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Amanda Byard - TrustCareers Senior Adviser and Higher Education Lead

I am a fully qualified Careers Adviser and Higher Education Lead. I have enjoyed working with young people for over thirty years.

I will never forget the adults who made a difference to my life, when I was younger. In turn, I have always found it rewarding to be able to help people remove possible and real obstacles - in order to progress and achieve their potential, in life. I try my best to give young people information, advice and help so that they can make the best choices for them, as individuals.

I like hearing young people’s thoughts and opinions: they are refreshing and keep me “thinking outside of my middle aged box”! After all, today’s younger generation are the future.

Outside of work, my interests include Gym, Yoga and Walking: local, high level and long distance. I also enjoy relaxing at home and watching a good film after a tasty meal!

Anna Glascott - Prince's Trust Leader & NCS Leader in Medway

Hi my name is Anna and have been working at MYT since summer 2013. I started out at MYT as an Assistant leader on the NCS programme and have worked my way up to Prince's Trust Team Leader.

My job consists of recruiting and supporting a team of 15 young people through the Princes Trust Team programme, making sure the programme is fun, engaging and the young people on Team are given the opportunity to learn and develop their skills!

I love my job because everyday is different and its so rewarding seeing the young people I work with on team make positive changes in their life!

In my spare time, I enjoy a good shopping trip, exploring new places and chilling at home with my two dogs Mr Pip and Dolly Chops. 

Bridgid Parr - Careers & Enterprise Manager

I have worked for Medway Youth Trust for almost a year as a manager within the post 16 team.  I have been responsible for the management of contracts, staff and the centre to support and progress young people in the Medway area.  My previous experience includes both voluntary and paid employment working with young people for over 25 years.  My last employment post was as Area Manager with Nacro over a wide area and was responsible for ensuring that programmes and delivery met the needs of young people and progressed them into positive outcomes.

I have always loved working with young people supporting them in developing skills and experiences which allow them to make the most of their lives.  There is always a new challenge and I like being able to be part of the solution giving our future generations a helping hand.   I am a mum and nanna and love being involved in all aspects of family life, and when I need to get away from it all - spending time in the sun when I can enjoy reading and seeing new experiences.

 

Carrieann Darlington - Medway Programme Leader

My name is Carrieann and have worked for Medway Youth Trust for seven and half years now. I was the first volunteer for the organisation which then led me to a full time job. I am currently a Programme Leader for the Medway Programme. I really enjoy working with young people, supporting them to achieve their goals and helping them overcome any barriers they may face.

Catriona Jamieson - Area Director (Kent & Medway)

I feel extremely privileged to work as an Area Director for Kent and Medway at MYT.  There are lots of things that I love about my job, but the biggest motivator is seeing the development, achievement and positive impact on the young people who take part in the programmes and services that MYT offer.  I also love the fact that every day is different at MYT, sometimes I am out and about meeting partners and creating new opportunities and other days I am working closely in the office with my MYT colleagues to support the day-to-day running of things; it is never boring!  Outside of work, I really enjoy playing netball, travelling and looking after my 2 cats.

Dan Todd - Apprenticeship & Employability Coach

Hi, my name is Daniel and I am an Apprenticeship and Employability Coach. As an A&E Coach, my job is to support young people into employment, training or education.

I started as an apprentice in 2014 and became a full-time employee in 2016. I’m a Gillingham resident myself, so I know firsthand how hard it is to find help and answers when you need it. That’s why I’m passionate about what I do.

I’m a music lover! I love going to gigs and playing music too! Feels like I have two full time jobs sometimes!

Dan Vernon - Skills & Employability Adviser in East Sussex

I have been with MYT as an Adviser with the Youth Employability Service since March 2014. Prior to this role I worked for three years as a Careers Adviser at City College Brighton, and as a Connexions Careers/Adviser working in schools, colleges and community bases in East Sussex for thirteen years.

I love working with young people and seeing the potential that is there in everyone; I also feel that it can be a great point in life to take some of the opportunities that are out there. Some of the personal challenges that I have seen young people meet and overcome are inspiring and make this a very rewarding job to be in.

Despite having an optimistic outlook on life and the future I like to counterbalance this with an interest in dour European cinema and literature, post war concrete architecture and traveling to industrial zones of Europe.

