The search starts here for our next County Youth Commissioner and team. We are looking for young people aged 18-25 across Greater Manchester West who are interested in becoming our next County Youth Commissioner, Deputy or Assistant.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Lewis Foster and his team for all of their hard work over the past 5 years in creating a Youth Shaped culture across our County and delivering on some key areas of our County and National Strategies.
The successful applicants will have the opportunity to take Youth Shaped to the next level following the launch of the YouShape Awards for Beavers to Explorers. As Scouting continues to return to face-to-face following the pandemic, there is a real opportunity to kickstart our YouShape journey.
What does a County Youth Commissioner do?
Youth Commissioners are volunteers responsible for driving youth shaped in their local area. They support volunteers, shape the programme, influence decisions that we make at Scouts and take the lead.
They are aged 18-25 at appointment and enable volunteers to embed the ideas and decisions of young people into local scouting.
They play a key role in the leadership and management of the County. They need to motivate both volunteers and young people. Responsilities in a youth commissioner role vary, but are likely to include:
- Help to make sure that the County programme is shaped by young people.
- Create opportunities for young people to provide feedback (often through a County Youth Forum).
- Promote the YouShape award and top awards.
- Support the District Youth Commissioners in their County, bringing them together to support each other, share ideas, and work towards a shared vision.
- Inspire and motivate young people in the County and make sure they know about all the different opportunities available to them in Scouts, including what they can do when they turn 18.
- Influence decisions that are made in the County as a member of the County Executive Committee, making sure that young people are at the heart of decisions.
What is it like being a County Youth Commissioner?
Support every step of the way
County Youth Commissioners are line managed by the County Commissioner, who will help you set objectives and work with you towards improving local youth shaped scouting. The County Youth Commissioner will work closely with Deputy County Commissioners for Programme and People.
The UK Youth Commissioner team are also here to support County Youth Commissioners – running inductions, events, webinars and more. So you’ll have support available whenever you need it.
What you’ll get from the role
Being a Youth Commissioner is an amazing role. As well as helping to drive youth shaped locally and giving young people a say, you’ll also be learning loads of new skills and having fun along the way.
You’ll get experience and develop skills that will look seriously impressive on a CV or university application – things like teamwork, communication and organisation, but also experience with governance, working with young people and leading others.
Across the UK, there are now over 600 Youth Commissioners doing amazing things. Ready to join them?
“Applying to become Youth Commissioner was genuinely one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Through this role I’ve learned so much, got to work with a really great team, and made a big difference to the experience of young people in Scouts”.
“I never thought I’d get the role, but I decided to apply anyway just in case. 3 years later, I’m so glad I did. I’d recommend applying to everyone who is considering it”.
“What surpised me most when starting the role was the amazing support that was available from my local team and other youth commissioners. I’ve made new friends and gotten to work with some great people”.
“Seeing the difference this role makes to young people is the best part. I’ve watched young people speak up and shape their scouting experience for the better – and I couldn’t be more proud”.
How the process works
You can apply for the role yourself clicking the link below. We advise you read through all of the information on this webpage, including the role descriptions. There will be a question on the application form asking for your preferred role – County Youth Commissioner, Deputy or Assistant. The selection process will be the same for all roles.
Shortlisting will be based solely on the information provided by each candidate in their application form. All applications should address the requirements of the role, as laid out in the role description and person specification.
Applications Open: Tuesday 2nd November 2021
Applications Close: Sunday 19th December 2021
Selection Event: Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th January 2022 (residential) at Dunham Park Scout Camp
For more information, or for an informal chat about this vacancy, please email email@example.com or to get in touch with our previous County Youth Commissioner to discuss his experience of the role, email firstname.lastname@example.org.