Head of Employer Engagement, Cheshire

Plus benefits including car allowance and bonus scheme etc

Posted 2 weeks ago | ref: 213996

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Protocol are proud to be working with a well respected national skills and training provider who due to continuous growth and development have created a new position for a true apprenticeship expert to join them and help lead the development and implementation of their apprenticeship strategy. 

The role will support employers to maximise both their individual and the whole industry’s ability to benefit fully from cultivating strong strategic level engagement with the employers, central government and key strategic partners, the Apprenticeship Lead will ensure a joined up approach and narrative around apprenticeships within our clients business.


 Role responsibilities

  • To support the Board and Members to develop and implement the Apprenticeship strategy, on a collaborative
  • To ensure that industry responses and collaborative lobbying takes place where and when appropriate informed by strong evidence and employer
  • To provide one-to-one expertise to industry members and internal stakeholders regarding apprenticeship activities and
  • To lead the shaping of content for apprenticeship communication, ensuring there is a clear communications strategy working with the Head of Membership Marketing
  • To partner with senior external stakeholders to support current industry apprenticeship activity and future needs of the
  • To engage, champion and instill understanding of apprenticeship
  • To support the Head of Membership and Strategy and the Head of Communications and Marketing to grow the network of SIP membership through added value in relation to apprenticeship
  • To manage the Standards Manager and Standards Manager- Universal Services ensuring that there is a clear annual plan of work that supports the development and implementation of the apprenticeship
  • To be an active part of the senior leadership team, contributing to the business


Key performance indicators 

    • Membership Retention & satisfaction levels
    • Increased levels of apprenticeship activity in the industry
    • Reduced barriers within industry body members to undertake apprenticeships
    • Positive Membership Feedback relating to products and Services
    • Increased Membership and Income
  • Essential Knowledge Skills and Qualifications


    • Significant experience in one or more of the following roles:
      • As an employer actively responsible for apprenticeship implementation and involved in strategic sector leadership activities
      • As a training provider advising employers on implementing apprenticeships
      • As a senior leader in a sector body leading the apprenticeship agenda
    • Experience of managing people either cross functionally or directly
    • Experience of developing communications
    • Experience of engaging with key govt. stakeholders in a senior capacity
    • Experience of operating within a commercial environment
    • Experience of operating at a strategic level Knowledge and Skills 
      • Understand the recent historic context of apprenticeships including the rationale and motivations for the English govt. reform agenda. Be able to clearly articulate how these have resulted in the structures, organisations and approaches. Provide ongoing critical analysis of the extent to which the reform agenda is successful and where it needs to change or be improved.
      • Understand apprenticeships from the perspective of the employer; be able to articulate the challenges faced in implementing apprenticeship programmes. Be able to utilize this understanding to design and deliver support in appropriate formats including one to one consultancy, workshops, documentation
      • Have a general understanding of the differences in structures and approaches within the nations with regard to apprenticeship development and delivery and their respective strengths and weaknesses
      • Be confident to provide advice and guidance to employers on the implementation of apprenticeships within their business from strategy setting to contracting and funding
      • Be able to analyse developments in policy, funding regulations and the wider skills landscape to understand the impact and identify potential opportunities and risk for employers and the company
      • Have an understanding of the provider landscape, the different types of providers and what good looks
      • Understand the compliance requirements of undertaking apprentices
      • Keep abreast of, and have current relevant understanding of the key trends in relation to apprenticeship policy and thinking with the ability to articulate these to employers and key stakeholders.


About Protocol

Protocol are the specialist full-service recruiter dedicated to education, training and skills. People are at the heart of everything we do. We place people first.

We’re more than a recruitment agency – we pride ourselves on our ongoing support and aftercare delivered by our expert team, and all our candidates benefit from free access to our exclusive online CPD portal, Learning Zone.

Whatever your career goals, we’ve got the right role for you. With a wide range of temporary and permanent positions available, from lecturing and training jobs to assessment and support staff roles, all with very competitive pay rates and benefits – your future is in good hands.


The legal bit

Protocol promotes equal rights and is an employment business under The Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003. Work is undertaken on a self-employed basis under contract with Protocol. An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required for all Protocol assignments. All positions advertised by Protocol comply with the Agency Workers Regulations 2010.

As a result of the volume of applications we receive, we regret that we might not be able to respond to every candidate with individual feedback. If we have not contacted you within two weeks of your application being received then regretfully your application will not be taken forward on this occasion. 

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