Helen Robinson - Impact & Intelligence Officer

I have worked at MY Trust for over nine years, the first four working directly with Young People either in schools or within programmes. I moved role within the organisation and I now manage the database, provide analysis of data and reports to staff as well as ensuring the data we submit is accurate. As I have had experience of working with young people I can empathise and support staff in ensuring the data recorded is of a high quality and can be used to plan for the future for young people in Medway and East Sussex. I enjoy singing and am taking lessons to improve my performance skills, when I come home I enjoy walking my very excitable dog Toby.

Jane Moakes - TrustCareers Adviser

I have been fortunate enough to have worked for Medway Youth Trust since 2009, in which time I have worked, in the IT department, Administrative Department and as a qualified Skills and Employability Adviser in the Chatham Centre, which included my role as housing officer. My current role as a Trust Careers Advisor is working in schools to give careers advice and intensive support. I have enjoyed all my roles and continue to enjoy working with young people, giving support and advice to help with progression.  I previously worked as a Branch Manager at an Estate Agents for many years before having a family. In my spare time I can be found wandering around the shops at Bluewater.

 

Jo Brett - Skills & Employability Adviser in East Sussex

I have been with MYT’s Youth Employability Service since October 2013.  Prior to this I was with CRI Young People’s Service for a little over 18 months.  My other work experience includes working within the Criminal Justice sector and retail work with M&S and Woolworths.  Working with young people creates a varied and interesting working day and it’s great seeing them achieve things, however small – this makes the challenges of the job worthwhile.

Jody Sharp - NCS Manager

I've worked for Medway Youth Trust for over 7 years, starting initially as a careers adviser in schools, then moving across to the programmes team where I have worked on pretty much all of the programmes we deliver!  More recently I have become the NCS Manager within MYT meaning I am responsible for the planning, recruitment and delivery of the NCS programme in Medway - which is very exciting and I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead!   

I like working for MYT because I think it’s full of passionate people who put their all into helping and supporting young people and I love seeing the difference MYT makes to young people’s lives.  In my spare time I like to play netball, eat pizza and walk my dog Lucy!

Julie Davies - TrustCareers Senior Adviser and CEG Projects Lead in Medway

My role as a Careers Adviser includes individual guidance interviews in schools where I explore education, training and  career choices with pupils.  I also deliver careers education lessons covering  a range of topics from post 16 choices to higher education and apprenticeships.  As “Careers Education Projects Lead” I also help to organise and chair our Careers and Higher Education Association and write a quarterly newsletter to keep schools and partners up to date with careers news.  

Kaye Everhurst - Kent Programme Leader

My name is Kaye Everhurst,  I have worked at MYT since March 2013 and have delivered various programmes in that time including Prince’s Trust, NCS and Medway Programme. I am now the Kent Programme Leader and looking forward to working in a different area. I enjoy working with young people as each day is completely different and it’s amazing seeing the positive changes the young people make. When I’m not busy with work, I’m busy with my beautiful daughter, so I’m constantly on the go but that’s just how I like it!

Kayleigh Mallia - Communications Officer

I have been working for Medway Youth Trust for over 10 years now starting as an Administrative Assistant and then progressing on to my current role, Communications Officer. My job ultimately means that I oversee the marketing and image of Medway Youth Trust and it can be extremely varied from day to day. When I’m not in the office at Chatham, you can usually find me at most MYT events with a heavy SLR camera and camcorder in hand, ready to gather content that can usually be found on the website and our social networking sites. I enjoy the buzz and preparation of an event as you have to be super organised to make this job work.

I am a mum to a gorgeous little boy who likes to keep me on my toes.

Lisa Sharpe - Accounting & Payroll Officer

Hi, I started working at MYT in 2009 as a self-employed bookkeeper, five years later I became employed as the Assistant Accountant. My job has now changed to Accounting and Payroll Officer, as not only do I deal with the finances on a day to day basis, I also have to make sure everyone working for MYT gets paid correctly. I have always enjoyed Maths and problem solving so this is the ideal job for me.  When I am not at work, I am kept very busy by my two sons aged 13 and 11.

Liz Back - NCS Coordinator in Medway
Louise Scott - Senior NCS Coordinator in East Sussex

Travelling is a passion of mine, I love sightseeing and trialling local cuisine. I travelled around South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand for 9 months and on my return back to the UK moved to East Sussex where I started working as an Account Manager for a hair care company.  Four years ago I started volunteering at a Youth club where my interest for working with Young People started. I then got the position as a Project Support worker for Connexions, I did this role for 2 years then progressed into Personal Adviser position, which I have been doing for a year. Since moving to Medway Youth Trust I have started my Level 4 in Careers Information Advice and Guidance and will be taking on the role Co locating with the Care leavers team.

