Service Manager - Skills for Businesses

Service Manager – Skills for Businesses

Grade L Salary £40,113 – 46,446

Based In Leeds City Centre

Closing Date - 1 April 2019

The organisation

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an exceptional person who wants to play a leading role in reshaping our local economy and forging better futures for millions of people.

That’s precisely what is on offer at West Yorkshire Combined Authority where a £1bn devolution deal has put the Leeds City Region at the forefront of the Government’s Northern Powerhouse delivery agenda.

The Combined Authority brings together five districts plus York, the business community via Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and also takes in the former Passenger Transport Executive (branded Metro. Overall, the Combined Authority covers a population of around 2.5 million people and represents the largest economy outside London.

The role

We are looking to appoint an outstanding person to lead on the development and delivery of skills services to businesses. You will ensure that the LEP and Combined Authority delivers a comprehensive programme of activity to address the current and future skills needs of businesses, working closely with the Growth Service.

You will lead on the delivery of the ESF-funded [re]boot programme, to upskill individuals to access careers in skills shortage occupations. You will also work closely with colleagues to develop a clear offer to businesses including school engagement, Apprenticeships and workforce development.

You will be the lead point of contact for the ESF-funded Skills Service (delivered by the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges) to ensure alignment with the LEP’s products and services, and to support businesses from across the city region to access support for skills and training.

Please note: This role is part funded through European Social Fund.

The person

With detailed knowledge and understanding of local, regional and national skills policy, you will have extensive experience of engaging with businesses and intermediaries to address evidenced skills shortages.

You will have detailed knowledge and understanding of the skills and training products available to support businesses and individuals in Leeds City region and nationally, and the factors that influence businesses’ engagement with and investment in skills and training.

You will have demonstrable experience of building excellent networks and relationships with colleges, universities and training providers in Leeds City Region.

You will have experience of managing externally funded budgets.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s aim is to attract people from diverse backgrounds building an inclusive culture, we welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, race, gender, religion or beliefs, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation. In return we can offer a flexible and encouraging environment that will allow you to achieve your best work/life balance and career goals; with a range of benefits including a local government career average pension scheme and a fully funded travel MCard (zone 1-5). We are committed to enabling working parents to progress their careers and will consider requests for flexible working patterns and job share arrangements.

Secondments from the Combined Authority or external organisations will be considered for this post. In line with the Combined Authority’s Secondments Policy, internal applicants interested in a secondment must have 12 months’ service in their current role.

Please note:  Whilst it is our policy to recruit at SP1 for all appointments, each role has career salary progression, with incremental increases applicable in most cases on an annual basis.

Please submit your application by 1st April 2019.

Given the high volumes of applications we receive we are unable to respond to all applicants, therefore if you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date please assume that on this occasion you have not been successful.

Candidate information will be retained by West Yorkshire Combined Authority for 6 months unless you make a request for this to be deleted.

Apply online

Please read the Service Manager - Skills for Businesses Role Profile before applying for this post.

You can then Apply Here