Programme Lead- Skills and Employability

We are looking for a Programme Leader for Skills and Employability (Foundation Learning and SEND)

Joining our Journey:

When you join our college, not only will you benefit from an annual reviewed salary but have access to numerous benefits and facilities: 

  • 37 days annual leave per year, plus Bank Holidays, with additional efficiency days and all college Christmas closedown
  • Generous Pension Scheme  
  • Fantastic Staff Benefits and Rewards platform
  • Employee Assistance Scheme
  • Enhanced Maternity/Paternity provision
  • Staff Development days/week (Jan, July, Aug)
  • Free confidential counselling service
  • Staff recognition awards
  • Car Scheme
  • Subsidised car parking
  • On-site Day Nursery
  • On-site hair and beauty salon

The Role:

The Faculty of Skills and Employability are looking for a passionate individual with a track record of developing and delivering specialist SEND Quality provision, ideally within the Further Education setting. Working alongside the Head of Faculty, you will be maintaining highest quality standards of foundation learning and SEND curriculum and support to ensure learners maximise potential for success and progression. This is an incredible opportunity to join Oldham College, a Centre of National Excellence for SEND, delivering a real impact to students and the wider community, through teaching and managing in our Skills and Employability department.

Key responsibilities for our Programme Leader in Skills and Employability:

  • Provide effective leadership, and co-ordination of resources and staff for the study programmes in the discrete Faculty of Skills and Employability (foundation learning and SEND).
  • Ensure the day to day operational activity of the foundation learning and SEND programmes.
  • Ensure the curriculum and/or support provision is reviewed, updated as required and in line with the Faculty’s strategic direction, and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years.
  • Maintain highest quality standards of foundation learning and SEND curriculum and support to ensure learners maximise potential for success and progression in line with their Education, Health & Care Plan targets.

To be successful as a Programme Leader in Skills and Employability you will need:

  • A degree or equivalent in a related subject, and a recognised teaching qualification.
  • Experience of successfully managing changes to SEND curriculum /support design and delivery.
  • Track record of successfully planning and implementing SEND quality improvement to meet the Ofsted High Needs requirements.
  • Significant experience of managing the SEND recruitment process in line with the Code of Practice, retention and achievement rates of SEND students in line with the Colleges duties and responsibilities.

Oldham College is a great career choice for ambitious professionals. With a “good” Ofsted rating, one of the best apprenticeship programmes in the region, excellent 16-18 results and truly outstanding GCSE English results, we are already a high performer.

But we want to deliver much more than this. Our ambition is to be “The Best Place to Learn and Work” and we have a clear Strategic Plan which sets out what this means and what we will do to deliver it.  We will keep on improving and innovating, and we are investing in new provision, new facilities, and new technology; including our state-of-the-art clinical simulation suite.

We expect a lot from you, so we want ambitious, open minded candidates, who are ready to give their best.  But we give a lot in return, from training to pensions, our own benefits package, and one of the best and most helpful group of colleagues you could ever wish to meet.  

The role will require you to embed and work to the college’s values; working with Integrity, having Ambition to help our learners succeed and being Inclusive to learners and colleagues alike.

At Oldham College, our mission is to welcome everyone and create inclusive teams. We encourage everyone to join us, as we create a workforce that is as diverse as our wonderful student community. We do monitor responses to our diversity questions in our application, to ensure that we can continue to build a workforce that is representative of the community that we serve.

We understand that not everyone works to the same timetable, and offer a range of flexible working options, including flexible start and finish times, part-time, term-time only or hybrid options, where the role permits.

We will do everything we can to support you during your application.  If you need us to make any adjustments to our recruitment process, contact our HR team who will be happy to advise.

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.

Further details including a Person Specification are included within the attached Job Description.

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.