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National Programme Manager, Apprenticeships (talen

Company: Health Education England    Location: Leicester LE3
Role: National Programme Manager, Talent for Care (Apprenticeships)

Band: Agenda for Change Band 8b

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Duration: Fixed term until 31 March 2018 (to cover maternity leave)

Base: Based in England with frequent travel into London. The post holder may also at times be required to work at any HEE establishment or external stakeholder site across the country.

Apprenticeships have been an increasing and evolving area of activity since 2013. Specifically, the NHS has committed to double the number of apprenticeships from 50,000 over the 5 years 2010-2015 to 100,000 from 2015 2020 in support of the governments target to achieve 3 million apprenticeships by 2020.

The Government has also announced plans for apprenticeship reform which include a public sector target introduced in 2017 and a levy on organisations that have a paybill of over £3m. Over 350 NHS organisations will be subject to the levy and it will amount to £200m in total.

An opportunity has arisen for the role of Programme Manager, Talent for Care (Apprenticeships). The successful candidate will support the development of apprenticeships that are inclusive and accessible to all as well as overseeing the introduction of the above apprenticeship reforms across the NHS, liaising with Dept of Health, HEE Executive team, local HEE apprenticeship leads and other stakeholders, e.g. NHS Employers and Skills for Health, to ensure that the NHS are prepared for these changes, can meet their public sector target and recoup the levy through the availability of high quality apprenticeship standards. This will include involvement in the strategic and business planning processes of HEE to ensure alignment to government agenda and managing an allocated budget to deliver against the objectives set out through that process.

We are looking for someone who is able to effectively manage changing priorities, adapting quickly and managing their time to meet tight deadlines. You will be able to work under pressure and be flexible, managing competing demands on your time. The post holder will also need to be confident in using their initiative and solving problems. In return we will provide a supportive working environment and a varied role with great opportunities for your personal development.

It is essential that you have an excellent working knowledge of the healthcare apprenticeship agenda.

The post holder will work closely with the national Talent for Care and Widening Participation teams.