Communications Officer (LUM111/1101)

About the Role

An exciting role has arisen for a passionate communicator and PR professional to join the Luminate Education Group Communications team to deliver the group's key messages and strategic priorities, improving impact, visibility and engagement across Leeds, Keighley and Harrogate.

Working with the wider team, the communications officer is responsible for media relations activity, stakeholder engagement and internal and external communications.

Please apply as soon as possible as we are interviewing as and when we receive suitable applications; therefore, the job may close before the advertised closing date.

What You Will Do

  • The Communications Officer will support our internal and external communications strategies across the FE colleges and for Luminate Education Group.
  • Write and disseminate a variety of communications for both internal and external audiences across B2B and B2C markets.
  • Create effective content including press releases, thought leadership articles, website content, award entries, case studies, emails and letters for the FE colleges and Luminate Education Group.
  • Work closely with members of the Communications team to support with media relations activities for the FE colleges and Luminate, including media monitoring and newsjacking to seek opportunities.
  • Take an active role in social media activities to ensure all communications are correctly shared and online engagement is optimised.
  • Support with drafting various internal communications, including newsletters and blogs.
  • Provide the FE colleges and Luminate Education Group with crisis communications support.

About You

  • Experience in planning and implementing multi-audience communications campaigns and activities.
  • Creating communications for different audiences.
  • Writing for a range of platforms and outlets.
  • Working with journalists and a range of stakeholders.
  • Good understanding of why effective communications can impact the reputation of a brand.
  • Awareness of how the political landscape, regionally and nationally, can impact communications.
  • Ability to manage expectations with both internal and external audiences.
  • Being organised and having the ability to work well under pressure.


There are plenty of benefits available to our staff members, here are just a few:

  • Annual leave entitlement - If you work full time, you'll get at least 27 days holiday plus bank holidays and up to 5 discretionary closure days at Christmas (pro rata for part time staff).
    • Support Staff 27 days (increasing to 32 days after 5 years service)
    • Academic 37 days
    • Senior Management 37 days
  • Generous Pension schemes
    • Teachers’ Pension Scheme 
    • Local Government Pension Scheme 
  • Memberships and discounts - employees can sign up to various membership cards and discount schemes such as TOTUM card (formerly NUS card). 
  • Travel and commuting - discounted travel available through Metro card, Northern Rail, First Bus, Arriva Bus and Cycle to work schemes.
  • Learning and development opportunities -  including staff development days
  • Employee wellbeing initiatives
  • Flexible and hybrid working opportunities - this will vary depending on role requirements

About Us

Luminate Education Group is a collective of education providers based in Yorkshire with one clear purpose: to make a positive difference to people’s lives through genuinely transformative education and training.

We offer a wide range of job vacancies across our business support functions - Finance, Human Resources, ITSS, Marketing, Communications, Executive Support, Estates and Food Services. Our large size and diverse range of member organisations means there are always exciting opportunities to progress.

As an education provider, we are committed to lifelong learning and investing in our workforce, and you’ll have access to a broad variety of training and professional development designed to help you continually develop and grow.

Join us on the journey to being the best that we can collectively be for our students, apprentices, staff and our stakeholders.

Luminate Education Group consists of; Harrogate College (HC), Keighley College (KC), Leeds City College (LCC), Leeds Conservatoire (LC), University Centre Leeds, Leeds Sixth Form College and Yorkshire Centre for Training & Development.


At Luminate Education Group we are committed to the safeguarding and welfare of all our students including children, young people, and vulnerable adults. We expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We follow the Safer Recruitment requirements and best practice as set out within Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance. All successful applicants will be required to complete mandatory pre-employment checks which include an enhanced DBS check, online checks and must have two satisfactory references. Please be aware that it is a criminal offence to apply for this post if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity in connection to children.


We recognise, value and champion diversity & Inclusion. As we engage with a diverse student population we want to ensure we reflect that in our staff population too. For us diversity is about building happy teams, full of people that want to learn and be inspired by each other, by our different experiences and backgrounds. It is important to us that both staff and students achieve their full potential. Diversity is important to us, but inclusion is equally, if not more important. It’s not just about having the representation but also providing the people we recruit with opportunities and valuing everyone’s contributions and perspectives.

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