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Future Skills and Careers Manager

Posted by: dlambert

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Posted 25.03.22


This is a newly created and high-profile role, central to the delivery of the industry wide, Minerals Matter initiative which aims to increase the awareness of extractives and mineral products in the educational and general market sectors, showcasing the diverse range of available career opportunities.

The role will assess and leverage the impact that the Minerals Matter ambassador programmes have across a range of activities, including from careers functions, operational sites, and school visits. The goal being to drive an influx of new talent into extractive and mineral processing industry roles, including from those leaving education.

The ideal candidate will be someone with a strategic level of education systems involvement, combined with project management experience. You will have knowledge of Government policy for Apprenticeships, Traineeships, Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance, and Enterprise education.

In addition, they are likely to have experience of managing multiple projects to set deadlines with high delivery success rate and the ability to establish good relationships when dealing with colleagues, senior managers, and external stakeholders.

The Future Skills and Careers Manager will be employed by Mineral Products Qualifications Council (MPQC) on behalf of the extractives and mineral processing industry. MPQC is a non-profit organisation, comprising an awarding body (MP awards) and separate training division (MP skills).

The Vision

 A fresh, joined up strategy where the Future Skills and Careers Manager oversees and coordinates the Minerals Matter Ambassador programme which links Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) activities, plus the strategic input/insight from newly nominated employer Enterprise Advisors to the work of D2N2, the Local Enterprise Partnership for Nottinghamshire (LEP), and thereby enhance the effectiveness of the ambassador programme in attracting new talent to the industry.

Following an initial 6–12-month trial of this new process delivery model in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, it is expected that an agreed, proven methodology blueprint will emerge for roll out nationally, to be used to motivate, inspire, and support young people in making informed choices about options within the industry.

Principal responsibilities:

Liaise with the Minerals Matter four Pillar Leads (Governance and Standards, Technical Education, Training and Development and Future Careers), helping to refine plans and define tangible results that will be fed back to the Minerals Education and Skills Board (MESB), via MPQC Council and Board.

In addition:

  • Maintaining the new database created to track the Minerals Matter Ambassadors, to include STEM registration and acceptance, training received, and activities carried out, and increased visibility of industry participation and activity
  • Build positive relationships with industry stakeholders, LEP, Enterprise Advisors, SMEs, employers, government representatives and educational heads where appropriate
  • Collaborate with the supporting businesses and target resources or ambassadors to key projects more effectively based on strategic input and insight
  • Ensure that the Enterprise Advisors are contributing and attending the school/educational meetings as required by their nominated schools and to report progress and updates to the supporting companies
  • Work in collaboration with the communication leads for industry to publicise the wins of the project widely throughout industry
  • Act as the conduit that coordinates all the available resources for the ambassadors to ensure maximum impact at events
  • Regular reporting to the MESB and wider industry on progress and areas of improvement. This may include number of events attended, feedback and any further opportunities gleaned from positive outcomes.

Salary: £45,000- £55,000 per annum depending on experience

Contract: Full time

Report to: MPQC CEO

 Please apply, in the first instance via email, enclosing CV and cover letter, to:

[email protected]


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