Education Officer, EDT’s First Edition Programme

Position: Education Officer, EDT’s First Edition Programme

Location: 1 x North West England, 1 x South East England. Please note the roles
require significant travel within your region and occasional travel to support other regions.

Hours of work:  Full time (term time only will be considered)

Responsible to: Head of Programme, First Edition

Company:  EDT (Engineering Development Trust)

EDT is an independent registered educational charity that has been operating since 1984, running schemes across the UK to inspire and motivate young people to choose a course or career in science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM). For more information about EDT, visit the website

EDT’s First Edition programme provides STEM curriculum enrichment for young people age 9 to 16, offering hands-on activities. First Edition days are designed to excite and enlighten students on how STEM is fun, interesting, and results in a rewarding career.

Our activities cover a range of engineering, science, IT and maths challenges designed to inspire students of all ages.

First Edition

  • Enhances the curriculum, providing an interactive learning experience through stimulating hands-on activities
  • Provides students with information about STEM careers and study routes available
  • Engages and inspires students to shape their own future choices
  • Assists the Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) of the students, by encouraging teamwork, creativity, problem solving, time management, and innovation

In addition, the programme also offers STEM Family Challenge evenings. STEM Family Challenge provides a unique opportunity for schools to build and enhance relationships with their students and family members’ This after school event for all ages is designed to encourage young people to interact with family members through hands-on activities, whilst raising awareness of the future careers available in STEM. These events challenge misconceptions by informing young people and educating family members about the benefits of studying and working in STEM.

In the 2016/17 academic year the programme hosted 360 events to just over 25,000 young people across the UK. 

The First Edition programme is looking to recruit an Education Officer to deliver a range of STEM days and STEM Family Challenge events.

Main functions of the role:

1. Establish and cultivate relationships with key schools and colleges, building and sustaining excellent working relationships with designated lead contacts where pupils/students outreach and intervention is delivered.

  • Liaising with schools and teachers
  • Support and maintain the First Edition team’s relationship with host contacts. 

2. Contribute to the development of an inspirational STEM programme of hands–on experiments and activities for young people across all STEM subjects.

  • Creating new and exciting additions to our programme
  • Responding to feedback with continuous improvement of programmes
  • Supporting with the design of new student learning experiences as we continue to innovate our offer and explore new ways of achieving our mission.

3. Deliver interactive STEM programme for Key Stage 2-4, ensuring that activities are innovative and reflective of the National Curriculum and therefore meet teachers/pupils needs. Events take place at various locations across the country. 

  • Organising and delivering events for up to 120 students at various locations including schools, universities, employer premises and other appropriate venues
  • Adapting programmes to meet schools’ requirements
  • Delivering inspiring and engaging STEM experiences 

Ancillary to the main elements of the role, the role should be able to positively promote and engage the interest of teachers, parents, students and university staff, encouraging them to take part in the First Edition programme and to encourage participation in other EDT schemes.  EDT continually aspires to increase the number of student participants in all schemes.

You are required to undertake such other duties appropriate to the grade and content of the work as may reasonably be required of you.  Therefore, the list of duties in this job profile should not be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive.

The role is approximately a mix of delivery in school 80% of the time, and administration etc 20% of the time.   

Experience / skills required

  • Experience in an educational setting.
  • Comfortable working with large numbers of students – many of our events cater for up to 120 secondary school students.
  • Familiarity with the drive to increase the number of young people engaged in STEM.
  • Dynamic and engaging presentation skills with confidence to deliver activities to a large group of students.
  • Ability to write and plan interactive STEM workshops that are linked to the national curriculum.
  • Proactive and creative approach to problem solving.
  • Ability to successfully manage and prioritise workload received from a number of individuals with competing time lines.
  • Computer literate with excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Able to learn and follow processes.
  • Proven administrative and organisational skills.
  • Excellent customer facing / relationship management skills.

Preferred person specification:

  • A passion for working with and inspiring young people.
  • Empathy with the Trust’s aims and objectives.
  • A pro-active positive team player who brings enthusiasm and a flexible and helpful attitude to work.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work unsupervised, under pressure and use own initiative.
  • Approachable, adaptable, flexible and conscientious attitude.
  • Able to organise and plan own workload to meet deadlines.
  • A flexible approach to work with enthusiasm and passion as well as a genuine commitment to the programme.
  • The ability and willingness to undertake significant travel, including overnight stays.

Special conditions:

The post holder must be willing to apply for / hold and provide a copy to the employer of a valid and satisfactory enhanced DBS check at all times (Disclosure and Barring Service). A full, clean driving licence and unrestricted access to your own vehicle is required.  

Salary £22,000.

Working hours: 37.5 hours per week. Due to working with schools flexibility with hours will be required – including early starts, overnight stays and evening work.

Holiday entitlement: 25 days (20 of these to be taken in school holiday periods).

Should term time only working be required salary and holiday entitlement allowance will be calculated on a pro-rata basis. 


If you would like to discuss this role further please contact Caroline Gaskin, Head of Programme – 07850 294 036.

To apply please send a CV and covering letter to Caroline Gaskin, Head of Programme –

Closing date: Monday 18th September.

Interviews: Friday 6th October.