Head of Faculty, Skills & Employability

Job Roles:
Head of Department, Head of School/Faculty, Manager
Organisation Type:
Further Education
FE College
Contract Type:
Full Time
Subject Area:
North West
Contract Term:
Salary Description:
£41,203 - £45,027
24th Jul 2020
Start Date:
Oldham College
Job Ref:

Oldham College is a great career choice for ambitious professionals. With a “good” Ofsted rating, a Silver “TEF” assessment for our higher education provision, one of the best apprenticeship programmes in the region, excellent 16-18 results and truly outstanding GCSE English results, we are already a high performer.

But we want to deliver much more than this. Our ambition is to be “The Best Place to Learn and Work” and we have a clear Strategic Plan which sets out what this means and what we will do to deliver it. We will keep on improving and innovating, and we are investing in new provision, new facilities and new technology.

We expect a lot from you, so we want ambitious, open minded candidates, who are ready to give their best. But we give a lot in return, from training to pensions, our own benefits package, and one of the best and most helpful group of colleagues you could ever wish to meet. That’s true, by the way – ask almost anyone who has been here. Or come and see for yourself.

If you want to be outstanding, and want to help us achieve the same thing, then please apply.

We are looking for:

• Head of Faculty, Skills & Employability
• Salary £41,203 - £45,027

This is a very important role.

Alun Francis, our Principal, says, “This is a very important appointment, Skills and Employability is central to our plans for the future, and we are looking for high calibre candidates. We want people who love their subject area, are committed to keeping up to date, but also want the professional challenge of developing outstanding pedagogical practice. We are investing in the facilities, employer relationships and the skills and knowledge of our staff. We are looking for people who will respond to this, love their learners and enjoy the challenges and benefits of working at Oldham College”.

Alan Benvie, Assistant Principal says, Oldham College is a highly inclusive organisation and our Faculty of Skills & Employability exemplifies the ethos described above. If you too believe foundation learners deserve the absolute best opportunities and have the talent to build on this award winning Faculty, then we want to hear from you. Make a real difference, read on and get in touch.

Oldham College is a medium sized general further education college, with a turnover of almost £25m. It has one main campus in the centre of town, and this in the third phases of a £40m redevelopment which began in 2012. Higher education is taught on a second, dedicated campus, a short walk away. The College delivers a full range of work related education and training, including 16-18 programmes of study, T levels, apprenticeships, adult learning and higher education. It has over 5000 full-time students and 600 undergraduates.

The College is in the top quartile for 16-18 programmes of study and English GCSE resits, and in apprenticeship provision, but is the second highest performing provider Greater Manchester. The quality of its higher education provision is better than many established universities.

Joining our Journey:

When you join our college, our colleagues have access to numerous benefits and facilities:

• Generous Pension Scheme
• Employee Assistance Scheme
• Enhanced Maternity/Paternity provision
• Staff Development days/week (Jan, July, Aug)
• Free confidential counselling service
• Staff recognition awards
• Subsidised car parking
• On-site Day Nursery
• On-site hair and beauty salon and The Grange Theatre

The Role:

You will lead the Faculty of Skills & Employability which is our highly successful foundation learning provision.
You will have significant experience within further education and enjoy the challenge of working within a fast moving, highly dynamic foundation learning environment. You must be fully familiar with the issues affecting young people and adept at applying engagement strategies.
You will have operational responsibility for a range of Entry to Level 2 programmes covering a number of occupational areas. You will also lead our award winning Supported Internship and Pathways for Adulthood programmes.
You will be well versed in the SEND Code of Practice and be able to work with our SENDCo in leading the delivery of exemplary post 16 EHCP processes for our students.
You must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and show a flexible and professional attitude.

Further details including a Person Specification are included within the attached Job Description.

The role will require you to embed and work to the college’s values; working with Integrity, having Ambition to help our learners succeed and being Inclusive to learners and colleagues alike.

To apply for this vacancy please email an up to date CV and covering letter to recruitment@oldham.ac.uk before the closing date of Friday Monday 31st August 2020.

Download Documents

Closing Date:
Contact Details:
Oldham College
Tel: n/a
Contact: n/a

You may return to your current search results by clicking here.