Freelance L&D Trainer / Coach (NFP / Public Sector)
Who are our client and what’s this opportunity about?
Nice of you to ask…
They are a lively (and growing) company committed to their values and passionate about two things – high quality L&OD solutions, and chocolate.
The Partnership is a collection of ‘brands’ working towards one goal- making great learning, great fun for the next generation of senior leaders (from emerging leaders to middle management). Working alongside clients they provide learning and organisational development (L&OD) collaborations, tailoring their unique style to ensure that people quickly gain confidence, knowledge and skills that are retained and can be easily applied to drive improvements in the real world.
They believe in fun but take their business seriously and aspire to be for learning, what Innocent Smoothies was to healthy drinks. They want to be the most sought after, holistic learning and development solutions partner for large UK non-profit making organisations.
Their team of freelance trainers are central to their success. They work with a team of talented individuals who know what it takes to succeed at work, experiences that people can learn from (including failures) and an insatiable passion for fun learning.
The type of people who enjoy being part of their gang, are those people who like to build long-term relationships with organisations. They deliberately set their rates to allow their clients to work with them regularly over a longer-term. Their longest standing client has worked with them since 2009. (It also helps if you like chocolate).
Are they looking for experienced trainers? Not necessarily – what’s more important is your knowledge and passion for the subject. If you have the right personality, they can teach you how to teach.
Each of the trainers and coaches they work with has their own area expertise and passions (see the list of topics below). You’ll be working as a self-employed associate. When a job comes in that they think you’ll enjoy they’ll contact you to discuss it. If you’re happy to go ahead they’ll make all the arrangements, but you’re always welcome to say ‘no thanks’.
They can’t guarantee the level of work they will offer you though typically their trainers and coaches work with them between 1-10 times a month.
If you agree to take on training, it could be in-person, or online using MS Teams, Webex or Zoom. (Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with online delivery – they’ll help you to learn). For in-person training the majority of their clients are based in the South-East (London, Kent, Surrey, Sussex), so easy commuting to these locations would be ideal. For virtual learning, trainers/coaches can work from anywhere.
They expect their learning to be engaging and follow their philosophy. They’ll give you all the materials and session details you’ll need to deliver training, so all you have to do is read them through. Whilst they provide the session plan, they know sometimes you need to adapt for the needs of each group, so you’ll be able to ad lib when needed.
Whether you’ve delivered training or coaching, they do ask that you provide them with feedback to help them improve, and they ask that you complete at least 25 hours of your own continuing professional development each year. (That could be anything from reading relevant books, to attending seminars).
What expertise are you looking for?
They work mostly with frontline staff through to mid-level managers. THey work with clients on:
• Giving feedback
• Dealing with difficult behaviour
• Project Management
• Programme management
• Change management
• Leadership skills (compassionate leaders)
• Influencing and negotiating
• Time and resource management
• Train the trainer (effective virtual learning)
• Facilitation skills
• Coaching skills / group coaching
• Conversational skills for managers
• Communication skills
• Handling conflict
• Leading meetings
• Performance management
• Team building
• Problem solving and decision making
• Emotional intelligence
• Presentation skills
• Unconscious bias
Freelance L&D Trainer / Coach Requirements:
• Passion for learning; constantly curious.
• Enjoy ‘serious fun’.
• Confident and frankly a little bit of a show-off.
• Organised (they do need you to complete your paperwork sometimes).
• A contagious level of enthusiasm.
• Values ‘doing the right thing’ over ‘doing this right’.
• Build relationships easily.
Experience and qualifications:
• Proven track record and real-world experience in your preferred teaching topic (you’ll have stories to share and examples that people can learn from).
• Experience of presenting or speaking in front of groups of people.
• Ideally you will have experience with the public sector or with large non-profit making organisations.
• It would be great if you have professional qualifications and/or professional body memberships in your preferred topics to teach (but it’s not essential).
• Knowledge of MS Office (including PowerPoint, Word, Teams) would be an advantage.
Why work with us?
The flexibility to do what you love without worrying about marketing for new clients.
Being part of a team, but without the office politics.
A supportive environment: they provide an induction day for a new trainers and coaches that introduces you to their philosophy, shows you how they work and gives you a chance to ask questions.
Their day rates for training starts at £300 per day, plus expenses and every invoice is settled within 15-30 days. Never chase a payment! Typically, when they offer you work it will be part of a programme so can be several events with one client.
Make social connections: they know that freelancing can be isolating, so they make sure you have a chance to get together with other trainers. They have a WhatsApp group, and hold regular socials, and if you have a tough day, they’re happy for you to bend their ear until they can make you laugh.
Location: South East England
Pay: starting at £300 per day plus expenses
You may have experience of the following: Senior Manager, Freelance Trainer, Training Manager, Training Coach, Coaching, L&D Manager, Learning and Development Manager, L&D Professional, Training Delivery Manager, Public Sector, Not For Profit, Charity, etc.