academy experience.

All Youth Coaches must agree to and appointments are subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check.

Separately, for the First Saturday Academy programme, Youth Coaches must commit to some of our First Saturday Academy days (these are operated on a 3 month cycle and rotate between youth coaches) .  We have an expectation that Youth Coaches will commit to the First Saturday Academy from May 2019.

Youth Coaches must attend training events. Training will start during the Easter break allowing a 3 day residential introduction to our leadership course.  Aspects of our training and development are delivered collaboratively with PYE Global.

Time for training and for First Saturdays is currently paid on a casual work basis.

Additional training includes safeguarding, first aid and an introduction to the First Star approach.

Our educational provision works on a social pedagogy model and further information on this pedagogical approach can be found at the Centre for Understanding Social Pedagogy – Institute of Education – UCL.