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Learning Consultant (Meteorology)

Posted: 18 Oct 2019 Closes: 17 Dec 2019
Exeter, GB Salary starting at £30,325
Permanent & Full-time met-office/20191018134404


As a world leader in providing weather and climate services, the Met Office employs more than 1,700 people at 60 locations throughout the world. We are the UK’s National Weather Service, managed as a trading fund, under the ownership of UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The Met Office is a global brand in weather forecasting and climate change and is recognised as one of the world's most accurate weather forecasters, using more than 10 million weather observations a day, an advanced atmospheric computer model and a high-performance supercomputer to create 3,000 tailored forecasts and briefings a day. These are delivered to a huge range of customers from the government, to businesses, the general public, British military, and other organisations. Not only does the Met Office support a huge range of customers with tailored forecasts, we also provide climate science and services to help people and organisations stay safe, well and prosperous. We do this by working with partners around the globe to carry out world leading research. This science is used for services which are developed together with end-users to find the most effective approach to managing climate risk.

Supporting this world leading capability is our Met Office College, which has been delivering training for the past 80 years. We provide a wide range of courses and other learning opportunities encompassing professional operational meteorology training, specialist courses aimed at our scientists, and tailored courses to industry and the general public.

Successful candidates will work with a wide range of partners, stakeholders and customers. The posts available will be focusing on the delivery of meteorological training to Met Office staff, external customers, and partners. The College team are increasingly making use of digital media such as video, online, and mobile learning to meet our objectives in innovative ways. These posts will include the design, development and delivery of face to face and online training for foundation operational meteorology through to specialist continuous professional development. The post holders will also be involved in meteorological learning and development for staff across the Met Office, from basic meteorology for new starters to the more specialised needs of colleagues in Technology, Observations and Science. The posts will require travelling to deliver training at customer locations across the United Kingdom and occasionally overseas.

The role of a Learning Consultant is a demanding but highly rewarding one. This post will provide you with an opportunity to develop or consolidate your meteorological knowledge, alongside developing your communication and customer liaison skills. This role benefits from strong ties with other areas of the organisation, and external partners.

Job Purpose:

As a learning and development specialist, work with customers and stakeholders through the training cycle. This will include the gathering and analysis of training requirements, the design and development of training solutions, the delivery of training that enhances skills, knowledge, and performance and the evaluation of the impact of the training solution. All of this will help to maintain the world leading reputation of the Met Office.

The training of Met Office staff is predominately carried out at the Met Office College in Exeter, so if not Exeter based the role holder will be required to spend extended periods in Exeter. Training is also delivered at customer locations around the country and also occasionally internationally, so you will be required to spend periods of time away from home, occasionally at short notice. 

Prior experience in training or teaching is a desirable criterion rather than an essential as we will provide you with on the job training. Team members will undertake the City & Guilds’ Level 3 Award in Education and Training (AET), usually at a local college. More information on the AET can be found here:

Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop and deliver training to a consistently high standard and ensure the achievement of learning outcomes so that staff and customers develop the skills and knowledge required in their roles.
  • Engage with appropriate colleagues and customer contacts to evaluate learning needs and advise upon or design appropriate learning interventions that enhance performance in their staff.
  • Plan, organise, and manage learning activities and monitor their effectiveness to ensure customer and colleague satisfaction.
  • Evaluate the success of learning interventions with colleagues and customers and implement changes to resource life-cycle plans and make recommendations for wider training strategies in order to deliver continuous improvement.
  • Maintain scientific or operational experience at an appropriate level, and seek and gather customer insight and intelligence, ensuring this is pulled-through into learning resources to uphold the currency and relevance of College training.
  • Build customer and stakeholder relationships which enhance reputation and increase opportunities for future business and collaborations.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  1. The depth and breadth of experience in professional meteorology to be credible in the training environment.
  2. A demonstrable passion for developing knowledge, skills, and behaviours in yourself and other people.
  3. Proven ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people in a variety of contexts.
  4. Evidence of being able to manage your own time and workload, adapting to changing priorities.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  1. Experience and/or a qualification in learning and development or teaching, e.g. Award in Education and Training, Certificate in Education, or Post Graduate Certificate in Education.
  2. A qualification in meteorology such as a university degree or recognised training programme with a national met service, and relevant work experience.
  3. Professional accreditation such as RMet or CMet which proves your commitment to ongoing CPD.
  4. Technical ability with a range of IT applications such as Microsoft Office, Office 365, forecasting visualisation systems, and Moodle.

Additional Supplementary Information:

To apply, please click on the link below and attach the most recent version of your CV, along with a cover letter which briefly (no more than two-pages) states your experience against each essential and desirable criteria.

Closing date 10/11/2019 with interviews expected 26/11/2019. Please note that you will be notified if you are successful or unsuccessful.

Should you be offered an interview, please be aware there may be a selection exercise which could include a presentation, written test or a scenario-based activity. If you require any reasonable adjustments during these exercises, please include this information in your application.

We value a diverse training team and find it very beneficial for maintaining operational currency to have team members working on a 50/50 or similar basis between the College and an operational or other roles in the office. This role will nominally be based in Exeter but we will consider applicants wishing to work elsewhere within the UK

This recruitment post is not offering UK Visa and Sponsorship and therefore requires all applicants to be eligible to work within the UK / EU without restriction. If you are a non–EU candidate, you will be required to provide and attach all relevant eligibility documentation to your application at the time of applying.

Please note that successful candidate/s will be required to satisfactorily undergo security clearance checks. This will generally require the candidate to have lived in the UK for at least three out of the last five years, but applicants not meeting this criteria may be considered.

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