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Senior Enterprise Co-Ordinator

Circa £40,000

Closing date: 31 July 2020

12 Month Fixed-Term Contract (with the potential of being extended further, dependant on funding).

Full-Time (37 hours a week).

 

Overview

The Black Country Consortium Ltd has been working in partnership with the Careers and Enterprise Company since January 2017, delivering national programmes locally to ensure that careers education in secondary schools in the region are successfully preparing young people for the world of work. The first Careers Hub, funded through the Careers and Enterprise Company, has been successful in developing a collaborative approach to the improvement of careers programmes in 36 schools and colleges. The Consortium set up a second Careers Hub in September 2019 and have plans to extend this offer to all state schools, colleges, SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) schools and PRUs (Pupil Referral Units) from September 2020. The Black Country also manage an extensive Enterprise Adviser Network, with circa 100 schools/colleges and 100 Business Volunteers.

The Careers and Enterprise Company is an employer-led organisation that has been set up to inspire and prepare young people for the fast-changing world of work. It's role is to act as a catalyst in the fragmented landscape of careers and enterprise; supporting programmes that work, filling gaps in provision and ensuring coverage across the country. It's focus has been on improving links between employers and schools / colleges and it has established a network of co-ordination, via the Enterprise Adviser Network, across England in partnership with Local Enterprise Partnerships - over 350 full-time Enterprise Co-Ordinators now work with clusters of 15-20 schools and colleges and 3000 Enterprise Advisers (these are business volunteers who have signed up to provide counsel to individual schools and colleges). The purpose of the Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN) is to create powerful, lasting connections between local businesses and the schools and colleges in their area.

 

Role Scope

The Senior Enterprise Co-Ordinator (SEC) is a pivotal role in the Careers and Enterprise Company’s national programme and critical to achieving it's aim of motivating, inspiring and supporting young people in making informed choices about their future and help them achieve against those choices.

Working closely with the Careers Hub Manager and the Enterprise Co-Ordinators, the Senior Enterprise Co-Ordinator will ensure effective and broad-based governance of the programme, across a range of stakeholders and support the co-ordination of a team of Enterprise Co-Ordinators and also be responsible for supporting the continued growth and success of the Enterprise Adviser Network.

The post-holder will ensure that the best local careers and enterprise provision is made available to schools and colleges in their area by acting as a core link to existing provision, to new initiatives emerging locally, regionally, nationally and through the Careers and Enterprise Company and by stimulating more provision where there are gaps.

 

Key Responsibilities:

 Deliver a service which meets and maintains the Careers and Enterprise Company’s grant requirements and the LEP’s (Local Enterprise Partnership) accountability framework for the EAN (Enterprise Advisor Network), ensuring effective and broad-based governance.

 Reporting to the Head of Skills and Hub Lead, support the Black Country team of Enterprise Co-Ordinators to ensure the delivery of a high-profile, successful and impactful Enterprise Adviser Network in the Black Country LEP area, by engaging and supporting clusters of schools and Enterprise Advisers. In particular, support the Co-Ordinators with issues around engagement for SEN pupils.

 Manage a caseload of assigned schools/colleges, especially SEN Schools and Pupil Referral Units, ensuring that they access the services of the Careers Hub and the Enterprise Adviser Network and support them to develop a whole school careers strategy which works towards the Gatsby framework.

 Actively participate in the development and delivery of the Careers Hub action plan and it's activities, to ensure that the Black Country Hubs and the EAN meet their targets for accelerated improvements/progress by schools against the Gatsby Benchmarks, to ensure that schools have planned activity to support the achievement of all 8 Gatsby Benchmarks (by August 2021).

 Lead on the development and delivery of a SEN Community of Practice (CoP) Group in 2020-21, ensuring that the outcomes of the CoP are met by August 2021, within budget.

 Champion the work of the Careers Hub and the EAN, using platforms available to positively communicate the importance of employer/school engagement.

 Engage with local and national employers, to engage them to contribute to Black Country schools/colleges careers programmes and to recruit an Enterprise Advisor for each school by May 2021.

 Ensure submission of timely monitoring and impact tracking returns for the SEN CoP and the monthly EAN register, as requested by the Careers and Enterprise Company.

 Develop best practice case studies from the work of the CoP SEN Schools/Colleges each quarter that can be submitted to the CEC, as part of the claim.

 Act as an ambassador for the Careers and Enterprise Company and Black Country LEP, including raising the profile of the EAN through utilising existing communication and marketing channels in order to engage with key local stakeholders.

 Provide ongoing support to EA’s, particularly those interested in working with SEN schools/colleges which includes training and development to meet their individual needs

 Build and understand your own knowledge of the local context of careers provision and providers including National Apprenticeship Service, National Careers Service and JobCentre Plus and how these can benefit your caseload of schools/colleges.

 Attend EC national and local training events and meetings to keep up to date with the Careers and Enterprise Company and EAN developments.

 

Qualifications and Experience Required:

 Demonstrable experience of engaging and building relationships with leaders from schools, colleges and businesses.

 Demonstrable experience of delivering programmes or projects with multiple stakeholders.

 Experience of managing own performance and working to targets

 A strong track record of stakeholder engagement and communicating with a variety of audiences, preferably in the education and/or careers sector.

 A demonstrable understanding of school culture and the challenges faced by schools in delivering careers and enterprise and the current careers education / corporate social responsibility landscapes.

 Experience of working within a SEN or Pupil Referral setting - this may be in an educational, governance or pastoral role.

 An understanding of relevant local and national policy relating to skills and economic development and the issues and barriers to employment faced by young people.

 Must be a car user and willing to travel across the Black Country.

• Good IT skills: Word, Excel and presentation software such as PowerPoint.

 

Skills and Core Competencies:

 Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to persuade a variety of audiences and encourage others to use new ways of working.

 Collaborative and good at building relationships at all levels, both internally and with a range of external stakeholders.

 Proactive, with the ability to work independently, prioritising a busy workload and a large number of stakeholders.

 Adaptable, tenacious, determined, positive and resilient with the ability to deal with ambiguity and work in a continuous improvement culture.

 

Please apply by submitting your up to date CV and covering letter (stating why you are suited to this role) to: jobs@blackcountryconsortium.co.uk.

 

No agencies please.