Opportunity: Skills for Londoners Business Partnership Members

Skills for Londoners Business Partnership Members

Salary: Unpaid
Grade: Board
Contract type: Fixed Term
Reference: SFL2018
Interview date: Week commencing 8th and 15 October 2018
Application closing date: Monday 17 September 2018 at 23:59 GMT

Help build a skills system that meets the needs of London’s economy

The Mayor is inviting applications to the Skills for Londoners Business Partnership from those who can bring a strong business/employer voice on skills and employment to strengthen Mayoral programmes. Members will need excellent knowledge of the opportunities and challenges facing London’s industries and will be able to advise on how the Mayor can improve support to Londoners and London’s employers in relevant occupations/sectors.

In the Skills for Londoners Strategy, the Mayor of London sets out his vision for a ‘A City for all Londoners – making sure Londoners, employers and businesses get the skills they need to succeed in a fair, inclusive society and thriving economy.’

One of the key priorities at the heart of the strategy is to meet the needs of London’s economy and employers now and in the future. This means working with employers through the Skills for Londoners Business Partnership to help steer skills provision to make sure that the devolved AEB and wider technical and vocational education system delivers for the London economy. The Skills for Londoner’s Business Partnership’s overarching aims are to:

  • Improve London’s skills system to better meet the needs of employers, businesses and the London economy;
  • Increase skills investment and workforce development in London’s industries to meet the demands of the global economy; and
  • Improve information and data on occupational skills needs from employers, and ensure the most accurate/reliable data is used to inform skills provision in London.

The Mayor is seeking candidates from a broad range of backgrounds from all parts of London’s business community, employers, and business representative bodies.

Applications are particularly encouraged from business leaders and/or sector representatives with expertise in sectors facing challenges due to factors such as increasing demand, skills shortages or gaps, aging workforce, automation and Brexit – for example, retail and hospitality, health and social care, education and early years, construction and infrastructure and STEM.
Applications are also encouraged from those with a background in growth sectors identified in the Mayor’s Economic Development Strategy, in particular: advanced urban services (such as architecture, urban design, planning, engineering, property development, energy and transport); cultural and creative industries; financial and business services; life sciences; low carbon and environmental goods and services; tech and digital; and hospitality and tourism.

London’s diversity is its biggest asset and the Mayor strives to reflect London’s diversity in all board appointments. The aim is that the Skills for Londoners Business Partnership reflects London’s diversity so we welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.

If you have any queries about the content of this pack or for a confidential discussion, please contact Cinar Altun on 020 7084 2528. If you have any queries regarding the application process or if you require information in an alternative format, please email andrew.baxter@london.gov.ukquoting reference SFL2018.

How to Apply

Please read our Application Pack.
Candidates are invited to apply by submitting a CV and covering letter (max. 4 sides).

The CV should include details of employment, public appointments, qualifications history and the name and contact details of two referees willing to provide a reference. It should also include any relevant information regarding your eligibility for appointment and any directorships you hold.

The covering letter should provide details of the relevant experience that equips you to serve as a member of the Skills for Londoners Business Partnership, in particular addressing the criteria section under the role specification and any expertise or understanding of one or more of the sectors identified (see application pack for further details).