Head of Curriculum (UK)

Location: This is a hybrid role. It is largely remote with some in-person activities. Candidates should be able to travel to a Generation UK Hub (Any of London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds) and be willing to travel for team/organisation meetings and events (between 1-4 days per month on average).

Salary: £43,000 – £45,000pa

Contract: This is a permanent role. We welcome applications from candidates seeking a part-time role or a full time role. The full time role is 40 hours per week. 

ABOUT THE ROLE

This is a high-impact opportunity for an exceptional curriculum leader to lead on curriculum design and continuous improvement curriculum projects. You will ensure that our curriculum offer is tightly aligned with employer needs, positioning our learners to successfully transition into employment after their training.

Generation acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard, protect, and promote the welfare of staff and learners and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, and government guidance and complies with best practice.

All our staff in the UK are required to undergo a DBS check

Hear our colleagues share what they love about working at Generation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpKpl3PR-yo 

ABOUT GENERATION

Generation’s mission is to train, coach and support people into life-changing careers that would otherwise be inaccessible to them.

We are a UK registered charity, founded by McKinsey and Company, delivering tailored programmes to recruit, train and place unemployed people into work. Through our unique approach, we also solve a wide range of employer challenges—skilled talent shortages, poor job performance, lack of diversity, and high turnover.

Generation launched globally in 2015, and has grown quickly to become the world’s largest demand-led employment initiative. We have placed over 76,500 people into roles (many of whom have suffered some form of adversity), working with over 11,000 employer partners to date across 17 countries and 26 professions.

Generation UK&I is currently running training to employment programmes in the West Midlands, London, Manchester, Ireland, Leeds and Scotland. We run a range of tech bootcamps as well as programmes supporting people into healthcare and the Green sector.

The portfolio of bootcamps that we run currently includes IT Support Desk Analyst, Data Engineering, Data Analytics, Cloud (AWS re/Start, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure), Retrofit Advisor and Healthcare Assistant.

By joining Generation UK&I now, you will become part of an organisation which is determined to play its part in addressing both of these challenges for people in the UK and Ireland over the coming months and years.

Find out more at www.generation.org

RESPONSIBILITIES

Development of new curricula

  1. Ensure that the intent, design and development of all curricula aligns with the Generation methodology and Quality of Education standards, as outlined by the Department for Education
  2. Set up the curriculum development team, this will include onboarding and managing contract designers and subject matter experts, ensuring that each individual is clear on their responsibilities and timelines.
  3. Work with a wide range of employers to gather feedback on what constitutes a high performing entry level employee, using this data to inform curriculum intent and goals
  4. Lead on the process for designing performance goals, conceptualising curriculum architecture, sequencing modules and learning sessions.
  5. Ensure curriculum projects have clear project timelines, are executed on time, with the engagement of key internal and external stakeholders. 
  6. Prepare effective instructor onboarding experiences (in collaboration with the Head of Quality, and Senior Instructors) to ensure instructors are well-prepared to teach the new curriculum

Continuous curriculum improvement 

  1. Lead the Continuous Curriculum Improvement workstream, ensuring that robust processes are in place to regularly gather, analyse, prioritise, action feedback on the curriculum from employers, instructors and learners. 
  2. Work closely with the Head of Quality, Senior Instructors and Employer Partnerships colleagues to ensure that the Continuous Curriculum Improvement process serves all key stakeholders, and is in line with Generation UKI’s Quality process.
  3. Ensure that all programmes have a regular formal cycle for curriculum review and that prioritised updates are made to curriculum assets, with a clear log of where improvements have been made and why.
  4. Ensure that there are clear processes for capturing instructor feedback on the curriculum and enabling instructors to make adjustments to their delivery outside of the formal curriculum review cycle.
  5. Embed Safeguarding and Prevent across all programmes, working closely with the Head of Inclusion to ensure that updates made are in line with Generation’s Safeguarding policies.

Strategic projects

  1. In collaboration with the Head of Quality, and Generation Global’s Curriculum team, refine Generation’s curriculum design principles and curricular approach and explore new methodologies or formats (e.g. introduction of new asynchronous learning opportunities, new platforms, or different curriculum approaches when piloting new instruction models)
  2. Share best practices in curriculum across countries, participating in Global Communities of Practice and proposing creative ways to develop and deliver content 
  3. Train and upskill colleagues on the Generation curriculum methodology, so that they have all the necessary assets, and can effectively promote Generation to prospective hiring employers or funders. 

Requirements

ABOUT YOU

  1. You are motivated to use your skills to transform the lives of unemployed people. 
  2. You are excited and energised by the idea of working in a fast-paced environment
  3. You are a proactive collaborator, willing to propose solutions and ideas, to engage with challenges and debate the merits of different viewpoints
  4. You are self-reflective and open to receiving and giving frequent feedback
  5. You are resourceful, with a high level of problem solving ability
  6. You are a self-starter who can thrive in a remote work environment

EXPERIENCE

  1. You have a minimum of 5 years of instructional design experience, including multi-week programmes, based on needs analysis and active, practice-based learning experiences 
  2. You can demonstrate mastery of adult learning principles and design of instructional materials for adult learners 
  3. You have strong project management skills, and have managed many stakeholders and workflows on a tight timeline
  4. You have experience of successfully building and maintaining collaborative relationships 
  5. You have experience designing highly technical, online, and/or blended learning programmes
  6. You are confident in designing curricula outside of your own learning experience. You would be confident working within Data or Cloud
  7. Desirable: You have experience teaching and/or designing instructional content for students from a wide range of communities and cultures
  8. Desirable: You have experience of teaching a wide age-range of adults, including early and mid-career learners.

Benefits

At Generation, we’re changing the lives of many individuals, and that in itself gets us out of bed! Here are a few other benefits you’ll experience working with the UK team:

  • Purpose and social impact in the heart of your work;
  • Opportunity to make your mark – you’ll have a lot of autonomy to bring the Generation blueprint to life in a way that makes sense for your region;
  • Opportunity to get involved with a range of activities and varied projects – we’re a small team, so there are lots of opportunities to get involved in projects across the whole organisation;
  • We offer Flexible and remote working to accommodate everyone’s preferred working pattern/preferences and unique needs.;
  • WFH set up offer of support of £300 to help you make your working-from-home setup comfortable and efficient;
  • Professional Development is a priority for Generation and employees and you can access to up to £1,000 towards your learning & development per year. This support is accompanied by up to 5 days of training days/ study leave per year to enable your development activities.

A fair chance

Every role at Generation is open to applications from all sections of society. We believe in the potential of everyone; regardless of race, religion or belief, ethnic origin, different physical ability, family structure, socio-economics, age, nationality or citizenship, marital, domestic or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other aspect that makes you, well, you.

We believe that the more diverse we are the better we become. More than just encouraging your application, we’re committed to conscious inclusion that (we hope) cultivates an ethos of belonging, connection and shared purpose. We go further together. It’s this philosophy that drives us towards our mission. We open our doors to those who share this mindset.

We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates from marginalised groups. We will assess applications on a rolling basis and close this posting as soon as we have found the right candidate. We look forward to hearing from you.

Please note that in the application form we ask candidates to answer some questions related to age, education levels and ethnicity. We ask these questions so that we can monitor our own efforts around diversity & inclusion within the recruitment process. Thank you in advance for reading and responding to these questions. We use your responses for our own monitoring only, and your responses are not reviewed as part of this recruitment process’