Paul Edgar - Assistant Programme Leader for Prince's Trust and NCS in Medway

I started working at MYT as a seasonal NCS Assistant Leader in summer 2016 and carried on until spring 2017. I am now the full time Assistant Leader for Prince’s Trust and NCS. I feel honoured to work with young people, especially seeing them achieve and progress in life and getting them on the right path to where they want to go. Every day is different but that’s what I like about my job and also getting to meet a variety of young people and backgrounds.

Phil Waite - Skills & Employability Adviser in East Sussex

I have been working in CEIAG since 2003 having worked in schools, colleges and with NEET young people and am qualified at Level 4 in Careers Advice. Prior to starting work for the Youth Employability Service East Sussex in February 2014 I worked for the National Careers Service providing careers advice and guidance to adults.

I have had a varied career path including working as a Chef, telephone engineer, IT technician and care work. I have been a qualified Counsellor since 2001 and have been a volunteer Counsellor/Supervisor/Trainer for Cruse Bereavement Care since 1997.

My role with YES East Sussex is co-locating with the Care Leavers Team and am based in Hastings.

My hobbies include, creative writing, reading, walking, cooking, travel and DIY although my better half would dispute the latter!

Peter Wheatley - Education & Skills Manager

I joined MYT in January 2014 as the Opt-Into Re-Engagement Coordinator.  The main objective of this role is to help young people who may have become disillusioned with education and future opportunities by ‘opting-into’ the opportunities available to them and helping them move onto suitable training/education/volunteering or employment.  I now work in the Skills and Employability Team in Medway supporting 16 to 20 year olds in a similar way on a more one-to-one basis, although I will be running groups in the future. I really enjoy working with young people and helping them to achieve their potential and in the past I have delivered the Team Programme with the Prince’s Trust and worked as a Life Skills Tutor in a supported housing project for young people.

A lot of my spare time is taken up caring for and looking after my 6 year old son. So by day I assist and support young people and by night I transform into a dinosaur/train driver/zoo keeper!!

Rebecca Towner -TrustCareers Senior Adviser

I am a fully qualified Careers Adviser and am currently Assistant Head of Trust Careers. I have enjoyed working with young people for over twenty years either as a practitioner or managing advisers.

I have always found it rewarding to be able to help young people whether it is as a practitioner or on a more strategic level. In my current role I am developing services to schools as well as looking at ways we can improve our knowledge to   ensure our schools continue to deliver or exceed the current careers legislation. 

I have also been a member of the CDI (formally ICG) where I was made a fellow and I currently sit on the Career Development Institute council as the young person’s representative.  

Rod Parr - St Mary's Island Youth Club
Rosy Taylor - TrustCareers Adviser

Ryan Carre - Kent Progamme Assistant Leader

Hi! My name is Ryan and I’ve recently finished my level 2 in Youth work. I have been working with young people for a year now and have enjoyed it a lot. I now work for MYT as the Assistant Programme Leader for the Kent Programme; I am excited to be a part of the organisation and can’t wait to work with the young people on the programme. I am passionate about seeing young people grow and supporting them in any way I can!

I enjoy spending my spare time with my six year old son, who keeps me very busy! I also enjoy playing computer games when I can and taking care of my aquarium.

Samantha Cadey - Skills & Employability Adviser in East Sussex

I have been working as a careers Advisor since 2010 and recently completed my Masters Degree in Careers Guidance.

I really enjoy working with young people and supporting them to achieve their potential. Young people face a difficult time quite often working out what their options are and how to access opportunities and I find it very rewarding being able to support through good and bad times. 

Previously I have worked as an Estate Agent and Mental Health Care Assistant and realised through this that I love helping and working with people.

In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit through circuits and HITT Training and also I like singing and acting on stage when I get the chance to.

Shelley Pletsch - Transition Coordinator in East Sussex

For over 15 years I have supported young people to have their voice heard and make changes for themselves and their communities. This support has ranged from getting skate parks approved in local areas to heading the youth strategy for the Mayor of London’s Well London Project. I have worked around the world with young people from all different backgrounds and countries; learning as much from the young people as they do from me. I believe all people know what is best for themselves and my job is to help young people figure this out and how to get there.

