Jan 222021
Department for Education / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education – Chair

Chair - Department for Education / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Business / Organisation Name: Department for Education / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education
Business / Organisation Sector: Public
Business / Organisation Website: https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/
Business / Organisation Type: Government
Role Title: Chair
Remuneration: Paid

Vacancy Description

The Government has set itself an ambitious agenda to improve the quality of apprenticeships and technical education, to drive an increase in productivity and improve social mobility. To achieve these goals, we need employers to invest more in training their workforce and for people to be trained to fill skills gaps.

The Institute was established as a Crown Non-Departmental Public Body, independent of Government and employer-led, with a mandate set by Ministers. The Institute is playing a vital role in continuing the apprenticeship and technical education reform process and works on behalf of employers to support the delivery of high quality apprenticeships, T Levels and Higher Technical Qualifications in England. The Institute enables apprentices or learners to be confident that their apprenticeship or technical qualification is of high quality, respected and will help them to build a career with a clear market value.

The chair will take up their role at a key point in the Institute’s development and will need to be able to give outstanding leadership as its board membership evolves, making the most of individual members’ strengths and skills. The board’s effectiveness will be crucial to ensuring the Institute fulfils its vital role in continuing the apprenticeship and technical education reform process, and that it continues to be employer led, supporting the delivery of high quality apprenticeships and T Levels in England while extending its responsibilities for approving technical qualifications.

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate the skills required to lead a growing organisation with an annual budget of some £25 million which employs two hundred people, maintaining effective governance and robust financial management. The chair will need to ensure the Institute discharges its statutory functions in line with government policy, and to guide it through the tension inherent in being employer led while being accountable to government. To achieve this the chair will need to offer both support and challenge to the Institute’s chief executive and staff.
Applicants will be assessed against these criteria in their application and at any subsequent interview. In the event that we receive a large number of applications, those which do not clearly demonstrate the first of these (Exceptional leadership and nonexecutive chairing skills) will be rejected at the first sift stage

We particularly welcome applications from under-represented groups, those based outside London and the South-East and applicants who have achieved success through non-traditional educational routes.

Person Specification

A successful candidate will have the following essential criteria:

  • exceptional leadership and non-executive chairing skills, with significant experience of providing strategic direction, effective decision making, driving delivery and governance oversight at senior board level in a complex and high-profile
  • a current or very recent employer with an ability to offer an employer perspective at all times on the Institute’s priorities, as well as the personal reputation, public profile, broad experience and gravitas that would command the confidence and respect of employers, both large and small, at a senior level
  • the ability to influence and build effective relationships with stakeholders, and to communicate decisions and complex issues clearly and persuasively, both privately and on the public stage
  • a sound understanding of the central role in apprenticeships and technical education that the Government expects the Institute to play, and a passion and determination for it to succeed in this role, and for delivering for employers and learners.

Application Details

Please submit the following documents by email to: PublicAppointments.APPLICATIONS@education.gov.uk

  • a covering letter not exceeding two sides of A4 paper. (Arial size 12)
  • a CV
  • candidate application form
  • diversity form.

The forms and full vacancy details can be accessed via https://bit.ly/IfATEchair

Please include the vacancy title in the subject box and submit each application document as a separate attachment.

We are happy to accept applications in alternative formats from applicants who, for reasons of disability, may find it difficult to fill in our standard form. If you wish to have a chat with us about reasonable adjustments please contact us at: PublicAppointments.APPLICATIONS@education.gov.uk

Closing Date: 01/02/2021
Contact Name: DfE Public Appointments
Contact Email: PublicAppointments.APPLICATIONS@education.gov.uk

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