Work Experience as Project Assistant

Sustrans

East Sussex

Volunteer • Part Time

www.sustrans.org.uk janie.burrage@sustrans.org.uk Janie Burrage

Reference: SUSworkexpo

Sectors: sustainable transport

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!


Sustrans is pleased to offer a number of work placements as part of the Active Access for Growth programme in East Sussex.

We are offering you the opportunity to work alongside Sustrans Active Travel Officers to gain first-hand experience of how to plan and deliver events, challenges and activities that help people to choose walking and cycling for more journeys.

Work Placement: Work Experience as Project Assistant
Hours: Ideally 1 to 2 days per week
Duration: Normally over 8 to 10 weeks
Base: County Hall, East Sussex County Council, Lewes but with travel across East Sussex to help deliver events/activities

Background:

The work placements are part of the Active Access for Growth programme in East Sussex.

The Active Access for Growth programme is funded by the Department for Transport through East Sussex County Council. This programme is running from 2017 to 2020, focusing on Newhaven, Eastbourne & South Wealden and Bexhill/Hastings. The programme aims to increase levels of walking and cycling to help reduce congestion, carbon emissions and improve air quality.

Two Sustrans Active Travel Officers are delivering the following parts of the programme:

  • Active Steps – a 10 week supported cycling and/or walking programme
  • School cycle activities and challenges
  • Active travel challenges and events for businesses

We are offering the opportunity to work alongside the Sustrans Active Travel Officers to gain first-hand experience of how to plan and deliver these events, challenges and activities. The work placement will provide an excellent opportunity to begin your personal development journey. Through working as part of a small team you’ll develop ‘work-ready’ skills, giving you the confidence to take the next steps to employment.

About Sustrans:

Sustrans is the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle. We connect people and places, create liveable neighbourhoods, transform the school run and deliver a happier, healthier commute.

What will a typical placement look like:

For Active Steps, typical things you will do include:

  1. Helping with participant surveys and health checks.
  2. Helping at events to promote the Active Steps programmes in businesses and get participants to sign up.
  3. Helping organize and distribute the fleet of loan bikes
  4. Helping with planning of led rides and walks.
  5. Assisting with led rides and walks.

For Active Travel in schools and businesses, typical things you will do are:

  1. Helping to promote walking and cycling in schools and businesses.
  2. Helping to plan and organise events, activities and training, e.g. cycle skills, leisure rides, bike maintenance, incentive schemes, bike breakfasts and classroom sessions.
  3. Helping to deliver the events and activities in schools and businesses.
  4. To help with the promotion of events through social media channels.

For Active Travel Challenges, typical things you will do are:

  1. Helping to promote online active travel challenges in schools and workplaces.
  2. Helping to promote the challenge to participants through events and social media in the run up to and during the Challenge period.
  3. Helping to use mailchimp to communicate with participants
  4. Helping to run events and activities at schools and businesses during the Challenge period, e.g. travel roadshows, try-a-bike sessions, bike breakfasts

During the placement you must be prepared to walk, cycle and use public transport for the majority of daily work journeys. We can provide you with the use of a bike for the duration of the placement if needed.

>> To apply please send a email to janie.burrage@sustrans.org.uk with a copy of your CV and a supporting covering letter. 

Start date expected to be early July 2018. Closing deadline for applications is Saturday 14 July 2018 at 09:00am.


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