Sheila Heffernan - Youth Work Manager

I started working for MYT on a short term contract as NCS team leader in 2013. I then lived and worked in Sweden for a year  at an International school in Stockholm. I came back to MYT to work as a youth support advisor and to run the newly developed International Social Action programme New Horizons in 2014. I have thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of working with MYT since, most especially supporting groups of young people deliver social action projects in Colombia in 2015 and Moldova 2016. I am excited to start my new role as Youthwork Manager at MYT continuing to develop unique projects and opportunities that change the lives of young people in Kent and Medway. When I am not at work I love to travel to new places or visit friends and family in Ireland where I am originally from.

Shahana Akthar - Skills & Employability Adviser in East Sussex

I’m Shahana and I started off as a Volunteer and worked as a Youth Support Adviser.  I have then moved in to the role of a Skills and Employability Adviser in East Sussex. I am passionate about working with young people to enhance their skills and achieve the best. I love having a positive impact on young people to see them overcome barriers and gain confidence in their future.  In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, going to the gym and  playing new sports.  

Simone Miles - CEO

Hi, I'm Simone and I am the CEO for MY Trust, a charity which is focussed on preparing young people for their future. I am an experienced careers professional having joined the careers service in 2001 and I have worked in a range of settings including mainstream and special schools, Further Education colleges and training providers. My current focus is the successful delivery of the range of contracts and programmes for the charity, recognising the challenges facing young people and to bring leadership, drive, supervision and management to all service delivery and the development of overall strategy and planning for the strategy.

Sue Maidens - Me2 Coordinator

My name is Sue.  I am the Me2 Coordinator who has just moved over from Young Kent.  I have been involved with youth work for 14 years and have been part of Young Kent for the last 12 years.  I first discovered my passion for helping young people by running a voluntary youth club in my village for 9 years.  There are many things I love about my job and feel privileged to be part of the incredible journeys the young people have as part of me2.  This is such an impactful programme that can be truly life changing for the young people we work with.  I enjoy working with young people supporting them to achieve their goals and overcome challenges and barriers which they may face.  Every young person is different so my job is never boring!  I am a mother of 3 grown up children the youngest of which has severe learning difficulties so I fully appreciate the challenges life can have living with a disability, not only for the young person, but for the family as well.  Outside of work I enjoy reading an socialising with family and friends.

Terri Williams - HR Officer

I have been employed in my capacity as HR Officer since July 2016.  I am professionally qualified and have worked within the HR profession for the majority of my career both within the public and private sector.

Whilst I enjoy the variety that being within the HR profession brings, no two days are the same, I have a real passion for recruitment, especially in relation to assisting young people into employment and helping them to achieve their goals.  In one of my previous roles I had overall responsibility for Apprenticeships, work experience and Graduate recruitment, working with local schools to give advice and guidance on the recruitment process generally.

I have two sons and two grandsons and enjoy travelling, reading and a good shopping trip.

Virginia Chalk - Skills & Employability Adviser in East Sussex

I love working with young people, helping them to decide on next steps and exploring options to enhance their career and lifeskills.  I have worked over 20 years in the education, training and employment sectors.

Sometimes it can be very challenging but seeing a young person take a small step to make a positive change is very rewarding and the little steps are the building blocks to a great career and lifestyle.

My two passions outside of work are my family and travelling.  I enjoy exploring new countries and meeting people from different cultures and backgrounds. 

Duke of Edinburgh (Medway)

MY Trust are proud to have recently become a Licenced Organisation for Duke of Edinburgh. We will be supporting young people to achieve their Bronze, Silver or Gold awards through our enthusiastic team of trained leaders. Please click here for more information and how to sign up to do the award with MY Trust Duke of Edinburgh

Youth & Employability Service (East Sussex)

We support vulnerable young people living in East Sussex into or maintain their learning and employment. We work with over partners such as JobCentre Plus, Youth Offending Team, Care Leaver Team, Further Education Colleges and training providers. We have young people’s centres in Hastings and Eastbourne.  Find out more about our services.

