Head of Skills Recovery (Internal Only)

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16 Summer Lane
circa £70,000
11 Oct 2021
25 Oct 2021
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Please note: we are working hard to create a space for our employees to search and apply for jobs within the Combined Authority. Until this time, we are publishing 'Internal Only' jobs externally. This role is only open to employees of the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Productivity & Skills, the employment, education and skills arm of the West Midlands Combined Authority is committed to ensuring that every resident can reach their potential and that business growth is accelerated through access to a skilled workforce. We focus on improving skill levels, tackling poor connectivity and increasing employment opportunities. We help more people access high quality training and employment opportunities, increase skills levels in priority growth sectors and create a responsive regional skills system that provides people with the skills to sustain good jobs and careers. 

As Head of Skills Recovery you will lead the region-wide delivery of the West Midlands Combined Authority’s ‘Jobs Plan’; linking residents to employment opportunities, building on local initiatives, and influencing the way in which national programmes are run.

What will you be doing?

  • Design short-term approaches and longer term operating models that enable businesses to recruit locally using the skills solutions offered by WMCA and partners, primarily SWAPs, Kickstart and apprenticeships
  • Lead a team that will support skills recovery and job creation
  • Act as a representative of WMCA to a range of external stakeholders, including government, businesses and professional bodies
  • Oversee the WMCA’s relationship with DWP, and its senior officials, to ensure that Kickstart, Restart and other national programmes are effective in linking residents to opportunities
  • Provide skills-related input to broader economic plans, including Plan for Growth, Inward Investment and Regional Skills Plan
  • Support the strategic development of colleges and training providers to become the bedrock of support to employers on skills advice. Developing the strategic case, influencing the approach and building consensus by working closely with senior leaders
  • Lead on the WMCA’s approach for increasing Apprenticeships
  • Work cross-functionally with Marketing to develop campaigns that engage businesses and support engagement and delivery
  • Keep up to date with policy developments specifically around the Plan for Jobs, support the influencing of policy and identify policy issues that have potential for WMCA involvement and opportunity
  • Develop and implement new operational models in relation to the engagement of businesses to securing inclusive jobs
  • Work with Local Authority regeneration directors and the Growth Hubs to secure a region wide approach to securing and tracking inclusive jobs

About you

  • A relevant degree, management qualification or equivalent experience would be essential with demonstration of continuous professional development and post-graduate qualifications, desirable
  • Evidence of developing strategic initiatives that influence change in the employment support and skills sector
  • Operational knowledge and expertise applied in a skills and education sector. For example:
  • Communication and interpersonal skills required to influence at a strategic level, able to confidently persuade and inform key senior stakeholders such as DWP
  • Evidence of developing written proposals for Government, with the ability to lead and facilitate cross-partner responses
  • Demonstrable record of working in matrix teams internally and externally to the organisation
  • Ability to prioritise and meet tight deadlines

Supporting documents
Head of skills recovery.docx

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