Strategic Employer Partnership Specialist


  • 27 days annual leave (plus public holidays)
  • Peoples Pension
  • Retail and leisure discounts

About the role:

We are looking for a Strategic Employer Partnership Specialist to join our Employer Partnerships Team at   our Bedford/Corby/Dunstable campuses. As a Specialist, you will play a pivotal role in the success of our students through:

  • Developing relationships with local, regional, and national employers, aiming to enhance collaboration opportunities between employers and college students.
  • Assisting in developing, launching, and coordinating the Employer Partnership Scheme.
  • Planning and implementing industry employer forums, attends events, and networks to promote collaboration opportunities.
  • Gathering, analysing, and interpreting data, producing reports to inform curriculum development and meet employer needs and college targets.
  • Serving as the first point of contact for inquiries about partnership opportunities.

About you:

  • Level 2 in Mathematics and English at grade C/4 above, or Level 2 in functional skills Math’s and English, or willing to complete once in post
  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • Proven experience in employer engagement, partnership development, or a similar role within the education, training, or a related sector
  • Recent experience of working in a customer focused
  • environment and exceeding customer expectations
  • Experience in event planning and coordination
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines
  • Ability to build effective working relationships and partnerships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Proficiently in using a CRM system and Microsoft Office applications

Successful candidates must also be able to demonstrate alignment to our organisational VISION values:

  • Valuing Teamwork - We are one team who by working together can achieve great things, respecting the opinion and valuing the contribution each of us makes.
  • Improving Continuously - We challenge ourselves to always do better by trying new things, sharing knowledge, reflecting on practice and learning from others.
  • Student Centred - At our heart is always doing what is best for our students. We consider students in all of our decision making to create positive outcomes and memorable experiences for every student.
  • Inclusive - We celebrate differences and diversity, recognising that we can learn from each other.
  • Open and Caring - We care about the wellbeing of our staff, our students, our community and wider society, creating an environment built on trust where we listen, engage with and support each other.
  • Nurturing Education Excellence - We promote educational excellence by delivering programmes that challenge our students to achieve their ambitions.

About The Bedford College Group
The Bedford College Group was formed in 2017 following the merger of Bedford College and Tresham College and is now the largest provider of education in the South East Midlands, with over 15,000 students passing through our doors each year.

Today, the Group is made up of a family of colleges across Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire: Bedford College, Central Bedfordshire College and Tresham College in the towns of Bedford, Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard, Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough; Shuttleworth College, a specialist land-based college; The Bedford Sixth Form, (the only dedicated sixth form in Bedford); The Corby Sixth Form, (opened in September 2023); and the National College for Motorsport alongside Silverstone race circuit. To widen accessibility to education and training, the Group also has community-based Learning Centres in Bedford, Corby and Kettering which offer IT training.

Safeguarding our Students
The Bedford College Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to thorough vetting process which includes, an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the Exceptions Order 1975, provides information about which convictions must be declared during job applications and related exceptions and further information about filtering offences can be found in the DBS filtering guide. The Bedford College Group's policy on Employment of Ex-Offenders is attached to this vacancy.

Candidates who are barred from working with children are reminded it is a criminal offence to apply for this post.

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