Could you be our next County Youth Commissioner or part of our Youth Shaped Team?

Introduction

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 or part of our Youth Shaped Team.

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. This is a great opportunity to lead the way and kickstart the next chapter of Youth Shaped story!

The Role

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 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 District Youth Commissioners, Deputy County Commissioners and wider County Team.

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

Process

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 or interested in being part of the Youth Shaped Team!

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.

Role Descriptions
Key Dates

Applications Close: Sunday 26th June 2022

Selection Day: Saturday 16th July 2022

Further information

For more information, or for an informal chat about this vacancy, please email ycsearch@nullgmwscouts.org.uk or to get in touch with our previous County Youth Commissioner to discuss his experience of the role, email lewis.foster@nullgmwscouts.org.uk