Scotland’s Armed Forces Children’s Charity

About us

The Royal Caledonian Education Trust is the only charity within Scotland dedicated to working directly with children and young people, from serving personnel, reservist and veteran families to co-produce projects and services to better understand and respond effectively to unique challenges experienced with regard to mental health and wellbeing, education and learning, participation and the pursuit of positive futures. Our Youth Forums serve to nurture confidence and provide a national platform to speak up and champion change for what matters most to Armed Forces young people. We facilitate life-changing experiences, which develop new skills and confidence as well as forge new friendships through shared experience and solidarity. We support serving personnel and veteran families who have experienced considerable financial hardship throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic as well as Armed Forces young people with caring responsibilities and those attending college and university.

About the role 

In this role, you will implement a co-production approach to work directly with children and young people, from serving personnel, reservist and veteran families to develop, design and deliver a broad range of participatory and engagement projects. You will establish and maintain a network of forum groups, within Central Scotland, which enable Armed Forces young people to forge new friendships and contribute unique experiences, creativity and voice to shape campaigns that raise awareness of many positive aspects and unique challenges experienced by Armed Forces young people today, influence policy-making, and recruit further beneficiaries. In addition, you will work in partnership with colleagues within the Armed Forces community as well as schools, colleges and third sector organisations to promote the impact of our projects and services as well as recruit children and young people to participate in our activities.

The person joining our team

To apply for the role of Participation Worker you will require a relevant qualification (HNC/SVQ3/SCQF Level 7 ) in a discipline related to working with children and young people, or relevant work experience. In addition, you will need a minimum of two years of experience working within either a youth work, community work or education setting. You will be required to evidence experience of working with vulnerable young people as well as co-producing projects and planning activities with children and young people. You will need to demonstrate a working knowledge of child protection, GIRFEC as well as an awareness of and understanding of issues around children and young people participation. You will also be required to evidence knowledge and understanding of group dynamics, equality of opportunity and inclusion and up-to-date knowledge of issues that affect young people.

Application notes

If this sounds like you and you would like to discuss the role informally, please contact our Children and Young People Participation Manager, Nina Collins on 07990 031 658.

To apply for this role, please submit your CV and covering letter (1000 words maximum) to by 5pm on Friday 18 June 2021. Interviews will be held, via Zoom, on Tuesday 29 June 2021 and Wednesday 30 June 2021.

An Enhanced Disclosure Scotland Check will be required as part of our selection process. This post will cover Central Scotland and will include a significant amount of travel. Therefore, a full driving licence and access to a car is required

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