Apprentice Youth Researcher – London

Location: Head Office

Contract Type: Fixed Term

Closing Date: 08 August 2024

Salary: £17,290.00 per annum

Specific Hours: 35 hours per week (including 20% study time)

Apprentice Youth Researcher – London

Are you someone who is keen to effect change and get the voices of young people in care and care leavers heard? Are you relatable, a good listener and able to build good relationships with your peers?  If so, please read on…

35 hours per week (including 20% study time to work towards qualification) spread across seven days including evenings and occasional weekends.

Qualifications Options:

  • Customer Services Level 2 - 12 months training (16 months employment contract)

  • Business Admin Level 3 - 13 months training (18 months employment contract)

Age: 18 plus

Location: Based across London residential services and Putney Head office

About the Role

Here at the Staying Close Project we are looking for someone with experience in care to join our team and support us to understand how young people experience the process of independent living.

We want to understand the challenge of leaving home and ensure that we are delivering a service that helps young people more feel prepared, confident, and able to bounce back from obstacles giving them a much better chance of success. 

This is an opportunity to work alongside young people in St Christopher’s children’s homes and Semi-Independent Services to understand from them exactly what the challenges are, what could be done differently and how to feed that into the staff teams that care for them.  This a chance to truly make a difference to the transition process for young people.

So what are you waiting for, apply now.

The successful candidate will have:

  • GCSE Grade C in Math’s and English is preferable but not a requirement.
  • If you do not have a ‘C’ grade in math’s and English or equivalent you’ll need to be prepared to gain an equivalent qualification alongside this role.
  • Experience of leading and managing group activities or events (experience with family, friends, colleagues and within work or education settings welcome).
  • Experience of advocating for change in a positive way (experience with family, friends, colleagues and within work or education settings welcome).
  • Experience of building relationships across a diverse range of people.
  • Experience of some report writing.
  • Experience of listening to, understanding and feeding back the experiences of others.

In return we offer:

  • A Salary of £17,290 per annum
  • An opportunity to gain a business admin level 2 qualification or Customer Services Level 2, alongside your role.
  • A friendly working environment, a fun, open and honest culture.
  • 25 days holiday rising to 27 days after 3 years’ service, plus Bank Holidays, pro-rata.
  • Industry Leading training programme including access to level 3 qualifications, children’s right and participation, CSE, empowerment, mental health and Social Pedagogy,
  • Contributory pension scheme, Enhanced Maternity and Company Sick Scheme.
  • BUPA Employee Assistance Programme, offering counselling, financial advice and legal support.
  • Interest-free season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme.
  • Discount shopping scheme at hundreds of retailers across the UK.
  • Discretionary Funded Training Programs.
  • Employee Awards based on performance and length of service.
  • Fantastic opportunities to develop your career within our range of services. 

About Us

Our vision is for every child and young person to be safe, loved and happy, to achieve their potential and have a bright future.

St Christopher's is a leading charity for children and young people. We are proud of our history of providing fostering, children's homes and innovative leaving care services across the UK & Isle of Man.  We have a passionate commitment to our young people, placing them at the centre of everything we do.  We provide positive life experiences for young people who are unable to sustain a placement in their parental or foster home.

We are an equal-opportunity employer keen to develop an inclusive workforce where people feel they belong.  We hope to attract applications from under- represented groups, including people from different cultures, nationalities, socioeconomic backgrounds, ages, disabilities, religions, faith, sex, orientation, childcare responsibilities, and gender-diverse identities.

Watch our short video to gain an insight into our working life here at St Christopher’s

St Christopher’s Academy

At St Christopher`s we can provide more than just a care job. We can offer you a career where you can develop your skills and knowledge while making a difference to young people’s lives.

When you join St Christopher’s, we will set you up in your career with a tailored development plan. Whether you want to move across to a different service, become a Manager or just explore further your current role, we will support you to map out your career trajectory and help you achieve your professional ambitions. If you want to learn more about St Christopher’s Academy, please click here

We are proud that 84% of all our Team Leaders, Deputies and Managers are internal promotions. 

Recruitment Process

At St Christopher’s we are committed to the safeguarding of all children and young people in our care. During the recruitment process you will be expected to complete an online application form to ensure we capture essential information to meet legislation, best practice and vetting requirements.

Applicants will ideally already be on the DBS Update Service; if this is not the case St Christopher's will carry out a DBS (police) check prior to starting.

In order to apply for this role, candidates must answer the following questions that can be downloaded here 

You will need to upload your answers in the Supporting Statement section when completing the online application.

For the full Job Description and Person Specification Click here

For more information or assistance during the application process, please contact

Please bear in mind that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Apply now