Luminate Education Group

Business Engagement Officer (LUM68)

Leeds, West Yorkshire
£24,886 to £26,359 Per Annum, Pro Rata
10 May 2022
20 May 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

Luminate Education Group consists of; Harrogate College (HC), Keighley College (KC), Leeds City College (LCC), Leeds Conservatoire (LC) and White Rose Academies Trust (WRAT) Luminate Education Group is one of the fastest improving and most innovative education groups in the country. 


This position sits within the careers, work experience and progression team. This is a central service department serving the Luminate group of colleges. The business engagement team are responsible for sourcing the T-level industry placements. The team also support the wider department with employer engagement initiatives including work placements, taster days, volunteering, and guest speakers to name just a few.



  • Foster strong professional relationships with employers in private, public and the third sectors to maximise opportunities for students and position the college to achieve current and future work experience and work based learning targets including apprenticeships.
  • With reference to labour market intelligence and LEP skills priorities, develop sustainable relationships with employers to drive the quality of meaningful and relevant work experience placements, project and activities. Contribute to the outstanding aspirations of the college through the quality and range of employer relationships and collaboration with external and internal partnerships.


  • Contribute to the implementation of an employer engagement plan to build and maintain employer relationships which will drive a destination led approach to student progression. Work with the Business Engagement Lead to identify gaps in work placement delivery to increase placement uptake, the range of sector employers from SME to multi-nationals and the scope of employer led opportunities.
  • Where required, work with students on a one to one basis to meet employers expectations and to fully engage with their placement activity. Research sectors and industries, linked to student qualifications, LMI and LEP Skills priorities and gain employer contacts to match these sectors. Attend networking and other employer events to promote the college and our students, to establish new working partnerships and gain placement and work-based opportunities
  • Work to set targets, providing statistical information and reports on activity carried out as requested. Comply with college customer service standards, ensuring effective communication with all stakeholders; employers, curriculum, students and external clients. Work with the Business Engagement Lead to increase the number of employers who can meet the criteria for Technical Qualifications
  • Identify apprenticeship opportunities with employers and sign post to the college apprenticeship team, liaise with the curriculum teams across college. Sharing information around placement activity, employer contacts and opportunities to promote the wider college offer, carry out employer satisfaction surveys throughout the year.
  • Produce case studies to demonstrate the benefits of hosting work placements, traineeships and other work experience activities for employers. Support employers to deliver ‘best practice’ work experience for students, providing resources, training and advice to employers to enable them to develop their work experience offer, including a bank of role or job descriptions for students on placement.


  • Level 3 qualifications or equivalent employer engagement experience. Literacy and Numeracy at Level 2 or above.
  • Proven success of building and maintaining effective business relationships within the context of 14 + work based learning (minimum of 2 years experience)
  • Demonstrate commercial awareness and knowledge of LMI and LEP skills priorities. Experience of working in a face to face customer-focused environment.
  • Understanding of the diversity of the student body and the impact of individual difference on career and learning choices. Knowledge of relevant IT software including Microsoft, Google, MIS and CRM systems and experience of setting up and running effective administrative processes.
  • Experience of using social media as a learning & promotional tool. Ability to relate effectively, demonstrating excellent interpersonal and communication skills which are applicable to a range of stakeholders and prospective and established commercial clients.
  • Proven ability in administration or project work and good written communication skills. Proven ability to liaise, negotiate and influence a variety of individuals and organisations.


  • Ability to work under pressure, to deadlines, to prioritise and manage workloads. Knowledge and understanding of the needs of a range of college stakeholders (local schools, parents/carers, employers etc). 


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 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 positively welcome applications from all sections of the community, all candidates will be treated fairly irrespective of race, gender or gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, religion and belief or age.


For more information about the role please contact:

Grace Clay

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. 

For further information about the role including job description and application form please visit the vacancies section of our website via the apply link.

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