We Are Hiring: Trainer/Assessor in Creative Venue Technician/Technical Theatre Apprenticeships.

Trainer / Assessor in Creative Venue Technician Technical Theatre Apprenticeships: role now called Development Coach

Freelance and Fixed Term (12 months) part-time hours available (potentially 2 days / week)

28k per annum (pro rata) with assessor / training qualifications & experience

Potential Start Date: Immediately and certainly need someone to support the case load of learners from July 2019.

Based in Birmingham and working with apprentices all over West Midlands

Do you want to help the next generation of Creative Venue Technicians working in Lighting, Sound and Stage to get their foot in the door? Can you use your industry experience from working in these fields to help young people learn those skills? Can you assess if the knowledge and skills they have learnt are of a sufficient quality standard so they can compete to get work in the industry?

An immediate part-time fixed term position has become available within our team of Trainer / Assessors: a role we are now calling Development Coach to reflect the changing nature of the role with the new apprentice standards. We are looking to appoint a motivated and vocationally experienced Development Coach able to deliver and support Creative Venue Technician & Technical Theatre apprenticeships, and who understands the critical role of training & assessment in helping young people learn in the work place.

Creative Alliance is a work-based learning provider delivering apprenticeships for employers in the creative, digital media, communications, advertising, marketing and PR sectors, working with some of the leading employers in these fields such as The RSC, The Rep, The Belgrade, DRP and Tech Pro to name but a few.

We are looking for Development Coaches who:

1. Have three years’ experience of working in the industry in which they are training and assessing;

2. Can travel to support learners in the workplace in a variety of venues across the West & East Midlands;

3. Have, are working towards or willing to immediately work towards Trainer / Assessor qualifications. Support and guidance will be given in this area for a suitable candidate who can demonstrate they can deliver this role although they do not yet have all the qualifications.

Applications via CV and short covering letter to the director Noel Dunne noel@creativealliance.org.uk

Candidates will be considered as applications arrive. Closing date 9.00am Monday 17th June. Interviews will be held on Thursday 20th June. Creative Alliance reserves the right to appoint someone to this role before the closing date if the ideal candidate applies and is available for an immediate start.

Job Description

Purpose of this Role

The role of an apprentice Development Coach is to enable a young person to develop and demonstrate that they have the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to pass their apprenticeship. The Development Coach will provide training & assessment services to young people following Creative Venue Technician & Technical Theatre apprenticeships. You will be undertaking training & assessment (and associated support) through a blend of both work-place visits, seminars, on-line tutorials and through the use of our e-portfolio system OneFile.

Creative Alliance is a work-based learning provider delivering apprenticeships for employers in the creative, digital media, communications, advertising, marketing and PR sectors, working with some of the leading employers in these fields.

Key duties and responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

· To train, coach, mentor and assess young adults towards the achievement of a work based vocational Apprenticeship.

· Planning, training, mentoring and assessing learners, principally using OneFile, and as and when required at employer’s premises, as the apprentice works towards achieving their Apprenticeship framework or standard.

· Managing own caseload and own diary.

· To retain learners engaged on the programme and manage their learning and achievement in line with targets and objectives set in the individual learning plan.

· To complete internal and external quality assurance activities, where required.

· Arrange bi-monthly meetings with apprentices and employers to plan assessment tasks, observe the apprentice undertaking certain duties and provide feedback on evidence submitted.

· Write planning and feedback reports and upload these on the portal. A planning report is the evidence you have agreed with the apprentice that they will provide for the next assessment. A feedback report is your assessment of evidence they have provided and how this maps across to assessment criteria contained within the learning units of the qualification.

· Understand fully the relevant qualifications so you can advise the employer and apprentice about how the job description and work programme they are working to maps across to the qualification.

· Support the employer to put in place a training plan to enable the apprentice to gain the knowledge, skills and understanding to pass the apprenticeship qualification.

· 8 -12 week reviews with the employer and apprentice to check on progress.

Assessment requirements

· Meet with employers to establish an understanding of their business, their requirements from their apprentice and to ensure they understand their role and responsibilities.

· Undertake an employer induction/Initial meeting.

· Confirm the framework/standard, the level and units within the framework/standard the apprentice will gather evidence towards.

· Meet with an apprentice and assess their current learning needs and complete all the initial paperwork – this will include a combined Diagnostic Assessment and Individual Learning Plan which needs to be reviewed at all subsequent meetings

· Support the apprentice in creating and maintaining an e-portfolio on the systems we use.

· Visit the apprentice in their work place and undertake assessments with them and their employers about their progress against the units of learning. This will be done using a formal assessment model of plan, assess, review, and feedback. Provide specific advice and guidance to each learner and employer about how they can progress including recommendations about additional training that may need to be undertaken that is being provided by Creative Alliance, other employers or other providers.

· Where appropriate set assignments based on the qualification for the apprentice to generate evidence against. These assignments should link as closely as possible to the job description and work programme of the apprentice.

· Provide comprehensive written accounts of observations, professional discussions and project reports to compliment the evidence that the apprentice provides including detailed quarterly reviews on the OneFile system.

Skills and Experience Required

· A Degree, Higher education Qualification, or professional qualifications in Sound, Light or Stage. If your specialism is in one of these areas we would expect you to have sufficient understanding of the other areas to be able to support an apprentice in an entry level role.

· Professional competence in the area you are assessing, which typically will have been gained through working in that industry for at least three years. E.g. experience working in theatres / events organisations.

· Understanding of equality & diversity issues & how these impact on learning & assessment.

· Ability to identify & help learners overcome barriers to progress and achievement.

· Trainer / Assessor qualifications or demonstrate that are working towards these.

· Experience of training others on a 1:2:1 and small group basis.

Personal Qualities

· An effective communicator who is can collaborate with colleagues, employers and learners to achieve objectives & deal with people at all levels in a confident and professional manner.

· A commitment to delivering a high standard of work and continuous improvement.

· A ‘can do’ approach with an ability to be flexible

· Accuracy and attention to detail.

· Sensitivity in dealing with confidential information.

· Solution focused

Additional Responsibilities

If you don’t yet have the 6502 Award in Education and Training (formerly PTLLS) & the Assessing Competence in The Workplace qualification (formerly A1/D32D33 qualifications), you will be expected to achieve that within the first six months of starting with us.

Given the amount of travel to employers around the Midlands that this role entails an ability to drive is an advantage but not essential. We do pay a travel allowance.


You will report to our Quality Improvement Manager Helen Dixon on all matters relating to the qualification and to our Operations Manager John Parker on all matters relating to compliance with Education & Skills Funding Agency paperwork. Induction will be provided.

Applications process

To apply please send a CV & covering letter outlining your industry knowledge and skills, the organisations you have worked for as a professional practitioner and those you have worked with as a Trainer / Assessor if appropriate. Please email it to noel@creativealliance.org.uk