SK College Group is the corporate identifier of St Helens College (legal entity and employer) and is used to describe the organisation formed from the merger, in late 2017, of St Helens College and Knowsley Community College.
With an annual turnover of £30million, c. 12,000 students and c. 500 fte staff we provide services across the diverse Boroughs of St Helens and Knowsley and we have outstanding learning facilities in both Boroughs.
Our Board has built on the positive reputations of both pre-merger organisations and is seeking to strengthen this consolidation through strong leadership at an executive level. There have been some well documented post-merger financial and qualitive challenges but great strides have been made by the current management team that have been recognised by the FE Commissioner. Student 16-18 numbers are growing, and the College has successfully re-registered on the RoATP.
We have a proud history, a vibrant future and a sound business plan to chart our way forward. Our Board is looking for an experienced Principal and Chief Executive who can lead the organisation on the next stage of its transformational journey providing sustained performance, growth and improvement.
You will be an experienced senior leader with a background in education and clearly demonstrate that you can lead the College through this significant transformational period and beyond. You may already be an established CEO/Principal in another College or an outstanding Principal or aspirational Deputy Principal, who has the capacity to make this final jump to lead a college in your own right. You may be currently working within the wider Education and Training sector(s) looking for a new challenge but regardless you will have a vision and passion for the learners we serve and a commercial approach that will enable the College to grow sustainably in the future. To be successful you must have significant experience of driving improvement in quality and outcomes. In addition, the successful candidate will need to be able to articulate and demonstrate how they can develop the College further and drive growth across 2 local authorities and a devolved City region.
In return, the College offers a progressive market rate salary package, generous benefits, and a supportive Board of Governors, underpinned by superb staff and students of whom they are justifiably proud.
SK College Group is the corporate identifier of St Helens College (legal entity and employer) and is used to describe the organisation formed from the merger, in late 2017, of St Helens College and Knowsley Community College. It is one of the largest general FE colleges situated in Merseyside in the North West region of England.
It is spread over five sites: St Helens Town Centre, St Helens STEM Centre, Knowsley Community College, IAM Tech and Kirkby.
The college offers a wide range of provision including 14-16 education and training, 16-18 study programmes, adult learning programmes and apprenticeships. This is in addition to Higher Education and Full Cost programmes.
In the 16-18 category there were 3,782 leavers in 2017/18 at St Helens, and 1,516 at Knowsley. There were 2,748 leavers from adult programmes at St Helens and 2,781 from Knowsley. In addition, there were 352 leavers from apprenticeship programmes at St Helens and 293 leavers from Knowsley. The college offers programmes from entry to level 6.
Post-merger the College has faced some challenges, and these have been addressed in the new College plan “Reaching Out to Reach Higher” which can be viewed as part of this applicant pack. This will see the College as Ofsted Good and back in robust financial health by 2022.
SK College Group has appointed Protocol to support the recruitment of this position and for an informal and confidential discussion about this role contact Protocol’s David Beynon (07970 042334) or Ian Sackree (07795 271559). A conversation with the existing interim Principal and Chief Executive Monica Box is also encouraged.
If you wish to apply for this position, then please email the following documents to email@example.com with the subject heading of “Chief Executive & Principal”. Protocol will send an acknowledgement of receipt via email to all applicants within 24 hours.
Please ensure your email includes all 3 documents necessary for your application to be considered:
A completed application form – Please give details of the information you wish to provide in support of your application, ensuring you include the following:
- Your motivation for applying
- Your understanding of the key priorities in the role
- How you meet the criteria providing brief examples of relevant experience and achievements, with a particular focus on your key achievements in the past 5 years.
A copy of your CV
The Equality and Diversity Monitoring form – this is a word format document with check boxes. Please click on each check box that applies to you.
Closing date: Monday 3rd February 2020 at 12:30pm
First stage interviews with Protocol: w/c 10th February 2020
Assessment Centre & final interview: Wednesday 11th & Thursday 12th March 2020
Organisation: SK College Group
Salary: crica. £135,000 per annum + TPS/LGPS pension + relocation allowance
Posted date: 09/01/2020
Closing Date: 03/02/2020