Growing Youth Workshop Leader Vacancy

Edible Estates are recruiting a Workshop Leader for their Growing Youth project.

The post is fixed term working part time 15 hours a week., from September 2021 to June 2022, with potential for extension.


Growing Youth is a programme of Edible Estates delivered on behalf of Edinburgh Council’s Additional Support for Learning Service (ASLS). ASLS provides alternatives for high school aged children who are ‘outside of curriculum’. Growing Youth is one such alternative where children are given the opportunity to participate in workshops focussing on construction, landscaping and horticulture. Edible Estates have been delivering this service since the beginning of the school year in 2020. We find that the pupils respond best to joinery/timber framing projects and therefore a lot of the Growing Youth programme has focussed on the construction of sheds at our community gardens.

We are looking for a workshop leader with skills and experience in the construction of timber structures, though skills and experience of landscaping/horticulture would be an advantage. The right candidate would also have experience in youth work, and/or training and work experience programmes for young people.

The workshop leader would work with Edible Estates’ Projects Manager to plan, prepare and resource three Growing Youth workshops per week in the Wester Hailes area of Edinburgh for the duration of the contract. Each workshop would be of three hours duration (with time set aside for set up close down, and additional tasks), for up to five children of high school age, who would attend on a weekly basis. Some of these children will have had adverse childhood experiences (ACE’s) and present with behaviours which will require adequate support and management. The children will also be supported by a ASLS staff member during the workshops.

The Projects Manager will provide construction design information and materials to site. The workshop leader will lead the workshops in a way which balances timely completion of construction tasks, satisfactory quality and a nurturing and supportive environment for the children. He/she will be responsible for health and safety on site, and will support the ASLS staff member to maintain good behaviour on site.


You can read the full job description and apply for the post online here. The closing date for applications is Friday 13 August 2021.

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