• You will deliver outstanding Forest Schools Training provision to adults up to Level 3 across the UK with a potential for International opportunities if desired
• As a motivated outdoor educator you can work on your own initiative to inspire and enthuse client groups
• Requirement to travel countrywide to support rapidly expanding exciting organisation
• Ideally, you hold an Archimedes Level 4 Forest Schools qualification, or have equivalent experience in Training and will be prepared to undergo mentoring to achieve the accreditation
• Join the team at the Archimedes Centre of Excellence™ for Forest Schools, Beach Schools™ and Outdoor Learning
• Apply for a Job Description for more details
Full Time or Job share considered for the right candidates
Salary £24,000 to £27,000 per annum pro rata
Package including holidays, benefits and pension
6 months probationary period
Archimedes Training is an Equal Opportunities Employer
Deadline for applications 20th April 2012
Thursday 26th April 2012
Interviews will take the form of a Formal Interview and a Practical session
Start date: May/June 2012
To request a Job Description or to apply contact us at
Archimedes Training Ltd.
Sheffield Technology Park, Cooper Buildings, Arundel Street, Sheffield, S1 2NS
Tel/Fax: 0114 2855534 and then 0114 2211811 from the 2nd April
FULL JOB DESCRIPTION
ARCHIMEDES TRAINING LTD
JOB DESCRIPTION for Archimedes Trainer
Reports to Training Manager
The Archimedes Trainer will be expected to provide high quality, inspirational training for individuals and groups from a range of local communities and groups across the UK.
The Archimedes Trainer will be required, after a probationary period of 6 months to support the Training manager successfully carry out all training to the highest standards, ensuring that the best possible environment and care are provided for each individual that attends.
Archimedes is looking for an experienced trainer of adults, ideally with a Level 4 Archimedes Forest Schools Award who is familiar with delivery and assessment of quality Outdoor Learning training provision and is interested and enthusiastic to develop Archimedes Forest Schools training and develop practice in areas of Outdoor Learning, but particularly Forest Schools Level 3 and Beach Schools in the first instance.
Archimedes Training is an equal Opportunities Employer
To be responsible for and to oversee the day to day delivery, support of assistant staff, organisation and smooth running of the Forest Schools, Beach Schools and Outdoor Learning training courses and other training provision allocated.
To promote the Archimedes Forest School, Beach Schools and Outdoor Learning ethos and to create a welcoming training environment.
To be responsible at all times for high standards of care and education of all group members in accordance with Archimedes procedures and other legislative statutory requirements.
To ensure effective communication with the training team, learners and with all partner organisations.
To order and maintain equipment and resources for the training.
To be accountable and responsible for communication of day to day financial systems directly relating to the training provision with the financial manager.
To be responsible for admissions in line with the Admissions Policy agreed by the management team at Head Office.
To keep a register and up to date records of all learners using the training provision and to give regular feedback to line manager and/or the Director of training regarding development and progress.
To identify and inspect a range of training venues and woodlands, assessing their suitability for Archimedes Training courses
To supervise, observe, mentor and support Level 4 Trainees as appropriate
To keep records of mentoring and disseminate to Director of Training
Supervision / Management of People
The post holder will be responsible for the management, supervision and appraisal of the following staff (under the guidance of the Training Manager), as appropriate:
Those undergoing Level 4 Forest School Training and Beach Schools
From time to time there may be a requirement to manage the work of staff who are appointed for associate work or to provide supervision for students on placement.
Creativity and Innovation
The Archimedes Trainer will implement essential training and incorporate any adaptations and changes as appropriate and support the development of policies and procedures. This will require creative thought together with an informed understanding of statutory requirements and best practice for education and training.
The Archimedes Trainer must work to Archimedes Policies about Keeping Learners Safe, Equal Opportunities, Data Protection and Confidentiality.
The Archimedes Trainer will need to liaise with the Quality Assurance manager and understand and implement assessment and marking Policies and Procedures in order to maintain quality
The Archimedes Trainer will be expected to deliver a wide range of courses, some accredited, some relating to Continual Professional Development, some taster days and some portfolio days.