 

TrustCareers

TrustCareers is our service for schools, academies and colleges to bring high quality impartial careers information, advice and guidance to students. We have a comprehensive prospectus of 1:1 and group programmes to choose what best meets the needs of students. We currently work in schools and academies across Kent, Medway and East Sussex. Please see the TrustCareers website for further information regarding the services we offer www.trustcareers.co.uk

Jan Stephens - Trustee

I worked for Kent Police between 1975-2012 and since being retired I am a Non-Executive Director of Medway NHS Foundation Trust. I first joined Kent Police as a police cadet before becoming a police officer in 1976. I worked as a Police Officer for 32 years across Kent including Gravesend, West Malling, Maidstone Police Headquarters and also several times in different ranks in Medway. My last posting (2006-2008) was as the Chief Superintendent in charge of policing the Medway towns. Throughout my career I have always been interested in supporting and developing activities which help young people. I also remember what it was like in 1975 to be given an opportunity as a police cadet - there are similarities with being an apprentice in 2011. I finally worked with a small team of people dealing with policy admin support for the Chief Constable and his team and reviewed reports before they were submitted to the then Kent Police Authority. I am really impressed that MYT really does what it says it will do..... all MYT staff are really passionate about young people, each person is an individual. MYT works with other organisations so that young people are supported and that everyone has the opportunity to achieve their potential. I am proud to be associated with Medway Youth Trust as one of its Trustees.

 

Mick Beckwith - Trustee

I have been an MYT trustee for some 5 years and have really enjoyed this experience. I had previously worked for Kent County Council's education department and latterly as an Assistant Director for Education in Medway, with responsibilities including services for young people and those with special educational needs.

MYT, through its dedicated and skilled staff, provides support and guidance for many young people, some of whom have complex needs. Today can be a challenging time for young people, and more than ever MYT is there to help them negotiate the transition to employment and adult life.

Peter Martin - Chairman

I run my own business consultancy, offering advice and support across a wide range of subjects and business's. I have some non-executive directorships, one with a major national retailer. For twenty six years prior to this I ran my own DIY regional Wholesaler business with a turnover of approximately £10m. I sold this to a competitor. Between 1972 to 1974 I worked with Eagle Star Insurance as an Inspector (Salesman) and obtained ACII the Insurance professional qualification. Between 1974 and 1980, I was territory salesman, Regional Assistant, Area Manager and finally Product manager at Kimberly Clark. I was appointed Chair of Governors at The Rochester Grammar School in 2004, having been a governor since 1998; my daughters were pupils in the school. In 2005, I helped start the Medway Governors Association, and was its first Chairman for three years. In 2006, I joined as Governor Representative the School Forum, and became Chairman in 2008. I joined the Governing body of Brompton Academy in 2009.

National Citizen Service

In Medway and Lewes in East Sussex we deliver the ‘NCS’ each Spring, Summer and Autumn. This is a life changing team experience for 16-17 year olds that includes residentials away from home, then designing, fundraising and delivering a community social action project. NCS participants graduate in a formal celebration event. For more information please click here National Citizen Service






New Horizons (Medway)

New Horizons is a three year international social action programme created and run by MY Trust which will raise the aspirations and prospects of young people in Medway. Each year the New Horizons programme supports its participants through a series of workshops and a 3 night activity residential (U.K) to prepare them to take part in a three week intensive volunteering programme in a developing country. For more information please click here New Horizons.

Prince's Trust (Medway)

Princes Trust Team programme is a study programme for 16-18 year olds in Medway. Though a partnership with the Princes Trust and Mid Kent College we provide this 12 week full-time programme for 16-19 year olds who are out of work. The participants experience a team building residential, have work experience, organise and deliver a social action project, study Maths and English and gain a recognised qualification. For more information please click here Prince's Trust study programme

The Medway Programme (Medway)

The Medway Programme is a 15 week programme for unemployed 16-18 year olds in Medway designed to build confidence, motivation and skills to get them back in to EET. Participants can achieve is NOCN Level 1 Certificate in skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development (QCF) including the opportunity to improve Maths and English.

For more information click here: Medway Programme

Youth Participation

As a young persons charity Youth Participation is very important to the heart of MY Trust. We involve Young People when appointing new staff, in how to improve the charity, organising events in the community and much more. We have active youth forums in both Medway and East Sussex. To find out more and for ways to get involved please click here Youth participation or for information on the youth forum in particular please click here Youth forum

Russell Race JP DL

Russell Race JP DL, a retired stockbroker who lives in Rochester. A Deputy Lieutenant of Kent, he is the Senior Warden of the Rochester Bridge Warden’s Trust. Russell Race has a long standing commitment to Medway through his involvement with the Chatham Maritime Trust, St Joseph Williamson Mathematical School and the Bridge Warden’s Trust.

