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Current Opportunities – Learning & Development Consultant

We are seeking a Learning and Development Consultant, to deliver our core training programmes both online and face-to-face (when restrictions allow).

We need you to be available to join our team from 1 September 2021. We are offering a starting salary of £35,000 full-time equivalent and are open to flexible working options for part-week and part-year working arrangements. This role is based in the UK and whilst we do work internationally, you need to have the legal right to work in the UK.

The deadline for application is 28th June 2021, 5pm. 

=MC is committed to promoting and enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion. We honor these values in everything we do, across all our work, nationally and internationally. They are central to our mission and our impact. We believe that having varied perspectives helps generate better ideas to deliver our courses, improve our services and support our clients.

We encourage applications from people with the widest possible diversity of backgrounds, cultures and experiences.  Disabled people, black, asian, and minority ethnic candidates are currently underrepresented within =MC.  We would like to improve the representation of colleagues from these communities in our team. Non-graduates are welcome.

We are committed to employing disabled people and guarantee to interview all disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the role as set out in the person specification

You can also find out more about what we are looking for on this page, including how to apply. Please read this page carefully before you apply.

Further information – please read carefully

Thank you for getting as far as this. If you’ve taken time to read this background information and the role profile we guess you must be serious about joining us in our mission to deliver learning that leads to greater social good. Please take some time to read the Recruitment Information prior to completing the application form.

The aim of this page is to tell you a bit more about us, and what you can expect working at =mc.

Charlotte Scott training

Working at =mc – what to expect

In a nutshell, we can offer the opportunity to work with some of the most exciting and challenging organisations involved in social good in the UK and worldwide. Internationally we work with agencies like Plan, CARE, World Food Programme and UNICEF International. In the UK we’re proud to have as our customers organisations as diverse as the Royal Shakespeare Company, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. We’re delighted to help improve the work of many public bodies such as the Department for Education and Wealden District Council, and cultural organisations ranging from the Science Museum to Edinburgh Book Festival.

Your primary role will be delivering =mc’s existing training programmes, for up to 12 days a month. Your first few months will mostly involve you learning and delivering our core programmes. You’ll be expected to deliver core programmes, on your own, within your first month. Don’t worry, we will help you get there!

Our programmes are highly interactive, results-focused, practical and tools based. Wherever possible we try to instill a sense of fun in learning. Our core programmes are recognized by the Institute of Leadership and Management. You will also contribute to our continuous improvement of programmes.

You’ll also be expected to interact with customers, to find out what they need from programmes and to adapt your training plans accordingly. You will reflect on participant feedback and make recommendations for ongoing development. Increasingly we are working on ‘blended’ learning involving both face-to-face and online delivery, supported by structured pre and post workshop activities.

Finally, as learning takes place face-to-face as well as online there is likely to be overnight travel for up to 6 nights a month during busy times.

You can find out more about a typical week in our blog What a Week!

About you

As someone with a background in fundraising, communications or programme / service delivery in the charity or not-for-profit sector you may be keen to take on and deliver more challenging projects. We need you to be a self-motivated individual able to train and facilitate flexibly on a range of issues. You’ll need to be able to learn our programmes quickly and deliver our established content in a range of settings.

It’s not essential to have a background in training or learning and development provided you have strong communications skills, an understanding of how others learn, and an interest in management and leadership issues. You’ll be asked to work by yourself and with other consultants.

Yvette Gyles training

About us

=mc is a small and nimble organization, and there are currently 6 people in the team. The team consists of Directors, Senior Consultants and our amazing Marketing colleagues. We are also supported by Partner Consultants from time to time. This appointment is part of a structured plan to grow our team of employed Learning and Development consultants.

To enjoy working here you’d have to be comfortable in a small organisation – which means collaborating and building great relationships with the team. Being a consultant also means being able to work on your own, and taking individual responsibility for results.

