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Our vision is world-class education for Wales. Our mission is to demonstrate the value of further education to all learners, society and the economy. We pride ourselves on providing high quality services to our stakeholders. But we can only do this with the commitment and hard work of our excellent team of staff.

ColegauCymru comprises of a small team of enthusiastic and skilled individuals and the organisation has extensive experience in the further education sector in Wales.

We are currently recruting for 3 posts: Principal Human Resources Policy Officer, Communications and Marketing Officer, and Net Zero and Green Skills FE Lead Coordinator

Principal Human Resources Policy Officer

Reporting to Director of Policy and Public Affairs
Contract Full time or part time (minimum 0.6FTE), fixed-term to 31 August 2023, with the possibility of becoming a permanent role
Salary £38,457 - £43,366 per annum (pay award pending).
Benefits 37 days annual leave plus 8 public holidays and up to 5 discretionary days, access to a defined benefit pension scheme (LGPS option), flexible working options, salary sacrifice schemes such as childcare vouchers, free car parking.
Location A combination of home-based and office working (Cardiff). 
Hours 37 hours per week.    

About Us 
ColegauCymru is the voice of Further Education (FE) in Wales. We are an education charity which promotes the public benefit of FE in Wales. We undertake research and policy development and provide practical support to the FE community. Working closely with Welsh Government, their agencies and other stakeholders, we help shape policies affecting the FE sector, their learners and staff. We are the first point of contact for FE in Wales.  

About the Vacancy 
ColegauCymru is a membership organisation that represents the interests of the FE sector in Wales. ColegauCymru operates mechanisms through which FE colleges negotiate with trade unions on pay and workforce matters.   

FE colleges develop common positions through the ColegauCymru Principals’ Forum and HR Directors Network. These are then negotiated with trade unions through the Wales Negotiations Committee Further Education (WNCFE), comprising representatives of ColegauCymru and trade unions. Negotiations in the WNCFE are subject to a National Recognition and Procedure Agreement between ColegauCymru and recognised trade unions.    

The postholder will act as fulcrum between the ColegauCymru negotiating mechanisms and its members. This will enable ColegauCymru to better understand and represent the FE sector’s interests. 

The role would suit an experienced HR professional or someone with a policy and/research-orientated background. 

The main purposes of the role are:  

  • To undertake research on employment policy and practice. 
  • To co-ordinate mechanisms and processes that support the ColegauCymru function as a negotiating body.  
  • To cohere the inputs and views of FE colleges to negotiations with trade unions so that ColegauCymru can develop well-founded, fit for purpose, robust and timely proposals.   
  • To create, edit and maintain documents discussed and agreed with trade unions.    

Job Description
Working for ColegauCymru - Additional Relevant Information
Equality and Monitoring Form

How to Apply 
For an informal discussion, please contact Interim Chief Executive, David.Price@ColegauCymru.ac.uk  

Please submit your CV, covering letter and Equality and Monitoring Form by email to HR@colegaucymru.ac.uk

Applications Closing Date: Monday 10 October 2022  

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible. 

Date of Interviews: To be confirmed. 

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Communications and Marketing Officer 

Contract Type Full time, permanent (Job-share considered) 
Reporting to Communications Manager 
Salary £25,612 - £28,756 pay award pending, pro rata 
Location A combination of office (Cardiff) and home-based working 
Closing Date Monday 10 October 2022 

Overview of Role 

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to take on an exciting and challenging communications and marketing role in the further education and work-based learning sector. 

Working closely with Policy and Public Affairs colleagues and reporting to the Communications Manager, the successful candidate will lead on maintaining and developing the organisation’s digital marketing platforms to promote the benefits of post compulsory education and training. They will be responsible for clearly communicating the organisation’s key messages to both our internal and external stakeholders. 

The successful candidate will support ColegauCymru colleagues to advance our brand identity and broaden awareness of the ColegauCymru purpose, activities, and priorities. 

This is currently a predominantly work-from-home opportunity but will require the successful candidate to work regularly from the ColegauCymru offices in Cardiff, so the ability to commute here is essential for the future. Willingness to travel across Wales, within the UK and occasionally internationally, and work outside of normal working hours may also be required. 

Communications and Marketing Officer - Job Description
Working for ColegauCymru - Additional Relevant Information
Equality and Monitoring Form

Application Process 

Please send a CV and covering letter which demonstrates how you meet each aspect of the Person Specification. In addition, in order to consider your application, please answer the four questions below (200 words max per question). 

  1. What skills do you think a Communications and Marketing Officer needs to be successful? 
  2. Provide an example of how you would measure a digital marketing campaign. 
  3. Outline what KPIs would you use in website and social media reporting. 
  4. Outline what digital communications improvements you would recommend to ColegauCymru. 

Applications should be submitted by email to HR@colegaucymru.ac.uk

The closing date for this vacancy is 12.00pm, Monday 10 October 2022
We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible. 

Interviews 

Interviews will be held w/c 17 October 2022 at our offices in Tongwynlais, Cardiff. 
Please note that the successful candidate may be subject to a DBS disclosure check. 

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Net Zero and Green Skills FE Lead Coordinator

Contract Fixed Term until 31 March 2023 
Reporting to Director of Development
Salary £42,798 - £45,596 per annum 
Location A combination of office (Cardiff) and home-based working   
Closing Date Monday 10 October 2022 

ColegauCymru is the voice of Further Education in Wales. We are an education charity which promotes the public benefit of further education in Wales. We undertake research and policy development and provide practical support to the FE community. Working closely with Welsh Government, their agencies, and other stakeholders, we help shape policies affecting the FE sector, their learners, and staff. We are the first point of contact for further education in Wales.  

Overview of the Role 

In response to the Welsh Government’s Net Zero Wales plan, we are looking to appoint an exceptional individual to co-ordinate the development of a pan-Wales post-16 vocational education and training skills plan that will create a pipeline of ‘net zero’ and ‘green skills’ to the workforces of tomorrow across relevant sectors embarking on the journey to a Carbon Neutral Wales 2050. 

Working in partnership with stakeholders across Welsh Government and relevant agencies such as Net Zero Industry Wales (NZIW); the Welsh Colleges’ network and industry representatives, the successful candidate will play a pivotal role in co-ordinating, facilitating and developing a skills plan that is relevant and progressive, and which lays the foundations for an ambitious, but achievable sector response.   

The successful candidate will be a passionate advocate for Further Education and sustainability and will have a proven track record in developing and implementing vocational skills plans that align with industry needs.  

You will be confident in your ability to engage with a wide range of stakeholders; to build momentum and to secure commitment through your excellent interpersonal, communication and planning skills. You will demonstrate diplomacy and tact but will also be confident to highlight and challenge when needed to ensure that stakeholders ‘do the right thing’ to optimise the contribution to Net Zero Wales. 

You will be adept in analysing data, including labour market intelligence, and keeping abreast of research and innovation to inform the sector’s response, co-ordinating and facilitating engagement events to build alignment. 

Net Zero and Green Skills FE Lead Coordinator - Job Description
Application Form
Equality and Monitoring Form

Application Process 

Please complete the Application Form and Equality and Monitoring Form and return to hr@colegaucymru.ac.uk

All candidates are welcome to contact us for an informal discussion. Please contact Kelly.Edwards@colegaucymru.ac.uk   

Closing Date: 5.00pm, Monday 10 October 2022  
Interview Date: To be Confirmed 

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