The Archimedes Trainer will be expected to source leads, follow up leads and conduct meetings with prospective stakeholder organizations promoting Archimedes Training Ltd.
Contacts and Relationships
Working relationships will include the following:
Business Development Manager
All staff employed for the training provision
Quality Assurance manager
Institute of Outdoor Learning
Staff from a wide range of other agencies and settings, including the Social Services, Primary Care Trust, NHS Trust, Surestart and a range of voluntary / private sector organisations and Day Care providers.
The Archimedes Trainer will be expected to build good working relationships at every level. Working in partnership with learners and stakeholder organisations is highly valued and The Archimedes Trainer must be approachable, friendly and able to communicate effectively at all times.
At all times The Archimedes Trainer will be expected to respect the confidentiality of sensitive information (subject to child protection policies and procedures).
The Archimedes Trainer will work closely with the Training Manager, Information and guidance will be readily available; however, The Archimedes Trainer will be expected to work autonomously in relation to the day to day management of training after satisfactory completion of the initial 6 probationary period. The role requires the confidence to make day to day decisions thoughtfully and with a high degree of sensitivity to the needs of all learners whilst maintaining the integrity of Archimedes Training Ltd.
The Archimedes Trainer will be expected to make recommendations and proposals about service developments and changes, but not to make decisions about substantive changes to the training department without prior consultation with the management team.
Decisions made by The Archimedes Trainer will directly impact on the day to day quality, availability and flexibility of training for all learners and stakeholder organisations.
The Archimedes Trainer will exercise discretion about which learners may receive a service (in line with the Admissions Policy), and will be expected to interpret Policies and Procedures thoughtfully, consistently and tactfully.
The Archimedes Trainer will have day to day responsibility for the delivery of training in the training department within the organisation and for the use of other resources. Also for ensuring that the training provision is clean, safe and welcoming to learners.
The post holder will be a key holder for the training venue.
a) Work Demands
The Archimedes Trainer will need to demonstrate effective time and resource management to meet the planned needs of learners and any anticipated demands that might be reasonably foreseen. The post holder will need to be attentive to a planned timetable whilst retaining the flexibility to be accessible and available to meet learner needs. The Archimedes Trainer will need to make judgments about the delegation of tasks and responsibilities to the Assistant trainers as appropriate
b) Physical Demands
The work requires moderate levels of physical effort. It involves lifting and handling of training equipment, play equipment and other resources and to be involved in practical activities and physical care of learners and the physical woodland environment. The training for some levels is mainly out of doors and this will require walking and managing the training on uneven surfaces and in unpredictable weather conditions. You are required to be a role model for the staff and learners you work with, adhering to the Archimedes Health and Safety procedures at all times relating to PPE.
c) Working Conditions
The Archimedes Trainer post involves traveling and staying away from home across the UK, this is a part of the requirements of the job and consideration is included in the remuneration offered. You will be expected to attend meetings at Head Office and training in other places.
Knowledge and Skills
Archimedes Level 4 or equivalent Forest Schools Trainers Certificate is desirable
Level 4 Forest Schools Practitioners
Appropriate Teacher Training certificate
Knowledge, understanding and practical experience of Forest School provision for young children and youth.
Knowledge and practical understanding of child development and pedagogy.
Knowledge and understanding and practical experience of sustainable woodland management and education within the outdoor environment
Knowledge and understanding of legislation and regulations relating to day to day running of Forest Schools provision for young children and youth the inspections process for approval of such settings.
Knowledge and ability to create and implement policies and procedures consistent with legislation, regulations and local requirements.
Able to work independently and to manage own time efficiently.
Experience of managing, supervision and appraisal of staff.
Ability to develop an effective team.
Warm and caring personality - friendly and approachable to learners.
Ability to create and implement basic systems for learner records and financial records.
Ability to communicate effectively with staff at all levels.
Commitment to the principle that learners 'know best' about their own needs.
Commitment to equal opportunities for all learners.
