Everything You Need to Know For a Successful Bimberi Youth Worker Application!

Senior Manager – Scribing & Campaigns, Lyndal Bennett is an integral part of the HorizonOne team managing Bimberi Youth Justice Centre’s extensive recruitment round aimed at sourcing the best & brightest for their Bimberi Youth Workers. 

I sat down with Lyndal to get some insight into how the recruitment process works, what potential recruits can expect and how to ensure you give yourself the best possible chance for a successful application.

HI LYNDAL, WHO BETTER THAN THE LADY AT THE HEART OF MANAGING THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS TO GIVE US A LOOK INSIDE. whats your history with Bulk recruitment processes?

After almost 15 years of HR Management in the Federal Government I moved into the recruitment industry specialising in Bulk Recruitment Campaigns and Scribing. Over the last 12 years, I have been involved in more than 150 bulk recruitment campaigns for Federal and State Government Departments and Organisations.

Each recruitment round has its own unique staged process which tests each applicant’s physical, mental and emotional strength. This is done through a series of assessments designed specifically to gauge their suitability for the role they are applying for.

Many assessment aspects are fairly straightforward, looking at things such as prior job experience, qualifications and understanding an applicant’s technical skills. For a role such as a Bimberi Youth Worker however, we expand the assessment criteria to ensure applicants have the ability to handle the unique responsibilities and environment they will be exposed to.

TALK US THROUGH THE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR Bimberi youth worker recruits

First, applicants must submit an application online. This is a relatively straightforward form which requires applicants to fill out personal information and prepare responses to 5 questions.  Successfully shortlisted applicants proceed to the next stage of testing which involves completing a psychometric test and an interview. The psychometric test looks at a range of skills mental capabilities and behavioural style.

The next stage starts the physical testing side of the process. The first stage of this is a BEEP test where applicants must reach level 6. If this stage is reached, applicants also undertake a medical assessment by a qualified health professional.

Applicants who are successful at progressing through the interview, referee, medical and fitness testing stages will be contacted with an offer of employment. All offers made at this stage will depend on successful Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) registration 

From the time applications open until offers are made it will take approximately 10 – 12 weeks.

You can find a full rundown of the process and what is involved for each step on the Bimberi Recruitment Website.

THAT IS QUITE A PROCESS! WHY IS THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS SO INTENSE?

It takes an intelligent, fit and community-minded person with a lot of personal strength and resilience to become a Bimberi Youth Worker.  Therefore, it is quite an involved recruitment process. Each stage is designed to test a potential recruit on a specific skill or attribute as in order to be a successful Bimberi Youth Worker, you need a wide range of personal attributes and abilities.

COMPETITION FOR THESE SPOTS can be pretty fierce, WHAT MAKES BEING a bimberi youth worker such a great job?

Being a Bimberi Youth Worker is no ordinary job. The work is varied, challenging and rewarding. It’s a great career for people looking to be part of a team and serve their community whilst becoming role models who encourage and motivate young people to turn their lives around for the better.

WHAT ADVICE would you give those considering applying for this recruitment round? 

Preparation! A surprising number of people apply for a position without looking into what being a Youth Worker is all about and what’s required of them during the recruitment process.

There is heaps of information available online about the role and to help you prepare for the staged recruitment assessments. I would recommend reading as much on the Bimberi Recruitment website and the ACT Community Services website as possible.

All Bimberi staff complete an extensive 7-week paid induction period plus ongoing training, development and support. This teaches successful applications the specifics required in their role and prepares them for unique circumstances at Bimberi.

Therefore, even if you do not have prior experience or training in Youth Work, what is most important to show in your application and throughout the recruitment process, is a passion for working with young people who may be going through a difficult time in their life.

For more information and to apply, please visit the Bimberi Youth Justice Centre Career site.