The Group Principal opportunity at the Inspire Education Group is a brilliant, newly created position that serves Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Leicestershire and Rutland. With the recent appointment of Rachel Nicholls to the role of Chief Executive, you will have ample opportunity to move the Inspire Education Group forward and fulfil their ambition and potential. The successful candidate will provide the strategy and oversight for the Group operations and will be directly accountable to the Corporation Board.
You will be instrumental in fostering and maintaining a clear vision for the future and leading the implementation of the Group’s strategic mission. Through promoting a culture of empowerment, you will support high-performing teams to ensure that an exceptional learner experience is always provided. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate experience of working in a Senior Management role within a complex organisation and be able to prove their experience of leading curriculum across all facets at a senior level.
As Group Principal you will be expected to play a key role in influencing the future direction of the further and higher education strategies that will impact on local and regional skills. To meet the needs of the communities, you will ensure that the Group delivers outstanding organisational and academic performance to maximise learner outcomes. In addition, you will maintain, negotiate, develop and grow effective and sustainable links with employers, the local authority and academic institutions in order to maximise income.
This role will allow you to play a significant part in the future of Inspire Education Group.
Inspire Education Group (IEG) was formed in August 2020 from the merger of Peterborough Regional College and New College Stamford. The Group also incorporates University Centre Peterborough and delivers specialist commercial training for employers locally, regionally and nationally though our award-winning commercial enterprises which includes Stamford Gas Training, MOT Training Centre and Anglia Professional Training.
Overall, the group is now responsible for 1,250 staff, 8,500 Further Education students, 800 Higher Education students and 1,400 apprentices. We offer a diverse and broad range of courses ranging from Entry Level to Level 6 programmes. These include A Levels at our Stamford site, and throughout the Group – Diploma and skill based courses, Access to Higher Education courses, HNCs, HNDs and Degrees through our University Centre Peterborough. We work with hundreds of employers across the region, delivering apprenticeships and bespoke tailored provision to suit their needs.
Our Higher Education provision at University Centre Peterborough (UCP) was established in 2007 and was previously a joint venture between Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) and Peterborough College. It has now become a wholly owned subsidiary of the Inspire Education Group and is approved by The Open University, Pearson and Bishop Grosseteste as an appropriate organisation to offer higher education programmes delivered at both the Peterborough and Stamford campuses. We also offer Performing Arts courses at our partners – Addict Dance Academy in Leicester and ESPA in Stamford.
People are at the heart of our Group, whether that is our students and trainees, our partners in industry and local services, or our staff who deliver outstanding education and training and shape our culture, ethos and values. We sit at the heart of the region’s schools and business networks providing skills and knowledge training to boost the economic prosperity of our local community, and our excellent reputation for student support and achievement coupled with superb facilities and resources provides students with an outstanding learning environment and progression opportunities.
As a £45million new college group we perform strongly, delivering an excellent learning experience for our students and achieving further improvement in educational achievements. Despite the ongoing real terms cuts to funding, the group posted a healthy surplus (in 2021) and met the threshold for ‘outstanding’ financial health. Our surpluses enable us to invest in buildings and resources to ensure we deliver the best possible learning experience for our students. It also ensures the group remains well-placed to meet future challenges as the further education sector engages with continuing funding, curriculum and assessment reform.
Culturally, IEG is a friendly, vibrant and ambitious place to work. Visitors and students frequently comment on our warm, extended-family feel where staff genuinely care about making a real difference. Our continued success is down to the hard work, determination and quality of these staff, and our ethos is one where everyone contributes to doing all we can to further the success of our students.
For an informal discussion about this role please contact Dan Bacon (07934 062726) or Ian Sackree (07795 271559).
If you wish to apply for this position, then please:
Complete the application form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading of “Group Principal” You should also complete the equal opportunities form and attach a CV. In your application please explain your motivation for applying and the knowledge and experience you can bring to the role and, in particular, your ability to meet the criteria laid out in the person specification. (NB – no more than 3 sides of A4, font 11, Arial).
Protocol will send an acknowledgement of receipt via email to all applicants within 24 hours. If you do not receive an acknowledgement, then please call Dan Bacon (07934 062726).
It is important that you give evidence of your experience and knowledge, showing how this matches the criteria set out in the person specification.
Please provide the names, addresses and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. We expect to take up references for candidates who have been shortlisted unless you tell us otherwise.
|Closing Date for Applications||Monday, 2 September 2022|
|Assessment Centre||Thursday, 15 September and Friday 16 September 2022|
Organisation: Inspire Education Group
Location: Peterborough & Stamford
Salary: £100,000 - £110,000 per annum
Posted date: 19/07/2022
Closing Date: 02/09/2022