About us

Here at the Co-operative College, we’ve always done things differently. Born over 100 years ago out of a need for radical education that fights for social justice, our mission hasn’t changed.

We are fearless thinkers, innovators and passionate about change. We are small, but have big plans to make the world a more co-operative place. One where we all work together to put learning at the heart of our communities, workplaces and homes. 

We invite you to join us as we pioneer a future that benefits more than just a select few. This is education done with, not to people. We’re committed to inspiring a whole new generation of co-operators through the values and principles set out by the founders of our movement. 

It’s a big, beautiful, colourful world out there and we should celebrate that. That’s why we’re working hard to be a fully diverse and inclusive place to work. Every day we strive to create an atmosphere where everyone feels valued, listened to, supported and where we can do our best work. Sure, there’s always more that can be done. But together with our team, learners, partners and community, we can make everyone welcome.  

We welcome applications from everyone irrespective of ethnicity, but as members of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups are currently under-represented in the organisation we particularly encourage applications from BAME candidates. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

If anything prevents you from following our online application process, please contact us via [email protected] so we can provide an alternative way for you to apply. We are happy to make adjustments to our hiring process to ensure we are accessible to everyone – please let us know what we can do to support you.  

Up for the challenge? Keep reading.

Hints and tips

Before making an application, make sure you have a look around our site. There's lots of information available in our About Us pages, whilst you'll find out what co-operative values are and why they're so important here.

Our latest vacancies

Great News - we're hiring! Check out our latest vacancy below.

Business Development Officer

Location: Home based with occasional travel to our Manchester hub

Contract: Permanent 

Salary: £24,000 - £30,000 pro rata, depending on experience 

Contracted Hours: 4 days per week

Responsible To: Head of Business Development

We're looking for a Business Development Officer to help drive our product development, build new relationships and share the inspirational work we do here at the College.

As our Business Development Officer you'll work closely with the Head of Business Development, reviewing our current and potential services and the wider market, identifying potential clients, competitors, barriers and opportunities.

You'll be part of a team that's pioneering a future that benefits more than just a select few. One where education is done with, not to people. We’re committed to inspiring a whole new generation of co-operators through the values and principles set out by the founders of our movement. 

How to apply

You'll find all the information you need in the key documents section below. When completing your application, pay close attention to the requirements detailed on both the person specification and job description pages. If you have any questions about the role please contact [email protected].

All applicants must submit a completed application form and send through to [email protected] ahead of the closing date.

Closing date: Midday, Monday 21 June.

Key documents

Candidate pack including role and job specification

Application form