• Full Time
  • Victoria, London
  • 30000-40000 GBP / Year
  • June 3, 2024

Website worldskillsuk WorldSkills UK

About the Role

Through our range of programmes, we work to inspire and empower young people, whatever their background to succeed in work and life. A unique opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to manage the delivery of our EDI programmes and have a real impact on the participation of underrepresented groups in our programmes, as well as building on our established position within the skills sector.

The ideal candidate will have experience in developing, managing and evaluating senior stakeholder relationships with external networks. With a proven track record of consistently delivering projects and programmes with high-quality results, the successful candidate will have up to date ED&I knowledge and demonstrable experience of raising the profile of an organisation within this setting.  The candidate will be experienced in development of programmes and partnerships to suit delivery of strategic objectives, and be able to project manage internal colleagues to deliver against set KPIs.

The successful candidate will have a passion for working within a charity that focuses on developing young people from all backgrounds, and will have the experience, knowledge and understanding to drive forward EDI in external facing programmes.

Role purpose

The purpose of this role is to lead, develop and deliver WorldSkills UK’s external Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (ED&I) programmes supported by stakeholder engagement strategies across our network of industry, education and government. The role will ensure that we engage external stakeholders to help deliver our ambition to be a leader, partner and ally in creating positive change for ED&I in the skills sector.

Key tasks and responsibilities

1. Deliver positive action activity for change:

  • Support the development and delivery of WorldSkills UK’s external ED&I strategy. Ensure it is fit for purpose, has recognised long term goals and will deliver measurable change, reflecting organisational priorities around increased engagement with ethnic minority groups and females. Provide an overarching framework and help further develop strategic KPIs for our ED&I work, ensuring effective use of data, monitoring progress and performance.
  • Work with the Senior Strategic Partnerships Manager to develop action plans that will drive our continuous improvement:
  • Support our skills competition development programmes to increase the diversity of young people engaged
  • Support the development of role models to showcase the impact of our work and encourage diversity in key areas of industry, including future priority skill areas
  • Support the development of learning resources that aid engagement with underrepresented groups
  • Support teams to ensure ED&I matters are considered and addressed as key components of all strategies, plans and programmes.

2. Manage the ED&I Advisory Group:

  • This is a unique opportunity to work with experienced and prominent senior individuals from across education and industry who are invested in driving the agenda for ED&I.
  • Lead the administration and ongoing development of our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Advisory Group.
  • Engage the Group to help support, advise and challenge WorldSkills UK on its actions to remove obstacles and barriers faced by young people from under-represented backgrounds in our programmes.
  • Report regularly to the Group on progress against KPI’s and facilitate reports for the WorldSkills UK Board.

3. Project Manage the ED&I Heroes Awards

  • The Awards is an established flagship event which provides a platform for WorldSkills UK to celebrate success with its partners, amplify best practice and inspire others to drive change across the skills systems in education and business.
  • Project manage delivery of the annual Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Heroes Awards, supported by relevant internal teams
  • Establish the nominations process
  • Co-ordinate the judging panel
  • Organise the awards ceremony
  • Manage the support of the awards partners.

4. Manage strategic relationships

  • Manage a portfolio of ED&I focused Strategic Partnerships with organisations from across the skills sector, facilitating their support and engagement with our EDI programmes.
  • Grow our network of partners to widen our reach, help further drive work in this area and collectively impact on the sector.
  • Advise and support the development of the CEO’s international activities on ED&I with WorldSkills International (WSI).

5. Raise the profile of WorldSkills UK’s ED&I work:

  • Work with teams across the organisation to support our Mission to ignite a national and global movement to help more young people, regardless of their background, get the best possible start in work and life.
  • Support the Senior Strategic Partnerships Manager and Marketing and Communications Team to showcase the impact of our programmes:
  • Help to externally profile and articulate the value and impact of our activities using the channels and tools available
  • Seek opportunities to advocate for our work through stakeholder engagement and networking
  • Support the Corporate Partnerships team to identify and secure commercial income related to our ED&I initiatives.
  • Work across the organisation to build on existing external relationships and develop new strategic partnerships that reinforce our position as a skills sector leader.

6. Internal ED&I Liaison:

  • Whilst not responsible for WorldSkills UK’s internal ED&I activities and agenda it is anticipated that the post holder will spend up to 10% of their time supporting and working with the Corporate Affairs team on internal ED&I matters, with the remaining 90% spent on external work.
  • It is not essential that the postholder has extensive experience in this area.

7. General

In addition to the key tasks and responsibilities set out above, all employees at this level are expected to:

  • Produce requirement specifications in line with WorldSkills UK’s procurement strategies for all outsourced activity.
  • Maintain WorldSkills UK’s established management policies for dealing with risks and issues for the Corporate Partnerships team and the wider organisation.
  • Contribute to the successful delivery of WorldSkills UK’s strategic priorities and annual business objectives.
  • Promote and comply with WorldSkills UK’s Employee Handbook and the policies contained therein with particular reference to those related to Health and Safety and on equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Carry out any other duty as may be reasonably assigned that is consistent with the nature of the job and its level of responsibility.
  • Any significant changes will be made in consultation with the post holder acknowledging experience, education and ability.

Person specification

Key: [E] Essential / [D] Desirable.

Qualifications and experience:

  • Demonstrable equity, inclusion and diversity experience [E].
  • Experience of managing and delivering, at pace, external ED&I programmes that have achieved positive change outcomes [E].
  • Proven track record of engaging multiple external stakeholders and relationship management at all levels [E].
  • Demonstrable experience as a networker within the ED&I sector and/or further education sector [D].
  • Project management qualification and/or relevant experience [E].

Knowledge and skills:

  • Up to date knowledge of the wider equity, diversity and inclusion agenda [E].
  • Ability to clearly and concisely articulate ideas, concepts, and new ideas to engage multiple external audiences and successfully influence opinion [E].
  • Able to present metrics and report on progress against business objectives and KPIs to all relevant stakeholders [E].
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills [E].
  • Able to build a strong external network to understand ED&I practices across other businesses in our industry [E].
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and critical thinking skills [E].

Personal qualities and attributes:

  • Passionate about equity, diversity and inclusion and making positive change within a wide network [E].
  • Excellent team player with a collaborative approach to work [E].
  • Enthusiastic and able to motivate others [E].
  • Very reliable and with a high level of probity [E].
  • Able to work on own initiative with broad direction [E].
  • Able to think creatively and solve problems [E].
  • Possess a strong work ethic and desire to achieve results [E].
  • Flexible in working methods and ideas [E].

Special circumstances:

  • Prepared occasionally to work outside normal hours [E].
  • Prepared to travel within the United Kingdom [E].
  • Able to spend time away from home [E].

How to Apply – For full application details, please refer to the Information pack which can be found at WorldskillsUK

The salary range for this role is £35,000 – £40,000 per annum.

This role is office based (as above) but with flexible hybrid working. It is expected the postholder will attend the office at least once or twice a week.

Full time working hours are a minimum of 35 hours per week, normal working hours are 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday although we pride ourselves on having a flexible approach to our working practices and service delivery and are happy to discuss flexible working options, including part time, with suitable candidates.

25 days’ annual leave [which will increase by one additional day for each completed year of service up to a maximum of 30 days] plus public and bank holidays.

To apply for this job email your details to jobs@worldskillsuk.org.