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TRAINEE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

The project is funded by the European Union, Progress Programme which is designed to recognise innovation, record good practice and mainstream new ideas after a period of testing.

Green Futures for Young People works across a range of community-based organisations and social enterprises to capture entrepreneurship and to develop new business through delivering high quality, local and effective social and health and care services. The project lasts for one year starting July 2011.

There will be a Network of 20 Trainee Business Development Officers established across Kent, each working within a not for profit organisation, linked together through joint training, shared interests and ICT. The Network is coordinated by Action with Communities in Rural Kent who are responsible for the overall delivery of the Progress project.

This is a transnational project, working closely with partners in Sweden, France and Spain. There are opportunities for Trainee business Development Officers to be part of the overall project. There is also potential for some Trainees to take part in travel to partner countries and to participate in meetings and seminars.

The project starts with Work Experience and it is hoped that successful Trainees will progress to Apprenticeships and in due course, full employment.

There are no prescriptive entry qualifications. Each applicant will be invited to explain their ambitions and their commitment at interview. Enthusiasm and determination to succeed are essential.

A full range of support and mentoring will be provided for each Trainee. There will be regular training. Individual development plans negotiated for each Trainee with appraisal, guidance and full management support both within the placement and by Action with Communities in Rural Kent.

Opportunities are available in the following areas:

  • South Kent: Ashford, Folkestone, Canterbury, Dover, Deal.
  • Mid Kent: Maidstone, Faversham, Isle of Sheppey.
  • North Kent: Dartford, Sevenoaks, Gravesend

The job description includes: Work as part of a small team; carry out research, local, national, European, on specific activities and interests of the organisation. Record results; recognise scope for business growth & format ideas; help to create new business opportunities to develop the organisation and to benefit its clients; try to identify new resources to expand the work of the organisation and make applications for new funding; be part of a county-wide Network of Trainees; use ICT, sharing ideas & keeping in touch with other Network members; help develop the organisation through recognising administration and business needs and responding to those needs; attend joint training sessions; engage with the organisation’s wider activities in whatever ways are appropriate, under the supervision of staff; take part in meetings and/or seminars as required.

Some of the requirements for participants are: Available for work & prepared to do “Work Experience”; looking for long-term work opportunity; interest in working in not for profit organisations; reliable and a good time-keeper; willing to listen, learn and be a responsible employee; able to use own initiative; good communicator; interest in working with disadvantaged people; experience of using computer or willing to learn; interest in office work; prepared to undertake training, in-house and across Kent; prepared to learn new skills and to share knowledge, experience & skills with others.

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