Project Support Manager

Project Support Manager - Early Years Professional Development Programme (EYPDP)

Location: Home based or London hybrid

Salary: Home based £30,533-£32,078 or London hybrid £33,183-£34,863

Contract: Fixed term – two years in the first instance

Start date: as soon as possible.

We are Speech and Language UK (formerly I CAN) – we want every child to face the future with confidence. For 1.7 million children in the UK learning to talk and understand words feels like an impossible hurdle. We want to reach children earlier to make sure every child has the skills to face the future. We design innovative tools and training for nursery staff and teachers, give families the confidence and skills to help their child and put pressure on politicians to prioritise support for children.

We’re thrilled to be working with the Education Development Trust to deliver Phase 3 of the Early Years Professional Development Programme (EYPDP). Through this programme funded by the DfE we will provide a blended mix of online e-Learning and facilitated webinars for up to 10,000 Early Years Practitioners (EYPs).  The programme will run over a two-year period. It starts in February 2023 and there are staggered start dates for the four cohorts of EYPs who will take part.  Each EYP will receive training in three learning modules Communication and Language, early Mathematics and Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED). This is an amazing opportunity to be involved in embedding the best practice to support our youngest children and give them the best start in learning.

We’re keen to recruit a Project Support Manager who will work closely with the Programme Lead to develop a robust project plan for achieving our key goals; recruit the workforce we need to deliver the training activities and have appropriate systems / processes to provide a positive experience both for the participating practitioners and for the teams of Programme Trainers who will deliver the content.

We are keen to hear from you if you are an experienced project manager with

  • Experience of using and supporting others to use project management approaches, systems, tools, and practices with non-project professionals.
  • Experience in people management, with a focus on supporting professional growth and development.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build and manage effective working relationships with internal, external, and senior stakeholders.

Does this sound like you? We would love to hear from you if that is the case.

To apply, please submit your up to date CV and a covering letter addressing how you meet the criteria above to  by midday on Monday 23rd January 2023. Interviews will take place on 31st January 2023.

If you would like an informal discussion about the role please contact Carol Payne, Deputy CEO


Speech and Language UK works within the government’s Covid-19 guidelines.

Please note that we will not close applications before this time and date as we recognise that candidates put in a lot of time and effort into making an application and we want to give each of you the time and space to put in an application you feel proud of.

Please note that we will not shortlist candidates who do not submit both a CV and a completed question pack.

Speech and Language is passionate about promoting equality, valuing diversity and working inclusively. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons particularly Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and LGBTQ+ applicants, as these groups are currently under-represented in our workforce.

We are committed to safer recruitment practices and to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced Criminal Records check.



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