Causeway Education is a charity supporting young people to overcome barriers in accessing Higher Education and apprenticeships. Our mission is to ensure students have the support they need to explore options effectively, make ambitious choices and produce outstanding university, college and apprenticeship applications.
We are looking for a creative and efficient Programme Manager: Training and Resources to join us on the next stage of our journey. The pandemic has made our work more urgent than ever, and we are scaling up to meet this challenge. If you share our passion for ensuring progression is not determined by privilege, then we’d love to hear from you.
About Causeway Education
Causeway is a small, ambitious charity with national reach, supporting young people to overcome barriers in accessing higher education and apprenticeships.
We exist to make sure that progression is not determined by privilege.
We believe that, with the right support in exploration, choices and applications, all young people can find and realise their ambition.
In our unequal society, some young people face far greater challenges than others in accessing Higher Education and apprenticeships. Dedicated teachers, advisors and outreach professionals work tirelessly on redressing these inequalities. We are there for all those confronting these barriers, helping to bring about:
1.) Expert support
We give teachers the skills and resources they need to ensure all their students can navigate HE and apprenticeship applications effectively.
2.) Transformational outreach
We help universities, charities and corporates to develop initiatives which inspire and equip participants to take their next steps.
3.) Outstanding applications
We support students directly, providing impactful workshops and mentoring to help them successfully clear the hurdles of complex application processes.
In 2020-21, we helped 10,352 students submit high quality applications. Alongside this, we gave expert support to 2,096 professionals, helping them to hone their provision so applicants are better served year after year. We have an ambitious strategy to significantly increase our reach and impact over the next 5 years, building capacity in our education system and directly supporting students. We deliver annual applicant-facing support on behalf of a number of universities, charities and corporates, as well as innovative training and resources to teachers, outreach professionals and employers.
Purpose of the role
As Programme Manager: Training and Resources, you will be key to designing and delivering our support to teachers, outreach professionals and employers. This work is core to our mission of improving the support in place for young people applying to HE and apprenticeships. Our training ranges from individual workshops and short MOOCs to CPD series and a post-graduate level qualification. We are regularly commissioned to develop new student- and practitioner-facing resources, from classroom materials to videos and online learning modules. You will manage a portfolio of training programmes and learning design projects, supported by Programme Officers and freelance specialists.
Design multiple workshops, courses and other learning experiences, all the way from initial structure/outline, down to detailed design of content and activities.
Lead learning design and review meetings with staff across the organisation.
Seek out, evaluate and implement innovative solutions and approaches where they will enhance the quality of the learning experience.
Quality assurance and improvement
Employ principles of effective learning design throughout design and development phases, to ensure learning experiences consistently meet defined quality standards and reflect our values.
Lead on evaluating and continuously improving learning experiences after initial launch.
Support and share good practice with colleagues.
Oversee the delivery of training programmes and resource design projects.
Manage freelance specialists contracted to design resources and deliver workshops.
Establish KPIs for programmes in your portfolio and ensure these are achieved.
Ensure your programmes have effective monitoring and evaluation measures in place which link to Causeway’s monitoring and evaluation framework.
Liaise effectively and efficiently with other departments in the organisation.
Deliver training workshops to a range of practitioners, from teachers and advisors to university and employer outreach staff.
Deliver workshops to students and undergraduate ambassadors, alongside other members of the Programmes Team.
This job description is designed to give an overall view of the role and is not a definitive list of tasks.
We are more interested in what you could do than what you have already done, hence the emphasis on skills over experience.
Outstanding classroom practitioner with a track record of designing and delivering high quality learning experiences in a consistent and sustainable manner
Management of a portfolio of projects/programmes
Skills and knowledge
Creative thinking: the ability to generate and implement new and innovative ideas
Understanding of effective monitoring and evaluation
Strong interpersonal skills: able to interact with different audiences and all levels of people
Excellent communications skills, both verbal and written, and exceptional presentation skills
Strong ability to lead and motivate across the organisation
Demonstrable organisational skills: able to manage multiple projects both small and large
Excellent time management skills with the ability to prioritise work and meet deadlines
Good understanding of the importance of safeguarding
You must also be in possession of, or able to secure, an enhanced DBS check.
There are a number of different paths the successful candidate may have taken to develop the skills and experience needed for this role. The following list is not intended to be exhaustive, but instead to give a sense of the range of experiences which are relevant:
Personal experience of structural inequalities, or experience of supporting young people from underrepresented groups
Experience of working in university Widening Participation or employer outreach
Experience in a charity supporting young people
Experience of programme design and innovation
Passionate about helping young people access Higher Education and apprenticeships
Committed to Causeway’s values of ensuring our work is high-quality, collaborative, practical and evidence-led
Clear commitment to diversity and inclusion
Flexible and adaptable to meet needs of the post
A positive outlook and sense of humour
Resilient, collaborative, diplomatic and emotionally intelligent
Results-focused with the desire to personally deliver tangible outcomes
Educated to degree level or having relevant qualifications or experience indicating the ability to apply an appropriately high level of analytical skills.
We actively work to improve diversity in Higher Education and apprenticeships, therefore personal experience of facing related barriers, or experience of supporting young people from underrepresented groups, will be a valuable asset to the organisation.
We are a small and friendly team usually based in Hackney, London. Despite currently all working from home, we have established a number of ways to keep in regular contact and continue to support each other. We will go out of our way to welcome a new member of the team.