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We have a great opportunity for a Learning and Development specialist to work with us on a temporary basis to 31st December 2021, bringing your talent, experience and know-how to help us design the future of learning at Changing Lives. Whilst your reporting line will be to Natalie, our People and Culture Lead, working alongside like-minded people specialists, your role will partner closely with colleagues across our many teams and locations.

We think we are pretty special so it goes without saying we are looking for that special person too. Our teams share a strong sense of purpose, thrive on creativity whilst regularly using their professional curiosity to push boundaries in pursuit of continuous improvement for the people who use our services. We are looking for someone who is not afraid to challenge the status quo and have the experience and insight to help us reflect on the learnings of the past year whilst thinking about our future learning journey.

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we can tear up the rule book, we can turn things on their head, and the past shouldn’t dictate our future. Throughout the past year we have all had to think very differently about learning and how we can impart skills and knowledge across our teams to support the valuable work they do. Agility has brought on a new meaning for learning – not only have we had to critically examine our learning offering as a means of prioritising key delivery, but we have also had to quickly transfer content onto different learning platforms. This has not been without challenge as teams were adapting to new ways of working including shifting to digital delivery. However, the past year has also created opportunities including time to reflect on what matters to us, the skills and behaviours we need our people to have and the learning we want to deliver to enable growth and development.

Our learning approach for the future is radical whilst at the same time progressive, and hugely exciting. As an organisation, we have invested during the past year in really understanding what is important to us and looked at ways in which teams can work better together to get to the root of a problem and agree solutions. We call this co-production whereby our collective efforts can create the greatest impacts whilst at the same time bringing teams together to learn about one another’s work. Our plans for learning and development are also rooted in what matters most to us and the people who us our services. By shifting our focus to place-based learning, we aim for our teams to truly inform the learning that will help them to do their jobs in the best way possible. Whilst at the same time meeting their aspirations for their future development and careers.

If all of this sparks your interest and you are able to help us to set our future learning journey, let’s have a conversation. Sector experience is valuable but not everything. Whilst we want to hear from individuals who can demonstrate a deep understanding and commitment to the work we do, experience in working within a performance driven organisation is equally important.

Whilst our head office is based in Gateshead, North East, we are committed to agile working so are keen to hear from candidates across all of our geographical locations.

Candidate Application Process

We are all about doing things differently here. Whilst our timescales are short we want the best person to join us on our journey. So, please send in a copy of your CV that tells us about you, your past, present and future achievements and ambitions. We’d also like to hear from you in relation to the following:

Please complete a 500 word statement to tell us how you see learning in a post-covid world.

Once we have received your application, we will set up selection conversations with short-listed candidates.

Closing date for applications: 5th May 2021

Shortlisting date: 7th May 2021

Interview date: 17th 0r 21st May 2021

For further information or a confidential discussion, please contact: natalie.henson@changing-lives.org.uk or james.ward@changing-lives.org.uk

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