Validation Officer Technical Education in Department for International Trade DIT Lyneham,England,UnitedKingdom

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Defence School of Electronic and Mechanical Engineering (DSEME) Lyneham


About the job

We are looking to appoint a Validation Officer Technical Education within the Defence School of Electronic and Mechanical Engineering (DSEME) operating from MOD Lyneham, Wiltshire.

To be successful, candidates will have excellent IT skills to extensively use MS Office and specialist applications which includes Training Administration and Financial Management Information System (TAFMIS) software.

You will have strong communication skills to effectively liaise with key Stakeholders.

Job Description

The post holder will work in the Exam Centre and Internal Validation Department (ECIV), a mixed team consisting of MOD Civil Servants, Contracted Staff, and Military personnel, and will be responsible to the Head of ECIV. The key tasks of the Department are as follows:

  • Internal Validation. Management of the Internal Validation process to determine the effectiveness and efficiency of the Training Delivery conducted by DSEME Lyneham.
  • Accreditation. As an Approved Accreditation Centre, operate within the Awarding Body’s qualification frameworks, to deliver regulated qualifications, in accordance with set standards and Quality Assurance requirements.
  • Examination Management. Manage and direct effective verification and moderation assessment control, complying with the relevant course documentation in accordance with JSP822.

This position is advertised at 37 hours per week.

Job Description

  • Assessment Strategy and Specifications: being accountable to the DSEME Head of Validation & Accreditation, manage and direct effective assessment control, complying with the relevant Assessment Strategy, JSP 822 Part 4 , compliant for all elements of test & assessment activity assigned to the job holder’s responsibility.
  • Assessment Processes & Procedures: being accountable to the DSEME Head of Validation & Accreditation, to set appropriate and effective test and assessment methods to provide valid, reliable and fair evaluation of the transfer of learning against course learning objectives. Ensure test & assessment materials, examination question banks, marking guides and associated documentation are in good order to continually maintain the validity of assessment activity against training objectives. Carry out internal verification of assessment decisions.
  • Internal Quality Assurance (IQA): Conduct internal quality assurance (IQA) activity to monitor the quality of assessment judgements, including invigilation, to ensure consistent and reliable judgements are made across the School. Highlight any trends and/or development needs of assessors, and ensure all Accrediting Organisations procedures, and policies are adhered to and maintained to ensure DSEME meets compliance requirements. Attendance at Awarding Orgs External Quality Assurance (EQA) reviews for area of Validation Officer responsibility.
  • Internal Validation: Manage the data collection and evaluate data from end of phase training and end of course discussions. Analyse and investigate feedback to highlight and escalate any issues as required.

Monitor InVal feedback questionnaire completion rates for area(s) of responsibility, promoting and encouraging benefits of feedback to continually improve DSEME processes and practices.


Additional responsibilities as follows:

  • Manages the preparation and submission of training course content and supporting material for External Award Body validation and approval to enable the award of BSc, FD.
  • Manages the Schools production of course work and results required for the award board as detailed in the collaborative partner work instruction


Jobholder to have attained a Level 6 (or above) qualification in an engineering, science or maths subject.


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Changing and Improving
  • Working Together
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Leadership


Learning and development tailored to your role

An environment with flexible working options

A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity

A Civil Service pension

On site Gym

Free parking

On site dining facilities.

25 days paid annual leave rising (1 day per year) to 30 days upon completion of 5 years’ service

In addition to 8 public holidays per year.

The post does not offer relocation expenses.

External recruits who join the MOD who are new to the Civil Service will be subject to a six month probation period.

Please note: Expenses incurred for travel to interviews will not be reimbursed.

Please be advised that the Department is conducting a review of all pay related allowances which could impact on those allowances that the post currently being advertised attracts.

Any move to MOD 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”

“MOD Recruitment Satisfaction Survey – we may contact you regarding your experience to help us improve our customer satisfaction. The survey is voluntary and anonymous. You may however be given the opportunity to provide additional information to help us improve our service which includes the collection of some personal data as defined by the United Kingdom General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR). The MOD Privacy Notice sets out how we will use your personal data and your rights.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

A sift will be conducted soon after the closing date. Feedback will only be provided to applicants who are successful to interview stage.

Candidates will be required to provide a statement of suitability.

Candidates will be required to provide CV details to include: job history; qualification details and previous skills and experience.

As a result of the changes to the UK immigration rules which came in to effect on 1 January 2021, the Ministry of Defence will only offer sponsorship for a skilled worker visa under the points based system, where a role has been deemed to be business critical. The role currently being advertised has not been assessed as business critical and is therefore NOT open to applications from those who will require sponsorship under the points based system. Should you apply for this role and be found to require sponsorship, your application will be rejected and any provisional offer of employment withdrawn.

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

Nationality requirements

This Job Is Broadly Open To The Following Groups

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.

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Contact point for applicants

Job Contact

Recruitment Team

Further information

Please ensure you read the attached candidate information document prior to completing your application. Please refer to the attached Candidate Information guide.

Company: Department for International Trade DIT

Vacancy Type: Full Time 

Job Location: Lyneham,England,UnitedKingdom

Application Deadline: N/A

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