Coordinator: Furness Education and Skills Partnership Furness

Self-employed Consultant £36,000 (£150/day)

The Royal Academy of Engineering and the Furness Economic Development Forum (FEDF) are seeking to appoint a Coordinator or Coordinators via a job share, to create a step change in the way that the Furness Education and Skills Partnership (FESP) and Barrow Engineering Project (BEP) enable collaborative working between schools and employers to enhance young people’s employability and engagement in STEM careers.

The post(s) will lead ongoing delivery and expansion of the two very successful and well established local partnerships and contribute to key Furness Economic Development Forum (FEDF) aims to grow the area’s own workforce. The Coordinator(s) will help realise a number of outcomes including development of a core strategy to enhance employability and meet employer needs through a locally grown workforce. This coordination role will increase the number of primary and secondary schools participating in initiatives, pilot a cross sector skills self-assessment framework, and implement a marketing strategy to effectively communicate with key stakeholders in both education and business sectors – providing careers information advice and guidance and improving information flows to employers.

The Coordinator role(s) require previous experience within the education sector and/or business sector. A contract will be offered for 240 days per year, for 2 years initially, at a daily rate of £150. Secondments or part time job share will be considered for the role.

Specific responsibilities will be to –

Strengthen delivery of programmes designed to create a progressive journey of skills development and learning opportunities for students aged 5-19

Engage businesses with schools and colleges to effectively prepare young people for the world of work

Enhance FESP and BEP operation by acting as principal coordinator and deliverer of employer/school/parent engagement events and activities designed to boost a home grown workforce through new and extended local career pathways

Maintain and seek to expand FESP links with employers of all sizes and all three tiers of education in Furness, involving all peninsula schools, to increase awareness of the world of work, the range of skills sought by businesses, and potential career pathways

Participate fully in the Furness Economic Development Forum’s “Education Employment and Skills” Delivery Group, seeking opportunities to further develop and expand the work of the Group

Strengthen and extend networks to increase learning opportunities by maintaining strong links with existing FESP businesses, developing opportunities to expand the number and range of businesses involved, and the support they offer to local schools and colleges

Play a key role in delivering FESP’s ambitions, in particular by piloting the Furness SELF (Skills and Employability Learning Framework), a model which maps employability skills across all phases of education and provides young people and teachers with an entitlement framework showing how the skills can be applied

Coordinate and expand a number of high-profile and successful existing FESP initiatives such as the Furness “Building My Skills” programme, the Furness Big Bang


Science and Engineering Fair, the Furness SkillsFest and the Happy & Healthy Lifestyle #1 Will Make a Difference project

Strengthen partnerships with Inspira, DWP and Cumbria LEP’s school engagement programme across Cumbria to maximise the offer to young people and avoid duplication of provision

Provide regular liaison with appointed BEP coordinators in each school supporting them in project involvement and programme delivery to enhance and enrich their STEM and CEIAG curriculum

Support school BEP funding bids for activities such as Tomorrow’s Engineers Week

Capture scorecard data on all STEM-based activities taking place in project schools and colleges

Collaborate with other local STEM organisations such as STEM Cumbria Ltd so that schools receive a well-rounded STEM offer

Provide employers with half yearly summaries of numbers of students in the pipeline studying STEM subjects so they are aware of the resource coming through

Maintain a close relationship with local media to ensure coverage of events and activities

Create and implement a social media & marketing strategy to increase awareness of opportunities available through FESP and illustrate the impact of its work within the education and business sectors – increasing national profile

Report quarterly against key performance indicators to FEDF Education Employment and Skills Delivery Group and the Royal Academy of Engineering

Work towards a future sustainable funding model for FESP and reinforce the local partnerships in Barrow-in-Furness with the Royal Academy of Engineering and FEDF

The successful candidate will have:

– Recent experience of the education system or business sector, preferably both

– Good interpersonal communication, organisational and management skills required to coordinate cross sector programmes, stimulate involvement of local school and business management teams, and arrange & chair partnership meetings, following up agreed actions

– The ability to work with a high degree of independence and report progress on a monthly and quarterly basis

– A demonstrable commitment to keeping abreast of developments and potential career pathways, particularly in STEM-based industries

– Reside in SW Cumbria, Barrow and Furness region and have a good understanding of the educational challenges facing schools and the economic prospects for Furness

– Submit to and pass a DBS check

The contract will be subject to a three-month probationary period and contracted for 240 days, for which a daily rate of £150 will be paid. Part time job share and secondments will also be considered.

To apply please submit a CV and covering letter outlining your suitability for the post and whether you prefer full-time or part-time, to Lynda Mann, Head of 5-19 Education, Royal Academy of Engineering, 3 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5DG or by email to

The closing date for applications is: midday on Monday 27th March

Interviews will take place in Barrow on: Tuesday 4th April (PM) and Wednesday 5th April (AM)

The role is jointly funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering (with support from DONG Energy Community Skills Fund and the Sir John Fisher Foundation) and FEDF (through the Coastal Communities Fund).

For an informal discussion on the role please contact Lynda Mann (Royal Academy of Engineering) on 07917 783019 or Stuart Klosinski (FEDF) on 07836 254721. Alternatively, please contact Caroline Vernon of Victoria Academy on 01229 870812.

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