Apprenticeships Strategy and Funding Policy

Job details
Posting date: 16 October 2019
Salary: £49,269 to £56,863 per year
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 15 November 2019
Location: Sheffield
Company: Government Recruitment Service
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: 14616

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The Apprenticeships programme is one of the most exciting priorities for the Government and has been identified as a Secretary of State priority within the Department.

We are looking for up to three high-performing Grade 7s to lead a diverse range of work within the Apprenticeships Funding and Strategy Team.

This team sits at the centre of the Directorate, influencing the direction of travel across the entire programme and ensuring that reforms to the apprenticeships system are delivered with creativity and vision in a coordinated and timely way. We lead on the development of major cross-cutting policy, as well as the strategic financial management of the Government’s £2.5bn budget for apprenticeships.
This includes:

- Defining the future vision for the apprenticeships programme, the funding arrangements and the links with wider technical education reforms across the department (e.g. new T-level qualifications);

- Forecasting and planning for the future demand for and Government spend on apprenticeships, including engaging with HMT, BEIS and senior DfE officials to ensure Government funding is spent effectively; and

- Designing and implementing innovative policy and funding changes to ensure small employers have access to apprenticeships and can drive national productivity.

We are implementing significant reforms to the way that apprenticeships in England are designed, delivered and funded. We are putting employers in control and ensuring that English apprenticeships are world class and deliver the future skills that business needs. Working in apprenticeships policy provides an excellent opportunity for the successful individuals to work at the heart of a high-profile programme, engage frequently with ministers, senior officials and stakeholders, and grow their talents and develop new skills in a dynamic end-to-end policy and delivery environment

The key activities of the roles will include:

- Leading the development and implementation of cross-cutting policy and strategy projects to ensure the programme meets future political and financial challenges. This will include leading projects that are at the heart of our programme’s preparation for the 2020 Spending Review.

- Lead work to enhance the Department’s forecasting of future demand for apprenticeships, engaging analysts, external stakeholders, HMT and finance specialists, and to support strategic management of the Government’s apprenticeship budget.

- Lead the design and implementation of significant funding policy reforms, including to support fundamental changes to the way small employers access both apprenticeship training and funding.

- Work strategically across the programme, Department, Government and with external stakeholders to lead and solve policy challenges which deliver good outcomes for apprentices, employers and providers and respond to ministerial priorities.

We work flexibly across the Division to meet the demands of our busy Apprenticeships programme. It is highly likely that you will undertake activity across all areas of work.

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