Stephen Grix OBE

Stephen Grix is the Chief Executive of Mid Kent College with campuses in Gillingham and Maidstone. He left school at the age of fifteen without any qualifications and enrolled at Mid Kent College as a bricklaying student. He studied part-time for eight years at the college and achieved his first degree there. He subsequently returned over thirty years later to his current role. Stephen has always lived locally in the Medway area.

How much do I have to pay a young employee?

Nearly all workers in the UK above the compulsory school leaving age are legally entitled to be paid a minimum amount per hour. Each year this rate is reviewed and any increases take place in October.

To find out what the current National Minimum Wage is, click here.

All employed apprentices who are funded by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) must receive a minimum income of £80 per week.

Can I access funding for training young employees?

Government funding is available for Apprenticeships and other accredited training programmes.

 

If there is training involved, how long will it take and where does it take place?

The length of any training will depend on the capabilities of the young person and the length and content of the course. It could be day release over several years, or block release of one or more weeks at any one time. The training can be in the workplace, at a local college or with a Government funded Training Provider.

Is a young person entitled to time off to study when they start work?

Young employees aged 16-17, who have not reached a Level 2 qualification have the right to paid time off for study or training for approved qualifications. It has been proven that there are benefits for employers who have well- trained staff.

When can I employ a school leaver?

You may employ a school leaver on a full time basis, after they reach their statutory school leaving date - that is the last Friday in June. This includes young people who turn 16 in July or August.

Do young people have the same rights as employees aged over 18?

Yes, all of the contractual rights your adult workers enjoy apply to young people e.g. holiday pay, contracts of employment, payslips, breaks, maternity and sick pay, job description.

Does an employer have to carry out a separate risk assessment for a young person?

While there is no requirement for an employer to carry out a separate risk assessment specifically for a young person, if they haven’t previously employed a young person they should review their risk assessment and take into account the specific factors for young people, before a young person starts with them.

Does an employer need to have Employer' Liability Compulsory Insurance (ELCI) in place before they employ a young person?

Most employers are required by law to insure against liability for injury or disease to their employees. Those who are currently exempt include:

• family businesses, where all employees are closely related to the employer, unless the business is incorporated as a limited company

• sole traders

However, if a family business takes on an employee who is not closely related to the employer, or if a sole trader takes on an employee, then there is a requirement for them to have ELCI.

What is the minimum age a young person can be employed for part time work?

Young people can be employed from the age of 13 on a part time basis. There are exceptions for children involved in areas that need a performance licence such as:

•             Television

•             Theatre

•             Modelling

LAC Bursary (Medway)

We provide small grants to support the education development and achievement of looked after children and care leavers in Medway. These are additional sums and intentionally not to replace statutory funds. PLease contact us for more information.

Apprenticeship Scheme (East Sussex)

We are working with East Sussex County Council to ensure young people in Lewes, Eastbourne and Wealden are supported to take advantage of apprenticeships. 

Routes to Work (East Sussex)

Routes to Work (16-18) is a fund available to young people who are starting an apprenticeship or job with training to pay for their first months travel to and from work before their first pay check.

Access to work experience (East Sussex)

Access to East Sussex County Council Work Experience placements (16-18).  To help young people gain valuable work experience we are able to provide travel and lunch costs for young people that are not in education, employment or training and are supported by YES, Youth Offending Team and/or Leaving Care.

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I will never forget the adults who made a difference to my life, when I was younger. In turn, I have always found it rewarding to be able to help people remove possible and real obstacles - in order to progress and achieve their potential, in life. I try my best to give young people information, advice and help so that they can make the best choices for them, as individuals.

I like hearing young people’s thoughts and opinions: they are refreshing and keep me “thinking outside of my middle aged box”! After all, today’s younger generation are the future.

Outside of work, my interests include Gym, Yoga and Walking: local, high level and long distance. I also enjoy relaxing at home and watching a good film after a tasty meal!

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I am a fully qualified Careers Adviser and Higher Education Lead. I have enjoyed working with young people for over thirty years.

I will never forget the adults who made a difference to my life, when I was younger. In turn, I have always found it rewarding to be able to help people remove possible and real obstacles - in order to progress and achieve their potential, in life. I try my best to give young people information, advice and help so that they can make the best choices for them, as individuals.

I like hearing young people’s thoughts and opinions: they are refreshing and keep me “thinking outside of my middle aged box”! After all, today’s younger generation are the future.

