Lead for Employability & Skills

England, Essex, Chelmsford
£39168.0 - £44298 per annum
27 Oct 2020
23 Nov 2020
Education, Schools
Contract Type
Full time
Essex is a diverse county with some of the highest levels of deprivation in the country through to highly affluent communities, which gives us a wide variance in life expectancy and quality. In support of the delivery of Inclusive Economic Growth, ECC's work on the skills system will aid increased employment rates in higher quality roles for Essex residents, demonstrate the benefits of Essex's strategic location to our opportunity employers and enable increased quality of life and wellbeing for residents.

The Role

The Lead for Employability and Skills leads a small team to provide high quality information, advice and guidance to young people aged 16+, about their Further Education and careers opportunities.
With a QCF Level 6 Diploma in Career Advice Development, a deep understanding of the national quality standards relating to careers guidance and a proven track record of successfully placing young people into employment, education and training (EET) opportunities.


* Accountable for the operational delivery of high quality independent careers advice and guidance, working closely across the teams in both pre and post 16 settings.
* Responsible for delivering business plans which provide careers advice enabling young people to access appropriate opportunities and achieve their aspirations.
* Responsible for the achievement of defined targets in relation to enabling the development of skills in young people, ensuring outcomes are recorded and statutory reporting activities are met.
* Responsible for referring young people into employment and skills opportunities working in collaboration with colleagues.
* Work collaboratively with Training Providers to access local resource and influence type of interventions delivered, to meet the requirements of young people and support economic growth.
* Accountable for the achievement of revalidation against the Quality in Careers Standards on a cyclical basis.
* Lead teams of people to deliver against strategic and statutory objectives exploring the potential for new delivery models, generating workable solutions and making recommendations for further activity.
* Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

* Educated to degree level and/or possesses a QCF Level 6 - Diploma in Career Advice Development, or equivalent by experience.
* Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional area.
* Experience in delivering career guidance and development, with evidence of motivating, inspiring and challenging and a proven track record of successfully placing young people into employment, education and training (EET) opportunities.
* Deep understanding of the national quality standards relating to guidance, development, information and advice, with significant knowledge of achieving and maintaining RoQA, as a nationally accredited award.
* Builds strong partnerships at senior level, which are influential and collaborative in their nature and engender delivery of joint innovative strategies.
* Strong leadership skills which drive a highly performing and motivated multi-disciplinary team from diverse backgrounds, to achieve strategic objectives.
* Excellent caseload management skills, demonstrating strong organisational and planning abilities.


Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found on the Working for Essex website.

Apply and next steps

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