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Head of Faculty Foundation Skills

Birmingham City Council
Birmingham, UK
£49,498 - £61,269
Closing date
17 Jun 2024

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Head of Faculty for Foundation Skills


Grade 6 - £49,498 - £61,269 Consultation grade - subject to formal evaluation under the Pay Equity Review

Working 36.5 hours per week

Are you the one to lead our Faculty for Foundation Skills to the next level? 

As a member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT),you will play a pivotal role in guiding BAES to new heights of success. Your expertise, insights, and commitment will contribute to shaping and improving learner experience and outcomes and fostering an environment of innovation and inclusivity.

This Faculty within BAES is one of the largest providers of English/Maths Adult Skills Qualifications in England with a growing discrete offer for adults with disabilities and/or learning difficulties. With qualifications ranging from pre-entry to Level 2, including Functional Skills and GCSEs, we are as proud of our enrichment offer, development of transferable skills and progression rates as we are of our sector-outperforming achievement rates. 

You will have the opportunity to shape the next phase of the Faculty’s journey as part of our broader aspiration towards outstanding. You will be leading a committed, caring and ambitious team of talented managers and teachers singularly focused on delivering the highest quality of innovative and learner-centred outcomes.

BAES was last inspected in March 2019 where Ofsted issued a ‘Good’ grade for Overall Effectiveness. Our philosophy is to provide the best learner experience for every learner for every day of their time with BAES and deliver the improvements and innovation to maximise outcomes for the people, communities, and businesses we serve. On recognition of our ambition and impact we are aiming to demonstrate ‘Outstanding status’ to Ofsted.

If you have the vision, experience, and curriculum/people skills, a proven record of impact and like to add value, working with a supportive and strategic SLT as well as external stakeholders, then we would be delighted to hear from you. 

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. 

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.

Birmingham City Council is an accredited Disability Confident Leader employer, and we are committed to employing, retaining and developing all of our people.

We want to ensure your recruitment journey with us is a positive and equitable one, so please let us know if there are any reasonable adjustments, additional support, accessibility needs, or if there is any way in which we can support you through your application.

Closing date 17 June 2024 at 23.59.  

Interviews (in-person) will take place w/c 1st July 2024.

For any informal enquires please contact: email, to book an appointment with Ilgun Yusuf the Principal

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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.

Non-UK applicants (excluding Ireland) would be required to hold a relevant Visa from the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).

2137 - HoF Foundation Skills - Recruitment Pack.docx

2137 - Plan on a Page - BAES 2024-2027.doc

2137 - BAES SLT Structure 20 Feb 2024.docx

2137 - BAES Foundation Skills Structure 20 Feb 2024.docx 2137 - Head of Faculty Foundation Skills JDPS.doc


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

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