Job title: Early Years Trainer
Contract: Part time (14–21 hours per week), permanent
Salary: £21,500–£25,999 (pro rata) (Grade 3)
Closing date: Friday 3 December, 9am
The Early Years Trainer delivers a range of early years training and ongoing support activities for Bookbug practitioners from a broad range of sectors and partner agencies. These include libraries, early education, the NHS and third sector organisations. The training covers a range of topics to support professionals to engage families with the benefits of sharing stories, songs and rhymes.
The post also works on discrete projects which support professionals and volunteers with ongoing Bookbug training and development.
This post is one of three Early Year trainers in the Early Years Training & Development Team and is managed by the Early Years Training & Development Manager. The post holder will also work closely with the Community Engagement Team on specific project work, including quality assurance and Shared Practice sessions.
- Deliver Bookbug training using a variety of methods including face-to-face and online (e.g. one-off webinars, online workshops).
- Provide support and follow-up for delegates who have recently attended Bookbug training.
- Support the Early Years Training & Development Manager to implement different types of on-going support for trainees (e.g. writing session plans for BB sessions, making relevant videos, recording Bookbug Sessions).
- Report on progress towards outcomes using evidence of impact and good practice (e.g. regular reflection).
- Attend training to ensure skills and knowledge are up to date.
- Adhere to EY Training & Development Team quality assurance processes.
- Contribute to the development of EY staff training & induction on EY matters.
- Support core programme development and identify improvement opportunities.
- Contribute to the development, delivery and evaluation of commercial training.
- Contribute towards the development and delivery of a Quality Assurance programme for all training courses.
- Support the Early Years Training & Development Manager with other tasks, as required, to achieve the aims of the Bookbug Training & Development Programme.
- Represent Scottish Book Trust at external events and conferences, advocating for the Bookbug Programme.
- Assist with the delivery of regional Shared Practice events.
- Work closely & collaboratively across the EY team and particularly with the Community Engagement Team to ensure effective delivery of the Bookbug programme’s key messages.
Knowledge, skills and experience
- Proven record of delivering effective training to professionals and volunteers. (Experience in a range of sectors beneficial).
- Knowledge and experience of adult learning theories.
- Able to motivate, inspire and enthuse adults to facilitate stories, songs and rhyme activities with families.
- Knowledge and experience of child development (including language, communication and relationships).
- Competent singing ability.
- Exceptional organisational, planning and time management skills, with the ability to organise own workload, manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Ability to work professionally with a diverse range of stakeholders.
- Confident in use of IT, including Microsoft Office and video conferencing software.
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of the EY and wider Scottish Book Trust team.
- A full, clean UK driving licence and access to a vehicle insured for business use is a requirement.
The role is home-based, working remotely from the Scottish Book Trust Edinburgh Office and involves travel throughout Scotland, as well as travelling to regular in-person team meetings in Edinburgh. Remote meetings via telephone or Zoom will be used to keep in touch at other times. Occasional evening and weekend work and overnight stays will be required.
Please note that the training Scottish Book Trust delivers is for adults who work with children and families, and the trainer role does not involve direct work with children.
Appointment to the post will be conditional upon securing satisfactory references and PVG checks from Disclosure Scotland.
How to apply
Applications are now closed. This page is for information only.