Initial Education Course Lead
Job Title: Initial Education Course Lead
Salary: £36,334 to £43,804 plus an allowance of £2,148 (Zone 1) or £1,043 (Zone 2) depending on Location. You will receive £36,334 the band minimum. Progress to the band maximum of £36,334 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 two Initial Education Course Lead roles will play a vital role in the day-to-day management and oversight of all student police officer learning programmes.
This role will require the post holder to manage one or more of the individual student policer officer pathways (Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship, Degree-Holder Entry Programme, Police Now and Initial Police Learning Development Programme) to ensure they are being delivered in a consistent and effective way across the collaboration. This includes managing centralised activities, such as induction, annual monitoring, curriculum and programme updates and maintenance, as well as customer queries and complaints, alongside supporting the CIRL’s management team. The post holder will need to engage with and manage relationships with key internal stakeholders in the Met (e.g. Basic Command Units (BCUs), Met Learning & Development (L&D)) and external stakeholders (e.g. education providers).
Decisions on how the responsibilities for the different pathways will be split across the two roles will be made based on the experience of those appointed to the roles.
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:
- Day-to-day management of the educational pathways for student police officers including ownership and delivery of project plan, 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.
- Liaise with Met delivery partners/providers to facilitate effective delivery of the learning programmes/qualifications they are responsible for and ensure that the academic regulations and 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.
- Represent the Met, as appropriate, on a range of programme governance boards, committees and panels, including the CIRL’s Assessment and Progression Board
- Work with the Initial Education Coordinator, University Inspectors, Met L&D and BCU L&D Units to ensure a holistic and integrated approach to programme delivery, including onboarding, induction, street duties and relevant assessment activities, to ensure the student police officer experience is as consistent as possible within and across the programmes.
- Be the day-to-day point of contact for both internal (e.g. Met L&D, BCU L&D units) and external (e.g. delivery partners) stakeholders for all matters relating to programme maintenance, monitoring and delivery.
- Production of regular Programme and Board papers to report on programme delivery, issues and mitigations.
- Production of annual monitoring report to meet licensing requirements.
- Understanding of degree level education and Higher Education learning culture and practices.
- Good knowledge of adult learning theory and methodology.
- Knowledge of educational quality assurance and academic regulatory processes.
- Knowledge of the Code of Ethics, police professional standards and regulations.
- Desirable - Educated to degree level.
- Proven leadership skills with evidence of successfully managing multiple programmes to deliver against standardised national frameworks.
- Excellent stakeholder management skills, able to build positive relationships with the business, HEIs (Higher Education Institutions) and other organisations involved in student police officer L&D such as the College of Policing.
- Ability to network and build relationships internally and externally.
- Proactive information sharing, team work and collaborative working.
- Robust organisational skills to manage a diverse and demanding workload whilst maintaining an eye for detail.
- Ability to prioritise workload effectively with a flexible approach.
- Proficient IT skills, primarily MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word.
- Excellent communication skills both oral and written, including influencing skills.
- Project management skills.
- Management of learning programmes in a higher education context and of university culture.
- Embedding improvements into educational methods systems and processes.
- The management of quality assurance processes and monitoring and updating programmes.
- Analysis of data to identify trends and making recommendations.
- Report writing at Programme Board and/or corporate level.
- Experience of delivering through others, internally and externally, with no line management responsibility.
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 Initial Education Manager.
- Works as part of the central team in the CIRL, liaising closely with peers such as the Initial Education Coordinator, University Inspector and Met L&D to ensure a holistic and integrated approach to programme delivery and student police officer experience across all the programmes.
- Regular communication and collaboration with L&D BCU Units.
- Attend PEQF and L&D governance forums, as required.
External to the Met
- Liaise with counterparts across the collaboration to agree delivery, monitoring, improvements and ensure agreed programme governance is adhered to.
- Interact with various roles across the collaboration, including HEI programme leads, tutors and student police officer support personnel.
- Represent the Met at programme governance forums, as required.
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.
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