Youth Engagement Cadet Leader (based in Solihull or Wolverhampton)

21000003 Requisition #

Grade: Band C
Salary: £21,135- £28,725
Closing date: 29th January 2021


2 roles- 1x Soliull and 1x Wolverhampton

The Police Cadet scheme was introduced in WMP in 2017 as part of the PCC’s Police and Crime Plan and it is for young people aged 13-17 from all backgrounds, including those who may be vulnerable to the influences of crime and social expulsion.

The weekly Cadet sessions and activities run during the school term time and gives the Cadets an opportunity to become involved in a youth group, make new friends and learn about the police. Alongside that, they get to take part in numerous different activities, such as drill sessions, volunteering in the community, sports activities, WMP visits and talks and also assisting local policing teams in things such as knife sweeps, leaflet drops and community events.

The scheme operates across the Force with cohorts of up to 30 Cadets per unit and the aims are to:

  • Build active citizens
  • Provide early intervention
  • Act as a platform for positive engagement between West Midlands Police and community groups

To achieve these aims, Cadet sessions involves an exciting variety of volunteering within the communities, curriculum-based learning and speciality talks and visits. The Cadets are also involved in local and regional events such as Birmingham Pride, Stephen Lawrence Day and Remembrance Day services

In support of the Force's vision and values and the scheme we have exciting opportunities to manage, leadership and supervision of the Cadet Programme in our Neighbourhood Policing Units based in Solihull and Wolverhampton.

The role primary focus is to seek opportunities to connect policing with Young people and increase confidence in policing through engagement, consultation and active citizenship working with the Neighbourhood policing unit and community priorities. This is alongside the social action projects delivered by the cadets providing personal development and progression as active citizens within their community.

Role responsibilities:
  • Identify opportunities to improve engagement and public confidence with under- represented groups, demographics or geographical areas in order to support Neighbourhood policing units with young people.
  • Develop relationships with 3rd sector organisations, ensuring the delivery of planned, centre based and detached youth activities are being planned in areas of need
  • Support the Cadet Unit commanders and citizens in policing team in organising and planning external activities and trips
  • Review the termly timetable and provide support with sessions ensuring a comprehensive lesson plan in place for all meetings
  • maintain discipline and good behaviour during cadet sessions
  • identify behaviour changes or safeguarding concerns
  • ensure completion of all appropriate Risk management and insurance paperwork for cadet events and meetings
  • administrate and assess the wider, longer term Cadet curriculum, ensuring a programme of activities enables the progression and attainment of individuals.
  • market and communicate cadet activities in partnership with key stakeholders
  • assist with the recruitment and selection of both cadets and cadet leaders

Essential skills required:

  • Experience of working with young people in a social or education setting
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience of dealing and liasing with external agencies and community groups
  • Able to deliver lessons/sessions
  • Ability to build good working relationships
  • Good organisational skills and work with minimal supervision
  • Proficient use of Word, Excel and Powerpoint
  • Experience of working in multi-agency environments
Hours of work:
Core hours will be completed between 0800 and 1800 Monday - Friday but there will be a need to work outside these hours to fufil the role of Cadet Leader. Cadet sessions are run during term time Monday - Friday for two hours on a set day.  Additionally the role will require individuals to accompany the Cadets on trips outside of the cadet sessions. The post will be based at the Neighbourhood Policing Unity partnership office and designated location for cadet sessions.
Applications are required to undergo an Enhanced DBS in addition to vetting for the role.


West Midlands Police is a Disability Confident Leader - the highest level an organisation can achieve under the scheme run by the Department of Work and Pensions.  As part of our commitment we operate a Guaranteed Interview Scheme - all candidates who declare a disability and meet the essential criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview.


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