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Young Start Officer

Organisation Details

Capital City Partnership (CCP) is an arm’s length company of the City of Edinburgh Council and is tasked with the operational development, management and support of local and regional employability and poverty reduction measures.

It takes a flexible approach to changing economic conditions, needs and opportunities but its core functions comprise:

  • The management of all employability related grants and contracts awarded to external providers by the council and other key partners
  • The provision of policy advice, research, and development support (including secretariat functions) to the city’s Jobs Strategy Partnership and partners
  • The provision of services and interventions that help alleviate poverty and inequalities and provide opportunities for testing and piloting new approaches
  • The development and maintenance of common communications and management information infrastructure for the Jobs Strategy Partnership
  • Development and support of the Joined Up for Jobs network and the Joined Up for Business partnership to tackle poverty and inequalities
  • Provision of support to the Edinburgh and South-East Scotland City Region Deal skills programme.

Job Purpose, Role, and Duties

CCP leads on the pioneering Whole Family Equality Project (WFEP), which is built and expanded on the already established Maximise! service in Edinburgh, ensuring that the offer is extended to those in *BAME communities affected by poverty and disadvantage.

* We acknowledge that the BAME term has been recommended to be phased out and replaced going forward by Commission of Race and Ethnic Disparities and intend to use recommended alternatives when these are clarified.

The post of Young Start Officer is funded by National Lottery to improve life opportunities of 80 young people from BAME communities. Delivering a bespoke service for BAME communities, we are seeking someone who has a good level of insight into and is empathetic to the needs of BAME young people, who are facing a multitude of barriers to fulfilling their potential. The successful candidate will directly and intensively engage with 80 of the most disadvantaged BAME young people over a period of 21 months in Edinburgh. Participants will be at high risk of not getting a better and fairer start in life and who face long-term unemployment, poorer skills (including life skills) and outcomes as a direct result of social, economic and systematic disadvantages and lack of equity of opportunity.

Working in an integrated service, the Young Start Officer will engage with key stakeholders, a citizen’s panel, and delivery partners (Children1st and CHAI) who are working with the older members of families to tackle poverty and income maximization. The focus will be on supporting BAME young people to access services and linking them with employability providers to ensure that successful outcomes and positive destinations are achieved. The post holder will ensure that the young people’s voices are heard and placed at the heart of the service delivery, development and improvement.

The Young Start Officer will be led and supported by the Strategy and Development Manager, working as part of an integrated team with other officers and partners, each with a specific focus on achieving positive outcomes for BAME communities including job outcomes, work experience/ internships, vocational training, volunteering and further and higher education. The post holder will deliver mentoring and advocacy support that is tailored to the needs of each individual young person to link them with employability providers, to ensure sustainable social and economic outcomes for young people. The post holder will work with the team to develop appropriate targets and measures of success.

Application notes

An application pack is available for download below.

CLOSING DATE: Noon, Wednesday 25th of May 2022.

CCP actively encourage applications from people with Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

Contract length

21-month fixed term until March 2024




Capital City Partnership

Closing date

25th May 2022

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