The Head of Apprenticeships and Employability you will take a lead role in the development and delivery of high quality Apprenticeship and Employability provision, measured through outstanding timely success rates, and high employer and apprenticeship and learner satisfaction rates. Leading and implementing the College’s Employer Engagement Strategy, including the building and maintenance of productive and supportive relationships with employers and other key stakeholders, you will work in partnership with Curriculum Leaders and other Leadership Team members to ensure positive progress and outcomes for apprentices and learners on employability programmes
1. RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
· Management and oversight of the effective delivery of Apprenticeship programmes both internally driven and via any partner, through the development of a College wide Apprenticeship plan. This includes compliance, monitoring, assessments, audit, data analysis to improve provision, timely recruitment and engagement of apprentices, and the team’s financial budget.
· Management and oversight of the effective delivery and coordination of other key activity including any AEB allocation of work
· Management and monitoring of all quality systems and standards in relation to Apprenticeship provision, and all other systems and processes related to Apprenticeships and Employability provision to ensure they are effective, accurate and timely.
· Ownership of the provision’s quality improvement plan, and accountability for putting interventions in place to ensure achievement of this plan.
· Provide effective team leadership and line management of the College’s Apprenticeship Team, undertaking ongoing performance reviews, carrying out appraisals and setting and monitoring progress against recruitment and financial KPIs
· To work with College faculty teams, MIS, and other members of the Senior Leadership & Management Team and external stakeholders in developing well targeted plans for apprenticeship and employability recruitment, achievement and growth
· In conjunction with the appropriate Curriculum leads, implement curriculum delivery plans to ensure the College meets or exceeds the performance, compliance and quality assurance requirements of the College and funding bodies
· With Curriculum leads, steer the development and implementation of the new Apprenticeship model (Levy and non-levy) and new Standards
· Manage a key account approach with employers, partners and all external stakeholders to ensure they are appropriately supported throughout our engagement with them
· Oversee the development and delivery of the College’s Employer Engagement strategy to ensure effective delivery of ESFA or other contracts or projects and that they meet the needs of local businesses and funding agencies
· Develop the college’s recruitment service to support employers to engage staff and fill vacancies, including Apprenticeships
· Liaise with local providers to understand their portfolio of provision when setting up partnerships and ensure there is no overlap with the colleges provision
· In conjunction with the Marketing team, oversee and coordinate the communications and promotion of success stories, share good practice and quality of services being delivered
· Keep up to date and accurate knowledge and understanding of all developments in apprenticeships and employability
· Ensure detailed, accurate knowledge and understanding of all ESFA and related Funding Rules and Regulations, and ensure updates are embedded and communicated to maximise quality & performance of provision in line with audit requirements
· To represent the College on appropriate provider forums at local, regional and national level to build the College’s reputation.
· To identify personal and professional staff development needs to meet the College’s Strategic and Operational Plan.
· To ensure continuous professional development (CPD) requirements as specified by the College and that may be identified during College processes, for example Appraisal.
· To participate in the College Appraisal Scheme.
· To be responsible for ensuring that the duties and responsibilities detailed in the College Health and Safety Policy are adhered to and carried out.
· To maintain awareness of the requirements of the College Health and Safety Policy.
· To read and apply the College Safeguarding procedures and to ensure that the duties and responsibilities detailed in the College Safeguarding Policy are adhered to and carried out.
· To read the College Single Equality Scheme and to act in accordance with statutory obligations under the equality duties and in compliance with current Equality and Diversity legislation.
· To ensure adherence to the College Data Protection Policy.
· To work to the College quality standards and systems within the context of the College quality systems.
· To undertake such other duties and responsibilities as are appropriate to this level of post.
1. THE PERSON
Essential skills and characteristics
· Experience of Ofsted inspections within an Apprenticeship provision, and detailed understanding of their expectations
· NVQ Level 4/5 or degree educated in management or business studies, or related qualifications paired with relevant work experience
· Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both verbal and non-verbal)
· Flexible, responsive and business orientated approach, with experience of regular problem solving and ability to prioritise
· Good analytical and data interpretation skills
· Experience of leading and performance managing a team
· Experience of successfully delivering income and recruitment targets within the FE and Skills sector for apprenticeship provision, and knowledge and understanding of FE Funding and compliance requirements
· Effective account management of employers and external partners/stakeholders
· Experience of managing and improving quality in apprenticeship provision
· Experience of managing Employability provision
· Experience of managing ESFA and other project-led provision
· Good report writing and numeracy skills
· Excellent organisational skills, and effective time and workload management
· Understanding of e-portfolios and experience of implementation
Please note that the nature of this post means that the post holder may need to travel from time to time to all the College centres and to other external venues
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT
Tenure of post: Permanent, all year round
Hours of work: 37 hours per week over 5 days
Salary: Up to £46,000 per annum
Leave: 35 days (including 4 closure days) + 5 days TOIL for evening duties + bank holidays
Pension: Local Government Pension Scheme (optional). This is an employee
and employer contributory pension scheme.
The Henley College is an Equal Opportunities Employer
The Henley College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of learners and expects all staff to share this commitment. This position is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check.