Outside of work, my interests include Gym, Yoga and Walking: local, high level and long distance. I also enjoy relaxing at home and watching a good film after a tasty meal!

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I am a fully qualified Careers Adviser and Higher Education Lead. I have enjoyed working with young people for over thirty years.

I will never forget the adults who made a difference to my life, when I was younger. In turn, I have always found it rewarding to be able to help people remove possible and real obstacles - in order to progress and achieve their potential, in life. I try my best to give young people information, advice and help so that they can make the best choices for them, as individuals.

I like hearing young people’s thoughts and opinions: they are refreshing and keep me “thinking outside of my middle aged box”! After all, today’s younger generation are the future.

Outside of work, my interests include Gym, Yoga and Walking: local, high level and long distance. I also enjoy relaxing at home and watching a good film after a tasty meal!

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I am a fully qualified Careers Adviser and Higher Education Lead. I have enjoyed working with young people for over thirty years.

I will never forget the adults who made a difference to my life, when I was younger. In turn, I have always found it rewarding to be able to help people remove possible and real obstacles - in order to progress and achieve their potential, in life. I try my best to give young people information, advice and help so that they can make the best choices for them, as individuals.

I like hearing young people’s thoughts and opinions: they are refreshing and keep me “thinking outside of my middle aged box”! After all, today’s younger generation are the future.

Outside of work, my interests include Gym, Yoga and Walking: local, high level and long distance. I also enjoy relaxing at home and watching a good film after a tasty meal!

NCS Assistant Leader (Summer 2015) £12506 - £16354 pa (pro rata) (Fixed Term Contract)

Medway Youth Trust are very proud to be delivering the National Citizen Service which is a Government initiative for 16 and 17 years to create a more cohesive, responsible and engaged society through young people from different backgrounds working together to complete a social action project which benefits their local community.

The main purpose of the post is to support the NCS Leader to deliver an NCS programme in Medway.  The programme is delivered over 6 weeks with Year 11 and Year 12 young people in a team of 15. The participants will be from different backgrounds and have varying needs. The programme is structured with 6 phases and consists of an induction, 2 residential weeks, a social action planning week, a social action delivery week and a graduation event. Young people are also supported to plan for ongoing volunteering.

For more information about the role, please click here for the full job description and person specification.

Please send your application via e-mail to jody.sharp@themytrust.org by Wednesday 18th March 2015 at 12pm. Applications sent after this date will not be considered.

NCS Leader (Summer 2015) £17,316 - £23,088 p.a (pro rata) (Fixed Term Contract)

Medway Youth Trust are very proud to be delivering the National Citizen Service which is a Government initiative for 16 and 17 years to create a more cohesive, responsible and engaged society through young people from different backgrounds working together to complete a social action project which benefits their local community.

The main purpose of the role is to plan and deliver an NCS programme in Medway, with the support of an Assistant Leader and a Volunteer.  The programme is delivered over 6 weeks with Year 11 and Year 12 young people in a team of 15. The participants will be from different backgrounds and have varying needs. The programme is structured with 6 phases and consists of an induction, 2 residential weeks, a social action planning week, a social action delivery week and a graduation event. Young people are also supported to plan for ongoing volunteering.

For more information about the role, please click here for the full job description and person specification.

Please send your application via e-mail to jody.sharp@themytrust.org by Wednesday 18th March 2015 at 12pm. Applications sent after this date will not be considered.

MYT Trustee Recruitment

We are currently recruiting for Trustees to join our board. To find out about becoming a Trustee at MYT and how to join our board, please view our information pack and visit our news page.

Rosy Taylor - TrustCareers Adviser

I have been proudly working for Medway Youth Trust since March 2009.

Having spent the professional placement year of my Sociology Degree working as a teaching assistant in a Pupil Referral Unit, I knew I wanted a career where I could help young people. After graduating, I found myself doing administrative work but I never gave up on my long term goal. After being made redundant from a manufacturing company, I started as a Trainee at MYT and have since completed three qualifications related to Career Guidance and Youth Work. 

My role as a ‘Careers Adviser’ has often involved much more than offering impartial information, advice and guidance to young people. I love to motivate, inspire and ‘go the extra mile’ for the young people I work with and their families to ensure positive outcomes. 

Outside of work I love to spend time with friends and family, and with the wonderfully unique family I have that means there is never a dull moment!

