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A Generation Innovation Project Co-ordinator to join our team

Generation Innovation Project Co-ordinator

We are hiring a Generation Innovation Project Co-ordinator to deliver Generation Innovation programmes within schools and FE Colleges throughout Northern Ireland.

Key Information

  • Full-time, permanent
  • Attractive benefits package – including flexible working options
  • Salary £25,000 – £30,000 per annum (pro-rata) – depending on qualifications/experience
  • Office based at The Innovation Centre, Queens Road, Belfast
  • Reporting to Generation Innovation Programme Manager
  • Interviews will be held onsite at the Innovation Centre, Belfast
  • Closing on Wednesday 22nd March at noon


Benefits of working at Catalyst

Competitive Benefits Package
Private medical insurance for you and your dependents
Generous pension contribution
Generous life assurance policy
Enhanced parental leave packages
Free open access to company organised events
Free parking onsite
Learning and development opportunities

The Role

Generation Innovation comprises a suite of programmes and events designed to energise the imaginations and aspirations of local young people by increasing their awareness of future careers in tech, innovation, and entrepreneurship. As a Project Co-ordinator, you will be responsible for delivering workshops and facilitating group activities to students in schools and FE Colleges, aged 16-18 years old. You will work closely with the Generation Innovation Programme Manager and provide support on any other activities needed to deliver the programme including the Work Experience Programme. The role will require a large amount of travel (claiming for fuel is permitted).

What are we looking for?

Generation Innovation aims to inform, upskill and empower the young people of this generation to thrive as the next leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs of the future.

The perfect candidate for this position should be passionate about supporting young people to reach their full potential; previous experience in programme design and delivery will be essential to create high-energy, engaging and impactful events and initiatives for young people.

With an opportunity to work with some of NI’s most innovative companies and a range of education partners proven skills in communication, organisation and diverse stakeholder management are required.


  • Support in the organisation and delivery of an engaging, meaningful, and innovative work experience programme for 600 students aged 17-18 years old.
  • Facilitate high-energy and innovative programmes and workshops within schools and FE Colleges to develop key relationships, promote Generation Innovation and inspire young people with the opportunities available to them.
  • Develop engaging workshops, exercises, and resources to support young people in innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • To maintain a strong working relationship with companies within the Catalyst community including tenant companies and Catalyst partners, and with stakeholders within the education sector such as teachers, school principals, Education authority representatives and others.
  • Ensure feedback and impact data is collated and presented in a timely manner to appropriate audiences.
  • To prepare, attend and deliver visually appealing keynote presentations to a range of audiences as required including young people, careers fairs, ALC’s and stakeholder meetings etc.
  • Set and manage budgets for specific programmes and events
  • Management of 3rd Party Suppliers
  • Ensure data protection and safeguarding processes are up to date and stringently adhered to
  • Prepare and manage communications required to stakeholders and young people in relation to GI programmes
  • Ability to manage Workshop & Impact Day booking system
  • Liaise with companies who are involved in the Work Experience programme
  • Work closely with the Marketing and Brand team to support the promotion of the Work Experience programme
  • Undertaking any other reasonable duties which fall within the remit of this role.

Essential Criteria

  • Three years of experience working in a similar role
  • Proven experience in organising successful events and/or programmes for young people (14- to 18-year-olds), including creative design and delivery
  • Working knowledge and experience using the Design Thinking methodology
  • Excellent communication skills – both written and verbal
  • Strong public speaking skills and ability to present to large audiences
  • Experience working with and motivating young people
  • Have an entrepreneurial mindset
  • Ability to organise and plan work to achieve performance targets and deliver to strict deadlines
  • A proven team player
  • Passionate about inspiring young people to innovate

Special Requirments

  • Full current driving license and access to own transport
  • Proof of right to work in the UK
  • On occasion to work evenings and weekends for events

More info about Catalyst

  • About Catalyst

    Catalyst is an independent, not for profit organisation. We work for the greater good to build a connected innovation community in an entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout Northern Ireland.

    The epicentre of Northern Ireland’s tech sector, we provide everything that innovators and entrepreneurs need to reach higher and succeed faster – a home, business support, connected networks and much more besides.

    We invest, pro bono, all surplus profits from our property portfolio into nurturing a community-led innovation ecosystem that supports over 900 start-ups, entrepreneurs, and innovators so they can grow, scale and flourish.

  • Diversity and Inclusion at Catalyst

    Diversity and inclusion aren’t boxes to tick on a CSR list. At Catalyst, they’re part of our DNA, lived, breathed, seen, and heard across our community, projects, and co-working spaces.

    We not only want to foster and empower a culture of innovation, but also an environment where people can be their true, authentic self and thrive, and we’re proud to be recognised by the Diversity Charter for achieving Silver status.

    As an equal opportunity employer, we recruit based solely on the individual’s ability to perform the role, and that’s allowed us to create an inclusive workplace which celebrates the diversity of our teams and community.

  • Working at Catalyst

    Catalyst is Northern Ireland’s most exciting employer. With a strong purpose of creating world class innovation communities in Northern Ireland, this is a workplace brimming with ambition to create social, cultural, and economic advantage.

  • Our Values


    We approach everything with a straightforward, open and honest attitude. Every new challenge requires a brave, smart, and flexible way of thinking and we put integrity at the heart of every decision. Our strong moral code intuitively understands what doing the right thing means in every situation.


    We love what we do. We are committed to our members and partners, ready to go above and beyond for the future we are building together. This is the ‘Catalyst Way’. We sharpen our senses, take calculated risks together and work hard for a brighter future.


    Be ambitious and dare to be different. We are the catalyst that connects entrepreneurs and businesses to an eco-system and community that transforms ideas and innovation into real-world reality with global impact.

Have a question?

Contact Emma at emma.green@wearecatalyst.org

Emma Green

Emma Green

HR Officer

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