Vocational Skills Trainer - Belfast & Mid Ulster Area

Base of work: NOW Group Head Office, 15-17 Grosvenor Road, Belfast, BT12 4GN Role involves hybrid working (both remote and in-person) with requirement to cover Belfast & Mid Ulster area.

Schedule & Rate of Pay

37.5 hours per week, £22,000 within the salary band £20,200.00 - £25,248.99

Closing date

Mon Jan 31 2022 12:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Job Type



22 days annual leave plus 12 statutory days (pro-rata)
Holiday purchase scheme
Flexible working initiatives
Personal & Professional Development opportunities
Health Cash Plan (on successful completion of probationary period)
Access to confidential Staff Counselling & Financial Advisory Services
Stakeholder Pension Scheme (5% employer contribution)
Bike to Work Scheme

Job description

As a part of the Verve project team the Vocational Skills Trainer will develop and deliver a range of vocational training programmes to ensure that each participant receives the training they require to provide choices for progression into employment.
The post holder will develop individual training plans for participants in line with their desired progression route whilst promoting and participating in the delivery of all NOW Group training services and products.

Teaching and Learning
1. Work in collaboration with colleagues across NOW Group services to develop and deliver a wide variety of high quality training programmes relevant to individual participant goals and aspirations.
2. Ensure delivery of qualifications under Project Verve are in line with employment trends and job entry criteria.
3. Develop and deliver high quality training programmes in a variety of vocational subjects, e.g. Retail, Catering, Warehousing, etc.
4. Develop and deliver high quality training programmes in a variety of soft skills subjects e.g. Employability, Money Management, Personal Development etc.
5. Deliver high quality training sessions to NOW Group staff and external organisations.
6. Ensure integration of relevant learning technologies (ILT) in all teaching and learning and actively secure skills in use of relevant equipment.
7. Develop professional relationships with participant stakeholders, e.g. family, social workers, to ensure participant-centred support.
8. Produce high quality resources, schemes of work and lesson plans ensuring differentiation to suit the level of participant.
9. Ensure effective induction of participants, carrying out initial and formative assessments and co-creating respective Individual Progression Plans.

Main Responsibilities

10. Actively promote NOW Group Training and Employment Services and products.
11. Liaise with appropriate agencies and organisations to recruit potential participants.
12. Deliver organisational training including staff training as required.
13. Ensure organisational, team and individual annual KPIs are met.
14. Contribute to the promotion of NOW Group services through a range of media as required.
15. Undertake any training as deemed necessary by Senior Management and to carry out any other duties as deemed appropriate to the post by Senior Management.

Quality and Compliance
16. Comply with organisational, project and legal codes of practice and conduct and attend all mandatory training to ensure compliance.
17. Ensure accurate record keeping of participant attendance, retention and progression in compliance with organisational data protection and confidentiality policy.
18. Ensure that all accredited training is developed and delivered in line with relevant awarding body quality standards.
19. Contribute to NOW Group self-evaluation and quality improvement planning processes, ensuring continuous improvement in all areas of practice.
20. Comply fully with NOW Group's 'Organsiational Approach to Safeguarding' ensuring that knowledge and skills in this area are kept up to date to ensure the safety and well being of participants. This includes the notification to Senior Management of any untoward incident / accident involving either staff or participants, and the recording and reporting of any such incident / accident to the appropriate authorities.
21. Proactively identify risks in relation to participant safety and carry out general and individual risk assessments as appropriate, ensuring risk management procedures are followed.
22. Ensure the implementation and observance of Health and Safety Regulations.
23. Contribute to the monthly activity/financial monitoring returns as outlined by funders.
24. Maintain accurate financial records required for expenses and funder requirements.

Key Internal Relations

The Skills Trainer will work closely with colleagues across the organisation to ensure that training is relevant to the needs of the individual participant and helps them meet their training and employment goals.

Key internal relationships include:

• Employment Development Manager
• Employment Officers
• Transition service colleagues
• Family service colleagues
• Performance and Quality Manager

Key External Relations

• Relevant participant stakeholders including parents/carers, social workers as appropriate
• Referring organisations
• Awarding Bodies

This job description is not definitive and may be subject to review as the duties and responsibilities determine

We would particularly like to encourage applications from, disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates, as these groups are currently unrepresented.



1. A full current driving licence and access to a car. Consideration will be given to alternative travelling proposals in respect of applicants with a disability who cannot hold a licence.

2. Certificate in Teaching or an equivalent training qualification.

3. GCSE in English and Mathematics.

4. At least 2 years delivering accredited training programmes to young people and adults.

5. Minimum 1 years experience working with people with learning difficulties or barriers to learning.

6. Proven experience of working with Accreditation Bodies.

7. Excellent level of IT including social media skills, communication skills and presentation skills.

8. Experience of assessment and moderation.


1. Hold qualification to deliver Essential Skills.

2. Hold Internal verifier/ moderator qualifications.

3. Experience of preparing courses for accreditation.

4. Occupational Competence and experience in a variety of Vocational Areas.

About us

We're a social enterprise based in Belfast but working across Northern Ireland to support people with learning difficulties and autism into jobs with a future. Loaf Catering is our catering business which delivers outside catering to businesses, functions etc. We run four cafes, two are in Belfast - The Bobbin in City Hall and Loaf on Grosvenor Road

We also have a cafe at the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh. Loaf Pottery our fourth site is our pottery, pizzeria and coffee shop in Crawfordsburn where we offer wood fired pizzas and our range of beautiful handthrown pottery.

For every £1 invested in NOW Group 2019/20 we generated £20 in social value.

Support people with learning difficulties and autism into jobs with a future.

We challenge convention, ourselves and each other. We have the strength, willingness and determination to initiate, make things happen and to carry them through.

We are all champions of NOW Group. We take personal responsibility for achieving our objectives. We act with openness, integrity and trust. We ask for help, admit to our mistakes and put things right.

We are one company across all services and locations. We work towards a common goal through cooperation and teamwork. We are all NOW Group people and treat each other with respect regardless of status.

Our services change lives. We listen to our participants*, their families and communities and use continuous improvement to deliver results. We are relentless in our pursuit of success and excellence. (*also external and internal customer)

We are a business committed to doing the right thing for our staff, the environment and society. We run a catering business that uses and sells no single use plastic and all our packaging is compostable. We do not use single use plastic in our head office and all our staff have been supplied with either a reusable water bottle or coffee cup. We run wellbeing initiatives which include a health cash plan, stakeholder pension scheme (5% employer contribution), Bike to Work scheme, flexible/agile working. We offer opportunities for our staff to volunteer at the social and other events that we run for our participants. We only want the best, most motivated people in NOW Group. Everything we do is focused on supporting people with learning difficulties and autism into jobs with a future. It’s in our DNA. We are socially focused and expect our staff to be entrepreneurial. We are constantly changing, evolving and innovating so expect change.

Professional & personal development opportunities.