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Training & Development Support Officer

Please Note: The application deadline for this post has now passed.


To support the expanding work of the Growing Younger Teams and the new Mission Learning and Development Team, we need to increase the capacity of our existing training and development support. The Training and Development Support Team are part of our wider HR Team and provide support to all those who plan and organise events relating to training, learning and development.

Post Introduction

Birmingham is the UK’s second city with the youngest urban population in Europe and one of the most lively and diverse regions. The Church of England Birmingham covers an area of nearly 300 square miles and includes parishes in the West Midlands including Birmingham and parts of Solihull, Sandwell, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.
Right at the heart of what we do there are over 187 Church of England places of worship with an average weekly attendance of 17,000 from a population of 1.5 million. These churches represent a wide scope of Church tradition and breadth of ethnicity.
It is a time of new opportunities and potential in the Church of England Birmingham as we seek to shape ministry for a changing church and world as part of our “Transforming Church - Shaping the Future” vision. 

Role Responsibility

The Training & Development Support Officer will (along with other T&D Support Officers) help to plan and organise local, regional and national events. This will include:

  • Liaising with event owners in order to identify their exact requirements
  • Arranging meetings
  • Creating online booking forms
  • Managing bookings for courses/conferences including reconciliation of course fees and expenses
  • Being the first point of contact for booking queries
  • Booking venues and rooms
  • Providing or arranging room set-up and pack-down as required
  • Organising catering
  • Liaising with speakers/trainers and other key people
  • Preparing training material, equipment, delegate packs and information (on-line or paper)
  • Producing information to promote events and any other newsletters or communications as required (liaising with the Communications Team as appropriate)
  • Being available on the day of the event (if required by the event owner) to ensure that all runs smoothly
  • Providing post-event evaluation (including data entry and analysis and producing reports for event owners)
  • Developing and maintaining event attendance database
  • Providing any other administration for the ongoing Training and Development processes for Clergy, Curates, Ordinands, Readers, Commissioned Lay Pastoral Ministers, Lay People in Churches and DBF Employees.

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for someone with:

  • Experience in planning and organising successful events
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate well with a wide range of different people
  • Ability to multi-task and remaining calm under pressure
  • Ability to work as part of a team and on their own without constant supervision
  • Project planning and organisation skills
  • Database input experience
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Dropbox and Outlook
  • Competent at formatting and editing resource documents
  • Experience with website editing/online booking
  • Attention to detail
  • Great customer service
  • An understanding of, and an appreciation for, the Christian ethos and values

About Us

Right at the heart of what we do there are 188 Church of England churches and worship centres with an average Sunday attendance of 14,000 from a population of 1.5 million. In these churches are clergy and church-goers representing a wide scope of Church tradition and breadth of ethnicity.

Around 165 paid priests, together with additional self-supporting ministers, offer spiritual and pastoral care in the parishes, together with retired clergy, readers, local ministry teams & other non-ordained ministers.

The ninth Bishop of Birmingham, The Rt Revd David Urquhart, was welcomed to Birmingham in November 2006. He leads the Church of England across the Diocese and has formed a team of senior staff. The Bishop shares his Episcopal oversight with the Suffragan Bishop of Aston.

In the heart of the city, Birmingham Cathedral, dedicated to St Philip, is led by the Dean, The Very Revd Catherine Ogle. It has been a place of Christian worship since 1715 and was designed by the English Baroque architect, Thomas Archer.

The Diocese is divided into two pastoral administrative areas led by the Archdeacon of Aston (The Ven Simon Heathfield) and the Archdeacon of Birmingham (The Ven Hayward Osborne). Each of these areas contains a number of Deaneries, or groups of parishes.

This role is one of many we are recruiting for as part of our vision for mission and ministry. To learn more about this role or others please click here

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