Birmingham, West Midlands (Hybrid)
WC1X, London
£34,935 - £40,800 per year
Permanent, Part-time
Job description

Training Manager (3-5 days) 

Location - hybrid working with a mix of some working remotely and a base in  London or Birmingham  

Band 4 Manager £34,935 - £40,800 

 We are seeking an experienced Training Manager to join us at Respond as we start our next three-year strategy for 2022-25. This is a new role and is integral to delivering on one of our key areas of strategic growth.   

Respond is entering its thirty first year as a charity and has grown from a small London based charity to a medium sized national charity in recent years.  Our mission is to reduce the impact of trauma in the lives of people with learning disabilities and autistic people, by developing trusting relationships, through psychotherapeutically informed services. 

Respond practices a “trauma informed approach”.  This means that we consider the impact of trauma in the lives of people with learning disabilities and autistic people, on individuals, families (or networks) and the whole social and political system. This approach enables space for reflection, specifically considering that the societal response to autistic people and people with learning disabilities can be traumatising. What this means for us is that we hold in mind the impact of trauma at all levels of the organisation, and all take part in regular reflective practice sessions to support us with our work.    

For this next three-year strategy period, we want to focus on where we can have the most impact, training is an key part of this enabling us to have increased reach and impact wider cultural change. Our training is based on the Respond model, which is systemic, trauma informed and psychodynamic. We believe our model which incorporates these three theoretical approaches has the highest level of impact and is therefore the most impactful way of working with people and families who have experienced repeated trauma 

We will be aiming to increase the reach and accessibility of our training, ensuring that all training is developed through consultation with people with lived experience from a diverse range of backgrounds. 

Until recently there have been a small group of staff who have been able to deliver the training. However, over the last year we have been steadily growing our team of Senior therapist/trainers in order that we can deliver more of our core trauma training. Some of our services have also been developing their own training connected to their service specialisms.  

We have been managing to develop the training courses and set up each commissioned training package without a centrally coordinated place for this within the organisation but it is now time to change this.  

The Senior Therapists who deliver the training are managed by other service managers, therefore, you will be comfortable leading on reviewing, developing and measuring the quality and impact of our training programme whilst working closely with the colleagues who deliver this directly and their line managers.  

We are looking for someone who has significant experience in overseeing a high quality project or training programme. There would be benefit if you were to have experience in the voluntary sector and/or of psychotherapy. You will need to have a strong interest in and commitment to the work we do in supporting our beneficiaries and building on our strong reputation. You will also need to have excellent relationship building skills enabling you to build strong partnerships within the organization as well as building trust and confidence with a variety of stakeholders outside of the organisation.  

We are keen to encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates who are both interested in leading services, as well as supporting people with learning disabilities and autistic people who have experienced trauma.    

We are committed to the furthering of human rights, equality, and positive social change through our therapeutic, advocacy and training and are committed to anti-racism and other forms of anti-discriminatory practice. We recognise that we need to continually keep this as a focus in our work and as an integral part of our organisational strategy.   

We celebrate diversity as an employer and as a provider of services to people who often experience multiple discriminations because of (but not limited to) being autistic or having a learning disability and experiences of trauma.  

If you’d like to find out more about this role, please read through the job description and our person specification.  

When you apply, please make sure that you address the points in the person specification in your statement.   Your statement should be no more than 2 sides of A4.  


If you’ve got any other questions please direct them by email to Noelle Blackman, CEO

    Deadline for applications – 12th  July 2022 

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible. 


First stage online – On the morning of July 18th or afternoon of 20th July (please specify which you would be available for)  

Second stage in person in London –  afternoon of 26th July 



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Posted on: 21 June 2022
Closed date: 12 July 2022 at 23:59
Tags: Training

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