Julie Davies - TrustCareers Adviser and CEG Projects Lead

I have worked as a qualified careers adviser for about 15 years.  I previously worked as a Chartered Surveyor for government agency for many years which was a very different role.  However, after having my own family I became involved in lots of volunteer work with young people through my local primary and secondary schools and also at the local swimming club.  I enjoy the energy and enthusiasm of young people but I also became more aware of the challenges they face as they move into their teenage years and the difficulties they often find in making decisions about their future.  I took the decision to retrain as a careers adviser so that I could work directly with young people supporting them through their transition to adulthood.  Supporting and enabling young people to make their own decisions about their future with confidence is tremendously satisfying. 

My role as a Careers Adviser includes individual guidance interviews in schools where I explore education, training and career choices with pupils.  I also deliver careers education lessons covering a range of topics from post 16 choices to higher education and apprenticeships.  As “Careers Education Projects Lead” I also help to organise and chair our Careers and Higher Education Network  to keep schools and partners up to date with careers news.

Su Mortley, Maplesden Noakes School
What I like about TrustCareers is their flexibility and quality service. They always deliver exactly what I want and never let me down.
Amanda Byard - TrustCareers Adviser and Higher Education Lead

I am a fully qualified Careers Adviser and Higher Education Lead. I have enjoyed working with young people for over thirty years.

I will never forget the adults who made a difference to my life, when I was younger. In turn, I have always found it rewarding to be able to help people remove possible and real obstacles - in order to progress and achieve their potential, in life. I try my best to give young people information, advice and help so that they can make the best choices for them, as individuals.

I like hearing young people’s thoughts and opinions: they are refreshing and keep me “thinking outside of my middle aged box”! After all, today’s younger generation are the future.

Outside of work, my interests include Gym, Yoga and Walking: local, high level and long distance. I also enjoy relaxing at home and watching a good film after a tasty meal!

Rebecca Towner - Assistant Head of TrustCareers

I am a fully qualified Careers Adviser and am currently Assistant Head of Trust Careers. I have enjoyed working with young people for over twenty years either as a Practitioner or managing advisers.

I have always found it rewarding to be able to help young people whether it is as a Practitioner or on a more strategic level. In my current role I am developing services to schools as well as looking at ways we can improve our knowledge to ensure our schools continue to deliver or exceed the current careers legislation.

I have also been a member of the CDI formally  ICG where I was made a fellow and I currently sit on the Career Development Institute council as the young person’s representative.   

The Kent Programme (Kent)

The Kent Programme is a 14 week study programme for unemployed 16-18 year olds  to build confidence, motivation and skills to progress into employment, education or training. The programme is currently run from our premises in Maidstone. For more information, please visit our Kent Programme page.

Helen Robinson - Trustee
Andrea Ashman - Trustee
Robert Marsh - Trustee
Rob spent 28 years in the Army, serving in Bosnia, Iraq, Norway, Bermuda, (West) Germany, Brunei [on loan service] including bomb disposal and counter-terrorist operations in UK including Northern Ireland [80’s/90’s].  He commanded a Royal Engineers Bomb Disposal Squadron and supported UKSF.  This included a year recovering and disposing of WW1 and WW2 chemical weapons that had been buried in England; and 6 months in Bosnia providing teams for bomb disposal, mine clearance and rescuing casualties from mined areas. He deployed on disaster relief operations (such as supporting the Bermuda government after a Hurricane) was involved in international liaison and sponsored specialist R&D including developing a £4M secure IT project.  Whilst in the Army he completed a variety of voluntary youth work all round the world; including founding a charity www.SAYT.org.uk to employ and support christian youth workers.  Rob enjoys sailing [through Cyclones and pirates in the Philippines] rock climbing and mountain biking [burning 20,000 calories on a 3-4 day challenge each summer]
Rob left the Army in 2004 to become CEO YMCA West Kent www.WestKentYMCA.org.uk/about-us/film which supports young people dealing with exclusion, anger, abuse, trauma, stress, physical and mental health issues; and provides holistic support, housing, training, youth work and counselling.  Some other staff have been veterans to support their recovery and rehabilitation. He is a trustee of several other charities - currently including: SAYT, YMCA Blackburn [housing association providing housing for young people at risk across England] as well as the MY Trust - having been a trustee of Young Kent before the merger. Rob brings experience of development, fundraising, finance, IT, HR, PR, training, contracts, property and partnership working.
Carol Hardy - Trustee
Carol Stewart - Trustee
Alice Finnegan - Trustee
Eduardo Jackson - Trustee
Anthony Leschallas