Learning Curve Group is a national training and education specialist. We work with further education providers, employers and learners to help them achieve success. We have strong values which are all centred around our learners – and that’s how we believe it should be, as we impact on over 100,000 of them every year. Our ‘Purple People’, the dedicated and passionate people of LCG, help us to deliver success no matter what, to achieve our vision to ‘transform lives through learning’.

Key Responsibilities

As Head of Employability you will be responsible for providing inspirational leadership to the Employability Team and driving the strategy for growth within the division ensuring a high quality learning experience for all learners. You will lead on the sales and marketing strategy to deliver to contracts providing high quality training opportunities too hard to reach learners. You will support the Director of Employability with strategic growth plans for our provision utilising all available funding streams including AEB, ESF, traineeship and advanced learner loans. With curriculum experience, you will develop Employability provision in relation to the needs of local employers and communities demonstrating intent, implementation, and impact.

You will need these important qualities:
  • Excellent people management
  • High level of emotional intelligence and ability to communicate across all levels
  • Demonstrate high levels of entrepreneurial acumen
  • Be forward thinking, proactive and motivate others
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  • Significantly contribute to our strategic development plan which sets out the vision and key targets for the growth within our Employability team
  • Implement our strategic development plan to grow and develop the Employability provision in key sectors as a result of employer demand, LMI research and intelligence gathering
  • Monitor and manage learner recruitment, success and progression in line with budgeted revenue requirements
  • Ensure that all delivery is cost effective with monitoring and management of budgeted expenditure
  • Responsibility for the daily/weekly/monthly managing, monitoring and reporting of KPI’s and the development and implementation of procedures and associates documentation for the employer and learner journey for all Employability provision
  • Liaise with the MIS team to produce reports including analysis of KPI’s to be shared with teams as appropriate
  • Develop and manage teams including full time and associate assessors to ensure delivery of the provision is maintained to a high standard, with the provision fully staffed across all sites
  • Effectively manage team performance and underperformance through robust and timely review
  • Develop, review and revise curriculum delivery materials to support the delivery of current and new programmes
  • Build strong networks with employers, LEPs, Funding agencies, Schools, Local Councils, DWP, JCP, etc to identify and maximise on funding opportunities
  • Contribute to research to identify new areas of employer need and new products and markets
  • Contribute to the development of a marketing strategy to support the plans for growth in Employability delivery and income and to establish and maintain our reputation as an employer responsive provider
  • Liaise with the other delivery teams regarding contract requirements and  engagement activities for the delivery of funded provision
  • Contribute to our positioning to be able to respond to the changes to the relevant funding models and develop fully costed delivery models where necessary
  • Work collaboratively with our Quality team to effectively monitor and manage all Employability provision, including performance management and audit compliance
  • Effective development of the Quality Improvement Plan (QIP), in collaboration with other associated teams, leading to Self-Assessment Report compilation for Employability delivery which contributes to the company’s strategic and operational targets
  • Implement and comply with the Company’s Equality and Diversity, Safeguarding, Data Protection Act and Health and Safety Policies
  • Prepare a high standard of MI in accordance with company reporting needs
  • Ensure the maintenance of confidentiality and professionalism at all times
  • Undertake professional development activities for staff across Employability
  • Promote equal opportunities and recognition of diversity throughout the company
  • Undertake such duties as may be required commensurate with the level of responsibility and nature of the job in discussion with your line manager

The particular duties and responsibilities attached to posts may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the duties or the level of responsibility entailed. All Group employees are required to understand the following general duties:
  • Conduct your role in line with the behaviour aligned with our company values
  • Comply with and follow all processes within The Safeguarding Policy, ensuring safely of all learners is paramount
  • Comply and follow all processes within the Health and Safety Policy
  • Comply and follow all processes within the IT Policy and, Data Protection and Information Security Policy
  • Promote equal opportunities and recognition of diversity throughout the company.
  • Ensure the maintenance of confidentially and professionalism at all time.

  • Experience of Ofsted inspections
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of all funding streams particularly AEB, Traineeships and NEET
  • Experience of teaching or assessing
  • Experience with curriculum design and development
  • Significant proven experience in a management role
  • Experience of managing of Employability or similar type of programmes
  • Can multitask and delegate across the entire operation
  • Previous experience and Knowledge of DWP
  • Use In depth knowledge and understanding of education and training to apply innovative solutions to problems.
  • Demonstrate a clear commitment to high standards and the ability to drive continuous improvement.
  • Experience of managing own budget and P&L
  • Experience managing and writing of QUIP and SAR
  • Sub-contracting experience
  • React flexibly under pressure and to work to tight deadlines
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with a wide range of people.
  • Prioritise work and manage competing demands.
  • Holidays – 26 days + bank holidays
  • Pension – 5% from yourself, 3% from LCG
  • Armed Forces Covenant - Silver
  • Healthcare and Tech scheme
  • Social events
  • Keeping in touch meetings
  • Amazing Headquarters
  • CPD

Equal Opportunities 
For LCG to really transform lives through learning, it takes diversity of skills, knowledge culture and background. That’s why we're an equal opportunities employer and positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

Essential Criteria

Learners are at the centre of everything we do so we are committed to safeguarding and promoting their welfare. If applicable, the successful applicant will be required to provide satisfactory references and prove their eligibility to work in the UK. Dependning on your role, we may also need to carry out a DBS check.