Understanding of Archimedes Forest School Ethos and be able to apply this throughout all working practice, both with learners, staff and children.
1) Other Duties
The duties and responsibilities in this job description are not restrictive and the post holder may be required to undertake any other duties which may be required from time to time. Any such duties should not, however, substantially change the general character of the post.
2) Equal Opportunities
The post holder must carry out his/her duties with full regard to the company's Equal Opportunities Policy
3) Health and Safety
The post holder must carry out his/her duties with full regard to the company's Health and Safety Procedures.
PERSON SPECIFICATION for Archimedes Trainer
Essential Measure Desirable Measure
2 Years post qualifying experience of which at least has involved managing and supervising staff
Evidence of baseline assessments and a continual evaluation process
Experience of long term developmental programmes within Forest Schools and a related training environment (e.g. outdoor pursuits, heath and safety/first aid, environmental education/conservation or forestry) that have lasted a minimum of 12 weeks
A/I Experience of working in more than one setting or more than one age/ client group
Experience of delivering training
Experience of supervising learners
Experience of managing venues and other resources
Experience of working with volunteers and/or other support staff
Understanding of the qualifications process and the QA programme
Experience of writing training materials A/I
Education / Training
Qualifications Minimum of Level 3 (ONC/NVQ/BTEC etc) Forest Schools Practitioners
A minimum of Level 3 in a related area. For example:
1. Early Years, Youth and Community, Playwork
2. Social Forestry, Forestry, Countryside, Arboriculture, Woodland crafts, Outdoor Education, Bushcraft
3. Counseling, Wilderness Therapy, Ecotherapy, Creative Arts therapy, Play therapy
4. Adult training
Or acceptance of equivalent qualifications.
Level 3 Forest School Practitioner
Appropriate Adult Education Certificate A and Certificates Teaching or Adult Education Training qualification
Level 4 Archimedes Trainer
ITC First Aid
APIOL (Accredited Practitioner Institute of Outdoor Learning)
NLP Practitioner (Neuro Linguistic Programming) A/I
Special Knowledge Up to date awareness of current thinking and theoretical underpinning about the needs and care of young children, young people and adults
Knowledge of relevant legislation and the ability to develop policies/procedures consistent with legislation and best practice.
Awareness of observation techniques, evaluative processes and purposeful planning.
A/IP Woodland Management experience
Knowledge of Foundation Stage Curriculum
Knowledge of specialist requirements of young people and barriers to participation
Understanding of the special requirements for 8 to 11years
Awareness of the importance of Playwork
Knowledge, understanding and practical experience of Issues relating to implication of Forest School for organizations
Experience of conducting Training Needs Analysis
Knowledge and understanding of current legislation relating to education and learning in the outdoors
Importance of nutrition in the development of wellbeing A/I
Skills Ability to communicate confidently with a wide range of people
Able to work independently and to manage own time efficiently
Ability to supervise, inspire and motivate learners and peers
Ability to use computer for basic learner records and finance records A/I Woodland craft skills
Environmental Play skills
Personal Qualities Commitment to equal opportunities for all learners.
Warm and caring personality - friendly and approachable for learners
Commitment to partnership with learners and stakeholder organisations
Enthusiastic, innovative, energetic and able to motivate others
Flexible, practical and willing to 'get your hands dirty'
Love and passion of the outdoors
Motivated to develop and maintain high quality provision and practice A/I and R
Special Requirement Able to accommodate the flexible working hours, travel and working away from home that are essential and required
The applicant will have full access to and use of own car
The candidate will be required to sign the Archimedes Training Ltd license agreement permitting them to Utilise the Level 4 Qualification. I Passion for Forest Schools and the philosophical approach of Archimedes as a company
A = Application Form R = Reference I = Interview Process P = Presentation
How to apply
Please email a CV and covering letter outlining your experience with special reference to Forest Schools practice where appropriate.
Archimedes Training Ltd.
Sheffield Technology Park
T. 0114 2211 811
www.forestschools.com; www.archimedes-training.co.uk; www.bushschools.org