Become a Ministry Partner
Find out how to register as a SWYM Ministry Partner.
Thinking about becoming a Ministry Partner?
If you’re thinking about registering, then the best thing to do is to get in contact so that we can send you a copy of our Ministry Partner Handbook and discuss your project. Here’s a brief overview of how it works:
1. Get in contact with SWYM
The first step is to contact us, and we will arrange a meeting with your local area co-ordinator who will help guide you through this process.
2. Complete online forms
When you are ready to apply to register as a Ministry Partner, complete our online form. Once you have registered, there are two forms that you will need to complete:
- Ministry Partner Form – This tells us about your setting, vision and goals.
- Job Description – This tells us more about the specific work that a trainee will be doing when placed. You will have multiple Job Descriptions if you are looking for more than one trainee.
Advice on completing the Ministry Partner Form and Job Description can be found in the Ministry Partner Next Steps Handbook. You will also need to provide a copy of your Safeguarding and Health and Safety Policies.
3. Trainee recruitment process
Having assessed applicants’ suitability to join one of our training courses, we will put forward an applicant who best suits your profile. Due to the nature of placing trainees, it is unusual for SWYM to be able to offer more than one applicant at a time to a placement to interview.
Ministry partners are encouraged to recruit for themselves as well as waiting for applicants that will come through SWYM. A ministry partner could place an advert in national or regional magazines and advertise with local churches and contacts.
4. Ministry Partner interviews
Once a ministry partner is happy with a SWYM approved applicant, a role can be offered directly to the applicant by the ministry partner. It then becomes the applicant’s decision whether he/she wishes to accept the placement’s offer. This is a matter for the applicant to discuss with the ministry partner. Once all parties are agreed on the placement, the agreements need to be completed and then details of accommodation, arrival in the placement, start date and any other specific matters need to be clarified.
5. Agreements signed and confirmed
6. Trainee starts!
It is the ministry partner’s responsibility to arrange for the trainee to travel to the induction programme, all training conferences and local cluster meetings.