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Learning Consultant

Posted: 20 Jul 2020 Closes: 9 Aug 2020
Exeter, GB Salary starting at £30,325
Permanent & Full-time met-office/20200720145940

Salary will start at £30,325 with opportunities to progress within the role up to the maximum of £33,260. 



The Met Office is a leading global brand in weather forecasting and climate change recognised as one of the world's most accurate weather forecasters. Our products and services are delivered to a huge range of customers from the UK 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.

Supporting this world leading capability is our Met Office College, which has been delivering training for the past 80 years. Today we facilitate learning and development opportunities for all Met Office staff, the wider weather and climate community, and commercial customers. We focus on improving workplace performance while maintaining a rigorous approach to the application of skills and knowledge. This is underpinned by up to date professional teaching and training best practice. We are increasingly working in close cooperation with internal and external partners to derive maximum benefit from our scientific and technological investments. 

Successful candidates will work with a wide range of partners, stakeholders and customers on the design, development and delivery of meteorological training to Met Office staff and 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. The posts will require travelling to deliver training at customer locations across the United Kingdom and occasionally overseas.  

The role of a Learning Consultant will provide you with an opportunity to develop your meteorological knowledge, alongside skills in design and delivery of learning solutions. This role benefits from strong ties with other areas of the organisation, and external partners. 

We are currently looking to fill multiple posts. We have permanent and temporary positions available and depending on business requirements, temporary posts may become permanent.


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 09/08/2020, meteorology assessment w/c 24 August and interviews expected W/C 01/09/2020. Please note that you will be notified if you are successful or unsuccessful.   

Should you be offered an interview, you will be required to deliver a 10 minute micro-teach lesson to the panel. There will also be a separate assessment of your meteorological knowledge. If you require any reasonable adjustments during these exercises, please include this information in your application. 

At present, all interviews will take place remotely via Skype.

Please note, when joining the Met Office all new employees will start on the salary band minimum.

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.

We value a diverse training team and find it 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 role in the office. This role will nominally be based in Exeter but we will consider applicants wishing to work elsewhere within the UK.

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 occasionally internationally, so you may be required to spend periods of time away from home, occasionally at short notice.

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.

We recognise that Great Minds Don’t Think Alike. Consequently, the Met Office is committed to working towards being a more diverse and inclusive organisation and to valuing and utilising visible and invisible individual differences. This includes continually striving to create a positive and open environment in which to work, along with ensuring that there are no barriers implicit in our policies or procedures preventing people from performing to the best of their ability. We are a “Disability Confident” employer, Mindful Employer, and we hold an Athena Swan Bronze award for our work on gender equality. We are proud to have a variety of staff-led networks who constantly work with us to enable everyone to fulfil their full potential. We are taking measures throughout our Recruitment process to tackle unconscious bias, and we apply the Civil Service Code to ensure that everyone is recruited on merit, fairness and open competition.

Job Purpose:

As a learning and development specialist, you work will with customers and stakeholders throughout the training cycle. This will include gathering and analysing training requirements, designing and developing training solutions, delivering training that enhances skills, knowledge, and performance and evaluating the impact of the training. All of this will help to maintain the world-leading reputation of the Met Office.

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.

About you:
You will be an experienced operational meteorologist, with a passion for sharing your skills and knowledge, and for helping others develop. You will have excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills with the desire to work collaboratively as part of a small team. You are pro-active, have excellent time management skills with the ability to tackle multiple tasks and organise your own priorities to meet team goals.


Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  1. You have a depth and breadth of experience in professional meteorology, allowing you to maintain credibility in the training environment.
  2. You have a passion for developing knowledge and skills in yourself and other people.
  3. You have strong oral and written communication skills, with demonstrated ability to communicate complex scientific and/or technical information clearly and effectively to a range of audiences
  4. You are organised and are able to deliver high-quality output successfully, both independently and as part of a team, meeting tight deadlines, planning and organising own work as required.

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, Post Graduate Certificate in Education.
  2. 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: 

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