Principal Policy Officer – Funding Policy and Systems, Open to flexible working

London Bridge Station, London (Greater)
£53,822 per annum
09 Nov 2018
25 Nov 2018
Contract Type

Principal Policy Officer – Funding Policy and Systems, Open to flexible working

From 2019/2020 the Adult Education Budget (AEB) will be devolved to the Mayor. The AEB is worth about £310 million a year in London and delivers training to adults aged 19+. Building on the Skills for Londoners Strategy, the Skills for Londoners Framework was published this summer and outlined the Mayor’s intentions for reform of the AEB. At the heart of the Mayor’s plans is the aim to ensure that the AEB is more outcomes focused than it is at present. The successful applicant for this post will lead this strand of reform.

Currently, the AEB provides limited incentives to providers to ensure that training is focused on labour market and other key outcomes for London’s residents and businesses, as providers are primarily paid for delivering learning aims. The work that the successful applicant will lead will include:

  • better defining the outcomes, both social and economic, that London needs;
  • ensuring the outcomes can be robustly measured, either by supporting providers to collect data or by gaining access to government administrative data;
  • examining how funding can be targeted at training that delivers outcomes, for example by developing Payment By Results approaches, or through funding allocations;
  • leading on the evaluation of the GLA AEB programme   
  • working with stakeholders within the sector to ensure that any reforms are introduced in a controlled and gradual way that does not destabilise the market.

To do this, the successful applicant will work across teams within the GLA’s Skills and Employment Unit, and more widely within the organisation. The applicant will manage one Senior Policy Officer.

Applicants might come from a range of backgrounds, including, but not limited to, programme delivery, policy, research and economics. We welcome applications from those currently working with ESFA funding, including those from Colleges or other providers. 

You will need to be confident in establishing relationships with a range of stakeholders, particularly at senior level, including officers from government departments, the skills sector, business representative bodies, boroughs and the Mayor’s Office. An extensive knowledge of the DfE’s and Education and Skills Funding Agency’s funding policy and programmes is preferred in addition to excellent knowledge of skills and employment policy and a successful track record in policy development and delivery. 

London's diversity is its biggest asset and we strive to ensure our workforce reflects London's diversity at all levels. We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and we are happy to consider flexible working arrangements. We would welcome applications from candidates who are seeking part time work as this role is open to job share. 

In addition to a good salary package, we offer an attractive range of benefits including 30 days’ annual leave, interest free season ticket loan, interest free bicycle loan, childcare voucher scheme and a career average pension scheme.

Application closing date: Sunday 25 November 2018 at 23:59 GMT

Interviews will take place at: City Hall on 10 & 11 December 2018


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