We think learning in health and social care is about so much more than classic training workshops – if you agree and would enjoy all aspects of co-ordinating and facilitating learning in a small, values driven organisation and making a brand new post your own, then this is the job for you.

L’Arche Preston is a small, local community that is part of a bigger national charity and an international network of communities supporting people with learning disabilities to take their place as equals and to thrive. We are a values driven organisation, with a rich history in this work and high aspirations for what we can achieve in the future.

In Preston, whilst we can draw on a wealth of national resources including some excellent e-learning packages and on-line training teams, because we employ nearly forty people in the local area we have decided to develop our own local resource for co-ordinating the development of our team of colleagues. So, this is a brand new post and will mean the person who is successful will have the chance to truly make their mark, whilst being supported strongly by a local leadership team who are committed to learning activity, and colleagues nationally who have developed packages and approaches that can be adopted and adapted to our local needs.

Whilst we have to meet regulatory and contractual standards, we believe learning should go beyond that and not just be a tick box exercise as it sadly is in so many social care settings. Working with diverse and fascinating people, we think learning in our sector should be a career-long experience and we want our team to be motivated and excited to learn more about what they do for others, but also how they as individuals can grow and develop in this role as a vocation.

As a small community where everyone can to some extent get involved in everything we do, you will have the satisfaction of getting to see the direct impact of your work. You will also be able to get involved in our developing relationships with local colleges and universities as we support their students with learning experiences through placements with us, and in return gain learning by working with them.

We are looking for someone with a background understanding of working with people with learning disabilities, and experience of developing and delivering learning packages. You will be able to confidently stand at the front of a room and deliver workshops, but you will be just as good at staying abreast with sector developments, tracking and targeting learning activity, coaching individuals and briefing the leadership team on the current status of their teams.

You will average ten hours per week, but we ask for and also offer flexibility on when those hours are worked. Pay is £6,815 per annum with a contributory pension scheme, free life insurance and an Employee Assistance Programme.

Closing date: 31st January 2022

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