Innovators in Residence

Innovators in Residence FE - 4 posts

Come join a pioneering team, where we're revolutionising education and industry in alignment with Greater Manchester's industrial strategy and Innovation Plan. We're seeking committed, collaborative, and forward-thinking Innovators in Residence to shape the future of education and industry across four frontier sectors.

As part of Oldham College's support for the Greater Manchester Further Education innovation Programme, we are looking to recruit and host 4 Innovators in Residence providing support throughout the Greater Manchester Boroughs

As an Innovator in FE Residence, you'll lead the charge in identifying industry trends and future skill requirements within one of our four frontier sectors:

  • Advanced Materials and Manufacturing
  • Digital and Creative Economy
  • Health and Data-Driven Medicine
  • NetZero and Clean Growth

You'll collaborate with stakeholders, develop innovative CPD programmes and disseminate knowledge to empower educators, students, policymakers, and industry professionals.

We believe that this approach to collaboration between Further Education and Industry is highly innovative and unique in the UK, and so are looking for creative and collaborative professionals who enjoy developing new ways of working and establishing exemplars of practice.

To be successful in the role, you will need

  • Proven experience in research, analysis, and strategic planning.
  • Deep understanding of your chosen frontier sector and future skill requirements.
  • Excellent communication and project management skills.
  • Passion for innovation and driving positive change in education and industry.
  • Awareness of Greater Manchester industrial strategy priorities.

These important roles might be especially interesting to an experienced professional from industry who wants to 'give back' to the community and economy, or a research / academic interested in exploring how knowledge can be disseminated and practically applied in the development of a wider skills framework.

The roles present an opportunity for personal and career development, generating new insight and experiences.

The experience and impact of this project could feed into wider research agendas in the chosen sector specialism, in innovation ecosystem approaches, and in the development of the future skills system

For further details of requirements of the roles and the projected roll out, please see the attached job description and person specification.


  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience.
  •  Opportunity to work at the forefront of innovation and education in collaboration with industry leaders and policymakers.
  •  Flexible working arrangements and a supportive, inclusive work environment. 

If you are a visionary thinker with a passion for innovation and a commitment to excellence, we want to hear from you.

Apply now to become an Innovator in Residence and make a meaningful impact on the future of our region.

If your application is successful, your personal data may be used for a pre-employment screening check by a third party as permitted by applicable law.

Depending on the vacancy and applicable laws, a pre-employment screening could include, employment history, education and other information (such as media information) that may be necessary for determining your qualifications and suitability for the role.

Oldham College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.

Any appointments will be subject to enhanced DBS checks and a check of the DfE Barred List

This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation Act 1974. It is an offence to apply for the role if the applicant is barred from engaging in regulated activity relevant to children and vulnerable adults.

For further information about the role please visit the vacancies section of our website via the apply link.