The Gap Christian Family Centre

The Gap Online is a centre for all - children, families and the community. As a church-related charity we believe it’s our Christian duty to help people of every faith living in and around our area of Sandwell. So, we help you, your friends and family to achieve extraordinary things.

Sector : Charities & Voluntary Sector

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Where is your business based?

We are based in West Bromwich.

What is your name?

Andrew Bent

What is your role within the business?

I am the CEO - I am the boss!

What does your business do?

The Gap Online is a centre for all - children, families and the community. We help others to reach their full potential by raising aspirations and we do this by having loads of fun!

What is special about your business - what makes it a great place to work?

It's fun, family-orientated, warm and welcoming. You will always be greeted with a friendly face.

How many people do you employ?

We employ 7 staff but we also have a team of 10 volunteers.

What skills and qualities do you look for in new employees? Why should people look at jobs in this sector?

We look for passion in helping others, willingness to learn, working with a variety of people from different backgrounds with different languages. We also look for those who are caring and want to improve their personal skills.

What other job roles do you have in your business?

Operational Manager, Playworkers, Outdoor Play Coordinator, Fundraisers and other roles.

How do I apply for opportunities?

To apply for any job opportunities, send your CV to info@thegaponline.org. For volunteering opportunities, let us know a little about yourself by emailing info@thegaponline.org or give us a call on 0121 525 4442.

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Sharon Colphon

Job role: Accounting

Describe what you do in your job. What is a typical day like?

My job is very interesting, never the same day twice. I have the wonderful opportunity to create activities etc from ideas that may be just a sentence or very specific. As a Project Co-ordinator, developing projects involves everything from the initial ideas, planning activities, gaining support from other team members and managers, marketing and everything that is needed to make a project come to life.

Was this your first job? What other jobs or work experience have you had?

No, I have been a Project Co-ordinator for over 10 years and have developed projects to help children, young people and adults to gain employment, work within media and interactive media, gain employment and start their own business. My first job was working at a crisp factory from 10pm -6pm and my job was to cook the crisps, taking out any burnt ones and adding flavouring and then bagging them up to be sent to the next machine that would put them into packets.

What process did you have to follow to get your job?

The process started with the completion of the application form, in which I had to add supporting information as to why I was suitable for the position advertised. This is a great opportunity to sell yourself to the perspective employer and to highlight your skills and experiences. Following the submission of the application form, I was invited to a interview, at the interview I had to give a presentation, which was prepared before I attended the interview. This is normal for the position of a Project Co-Ordinator Project Manager. Usually the presentation is a action plan of what you will do in the first 6 months or how you plan to implement the project and gain support etc. I think i did ok, because i was offered the job.

What is great about your job? What part of your job do you enjoy the most?

It is very varied, you get to meet people and talk a lot, exchanging ideas and developing something from nothing sometimes. It is also great to provide these opportunities for children and young people, plus to work with the wider community aswell.

What training do you get at work to help you do your job role?

Training that may be necessary for the role including Safeguarding Training, Understanding EYFS, Outdoor Play, Observation and supervision and any other training that will enhance your abilities to fulfil the role.

What skills are required to do your job?

Project Management Building relationships Negotiating skills Multi tasking, Planning and prioritising working with people Financial Management and planning Report Writing Presentation Skills

What role-specific qualifications do you think are needed to do your job?

Project Management Leadership & Management

What was the highest level of qualification you needed from school, college or university to do your role?

  • Level 5 - Foundation degree Fda/Fdsc; HND; HNC; NVQ 4; NVQ 5; Certificate of HE; Diploma of HE.

What subject options (curriculum subjects) would you recommend someone chooses to do your role?

  • Business and Management
  • Education, Childhood and Youth
  • Environment and Development
  • Health and Wellbeing

What is your personality type?

  • Advocate - Quiet and mystical, yet very inspiring and tireless dreamers.

Do you have any interests that complement your job role?

  • music
  • athletics
  • football
  • mountain sports
  • cars
  • cycling
  • gardening
  • paintball/lasertag
  • travelling
  • cookery
  • drawing/painting
  • needle crafts
  • jewellery making
  • photography/film
  • tv/radio
  • board games
  • computer/IT
  • gaming
  • movies
  • reading

How many years of experience do you need to do your job?

  • 4 - 6 years experience

How much can you earn in your job?

  • £20,000 – £30,000
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Susan

Job role: Childcare

Describe what you do in your job. What is a typical day like?

To learn the children new skills including knitting and sewing.

Was this your first job? What other jobs or work experience have you had?

Had other jobs and currently work elsewhere. The is volunteer role.

What process did you have to follow to get your job?

Keep within the rules of the Gap and Safeguarding

What is great about your job? What part of your job do you enjoy the most?

Interacting with the children and staff

What training do you get at work to help you do your job role?

Safeguarding

What skills are required to do your job?

I already have the skills to learn children how to knit and sew and I am quite creative.

What role-specific qualifications do you think are needed to do your job?

No

How many years of experience do you need to do your job?

  • 10 years or more experience

How much can you earn in your job?

  • Prefer not to say
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Various

Job role: Childcare

Describe what you do in your job. What is a typical day like?

Fun, energetic, creative

Was this your first job? What other jobs or work experience have you had?

Administrator

What process did you have to follow to get your job?

Telephone interview, then group interview and then individual interview

What is great about your job? What part of your job do you enjoy the most?

working with the children of different ages and personalities, planning and organising different activities.

What training do you get at work to help you do your job role?

First aid, safeguarding, health and safety, risk assessment and food hygiene

What skills are required to do your job?

Organisational skills, creative skills, patience, passion to work with children, observation, planning, communication

What role-specific qualifications do you think are needed to do your job?

GCSE a - cQualifications in Childcare

What was the highest level of qualification you needed from school, college or university to do your role?

  • Level 1 - Entry level 1,2,3; Introduction to foundation learning; Access 1,2,3.
  • Level 2 - GCSE grades D-G (Level 1-3); Btec L1 Diploma, Certificate, Award: NVQ 1; Intermediate 1 General Standard Grade; SVQ1.

What subject options (curriculum subjects) would you recommend someone chooses to do your role?

  • Education, Childhood and Youth
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Social Sciences
  • Science

What is your personality type?

  • Logician - Original inventors with a thirst for knowledge.

How many years of experience do you need to do your job?

  • 1 - 2 years experience

How much can you earn in your job?

  • £15,000 – £20,000

Volunteer : Marketing - Social Media and Website Content

You will be looking after our social media channels and our website by keeping our viewers up to date with the latest information and news. Please send us a little about yourself and your availability to info@thegaponline.org.

Volunteer : General Outdoors Activities

Support the Outdoor Lead with gardening, growing food, woodwork and fireplay. This is for someone who likes to work outdoors and with children with scouting/girlguiding, DofE experience. To apply, send us a little about yourself to info@thegaponline.org

Volunteer : Playworkers

This is a really fun opportunity for those who are like working with children, like being creative and don't mind getting messy! For more information, please call us on 0121 525 4442 or email us info@thegaponline.org

Job Opportunity : Playworkers (Part-time Roles)

This is a really fun opportunity for those who like working with children, like being creative and don't mind getting messy! For more information, please call us on 0121 525 4442 or email us info@thegaponline.org or send your CV to info@thegaponline.org