Kickstart - High Streets Youth Champion

Job details
Posting date: 20 September 2021
Hours: Part time
Closing date: 14 November 2021
Location: Wiltshire, SN22EH
Company: DWP Kickstart Scheme
Job type: Temporary
Job reference: V0000287702

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To apply for this job, you must be claiming Universal Credit and 16 to 24 years old.

Historic England

We welcome a critical mind that can help us think differently about what young people might want for their town centre. How do you use your local high street? How has that changed with Covid-19? What do you want to see on your high street in the future?
The High Streets Youth Champion role will support Historic England to engage with wider audiences on town centre regeneration. The post holder will develop an understanding of our work on using heritage and culture to inspire positive changes to our struggling high streets in town and city centres across England. They will support us with our ambition to better engage with young people. The role will also involve researching how successfully we are already engaging with young people, for instance with our High Streets Heritage Action Zones programme.
What is high street regeneration and why are we interested in it?
Our high streets have been in decline for some time; with less demand for retail as shoppers move online, high streets struggle to compete with out of town retail parks. Covid-19 restrictions brought unexpected challenges to business owners, whilst major high street brands continue to announce store closures. We believe that celebrating a town’s heritage can spark positive changes for places and people; whether that be by repairing buildings to their former glory, helping them to change use or by capturing local stories from the past that make a place’s identity so unique. Most, if not all, town and city centres are historic and, by working with the existing buildings and spaces, we can make our high streets busy places again. Historic England will be working closely with partners such as Local Authorities and community groups to support town and city centres to adapt to the challenges they face by investing in their local heritage.
General tasks:
Work closely with different Historic England teams to look in to and write a report on the future of high streets, towns and city centres from a young person’s perspective, including recommendations on how to measure young people’s engagement with and perceptions of their high streets.
Attend meetings with local partners and get to know up to 5 town centre regeneration schemes.
Work with colleagues to see how each of the 5 schemes are impacting young people and contribute ideas for how Historic England can better involve and benefit young people. We want to be challenged by you and we want to see a different perspective.
Attend webinars on town centre regeneration, youth engagement, heritage and culture to develop an understanding of the sector.
Develop a case study based on your report and its recommendations.

Experience or interest in report writing.
Excellent communication and written skills.
Great team worker and the ability to get along easily with others.
Be curious and have a desire to learn.
An interest in making town centres better for people.

Experience of using Microsoft Office in particular Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
A passion or interest for old buildings, geography or culture.

Monday to Friday To be determined at interview


Historic England is managing an external organisation to deliver the key Wrap Around Skills and Development Training for this scheme as set out by the DWP. Intuitive Thinking Skills will provide both face to face and e-learning modules that will complement the employees learning styles. The employees will also have access to a range of wellbeing support to aid them in achieving their placements at Historic England. This will be provided by both the external training provider and Historic England’s own development platform.

Employees will also have access to Historic England’s training platform (FUSE) where additional organisational H&S compliance related training can be accessed. This platform also provides additional training resources, wellbeing classes, exercises and forum groups aiding social interaction and personal development.

Post placement all employees will be signed up to the Good Youth Charter which forms part of the Youth Employment UK charity. This will provide young people further access to personal skills developments and careers advise.

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