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Learning Pathways and Design Manager

Government Digital Services -

Full-time (Permanent)
£35,400 - £39,200. The base salary of this grade is £35,400.
Published on
12 February 2024
25 February 2024

Learning Design Team:

The Learning Design Team sits within the Workforce and Capability Team, our work is cross cutting delivering learning to both Government Digital and Data professionals as well as the wider Civil Service. Our most recent project was One Big Thing 2023, an ambitious project which saw over 40% of the Civil Service come together to improve their data skills.

Responding to the demands of the Government and the drive for change sees the team looking towards its next project which will focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI). If you have a passion for learning, are keen to be involved in projects that deliver real change and want to help the Government deliver for its citizens this could be the role for you.

As a learning pathways and design manager you’ll:

  • develop learning pathways for all Government Digital and Data roles on the capability framework
  • develop a re-skilling pathway into the profession for critical Government Digital and Data roles
  • review & evaluate external catalogue learning for relevance to Government Digital and Data and wider Civil Service digital skills, working with external stakeholders to enhance the offer
  • identify and report gaps in learning provision to meet Government Digital and Data ambition and suggest ways of filling the gaps
  • support the team to design, develop and deliver learning interventions targeting both Government Digital and Data colleagues and the wider Civil Service
  • support the learning design team with other projects as and when necessary

Person specification

This role requires:

  • understanding of user-centred design which can be applied to learner pathways and learning design
  • an excellent communicator with strong collaborative skills who can communicate with stakeholders at all levels
  • ability to analyse straightforward data and to adjust quickly to changing priorities and conditions
  • ability to generate new and innovative approaches to problems
  • ability to work effectively across boundaries and with external suppliers
  • an understanding of learning design and development in the e-learning field, or an interest in developing in this area   


The benefits of working at CDDO

There are many benefits including:

  • flexible hybrid working with flexi-time and the option to work part-time or condensed hours
  • a Civil Service Pension with an average employer contribution of 27%
  • 25 days of annual leave, increasing by a day each year up to a maximum of 30 days 
  • an extra day off for The King’s birthday
  • an in-year bonus scheme to recognise high performance
  • career progression and coaching, including a training budget for personal development
  • paid volunteering leave 
  • a focus on wellbeing with access to an employee assistance programme
  • job satisfaction from making government services easier to use and more inclusive for people across the UK
  • advances on pay, including for travel season tickets
  • death in service benefits
  • cycle to work scheme and facilities
  • access to children's holiday play schemes across different locations in central London
  • access to an employee discounts scheme
  • 10 learning days per year
  • volunteering opportunities (5 special leave days per year)
  • access to a suite of learning activities through Civil Service learning

CDDO offers hybrid working for all employees. This means that everyone does some working from home and also spends some time in their local office. You’ll agree to your hybrid working arrangement with your line manager in line with your preferences and business needs.

Any move to the Central Digital and Data Office from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at

Things you need to know

Selection process details

The standard selection process for roles at CDDO consists of:

  • a simple application screening process - We only ask for a CV and cover letter of up to 750 words. Important tip - please ensure that your cover letter includes how you meet the skills and experience listed in the “person specification” section above
  • a 60 minute video interview

In the event we receive a high number of applications, we will conduct an initial sift on the lead criteria which is: 

  • understanding of user centred design which can be applied to learner pathways and learning design

Depending on how many applications we get, there might also be an extra stage before the video interview, for example a phone interview or a technical exercise.

In the Civil Service, we use Success Profiles to evaluate your skills and ability. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, increases performance and improves diversity and inclusivity. We’ll be assessing your technical abilities, skills, experience and behaviours that are relevant to this role.

For this role we’ll be assessing you against the following Civil Service Behaviours

  • Communicating and influencing
  • Seeing the big picture 
  • Working together
  • Making effective decisions

Candidates that do not pass the interview but have demonstrated an acceptable standard may be considered for similar roles at a lower grade.

A reserve list will be held for a period of 12 months, from which further appointments can be made.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

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