We want =mc to be a great place to work, and therefore want people who work at =mc to feel included. This means we promote dignity and respect for all, and individual differences and the contributions of all staff are recognised and valued, no matter what your background, identity or circumstances. We know that there is no one way to work or to manage others. Everybody has different needs, and we work hard to make sure all participants on our programmes feel included. Our training programmes emphasise flexibility and fairness, and we expect everyone at =mc to work in the same way.

All staff have the ability to contribute to how we develop as an organisation. You will be expected to help ensure we are a fair and inclusive workplace. You will also be expected to contribute to our intellectual property.

You can expect a friendly, welcoming, approachable and professional experience throughout the recruitment process. We are committed to making reasonable adjustments for any applicant.

About your development

We need you to bring your skills, ability and experience to =mc. But we’re committed to offering:

  • A major investment in your training and development to help you take on demanding assignments
  • The chance to work alongside and learn from some outstanding colleagues and to share your skills with them
  • Access to =mc’s learning resources and significant in-house coaching to help you get up to speed on the latest management thinking

There are opportunities to grow and be promoted to Senior Consultant over time. A Senior Consultant takes on more responsibility for business development, customer relationships, and developing our programmes.

How to Apply

We ask all applicants to complete this document: LD Consultant Application 2021. We will not accept CV’s and do not accept or keep unsolicited applications. The deadline for application is 28th June 2021, 5pm.

Once submitted, your application will be assessed for shortlisting. We follow a blind process, so your personal information is removed before your application is reviewed. Following this, there are three stages to our selection process:

  1. Competency based interview
  2. Group interview
  3. Presentation and final interview

We recognise recruitment is a two-way process, so you are welcome to get in touch with any questions before you apply. You will be given as much information about the position as is necessary for you to assess your own suitability for the position.

Our schedule for the selection stages is shown below

Stage Dates and times
Application deadline 28 June 2021
Shortlisting 29 June 2021
Competency Interviews

(30 minutes during the times shown)

7 July (14.00 to 17.00)

8 July (09.00 to 11.00)

9 July (09.00 to 13.00)

Group interview (2 hours) 14 July (14.30 – 16.30)

15 July (14.30 – 16.30)

Presentation and final interview (1 hour during the times shown) 23 July (14.30 – 17.00)

This schedule is subject to change. If you are selected for the next stage in the recruitment process but unavailable for the prescribed dates above, please use the section in the application to let us know your availability and we will arrange an alternative. We are able to provide evening and weekend alternatives.

L&D consultant FAQs

We want you to be able to deliver our core programmes with confidence, and to the same high-quality standard we expect of all of our Consultants.

To support you in this we have documented delivery guides which give you a detailed transcript for programmes. You will be shown =mc unique training planning tools. You will observe programmes, be coached by an experienced colleague, and then co-deliver a course. You will also be observed and will have further feedback from a colleague.
Recruitment takes significant time and energy, and we want to do it right. We are therefore using this quieter time of year to find the right person for our team.

We do not have many training opportunities over August, and our pipeline gets busier again from September – making it the ideal time to start. If you are not available until a bit later, then just let us know.
We are being upfront and open about the pay available for this role, and are therefore offering a flat salary rather than a band or range.

We do not ask your current salary. We are open to discussing part-time working options with you and if a discussion before your application would be useful then just get in touch.
As a small team, we want to ensure everyone is involved in the process.

We are also working with an independent consultant who understands our work, to support us in our decision making. We have a scoring mechanism in place for each stage of the process. Your application will be reviewed ‘blind’ as Shortlisting is an important stage of the recruitment process in ensuring that recruitment and selection decisions are undertaken objectively. =MC operates a name anonymous recruitment process, which means an applicant’s name and personal details are not visible to recruiting managers in the shortlisting process. You will be provided with interview questions in advance. You can let us know of any adjustments or support you need throughout the process, and we will do everything we can to help you.
Flexible working options include

part-week (working full days, for part of the week, for a minimum of 3 days per week)

part-year (annualised hours, or term time working)
We will always take up two references from your current or most recent employers covering a minimum of a two year period.
The deadline for submitting your application form is 5pm, 28th June, 2021.

Please make sure you give yourself enough time to complete and submit your application form as we cannot accept late applications.
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