Life Skills Trainers (DARE Officers) Sessional Worker

Thank you for your interest in the post of Life Skills Trainer.

General Information.

£24.93 per session.

Life Skills Education Charity are looking for new people to join our team. Are you enthusiastic about making a difference in the lives of young people? Committed to reducing the harm caused by drug and alcohol abuse? Have an energetic approach to your work? If so this may be for you!

Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E) programmes have been in existence in the U.K. since 1995.  Our purpose at Life Skills Education Charity is to educate young people to lead safe and healthy lives and achieve their potential. We are successful if young people show improved decision making skills, effective management of risk and take responsibility for themselves and others.  More information about our programmes can be found on our website:

The unique aspect of D.A.R.E. programmes is that they are mainly delivered by staff who are experienced in dealing with the effects of drug and alcohol abuse in the community. We are now looking for people who bring experience from a wide group of professions to join our team.

Life Skill Education Charity is seeking to recruit additional staff who reside in the East Midlands and South Yorkshire areas to take on the role of ‘DARE Officer’.  The successful candidates will be able to show that they are enthusiastic, self-motivated individuals who are able to work unsupervised, have an ability to engage young people and an enthusiasm for the work of prevention through education that draws on prior experience of dealing with Drug and Alcohol abuse among young people in the community, with some evidence of teaching, training, or coaching skills.

Your main role will be to deliver the 10 week primary curriculum to children in years 5 and 6 (9-11yrs old) at primary school, although there may be opportunities for work in secondary schools and other educational establishments.  You will be based at home and required to work at various locations as directed.  There will be no guaranteed hours of work.  Work will be offered as and when available and the number of hours will differ from term to term.

The role requires a full UK driving licence and own vehicle and there will be remuneration for mileage incurred.  Full training, corporate uniform, and equipment will be provided.

The selection process will involve the following:

  • Completion of an online application form immediately.
  • Interview and testing of shortlisted applicants 20th June 2019 between 14:30 and 19:30.
  • D.A.R.E. Officer training/certification course (maximum 6 days) held in Sutton in Ashfield Nottinghamshire between Friday 5th July and Friday 12th July 2019 (not weekends).  A daily rate of £57.47 is paid and travel expenses will be met.
  • Start date for delivery will be September 2019.

Due to the business requirements of Life Skills Education Charity the selection prioritisation will take account of;

  • The geographical location of the applicant in relation to existing and potential Life Skills Education Charity business
  • Any existing relationships of the applicant with schools and children and young peoples’ services likely to generate new business.
  • The availability of the candidate based upon the premise that the business demand is increasingly for delivery on Monday and Friday.


The D.A.R.E Primary Programme consists of 10 one hour sessions and a graduation ceremony. D.A.R.E. Officers are also expected to undertake a pre-programme visit to the school for an initial assessment of needs and the delivery of a parent presentation when requested.

Remuneration for the eleven paid sessions is £24.93 per session which includes paid holiday at a rate of £2.81.

Uniform is provided.

Mileage is paid at a rate of 40 pence per mile excluding the first 20 miles of any journey.

For an online application form, Job Description and Person Specification and further details please see below.

Life Skills Education Charity is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from candidates regardless of age, ethnic origin, religious beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

If you have any further queries regarding this post please contact the office on 0300 111 3273

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