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Best Practice College Network Project Manager

Role: Best Practice College Network Project Manager
Salary:  Up to £35,000 pro rata
Directorate/Unit: Planning Funding and Impact
Contract: Full time, fixed term to March 2021

WorldSkills UK is an independent charity and a partnership between employers, education and governments. Together, we are raising standards in apprenticeships and technical education so more young people get the best start in work and life.

We are part of WorldSkills, a global movement supported by over 80 member countries, which celebrates young people achieving world-class standards in the biennial ‘skills olympics’. As the only skills charity which can bring this global benchmarking back into the UK, we have the unique assets, resources and networks to help raise training standards and improve young people’s technical and soft skills-set and resilient mindset to ever higher standards.

We inspire young people via our careers advice resources to choose excellence through apprenticeships and technical education as a prestigious career route on their path to reaching their potential, whatever their background. We develop excellence in young people by testing and assessing their skills and knowledge against their peers through our national and international competitions programmes, improving their confidence and potential. We innovate to mainstream global excellence to help improve the standard of teaching, training and assessment through international benchmarking to help young people, employers and the UK economy succeed.

At WorldSkills UK we strongly value diversity and recognise that it is critical to our success. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all who work with us and strongly welcome applications from diverse backgrounds. WorldSkills UK is an equal opportunities employer that encourages applications from anyone who meets the specific criteria of the post regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender reassignment, marital and civil partnership status, pregnancy, religion or belief or sexual orientation. We are particularly encouraging applications from those from diverse groups, such as women and members of the BAME communities, to join us as at WorldSkills UK.

Role Purpose
WorldSkills UK as an organisation is shifting. The focus is on its ambition to deliver and to create a reputation for inspiring, developing and innovating skills to mainstream excellence throughout technical education and business. To achieve this, we work extensively with and through a network for organisations, in particular those in the further education sector.

The purpose of this role is to create and deliver a strategic network of further education (FE) colleges which will work with WorldSkills UK and together to exchange good practice, develop insights and build expertise in areas that help embed excellence, including benchmarking nationally and globally and mainstreaming excellence.

This role requires a Project Manager who has a strong understanding and interest in the further education and skills sector and who can understand and interpret public affairs and policy work, taking conceptual ideas and building a well-crafted proposition to drive long-term development and investment partnership opportunities. Activities will include: supporting the delivery of a range of events eg by managing the invitation and registration process, and providing technical support for online events, providing project office duties for significant research projects and supporting the procurement process.

Information pack for the role of Best Practice College Network Project Manager

How to apply
Applications should be submitted no later 9am on Monday 5 October 2020 by email to Meryem Ozbiloglu, Senior Human Resources Manager at and must include:

  • a curriculum vitae detailing your full career history; an
  • a supporting statement with evidence of your suitability for the role, taking into account the points listed in the role description and person specification (throughout the recruitment process we will be looking for examples and evidence of your experience, knowledge and skills).

WorldSkills UK is committed to making appointments on merit by fair and open processes and use a blind recruitment approach. Please ensure that you submit your application in Word to help us in this process.

Diversity Monitoring
Applicants are also asked to complete a Diversity Monitoring Questionnaire.
As an organisation that is continually striving to ensure it is both diverse and inclusive in all areas of its recruitment and employment processes, we would like to collect some additional details from you. This information is classed as sensitive data and you are not obliged to give it to us. You will not be disadvantaged in any way should you choose not to. The information you supply is not used to process your application, nor does anyone directly responsible for the recruitment process ever have access to it. The data is pseudonymised and used by our HR team to understand how best to meet our diversity and inclusivity targets.