Initial Education Manager
Job Title: Initial Education Manager
Salary: £47,538 to £58,438 plus an allowance of £2,148 (Zone 1) or £1,043 (Zone 2) depending on Location. You will receive £47,538 the band minimum. Progress to the band maximum of £58,438 will be via incremental progression.
This role will form part of a new team in Professionalism, the Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) Centre for Initial Recruit Learning (CIRL), which will facilitate the relationship with academic partners, manage the operational delivery of student police officer learning, manage the contracts and finances, and ensure that student police officer learning evolves with the changing needs of the organisation.
The post holder will apply specialist knowledge of Learning and Development (L&D) and an understanding of the higher education policy context and academic regulatory requirements to the new recruit learning pathways, to ensure that student police officer learning evolves in line with the changing L&D requirements.
Background to the Centre of Initial Recruit Learning
Working as part of the newly formed Centre for Initial Recruit Learning (CIRL), within the Met’s Professionalism Operational Command Unit, you will play a crucial role in ensuring that our police constable recruits receive the best possible training to prepare them for the unique challenges of policing London.
It is a particularly exciting time to join the CIRL team as we look to welcome the first intakes of recruits into the Met under the new Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) and Degree Holder Entry Programmes (DHEP) from September 2020.
We are proud to be able to offer these new entry pathways, which form part of a national Police Education Qualification Framework (PEQF), to enable recruits to gain a degree level qualification (awarded through one of our London university partners) upon completion of their initial learning, in formal recognition of policing as a profession. These pathways will sit alongside our established Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP) which has been updated to closely mirror PCDA.
The CIRL Team will ensure that across all pathways, student police officers are fully supported to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to deliver the best possible service to London working in partnership with the Met’s learning delivery partners and internal stakeholders. It will manage the operational delivery of high quality recruit learning against the required standards, ensure the learning model is kept up to date and that value for money is achieved.
Key Result Areas:
- Apply subject matter expertise of learning, curriculum and learning solutions design, assessment and accreditation to all student police officer learning programmes, ensuring internal and national L&D requirements are met and that student police officer learning evolves in line with the Met learning transformation vision, policy requirements, external insights and latest research on learning design.
- Strategic management of the suite of educational pathways for new student police officers including evaluating outcomes, monitoring the quality of the education provision against agreed performance frameworks, developing improvement plans, ensuring appropriate quality assurance and reporting processes are completed and any changes are embedded through change controls as required.
- Ensure that consistent support processes (academic, operational and personal) are in place and managed across all programmes, including the progression review meetings and employer line management arrangements of student police officers whilst at the HEI (Higher Education Institution) sites so that the Met complies with its customer obligations and responsibilities.
- Manage and engage with Met delivery partners/providers to facilitate effective delivery of the learning programmes and ensure that the academic regulations and apprenticeship requirements governing the programmes are aligned and harmonised with Met policies and police regulations in relation to eligibility, assessment, progression, protected learning time, misconduct, appeals and complaints.
- Lead the Met PEQF Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) working group and ensure that the EIA is regularly reviewed, updated and reported upon as live data becomes available and ensure that any emerging concerns have mitigation strategies developed.
- Chair and/or represent the Met, as appropriate, on a range of programme governance boards, committees and panels, including the recruitment eligibility panel and the CIRL’s Assessment and Progression Board.
- Understand the Met and its changing L&D requirements, evaluating whether the suite of educational pathways for student police officer learning meets organisational demands/ requirements.
- Horizon scanning to understand the policy context and regulatory requirements of the bodies involved in student policer officer L&D (College of Policing [CoP], Quality Assurance Agency [QAA], Institute of Apprenticeships [IoA], Education Skills Funding Agency [ESFA]), creating and maintaining external networks across these bodies and developing strategies to manage any necessary response and implications of external policy and regulatory requirements.
- Specialist knowledge of L&D – in the context of apprenticeships / work-based learning / Higher Education.
- Knowledge of how learning requirements are applied at an organisational level.
- Policy and strategic context of adult learning theory and methodology.
- An understanding of the policy context and regulatory requirements of educational bodies.
- Desirable – Educated to degree level.
- Strong stakeholder management and engagement skills needed to manage the wide range of internal and external stakeholders this role will encounter.
- Ability to influence and negotiate with strong conflict resolution skills.
- Ability to network and build relationships internally and externally.
- Using insights and analytics to drive programme improvement.
- Ability to identify dependencies and linkages with other L&D programmes across the Met to ensure that any student policer officer L&D-related issues are considered.
- Ability to identify and manage strategic risks and use the appropriate escalation routes as required.
- Ability to communicate information effectively both verbally and in writing to colleagues within the Met and external stakeholders at all levels.
- Robust organisational skills to manage a diverse and demanding workload whilst maintaining an eye for detail.
- Proficient IT skills, primarily MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word, MS Teams.
- Project management skills.
- Managing organisational response to regulatory / policy requirements.
- Embedding continuous improvements to educational methods systems and processes.
- Substantial experience of strategy and policy development and implementation in a professional policing environment, or Public Sector.
- Substantial experience in curriculum and qualification development; accreditation and education quality assurance; and working with national competency frameworks to deliver learning solutions.
- Experienced line manager with the ability to effectively coach others and deliver through individuals with no line management responsibility.
- Experience of instructional design methodologies.
- Proven experience of applying the whole learning and development cycle.
- Proven experience of delivering multiple and simultaneous projects against cost, quality and time in order to meet the high expectations of stakeholders.
Communications and Working Relationships
The post holder must have excellent communication skills and have ability to build and maintain good working relationships with the following groups:
Internal to the Met
- Reports to the Head of Initial Recruit Learning on strategic L&D and policy matters in relation to student policer officer L&D. Will need to ensure review from the Head of Initial Recruit Learning for significant changes to improve education delivery.
- Regular face-to-face contact with 4 direct reports (Initial Education Coordinator, Initial Education Course Lead x2, and University Inspector).
- Work with the Commercial Contract Manager to ensure any changes are in line with any contractual requirements.
- Regular face-to-face meetings with CIRL stakeholders within the Met to maintain engagement, provide briefings on key topics/milestones, answer questions and capture feedback.
- On an annual basis, work with the Head of Initial Recruit Learning, BCU (Basic Command Unit) L&D Leads and the delivery partner to ensure that the learning curriculum is adapted in line with changing Met needs.
- Create and maintain external networks across the regulatory bodies involved in student policer officer L&D (CoP, QAA, IoA, ESFA).
External to the Met
- Liaise with counterparts from the academic partner’s organisation to agree continuous improvements and ensure agreed programme governance is adhered to.
- Engage with MOPAC (Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime) and the CoP to ensure that the Met complies with all legislated National Educational standards and annual monitoring requirements.
To apply, please visit our website to download a role-specific information pack. Applications will be via a detailed CV, Cover Letter and online application form.
Completed applications must be submitted by Friday 5th June 2020.
We view diversity as fundamental to our success. To tackle today’s complex policing challenges, we need a workforce made up from all of London’s communities. Applications from across the community are therefore essential.
As a Disability Confident Committed Employer the Met have committed to ensuring that disabled people and those with long-term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.