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Are you a highly efficient manager and strategic thinker? Do you have experience of delivering large scale projects to time and on budget? Do you have knowledge and experience of Early Year’s practice and developing training? If so, we would love to hear from you.
Job title: Early Years Training and Development Manager
Contract: Permanent (35 hours per week)
Salary: Grade 5 (£31,000 - £36,999)
Closing date: Tuesday 16 January, 12:00 midnight
Location: Flexible hybrid working between home and our Edinburgh City Centre office
- Generous holiday entitlement
- Company sick pay
- Pension with additional 5% employer contributions
- Death in service benefit
- Free access to employee assistance programme
About the job
This is an excellent opportunity for you to support Scottish Book Trust and our Bookbug programme. The Early Years (EY) Training and Development Team provides a comprehensive range of training for practitioners across Scotland, supporting them to gift Bookbug bags, lead Bookbug Sessions and deliver targeted outreach work to families. This role contributes to our overall aim of promoting early book-sharing, stories, songs and rhymes, to help all children in Scotland lead happier, healthier and safer lives.
You will be responsible for the strategic planning and delivery of over 100 training events every year (online and face to face). You will oversee the design and quality assurance of our training programmes and ensure alignment with key national priorities for early years development. You will report to the Head of Early Years and will be responsible for a small team who deliver the training programme and work closely with colleagues across the organisation to support the wider strategic aims of our organisation.
- Lead on the strategic development of a national EY training programme including the Scottish Government funded training, paid-for training courses and learning materials.
- Work closely with EY Community Engagement Manager to identify annual training priorities using relevant data and ensuring alignment with national strategies.
- Apply learning from EY policy, research, and programme evaluations to design and develop new training models, ensuring all training modules are up-to-date and relevant and are delivered effectively through a variety of methods (e.g. face to face sessions, webinars, online modular courses).
- Oversee the quality assurance of EY Trainers in their development and delivery of training, and support specific training delivery, where appropriate.
- Oversee and input to development of new training courses, online modules and projects when required to meet the needs of stakeholders.
- Oversee creation of resources to improve and upskill Bookbug practitioners in collaboration with Community Engagement team.
- Review programme evaluations and use this to identify improvements to training courses.
- Line management responsibility for a small team to ensure effective programme delivery.
- Disseminate training updates and knowledge to the rest of the EY team at regular Team meetings.
- Prepare internal and external reports on training achievements.
- Attend conferences, network meetings and events as an ambassador for Scottish Book Trust.
- Contribute to the strategic development of the Early Years programme and assist the Head of Early Years as required.
- Collaborate closely with other SBT teams and Senior Management to contribute and support delivery of the long-term training strategy for the organisation.
We are looking for people who have:
- Significant experience of project planning, co-ordination, and management (including budgets) for national high-profile projects.
- A degree in Child Development, or similar qualification, or significant professional experience in the Early Years field.
- Significant experience of developing and delivering training courses for an adult audience.
- Exceptional organisational and time management skills with an ability to work with multiple priorities to achieve deadlines and outputs.
- Knowledge of current early years policy in Scotland and current research in the fields of early years and child development.
- Knowledge and understanding of evaluation methods and data analysis.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills and confident presentation skills.
- Experience of managing and motivating staff, leading achievement of objectives and excellent team working, in line with Scottish Book Trust’s values.
- A passion for books and extensive knowledge of children’s picture books.
- Ability to act as an ambassador for SBT’s work both within the sector and more widely with the public.
- Excellent IT and digital skills, including with video conferencing software and MS Office.
We encourage you to apply even if you don’t meet all the requirements. If you want to discuss the role prior to applying, please email email@example.com.
We will work with the successful candidate to put a development plan in place to ensure training needs are met.