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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Delivery Manager - Merseyside and North West Lancashire

IPPR is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community, and from applicants with a range of professional and lived experiences. As an organisation engaging in critical debate about a wide range of progressive policy issues, we value the creativity and range of perspectives that a diverse team can provide 

Delivery Manager, Merseyside & North West Lancashire
 per annum pro-rata plus benefits  
6 months Fixed Term Contract with potential for extension
Part time (2.5 days per week) with potential to increase
Ideally based in the Merseyside/North West Lancashire  

IPPR has recently been successful in being awarded funding by the Department for Education to deliver a programme of activity to engage SMEs with apprenticeships in Merseyside and North West Lancashire. We are looking for a Delivery Manager to lead the day-to-day delivery of this work.

This project builds on the success of the London Progression Collaboration (LPC), IPPR’s practical apprenticeship creation initiative. Since its launch in 2020, the LPC has created over 1,200 apprenticeships, by delivering practical apprenticeship support to SMEs. We’ve also leveraged over £11.5 million in levy transfer funds from prestigious large employers to support this work.

This part-time post will lead the project in Merseyside and North West Lancashire, working as part of the wider LPC delivery team. You will provide marketing and engagement activity to build SMEs’ interest in apprenticeships, and give interested SMEs detailed practical support which helps them to take on their first apprentice. To enable this, you’ll build and manage a network of relationships with local government, apprenticeship training providers and industry bodies. Given the demands of this contract, you’ll also keep meticulous records of all your business engagement activity.

To do this successfully, you’ll need outstanding relationship-building, influencing and communication skills, and will bring an ambitious and entrepreneurial approach to this work. You’ll need to be comfortable working at pace to deliver a new project from scratch, and working independently to do so. And of course, you’ll be driven by our mission to improve access to good work.

This is a unique chance to contribute your expertise to and work with a talented and diverse team that brings a wide range of different backgrounds and experience to our work; all committed to diversity, inclusion and social mobility. We have a very collaborative culture, and work in an agile way as we build from our initial pilot.

As part of our commitment to flexible working we are open to agreeing a work pattern for these hours to suit the successful candidate. All options can be discussed at interview stage.

For an informal chat to find out more about the job and IPPR, contact Anna Ambrose, Director LPC, on 07503 627295 Monday to Thursday.

Before applying, please click on the document to your left to read the information pack that includes the job description and person specification. Or email [email protected] quoting the job title or REF: LPC/OCT.  

Please provide a CV with a 2-page personal statement. The statement should  address, under separate headings, each of the attributes in the person specification. 

The CV and statement should be combined into one PDF document and returned to [email protected]  In order to complete your application please also complete IPPR’s equal opportunities monitoring form   

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 9am Tuesday 6th November 2022

Interviews will be held W/C 12th December 2022