HITZ Learning and Development Officer

Sale Sharks Foundation is the official charity of Sale Sharks Rugby Club.

We work hard every day to deliver our mission to inspire, support and deliver change to communities across the North West to people of all ages and abilities.

We work with over 12,000 people annually in three key areas: Community Engagement, Education and Rugby Development. Our highly skilled, dynamic and passionate team now deliver over 50 community projects that change the lives of a huge spectrum of people across the North West; from children and young people right through to senior citizens.

We believe in the immense power of our sport being used to positively transform people’s lives. We believe the North West is a home to extraordinary people like you. This is your chance to be part of our story!

The charity is now looking to recruit to the role of Mentoring and Learning Officer to work on the Foundation’s new Sharks on Track Mentoring Programme.

Job Description

Job Title: Learning and Development Officer

Hours of Work: Full-time 37.5 hours per week

Location: Sale West Community Centre

Starting Salary: £20,000 – £26,000

Reporting to: Education Programme Manager

Closing date: Wednesday 12th October 2022

As a Learning and Development Officer for the Employability programme for Sale Sharks Foundation, you will be responsible for the leadership, organisation and delivery of the HITZ employability programme. This programme works with 16-19 year old young people, providing support to help them gain essential qualifications and progress into training, apprenticeships or employment.    

The successful candidate will support the delivery of Employability Qualifications, recruiting and engaging young people onto the programme, developing work experience and enrichment activities, and supporting learner progressions into training and employment.  The post holder will also support the delivery of the HITZ on Track programme in Secondary schools.    

The Learning and Development Officer will work alongside a YMCA HITZ Tutor who will have responsibility for English and Maths and planning, delivery and assessment for all learners.

Roles and Responsibilities

There are a number of key aspects to this role.  The successful candidate will;

Plan and deliver work preparation, issue-based sessions (e.g., drug and alcohol awareness, improving mental wellbeing, developing healthy relationships etc) and enrichment sessions.

Work alongside the YMCA HITZ Officer to develop and deliver schemes of work, session planning, initial assessment, programme timetabling, tracking systems and timetabled session delivery.

Recruit participants on to the HITZ programme including developing and maintaining a strong relationship with referral organisations.  Manage learner registration, Induction and completion of learner registration paperwork.

Keep accurate attendance and monitoring records for all sessions and contribute to the gathering and analysis of evaluation information on the systems for activities and individuals within those activities.

Develop placement opportunities and progress participants on to apprenticeship, job or further full-time education at a higher level.

Create media to ensure awareness of the work of Sale Sharks Foundation particularly across social media platforms and other club media channels. 

It is key to this role that candidates:

Understand and implement the Foundation’s Safeguarding policy, procedures and best practice guidelines and to use this understanding to ensure safe working practices, appropriate reporting of concerns and contribute positively to a safe environment

Continuously evaluate the success and standards of their work and that of others, through rigorous self and departmental reflection and analysis. This includes creating a CPD plan.

Are able to work flexible and unsociable hours where this is required by the role.

Demonstrate the Sale Sharks Foundation values at all times.Promote Sale Sharks Foundation and Sale Sharks brand and ethos in a professional and positive manner.

Be committed to applying and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion across Sale Sharks Foundation and comply with all Charity policies and procedures.

Person Specification


Strong academic record and a positive attitude towards professional development and own learning.

Proven ability to plan and deliver high quality classroom-based learning.

Experience of community work to engage young people in education or enrichment activities.

Experience of education or project monitoring and evaluation An understanding of safeguarding procedures.

A passion for the community and making a difference.

An ability to inspire others.

A friendly, positive ‘can do’ and courteous attitude.

A commitment to the aims, vision and values of Sharks Community Trust.

Ability to work within a team and foster good working relationships.

Excellent organisation and time management skills.

Excellent communication and motivation skills.

Willingness to work flexible hours Full driver’s license and use of a vehicle.

Sale Sharks Foundation expects professionalism, enthusiasm and dedication from its staff team. In return, you will get the following:

Uniform – Everyone will receive an allocation of Sale Sharks kit annually based on their role.

Pension – All employees will be enrolled in the Trust’s pension scheme and the Trust will match your contribution up to 3%.

Annual Leave – Everyone is entitled to 20 days holidays plus all bank holidays and extended days over Christmas. This allocation increases after three years’ service.

Club Shop Discount – Discount in the club shop to an agreed allowance.

Health Insurance – Foundation staff will be enrolled in the organisation’s Vitality health insurance scheme after a successful six-month probationary period.

Gym access – Access to the Sale Sharks High Performance Centre gym.

Match Tickets – Access to Sale Sharks home matches for both the men’s and women’s team.

CPD Opportunity – to develop yourself through a range of external and in house training.

Work Phone or Mobile Phone Allowance – Depending on your role at the Trust, you will either receive a work phone to complete your role or a phone allowance. Phone allowance ranges from £10-£20 per month.

Flexible Admin Working location – As agreed with line manager, admin work can be completed flexibly.

Management – Supportive and encouraging management group.

Role – Key role in changing lives in our communities.

Please send a CV and a covering letter setting out why you believe you are our ideal candidate to claire.hanrahan@salesharks.com.

Please do not hesitate to contact Claire if you would like to discuss the role in more detail on 0161 667 7519 or email her at the above email address.