FTC until 30 June 2020
Secondments will be considered. Politically restricted post
Central London Forward (CLF) is seeking an ambitious, highly experienced and capable individual to lead the Construction Careers Programme, an innovative and high-profile pilot programme aiming to address some of the challenges faced by the construction sector in recruiting local residents into Central London’s construction sector employment opportunities.
The programme is being delivered by CLF, a fast-growing organisation that operates at a strategic level, promoting and making the case for Central London by influencing policy, piloting new public policy solutions and providing advocacy on major issues affecting central London. CLF’s membership is comprised of the boroughs of Camden, City of London, Hackney, Haringey, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth and Westminster.
The construction industry has long since highlighted the challenges it faces in relation to securing a skilled and sustainable workforce and these challenges are likely to be exacerbated by further recruitment shortages likely to emerge following Britain’s proposed exit from the European Union. Eight central London boroughs have come together under the umbrella of CLF to progress a sub-regional pilot project which addresses some of the main issues believed to be at the centre of the challenge in Central London and have jointly pledged an allocation of £1.4m of New Home Bonus Funding to fund the project.
During a period of mobilisation, we have been recruiting an Outreach & Brokerage Team (a Manager and six Advisers), established the core programme management infrastructure and business processes, procured a CRM/MIS and engaged consultants to develop and manage an evaluation of the programme.
The objectives of the programme are to increase and open up the pool of skilled and qualified construction labour in London through innovative engagement with London’s young (as well as older) people and diverse communities by working to promote construction as a positive career. The programme will focus on opening up the apprenticeship and employment opportunities arising from the Section 106 planning obligations on major development sites which currently prioritise local residents over those living in neighbouring boroughs.
Our ambition is to innovate and demonstrate the value of working as a sub-regional project to promote construction as an exciting career, whilst addressing the growing shortage of skilled labour in the construction industry. There will be a high-profile launch event for the programme where we will showcase what the programme can offer to the key stakeholders in the industry, including developers, contractors and training providers. Construction Careers will also work closely with industry and local authorities to support the strategic engagement, operational coordination and involvement of construction industry partners to secure the success of the pilot.
As Senior Programme Manager, you will develop, implement and sustain the vision for this high-profile construction-sector programme. You will be central to its successful launch, leading on its establishment, responsible for effective implementation and management and with primary responsibility for its on-going successful operation, delivery and evolution over time.
You will have experience and knowledge of the construction sector as well as:
- Delivering innovative and measurable interventions which address economic inequality and enable social mobility;
- Working with developers and/or major contractors on ‘social value’ initiatives including Section 106 agreements;
- Establishing strategic relationship with employment and skills providers;
- Successful management of external funding;
- Commissioning skills and employment related provision;
- Successfully managing a team, including remote team members;
- Providing senior stakeholders with evidence-based information and guidance to shape strategic decision making;
- In addition, you will have excellent leadership, influencing, negotiating and stakeholder-management skills.
We'd love to hear from you if you would like to join our team and make a difference.
For more information about this role please email: Jo.Asphall@cityoflondon.gov.uk
To apply, please click on the link below.
Closing date 10am on Monday 13 August 2018.
Interviews expected to be in the week commencing 20 August 2018.
Alternatively, please contact 020 7332 3978 (24hr answerphone) quoting reference number TC601. A minicom service for the hearing impaired is available at 020 7332 3732.
This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and as part of the selection process you will be required to obtain a Standard DBS Clearance.
The City of London Corporation is committed to Equal Opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.
The City of London Corporation acts as a contracting body for Central London Forward on behalf of the joint venture partners: the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, the City of Westminster and the London Boroughs of Camden, Islington, Lambeth, Southwark and Wandsworth.