Our Construction Academies offer a unique learning experience for learners looking to gain a level 1 or 2 vocational qualification in plastering, Painting and decorating, Bricklaying or Joinery. We are looking for an Academy manager with a background in construction to manage the provision of Sunderland academy and outreach provisions of Study Programmes, Adult Learning and Apprenticeships.

Key Responsibilities

We are currently recruiting for a Construction Academy Manager to join our Sunderland Academy working on a full time basis permanent basis which will consist of 37.5 hours per week, Monday - Friday. 

Key Responsibilities and Duties:
• To undertake the management of the Sunderland Academy and outreach provision,           
• To work flexibly and efficiently to ensure the highest professional standards in the delivery of appropriate learning programmes.
• Ensure that delivery is cost effective, in terms of revenue generation and cost control, monitored against ESFA/partner contract value and mix of provision.
• Responsibility for the weekly managing, monitoring, and reporting of KPIs: Retention, At risk, Withdrawals, Non-starts, Achievers, PPED, QAR (Overall & Timely) and Audit compliance.
• Responsible for ensuring appropriate and levels of learner internal and external progression.
• Effectively manage the Sunderland delivery team. 
• Responsibility for team: recruitment, induction, performance against KPI’S, appraisal and review.
• Effectively manage team performance and underperformance using monthly performance reviews, staff action plans, capability plans, diary & time management.
• Organise and manage appropriate training and development for the Sunderland Academy Staff.
• Manage Academy staff attendance/absence.
• Effectively organise and chair regular delivery team meeting and ensure all team members understand current levels of performance against objectives.
• Keep all team members fully informed as to key changes in policies and procedures (both internal & external).
• Ensure required sample of learner files is audited on a monthly basis, all errors recorded and staff members actioned accordingly and in a timely manner.
• Manage learners at risk, ensuring withdrawals and non-starts are within targeted % KPI.
• Manage the curriculum delivery, including tutorial/pastoral/careers activities
• Manage all activities associated with the learning journey including but not 
limited to induction, target setting and progress reviews.
• Monitor learner recruitment success and progression in line with budgeted revenue requirements.
• Monitor and control Academy costs in line with budgeted expenditure requirements.
•Undertake relevant course development and research in collaboration with the Management team.
• Monitor and control course information
• Undertake marketing recruitment and promotional activities as directed.
• Manage Academy course timetables and associated staffing.
• Manage learner discipline and standards.
• Management and supervision of student visits.
• Work collaboratively with other LC Group departments to ensure data accuracy (MIS).
• Responsible for the development and supply of all appropriate requested information – monthly update reports to Line Manager, data reports.
• Effective development of Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) in conjunction with Line Manager, Quality Department, and team members, leading to SAR compilation. 
• Effective prioritisation of Ofsted related planning activity, in line with Ofsted Plan and at the request of the Head of Quality.
• Implement and comply with the Company's Equality & Diversity, Safeguarding and Health & Safety Policies. 
•Other duties commensurate with salary and grade.

Essential Criteria
  • Knowledge, experience and skills required
    • The candidate should hold a relevant teaching qualification.
    • Budgeting skills
    • Experience of developing and implementing new curriculum and delivery models.
    • Proven track record of employer engagement and business development.
    • Knowledge and experience of PFA audits and ESFA eligibility rules.
    • Experience of and involvement in Ofsted Inspection desirable.
    • Track record of effectively driving and improving team performance.
    •  building and maintaining effective relationships.
    • Strong communication, presentation, and IT skills.
    • Ability to analyse data effectively and use it to make informed delivery decisions.
    • Full driving licence and use of vehicle.

    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

    It is essential that you have a commitment to behave in a way that meets our company values and that places the leaner and their wellbeing at the heart of what you do.
    We offer a full induction and training package to our new staff, so you very quickly feel part of the team.
    As an essential car user, you must hold a full UK driving licence, be a confident and able driver, have access to your own vehicle and have the right to live and work in the U
 EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES                                                                                                                               

You’re unique – and we love that about you. As an equal opportunity employer, we 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.

Don’t just take our word for it though! Our commitment to a number of covenants and pledges will show you just how serious we are about equal opportunities for all:
  • Disability Confident Employer
  • Armed Forces Covenant Silver
  • Domestic Abuse Covenant
  • Durham Enable
  • Care Leaver Covenant

    PURPLE PERKS                                                                                                                                             
    26 days annual leave + Bank Holidays 
    We understand the gift of time, whether it’s to see your loved ones or just spending time doing the things you love. That’s why in addition to your basic allowance of 26 days your annual leave allowance can rise to as much as  44 days per annum (inclusive of BH)  because of these amazing extra leave perks:

    Buy & Sell | You can buy sell up to an extra 5 days annual leave each year
    2YRS Service | Staff who have 2YRS service received an extra 2 days annual leave
    5YRS Service | Staff who have 5YRS service receive a further 2 days annual leave
    10YRS Service | Staff who have 10YRS service receive a further 1 days annual leave


    • Early Finish Fridays | Our staff can enjoy a 4PM finish on the last Friday of Every Month
    • Armed Forces Covenant Silver | Extra leave entitlements for reservists 
    • Healthcare Scheme 
    • Tech Scheme
    • Cycle Scheme
    • Social events 
    • Company Sick Pay and Bereavement Leave
    • Uniform provided  

    HEAD OFFICE PERKS                                                                                                                  
    We wish we could provide these to all, but as a national company its not always possible. However these perks are available to all staff when they attend our incredible Head Office space. 
    • Electric Car charging points
    • Free fruit, Coffee and Tea
    • Onsite Shower
    • Prayer room on request or list of nearest available places of worship

    If you would like to discuss this role in more detail or need support in applying for this role, please contact our recruitment team on 01388 777129 or

    Working Flexibly 
    If the working hours, days or times don't quite meet your needs please contact us to see if we can accommodate working flexibly. 

    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 undertake an enhanced DBS check, provide satisfactory references and prove their eligibility to work in the UK.