Operations Director

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Further Education, Management
North West England
£60,000 to £80,000 per annum
New World Recruitment Limited
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Position: Operations Director – Apprenticeships, AEB, Pre-Employment
Locations: North West
Package: full package circa £85,000 including OTE

This role is all about growth and moving the business forward. It’s a big role, no hiding from that one, but it’s focus is growth as opposed to fire fighting.

Honestly, I could write the best part of 3-4 pages on the details of this role but then if I did you wouldn’t need to speak to me about it, so I’m going to give you some snippets.

There’s three main training provisions in this business, all of which are in a steady shape, and each of them have targets to grow;

Apprenticeships - Digital and IT. Currently a smaller side of the business, but has been running well and looked after itself through the Covid period. This area is probably got the largest room and plans for growth as there is a huge gap in this market, not just for the skills gap, but to become a key provider in this field.

AEB Distance Learning – the newer side of the business, but one that has seen very rapid growth, including during Covid. AEB budget currently sitting between £6-9m and wanting to grow this further. They have good relationships with a few Combined Authorities and are set to take more share from existing partners but also looking to tap into new ones.

Employability & Pre-Employment – this is where the business started out, and is still the bigger part of the business. Again, is in a steady shape, quite through Covid but about to explode due to the unemployment rate. They have direct status in certain areas but also sub from other primes in various locations.

You will be taking charge of all three from an operations stand point, and working in partnership with the already close knit SLT.

Best part of 80 direct/indirect reports, and a range of associate tutors. Each provision has a ‘Head of’, all currently performing and have been key in placing the business where it is today.

Quality vs commercial. Quality will be a key feature of this role, Grade 2 is the aim during what will be some rapid growth, so quality will always have to be in your mind – whilst of course making it work commercially.

There’s loads more to include. Pick up the phone and let’s talk

Before you do, there are a few bits that you will need for the role; ultimately, you will have to come from the Further Education & Training sector:

- Have an understanding of current Apprenticeship standards and traineeships
- Understanding of managing AEB and/or Employment programmes
- Experience of managing Combined Authority relationships is ideal
- Experience managing multiple funding streams

Get in touch, and let's go into more detail.

Closing Date:
Contact Details:
New World Recruitment Limited
Tel: 07393 928692
Contact: Adam Spoors

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