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Practice Tutor Assessor – 47567
£30,208 - £37,174
Sunderland

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We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.

Any Applicants wishing to apply for this role on the basis of a loan/secondment cover, MUST have the permission of their Business Unit Head before submitting an application.

Role can be based anywhere within the North East Region.

Loan of 3 – 5 years if Probation Service internal applicant, Fixed appointment of 3 – 5 years for externally recruited applicant.  Secondment of 3 – 5 years if applicant is from an other government department.     

Overview of the job

This is an NPS role. The post holder will be a member of the divisional training team in NPS or in HMPPS Wales. The post will be based within one of the NPS divisions or in Wales with some travel outside of that area

The post holder will report to the Divisional Training Manager/Deputy Divisional Training Manager. The training function is part of the HMPPS Learning & Development Group.

The post holder works as part of the divisional training team to deliver probation qualifications at local level. This will include co-ordinating the needs of a group of learners and working with them individually and in groups both in the NPS and CRC.

Regular travel and some overnight stays are an integral part of this role. When required, PTAs will be expected to provide mutual assistance to other parts of HMPPS L&D in order to meet the business need.

The role is a training function and the post holder will be required to apply their professional skills and specialist knowledge to ensure the effective delivery of probation qualifications and associated professional skills.

This post will not have line management responsibilities.

Summary

Co-ordinate and deliver all aspects of probation qualifications including brokering learning opportunities and monitoring the progress of learners based in NPS/HMPPS in England and Wales and in CRCs. Duties will include mentoring, assessment and coaching of learners in these organisations.

Assess VQ candidates in compliance with the requirements of the Awarding Body Design and deliver professional skills workshops

The post holder will be required to undertake quality assurance functions of learner work products and other quality functions dependant on business need. Relevant training will be provided.

Responsibilities, Activities & Duties

The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:

  • Participate in the selection of learners due to undertake probation qualifications
  • Undertake the design, co-ordination and delivery of a range of training and learning opportunities to facilitate the learner’s achievement of probation qualifications.
  • Identify individual learning needs, including reasonable adjustments and issues relating to learning style
  • Complete and monitor a learning agreement for each learner in accordance with the Regulatory Framework
  • Undertake regular developmental sessions with learners to identify ongoing needs and review progress on the qualification
  • Identify performance issues and report these to the relevant line manager and to the Divisional Training Manager. Collaborate with the line manager to develop and an action plan to address issues.
  • Provide written reports in respect of learner progress, including in relation to performance management.
  • Proactively manage learner attendance at learning events and support managers in taking remedial action to manage sickness absence to achieve qualification completion.
  • Provide coaching, mentoring, quality assurance and support the development of reflective practice in all aspects of work with learners and colleagues.
  • Provide PTA cover in the absence of colleagues
  • Attend all required training and assessment sessions and achieve the assessor award within 12 months of taking up post
  • Use a variety of assessment methods with learners in line with the Awarding Body and sector assessment strategy, including written observations, performance feedback and digital recordings of professional discussions
  • Maximise the use of IT and technology, including the use of the eportfolio system
  • Attend standardisation meetings as required and liaise with Internal and External Quality Assurers to ensure the consistency and quality of assessments
  • As and when required, undertake Internal Quality Assurance processes including chairing standardisation meetings; liaison with National Centre and divisional teams; attend Qualification Assurance Group as divisional representative and prepare for External Quality Assurance visits.
  • Ensure assessment processes reflect best practice, are fair and consistent and meet the requirements of the Awarding Body
  • Liaise with staff at the Higher Education provider to ensure learner’s progress towards achievement of academic awards and verify work based assignments, if required
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with learners, colleagues and external agencies including CRCs
  • Maintain probation professional knowledge by attending relevant training events and practical experience, as identified in the appraisal process.
  • Travel regularly across the division/Wales and elsewhere, as required by the role

The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive. The Job holder is expected to accept reasonable alterations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary. Significant adjustments may require re-examination under the Job Evaluation scheme and shall be discussed in the first instance with the Job Holder.

Behaviours

  • Leadership
  • Developing Self and Others
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions

Essential Experience

  • Experience of probation practice and knowledge of latest policy developments
  • Strong organisational skills, planning and attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Probation officer work with offenders

Technical requirements

  • Probation Officer Qualification
  • Knowledge of probation qualifications

Additional Information

Support

  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits, retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • For moves to or from another employer or moves across the Civil Service this can have implications on your eligibility to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for alternative government childcare support schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. More information can be found on GOV.UK or Childcare Choices. You can determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/.
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order

1- To Shared Service Connected Ltd (0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com);

2- To Ministry of Justice Resourcing (resourcing-services@justice.gov.uk);

3- To the Civil Service Commission (details available here)

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident employer, MoJ are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the recruitment process and in the workplace. MoJ are able to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns.

You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. If you need additional help completing the application form, please contact the SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team.

Working Arrangements & Further Information

Standard working hours are 37 hours per week excluding breaks which are unpaid. 

Benefits

The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after ten years’ service.

There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.

Pension

The National Probation Service is covered by the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) run through the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF).  Please visit www.gmpf.org.uk for further information.

Please note: Any current Civil Servant who is a member of the PCSPS, by accepting an offer of employment to the National Probation Services will be opted out of the PCSPS and auto enrolled into the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Training

The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.

Networks

The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

Eligibility

All candidates are subject to security and identity checks prior to taking up post