Associate Director For Vocational and Technical Qualifications (VTQ) Assessment Delivery

Job Roles:
Director, Executive Director
Organisation Type:
Other Workplaces
Government/Local Authority
Contract Type:
Full Time
Subject Area:
West Midlands
Contract Term:
Salary Description:
£63,000 - £71,050 per annum
26th Mar 2020
Start Date:
Job Ref:


Coventry, West Midlands, CV1 3BH

About the job


As England’s independent regulator of qualifications, examinations and assessments, Ofqual’s job is to maintain standards, to make sure that qualifications accurately reflect the knowledge and skills people have attained through a range of different learning methods.

We work with other Civil Service departments across the spectrum of education to deliver on our priorities and to ensure the best possible outcomes for learners in England.

Job description

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Our work in Apprenticeships has increased over recent years, and will be growing again over the next two years as more end-point assessments become regulated.

This Associate Director role will report to the Director of Operations for Vocational and Technical Qualifications and will lead on the creation of new Apprenticeships Field Team.

This is a critical new function, designed to provide assurance that assessments are delivered appropriately and consistently; to secure evidence and insight that can be used secure that Apprenticeship End Point Assessments deliver a sufficiently valid and reliable measure of occupational competence.

The Associate Director must ensure that the work of the field team is driven by risk, intelligence and relevant strategic priorities.

You will be responsible for making sure that field work approaches are adaptable and targeted.

You work will range between very broad thematic activities looking across or within apprenticeships standards, industry sectors or assessment methodologies to highly specific activity looking at aspects of single provider, niche provision.

The field team’s activity will routinely include working alongside Professional Body and Employer representatives and the Associate Director will need to work with the wider VTQ leadership team and external organisations including the Institute for Apprenticeships to draw on and maximise the impact of sector expertise.

Ofqual is a rewarding, dynamic place to work. Diversity & Inclusion is important to us. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable adjustments to participate in the job application or interview process, and whatever your background or ethnicity please feel very welcome to apply!


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

Communicating and Influencing
Working Together
Making Effective Decisions


As a Civil Servant, you will benefit from a leading, modern employment offer which includes flexible working arrangements that support people at different stages in their lives, and pensions among the best available in the UK, as well as generous annual leave entitlements.

Other benefits you can enjoy include:

• Performance Related Pay scheme
• Cycle-to-work scheme
• Regular professional development
• Health and well being initiatives such as mini-medicals, flu vaccinations,
• Employee assistance programme and occupational health
• Free eye tests and contribution towards lenses/spectacles for VDU users, if appropriate
• Family friendly policies
• Interest free season ticket loan
• Access to exclusive discounts
• A working culture which encourages inclusion and diversity

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours.

We may also assess Strengths associated with the role. We do not advertise the Strengths being tested as we want to hear your first, unrehearsed, natural response to Strength questions.

Interview dates - TBC May 2020 (subject to change)

We might also ask you to complete a task or presentation on the day of your interview. We’ll provide more information after shortlisting.

If you are shortlisted for interview, the final panel interviews will be held in our Coventry Offices. You will be advised of the format in advance.

Expenses incurred by candidates during the recruitment process will not be reimbursed.

Ofqual has adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel.

Please ensure that you evidence how you meet the essential criteria highlighted on the job description and person specification.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend interview.

There may be a reserve list from which further appointments could be made.

Reasonable adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should tell us what changes or help you might need further in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional. You should contact us at to discuss your needs.

If you require assistance at any time, please contact us at

Please submit your application by 19th April 2020 @ 23:55pm.

“We have the opportunity here, through our investment in IT, to offer a very flexible range of ways to meet you for interview. Ofqual employees are now working remotely due to the current guidance in relation to COVID-19. As a result, you may be asked to use digital tools as your application progresses. If so, one of our resourcing colleagues will be on hand to answers any queries you may have throughout the process. Thank you for your understanding at this time.”

Working for the Civil Service.

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates.

Ofqual is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from candidates regardless of ethnic origin, religious belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age or any factor unrelated to someone's ability to perform the job.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

Name : Ofqual Recruitment Team
Email :

Recruitment team :

Email :

Further information

Our recruitment process is underpinned by the principle of appointment on the basis of fair and open competition and appointment on merit, as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ recruitment principles. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should first contact Ofqual by email: If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, you can contact the Civil Service Commission, which regulates all Civil Service recruitment.

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Contact Details:
Tel: 0300 303 3344
Contact: Ofqual Recruitment Team

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