APPLICATIONS CLOSED | Part-time Training Administrator role

Contract type: Permanent (subject to a probationary period of 6 months)

Hours: 22.5 hours p/week (Must be able to work Thursday 9am – 5pm; remaining 15 hours are flexible, to be agreed with your line manager), including very occasional evening work and weekend work

Salary: £25,000 p/annum (pro rata £15,000 p/annum)

Location: SIP’s central Bristol office during term time, with flexibility to work from home out of term time

Purpose of the post:

  • To provide overall administrative support for SIP’s training programmes and trainees, students, and participants.
  • To work with other staff members to ensure the smooth running of the organisation.
  • The Training Administrator is managed by the Head of Training, and may also be tasked by the Training sub-Committee Leads (in agreement with HoT&E) on aspects of training delivery and assessment.

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SIP offers a number of courses in psychoanalytic thinking and applications as standalone courses and British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) accredited clinical trainings in Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.

At any one time there are between 45 – 60 individuals from a variety of professional backgrounds following our training programmes. Our seminars are led by a wide variety of up to 25 experienced Psychoanalytical and Psychodynamic Psychotherapists who are all members of SIP (or other BPC Member Institutes) delivering the programmes on a freelance basis around their clinical commitments. This gives our student body the opportunity to interact with a wide range of experienced therapists during their training.

Although our student numbers are small, their individual learning pathways are specific to them and, as a result, the role of the Training Administrator needs to support a reasonable amount of complexity in assisting the curriculum to be delivered each year to a student body who may spend several years working with us as part of their overall experience and training to qualify as a psychotherapist, whilst many of them manage a ‘day-job’ too.

Training is delivered at SIP in three ten-week blocks each year, which are split into five- week segments either side of the Bristol schools’ three designated half-term holidays, and delivered on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoon/evenings. The period between February and July is the busiest time of the year in this role as one academic year comes to an end and recruitment starts for the next one. The Training Administrator will have many ‘open loops’ during this part of their working year, where they will need to manage different priorities and effective task switching between different activities, students, and members of SIP during one working day. In essence, this is a post done in non-standard working hours supporting others also working non- standard hours following an academic calendar.


This role will appeal to candidates with some proven administrative experience, perhaps either those with experience in the voluntary or education sector or those seeking to broaden their portfolio to include those contexts. It could also appeal to someone seeking a new challenge in a part time role.

*Please note:

  • We are only able to accept applications from those with the right to live and work in the UK
  • The successful applicant will be subject to a DBS check