Energy Central Campus (ECC) is a unique partnership between the Port of Blyth, Northumberland County Council and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, with a mission to create the pipeline of talent required for the expanding clean energy sector, at the same time, inspiring, training and delivering routes to employment for the local community.
It is a business-led initiative in the heart of one of the UK’s largest clean energy clusters, providing a clear understanding of the skills and training needs of the sector. ECC will allow the voice of industry to shape training provisions to ensure the development of the high-quality clean energy sector workforce of the future.
ECC will deliver this vision over two phases:
ECC Phase 1 – Energy Central Learning Hub (ECLH) – A new STEM education and vocational training facility, developing energy sector skills and aspirations among young people at school and college, and adults re-training for new roles. Based at the Port of Blyth, learners will develop skills in a real-world clean energy port environment.
ECC Phase 2 – Energy Central Institute -A new higher-level skills and innovation facility, developing energy sector expertise at degree and PhD levels. Creating a focal point for collaboration between energy businesses, OREC, and Northeast universities, it will develop higher-level skills and technological innovations to keep the region at the forefront of clean energy sector growth.
This is a permanent post within ECC Ltd that will be initially supported through the Energising Blyth Town Deal.
This is an excellent opportunity for a high-calibre individual to take up the challenge of managing a unique training facility and play a significant part in ensuring its ultimate success.
As the Head of Operations for ECLH, the successful candidate will report directly to the ECC Ltd Board of Directors and:
- Support the Board in the development of Energy Central Learning Hub, contribute to its strategy and objectives, and attend and administer Board Meetings.
- Work with employer and training/education partners to help nurture effective working relationships and clearly identify needs and opportunities for the benefit of the ECLH.
- Oversee and ensure the success of STEM@EnergyCentral, engaging with funding partners, schools and young learners across the region.
- Ensure effective facilities and operational management for the ECLH.
- Manage and motivate a small team of employees, ensuring they provide a high level of customer service and administrative functions.
- Ensure compliance with relevant legislation, policies, and procedures within the scope of the facility including Health, Safety, Environment and Safeguarding.
- Contribute to and agree on financial budgets for the ECLH and be ultimately responsible for delivering financial performance in line with such budgets.
- Monitor the educational achievements/outputs of Energy Central Learning Hub and liaise with tenants/providers to ensure such outputs comply with the terms put in place by the accountable funding bodies.
- Represent Energy Central Learning Hub’s interests in liaising with local, regional and national stakeholders.
Skills and Experience
Given the scope of this key role, the following skills & experience is required.
- Excellent literacy and numeracy skills, sufficient to produce effective business plans, statistics and provide financial reporting.
- Excellent verbal and presentation skills.
- Leadership skills and effective team management
- Knowledge of Post 16 and Higher Education systems including qualification structures, funding, and modes of delivery.
- Experience in facilities management.
- Experience in collaborative working, within and between diverse organisations, up to senior levels.
- Experience in business planning, financial management, performance management, and governance in a dynamic environment.
- Experience in representing organisations positively in internal and external forums.
- Experience/knowledge of managing the Health, Safety and Environmental aspects of an organisation.
- Experience/knowledge of safeguarding in an education context.
- Experience in working with and reporting to senior officers and boards of governance.
- Knowledge of technical industries including (but not limited to) engineering, manufacturing & clean energy.
- Experience/knowledge of The Ofsted Education Inspection Framework and management of Quality of Education.
Remuneration & Benefits
- Competitive salary depending on relevant experience and qualifications.
- Defined contribution pension scheme, 6% employee and 12% employer contribution.
- 25-28 days holiday (Plus 8 statutory days).
How to Apply
Applications including full CV and details of current salary by email to – ECCrecruitment@energycentraluk.co.uk
Closing date for applications: 26th November 2023
It is anticipated that interviews will be held on Thursday 14th December 2023
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