Luminate Education Group

Senior HR Business Partner (LUM35)

Leeds, West Yorkshire
£39,444.54 per annum
07 Jan 2022
22 Jan 2022
Job Level
Job Function
Human Resources
Contract Type
Full Time

** COVID-19 INFORMATION: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic you may experience some delays during the recruitment process. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. **

What we do: 

Luminate Education Group consists of: Harrogate College (HC), Keighley College (KC), Leeds City College (LCC), Leeds Conservatoire (LC) and White Rose Academies Trust (WRAT) This is an exciting time to join this rapidly growing education group, with an Ofsted grade of 'good' with 'outstanding' features, you will be working at one of the fastest improving and most innovative education groups in the country.

We are passionate about working with colleagues to provide the best possible support to our students to ensure they reach their full potential; whilst championing inclusion and supporting social mobility. Our HR Department provides support and guidance to staff and managers on a wide range of HR related issues/activities.  We work together to find a workable solution, are a collaborative team and are excited to welcome in new talent.  

This is a great opportunity to make your mark and be involved in the transformation of our service.  If you are an experienced and committed individual looking for a new challenge in the education sector, we would love to hear from you.  We offer flexible/hybrid working in this role.

What you will be doing:

We are currently recruiting a Senior HR Business Partner to join our busy, friendly and supportive HR Team.

You’ll be responsible for managing the HR activity in your designated areas, supporting complex employee relations cases, coaching and supporting managers through people processes and working collaboratively with the other areas in the group to ensure a consistent approach is adopted, throughout key people practices.

Working in partnership with the other HR colleagues to ensure that your areas are compliant with current employment law practices, you will be supporting and providing sound legislative advice to managers using a pragmatic and proactive approach. You will be joining a team who are on a journey to implementing a shared service across the Luminate Education Group and are working to support the development of a fantastic work environment and culture.

What we are looking for:

The successful candidate will be someone who can build strong relationships, influence stakeholders and provide useful and constructive feedback. They will have a strong HR background with sound judgement and the ability to remain objective and pragmatic. You will have a proven ability to develop successful working relationships with senior stakeholders and the ability to balance a coaching and challenging style to drive great outcomes. You will be able to utilise data to help inform decision making and help navigate complex employee relation scenarios, coupled with project work and supporting the development and actualisation of the Group People Strategy. This may be a great opportunity for someone who is looking for their next career move, within a meaningful sector. 


We have a range of excellent benefits and rewards at Luminate Education Group, including:

  • Annual leave entitlement starting from 27 days + 8 bank holidays and up to 5 discretionary college closure days at Christmas

  • Excellent pension schemes with the West Yorkshire Pension Fund and the Teachers’ Pension

  • Discounted travel cards for those who regularly use public transport across the region with Northern Rail and Metro

  • Exceptional learning and development opportunities for all of our staff

You can read about these benefits, and others in more detail by downloading the Staff Benefits document attached to this vacancy.  


Luminate Education Group is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

All successful applicants are required to complete all mandatory pre-employment checks, including:

  • Proof of right to work in the UK

  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check

  • Children’s barred list check (we may also check the adult barred list if the role involves working with vulnerable adults)

  • Two professional references 

  • Fitness to work, this is conducted by our occupational health partners, NHS Airedale 

  • Section 128 check for all staff entering management roles

  • Prohibition check for all staff entering teaching related roles

Please Note: All successful applicants who have lived or travelled overseas for three months or more in the past five years will be required to undertake an overseas check as part of the pre-employment checks.

More information on overseas checks can be found on the government website: 

All offers of employment are subject to satisfactory pre-employment checks.


The UK Government introduced a new points based immigration system on 1 January 2021. You can read about the new immigration routes on the Gov.UK website here: 

Many of the new routes require sponsorship from an employer. Luminate Education Group is not a licenced sponsor. We are unable to employ anyone without current, and appropriate right to work in the UK.  

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen and you were resident in the UK on or before 31 December 2020, you have until 30 June 2021 to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, you can continue to prove your right to work in the UK with your passport and identity card up until 30 June 2021. 

There is no change to immigration and right to work for British and Irish Citizens. 


We recognise, value and celebrate diversity.  As diversity for us is very important as we engage with a diverse student population therefore we would love to have a diverse workforce.  For us diversity is about building happy teams, full of people that want to learn and be inspired by each other and our different experiences and backgrounds to meet the student needs.  Therefore we welcome applications from everyone regardless of race, gender or gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, religion and belief or age.


For more information about the role please contact:

Tracy Thomas

Please use the person specification (on the job description under "Documents Available") to complete your supporting statement.

We cannot accept CVs as part of the application process. 

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to every applicant. If you have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. 


Luminate Education Group vacancies generate a lot of interest and we receive many calls and emails from recruitment agencies. Although we do appreciate the interest you have shown in Luminate Education Group, our policy is to recruit candidates directly wherever possible. We therefore do not accept any cold calls, speculative emails or CVs from agencies. Speculative emails and CVs will be deleted unread. 

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