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Our vision is world-class education for Wales. Our mission is to demonstrate the value of further education to all learners, society and the economy. We pride ourselves on providing high quality services to our stakeholders. But we can only do this with the commitment and hard work of our excellent team of staff.

ColegauCymru comprises of a small team of enthusiastic and skilled individuals and the organisation has extensive experience in the further education sector in Wales.

We are currently recruiting for the roles of Chief Executive and Director of Policy and Public Affairs.

Director of Policy and Public Affairs

Salary: £52,590 - £59,585 per annum (Job share considered)
Location: Cardiff

About Us 

ColegauCymru is the voice of Further Education (FE) in Wales. We are an education charity which promotes the public benefit of FE in Wales. We undertake research and policy development and provide practical support to the FE community. Working closely with Welsh Government, their agencies and other stakeholders, we help shape policies affecting the FE sector, their learners and staff. We are the first point of contact for FE in Wales.  

About the Vacancy 

  • To lead on the development of key policy and public affairs objectives and communications on behalf of ColegauCymru and influence key decision makers, external stakeholders and audiences including those within the Welsh Government, political parties, trade unions and the media.    
  • To lead the Policy and Communications Team to produce strong policy analysis and effective communications, developing policies and strategies in keeping with the charitable aims and objectives of the organisation.   
  • To contribute to the overall Senior Management Team of ColegauCymru. 

Job Description
Working for ColegauCymru - Additional Relevant Information
Application Form
Equality and Monitoring Form

How to Apply 

Please complete the Application Form and Equality and Monitoring Form. 

Candidates are welcome to contact us for an informal discussion.   

Applications should be submitted by email to HR@colegaucymru.ac.uk

Closing Date: 5.00pm, Wednesday 13 July 2022
Date of Interviews: 29 July 2022

 

Net Zero and Green Skills FE Lead Coordinator 

Salary: £42,798 - £45,596 per annum pro rata 
Contract: Fixed Term until 31st March 2023 (with the possibility of an extension) 
Location:   A combination of office (Cardiff) and home-based working   

ColegauCymru is the voice of Further Education in Wales. We are an education charity which promotes the public benefit of further education in Wales. We undertake research and policy development and provide practical support to the FE community. Working closely with Welsh Government, their agencies, and other stakeholders, we help shape policies affecting the FE sector, their learners, and staff. We are the first point of contact for further education in Wales.  

In response to the Welsh Government’s Net Zero Wales plan, we are looking to appoint an exceptional individual to co-ordinate the development of a pan-Wales post-16 vocational education and training skills plan that will create a pipeline of ‘net zero’ and ‘green skills’ to the workforces of tomorrow across relevant sectors embarking on the journey to a Carbon Neutral Wales 2050. 

Working in partnership with stakeholders across Welsh Government and relevant agencies such as Net Zero Industry Wales (NZIW); the Welsh Colleges’ network and industry representatives, the successful candidate will play a pivotal role in co-ordinating, facilitating and developing a skills plan that is relevant and progressive, and which lays the foundations for an ambitious, but achievable sector response.   

The successful candidate will be a passionate advocate for Further Education and sustainability and will have a proven track record in developing and implementing vocational skills plans that align with industry needs.  

You will be confident in your ability to engage with a wide range of stakeholders; to build momentum and to secure commitment through your excellent interpersonal, communication and planning skills. You will demonstrate diplomacy and tact but will also be confident to highlight and challenge when needed to ensure that stakeholders ‘do the right thing’ to optimise the contribution to Net Zero Wales. 

You will be adept in analysing data, including labour market intelligence, and keeping abreast of research and innovation to inform the sector’s response, co-ordinating and facilitating engagement events to build alignment. 

How to Apply 

Job Description
Application Form
Equality and Monitoring Form

Please complete the Application Form and Equality and Monitoring Form and return to hr@colegaucymru.ac.uk
All candidates are welcome to contact us for an informal discussion. Please contact Kelly.Edwards@colegaucymru.ac.uk 

Closing Date: 5.00pm, Friday 15 July 2022  
Interview Date: To be Confirmed 

 

Chief Executive

Salary: Competitive
Location: Cardiff

ColegauCymru is the voice of Further Education (FE) in Wales. We are an education charity that promotes the public benefit of FE in Wales. We undertake research and policy development and provide practical support to the FE community.

As the voice of further education in Wales, we: 

  • enhance both the national and international reputation of further education;
  • represent the interests of and advocate for our member colleges; support our member colleges to optimise their contribution to Wales' economic and social development;
  • provide expert advice on communications and political affairs, and trade union and employment matters; and deliver policy solutions that satisfy both the ambitions of learners and the needs of employers.

The postholder will be responsible for leading ColegauCymru to ensure the further education sector's views are heard, the benefits of further education and skills are promoted and its interests effectively represented. The postholder will achieve this by working with sector leaders and key stakeholders, especially the Welsh Government, to influence the strategic direction and shape of policy, while leading effective lobbying campaigns and consultations.

The position requires excellent people and communication skills along with business acumen. It is essential that the post holder is fully aligned with and enthusiastic about the values and objectives of the charity and its Board.

Skills

  • Have strategic vision and the ability to lead debate on the future direction of skills policy in Wales in the Post Compulsory sector.
  • Demonstrate that you are a highly articulate communicator both in speaking and written form.
  • Have strong commercial skills and show evidence of using this to deliver change.
  • Have excellent influencing and negotiating skills and the ability to communicate with partners involved in formal negotiation settings.
  • Have strong leadership skills with the ability to inspire and enthuse others to ensure the delivery of effective partnership working.
  • Have the ability to work effectively with others, to focus on the delivery of specific outcomes.
  • Have the ability to establish good working relationships with the full range of partners and stakeholders involved in the PCET sector.
  • Have the ability to manage effective communications in a political environment with numerous stakeholders.
  • The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable.

Experience & Knowledge

  • Show evidence of significant leadership experience at a senior level in an organisation.
  • Show experience of the management of an organisation to deliver service excellence.
  • Have experience of establishing effective working partnerships across organisations, ideally within Wales.
  • Display a broad understanding of the current PCET policy position in Wales and likely future developments.
  • Show evidence of a strong understanding and interest in the Welsh public service sector, policy development and skills & education.
  • Demonstrate a track record of building strong working relationships with external stakeholders, including in a political context.
  • Demonstrate an active involvement in and commitment to promoting change in the area of diversity, equality and inclusion.

Qualifications

  • Qualified to degree level with evidence of appropriate CPD relevant to a senior leader.
  • Ideally hold a management/professional qualification relevant to working at a senior level within the PCET sector.

How to Apply

For an informal discussion, please contact the Goodson Thomas team on 029 2167 4422 or info@goodsonthomas.com

To apply please submit your CV and Covering letter via the Goodson Thomas website.

Closing Date: 12.00pm, 4 July 2022
Date of Interviews: Week Commencing 18 July 2022

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