BEST School Completion Programme: Project Workers (Part-Time) x 2

BEST School Completion Programme

BEST SCP Project Worker

(Ballymun Educational Support Team, School Completion Programme)

About BEST

BEST (Ballymun Educational Support Team) is a company limited by guarantee (CLG) and registered charity, established in 1999 as a Ballymun community response to the significant issue of at risk and disengaged young people within the education system. BEST currently receives its funding from TESS (Tusla Education Support Service) SCP.

BEST has a clear child centred approach as the core of its ethos. The focus of the work is delivering tailored support to children and young people in and out of school, at primary and post primary level, who present with complex needs. These needs stem from multiple factors impacting the community including; intergenerational trauma, mental health, drug use, violence, poverty and the resulting experiences of living in cycles of crisis.

We are currently recruiting for the following positions:

2 x part time School Completion Programme Project Workers

Fixed term, part time contract (21 hours pw / 11 months per year)
Specified purpose, part time contract (21 hours pw / 11 months per year)

Overview of role:

  • To work with targeted young people at primary and post primary school level who have been identified as being at risk;
  • To develop/deliver innovative and intensive personal/social development programmes on a one to one and group basis both in school and out of school settings,
  • To work as part of a school care team and a wider BEST Team.

In School Service; Programme Overview

This service is a school-based programme that operates at both primary and post primary levels in the Ballymun area. The focus of this service is to support and work closely with students who would, for a number of factors, be at risk of early school leaving.

  • Work on a one to one or small group basis with students who have been identified as being at risk of leaving school early;
  • Support young people by delivering programmes that develop interpersonal skills, self-awareness, resilience and coping strategies etc;
  • Co-ordinate a structured caring approach within the school whilst complementing existing structures;
  • Provide support and advocacy for the target young people;
  • Develop personalised programmes for targeted young people who are experiencing ongoing challenges in school and are at risk of/on suspension;
  • Foster links between students, parents and school in conjunction with Home School Liaison;
  • Access appropriate resources/agencies required to support the needs of the children and young people we work with.

Salary: €35,060 - €47,275 (pro-rata 21hrs / 11 month = €19,283 - €26,000)

Requirements: Candidates must;

  • Hold a relevant degree level qualification in Psychology, Applied Social Care/Social Studies, Education, Youth Work, or an equivalent qualification.
  • Have a minimum of three years post graduate experience in the provision of services for young people at risk;
  • Be able to promote and nurture the education and social development of young people by planning and tailoring programmes using a trauma informed approach;
  • Be able to model positive relationships and support the positive ongoing development of young people presenting with personal, social and emotional needs.


Please email your Cover letter and CV with subject line highlighted as Project Worker 2022 to no later than 2pm Monday 30th May.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held week beginning 6th June 2022.

Start date for posts will be Monday 22nd August 2022.

For further information see the full job description attached / for queries please email

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General Info

Date Entered/Updated
13th May, 2022
Dublin 9
Expiry Date
30th May, 2022