Skills officer/Enterprise Co-ordinator - Harlow

Capita Managed Services
Little Laver
11 Jan 2018
16 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Skills officer/Enterprise Co-ordinator

Locations: Harlow, Goodman House

Contracts: Fixed term, until 31st August 2018

Hours: Full time, 37 per week

Salary: £25,000 - £34,999

The Role

The Enterprise Co-Ordinator is the pivotal role for Essex County Council, the Essex Employment and Skills Board and the national Careers and Enterprise Company's (CEC). The ultimate purpose of the role is to enable young people to be inspired and supported in making informed choices about their future and help them to achieve against those choices.

The Enterprise Coordinator sits at the heart of the Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN) to:

  • Help schools and colleges to improve their careers and enterprise activities and engage with the world of work
  • Enable employers and the self-employed to engage with and support schools and colleges
  • Enhance programmes and activities that are most effective in motivating young people, supporting independent choice and improving positive outcomes for young people.
  • Promote our wider agenda of raising awareness of Apprenticeships.

The Enterprise Coordinator will report to the Employability and Skills Manager (CEIAG Pre16) in the Employability and Skills Unit, and is responsible for recruiting Essex secondary schools to join this innovative Enterprise Adviser Network programme. The individual will match each school with an 'Enterprise Adviser' (Senior Leader volunteers drawn from the local business community) who will work with the school to support the organisation in developing an effective careers and enterprise strategy. The Enterprise Coordinator will work with secondary schools and colleges and their Enterprise Advisers to support in conducting an initial diagnostic of their existing strategy and then support in the development and optimisation of the school's Careers and Enterprise Strategy through engaging support from local business to undertake inspirational activities in school and also promote the provision of Apprenticeships with local businesses.

Role specific accountabilities

  • Establishing and developing the EAN governance within the South East LEP and growing the EAN locally by engaging and supporting a cluster of schools and Enterprise Advisers.
  • Building and maintaining effective relationships with senior leaders in local schools and colleges within the cluster, understanding their development needs and supporting EAs's in scoping, identifying and addressing these needs.
  • Recruiting senior level Enterprise Advisers (EA's) from local businesses and successfully matching them to schools and colleagues within the EAN.
  • Acting as an ambassador for Essex County Council and the Careers Enterprise Company to raise the profile of the EAN through utilising existing communications and marketing channels in order to engage with key local stakeholders.
  • Providing ongoing support to EA's including induction training, coordinating the EAN meetings and identifying and delivering ongoing training to meet individual EA's development needs.
  • Supporting CEC grant recipients to ensure they are coordinating delivering with the LEP and local EAN and providing feedback on them to your Regional Lead and the Investment Team.
  • Building and understand the local context of careers provision and providers including; NAS NCS, and JCP and how these fit with the national context.
  • As per the CEC reporting cycle contribute to the monitoring and impact tracking of the EAN by submitting the EAN register and other relevant documents in a timely fashion.
  • Attending CEC EC national and local training events and meeting to keep up to date with national and local developments.
  • Keeping up-to-date on the progress and success of the EAN and sharing this knowledge across the local and national network, the latter in the form of case studies to your Regional Lead.
  • Report progress and key issues to line manager (Employability and Skills Manager, Employability and Skills Unit) to ensure co-ordination with existing programmes within the unit.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Demonstrate experience of building relationships with leaders from schools, colleges and businesses
  • Demonstrate experience of leading the delivery of programmes or projects with multiple stakeholders
  • A strong track record of stakeholder engagement and management and of communicating with a variety of audiences, preferably in the education and careers sector
  • A demonstrable understanding of school culture and the challenges faced by schools in delivering careers and enterprise, and the current careers education and corporate social responsibility landscapes
  • Understand the relevant local and national policy relating to skills and economic development in particular key sectors including: Construction, Engineering & Advanced Manufacturing, Digital & IT, Finance, Health, Social Care and Transport & Logistics
  • Demonstrate understanding of the issues and barriers to employment faced by young people, and of what motivates young people
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to persuade a variety of audiences and encourage others to use new ways of working.

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

Working for Essex welcome applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of gender, race, disability, age or sexual orientation.

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