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Head of Post 16, Skills and Employability

Birmingham City Council
Birmingham, UK
£62,986 - £81,154
Closing date
21 Feb 2024

Job Details

Head of Post 16 - Skills and Employability


Grade 7 - £62,986 - £81,154 Consultation grade - subject to formal evaluation under the Pay Equity Review

Working 36.5 hours per week

Our Children and Families leadership team is moving at pace, and we have created a new post that will significantly increase our ability to make a difference to Birmingham’s children and young people. This is your opportunity to help us to continue to develop strong relationships of trust and confidence across our City – relationships which tap into and build upon Birmingham’s outstanding community spirit.  We are proud of our schools and colleges and want to increase our leadership capacity to work better in partnership to ensure our children and young people thrive in their educational settings.

Birmingham is attracting much publicity right now and we are keen to ensure continued service delivery to our citizens and successful decision-making – that’s why we need people like you to join us to foster and ensure the delivery of essential frontline roles that benefit the lives of children and young people. Great councils need great leaders and our quest to deliver essential services to our citizens means that we want to hear about your strengths, skills, and experience and how you’ll contribute to our improvement journey.

The Role

We are looking for a highly motivated senior leader with extensive experience of partnership working and managing resources to join us as Head of Post 16, Skills & Employability.  You will lead a coordinated range of activity to ensure that the Council achieves its strategic aims and delivers its statutory duties with respect to employability and skills for young people post 16. 

You will take a lead strategic responsibility for developing our post 16 partner network and manage a a portfolio of services that includes 14-19 participation, 14–29 Progression Pathway for young people with Special Educational Needs along with youth skills and employability services.

We have a thriving post 16 sector in Birmingham, with experienced education leaders who want to work with us to tackle the high youth unemployment rates in our city and ensure that our young people can access the great opportunities that new business investment is bringing to Birmingham.

You must have extensive leadership and management of people in public or private sector.  You should thrive in a multi-functional and multi-service delivery environment and have good experience of developing and maintaining positive professional relationships to ensure collaboration across teams, service areas and external stakeholders. You should have experience of strong financial management, and managing transformation of services. 

We are leading a new relationship with our schools and colleges, developing an Inclusive City with our young people at the heart of the council’s business.  If you are looking to make a positive difference, then we would like to hear from you.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Helen Price (

You must upload a Supporting Statement via the attachments part of your application. This is required for shortlisting; you need to describe how your experience and skills fit the essential criteria for the role as specified in the Person Specification. If you do not attach your Supporting Statement, your application will not be considered. Please do not attach CVs as we do not accept them.

We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the communities we serve. Our data tells us that for this level of role, ethnic minorities are underrepresented and therefore we will use positive action to support us to achieve diverse shortlists. This may mean that recruitment times are a little longer, but we think this is worth it to achieve our aim.

Closing date 20 February 2024 at 23.59  

Ref: BCC1893

We welcome applications from people with caring responsibilities and flexible working options will be considered.

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be undertaken

Proof of Right to work in the UK will be required for all applicants in accordance with UK Home Office requirements, before any employment offer can be confirmed.

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Working for Birmingham City Council is more than just a job; it's about making life better for the 1 million plus people who live and work in the city.

We welcome people from diverse and underrepresented communities and encourage applications from, those with caring responsibilities, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, neurodivergent, disabled and LGBT+ people. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, we are committed to promoting and supporting the physical and mental health of all our staff and removing barriers to improve inclusion.   We are making significant strides to understand and continuously improve our employees’ experience and we are committed to implementing progressive diversity talent management.

Information for applicants with a disability

We are a proud Disability Confident Employer.  We encourage applicants to disclose disabilities, so we can support them fully during our recruitment process and make any necessary reasonable adjustments. Please contact: 0121 675 7070 option 3 (lines open between 8.45am to 5.15pm Monday to Friday).

If you require an application in an alternative format, such as Braille or you are unable to complete an application form via WMJOBS, please contact When you have completed your application form this can be returned to or for Braille applications these can be posted to, Recruitment Team, 2nd Floor, 10 Woodcock Street, B7 4BG.

The Council is a fantastic place to work. You will find an organisation that is both challenging and supportive; with a leadership impatiently adventurous in its pursuit of excellence. 

There is a clear vision which is ensuring that the Council is working for communities today and building for tomorrow, we focus our resources on five key priorities:

  • A Prosperous Birmingham: through a focus on inclusive economic growth, tackling unemployment, attracting inward investment, and maximising the benefits of the Commonwealth Games.
  • An Inclusive Birmingham: through a focus on tackling poverty and inequality, empowering citizens, promoting diversity and civic pride, and supporting and enabling all children and young people to thrive.
  • A Safe Birmingham: through a focus on making the city safer, safeguarding vulnerable citizens, increasing affordable housing, and tackling homelessness.
  • A Healthy Birmingham: through a focus on tackling health inequalities, encouraging physical activity and healthy living, supporting mental health, and improving outcomes for adults with disabilities and older people.
  • A Green Birmingham: through a focus on street cleanliness, improving air quality, continuing the route to net zero, and becoming a city of nature.

We see the Council’s role as providing strategic leadership – that’s being able to visualise a new future for the city and equipping others to share our vision. We want to ensure the provision of services for all, so we can support those least able to support themselves by working with partners and putting citizens and neighbourhoods at the heart of our decision-making.

We are always looking for people who put the customer at the centre of their approach, with a commitment to excellence to help us achieve our vision.  We will support you to develop and thrive in your role, building a pathway for long-term success, with lots of development opportunities, such as apprenticeships.

In return, we offer you excellent terms and conditions, generous annual leave, a great pension scheme, well-being support, annual travel passes and discounts at a number of city centre establishments.

Birmingham City Council is a Foundation Living wage employer - known as the Birmingham Living Wage. The Birmingham Living Wage, is determined by the Living Wage Foundation on an annual basis by the Centre of Research in Society Polity at Loughborough University. The current rate can be found at:

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0121 675 7070
Birmingham City Council
West Midlands
B2 2XU
United Kingdom

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