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Area Programme Manager - Fixed term to 31 May 2025

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Skills & Learning is a top performing Adult Community Education (ACE) provider, previously shortlisted for Provider of the Year in the prestigious Times Education awards. Ofsted judge the service as ‘Good’ overall and the quality of Information, Advice and Guidance is independently checked and endorsed by Matrix. Government administered learner satisfaction survey results are excellent; most learners achieve and would recommend Skills & Learning to others. 

We are seeking an individual who is passionate about people, their communities and the positive impact that learning can have, to join our Business Development & Engagement team

You will be accountable for planning, delivering, managing and quality assuring a programme of courses, both classroom-based and online, which meet the changing needs of learners and employers across the county. The programme will include courses developed in response to projects funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) and ESFA funded programmes developed and delivered by our sub-contracted partners. 

This is a managerial role and contract management experience may be an advantage but is not a requirement. You will performance manage a team of partner organisations, qualified tutors and quality assurance staff - this will involve a range of quality assurance activities such as visits to lessons / partners and speaking with learners.

Skills & Learning currently offers over 600 courses, across Dorset in over 30 locations. You will join a team consisting of another Area Programme Manager, Business Outreach Officers, Marketing Officer, Progression & Employability Officer and information, advice and guidance staff. Key objectives are to increase participation, increase average class size and provide high quality project funded and partner delivered learning opportunities. The vacancy has arisen due to new project funding and a restructuring of our curriculum team. This is a fixed term post for the duration of the project funding. 

You will benefit from numerous benefits associated with working for BCP Council including flexible working.  You can work from our centres, other BCP Council touch down spaces and home.  Your duties will include attending meetings and regular and frequent visits to learning at all delivery locations (county-wide and online). We are a small friendly, supportive, and hard-working team so would like to hear from like-minded people. 

Please refer to the Person Specification for more details.

For an informal discussion please contact Baylie Hart on


About BCP Council

BCP Council provides services to a diverse community of 400,000 residents and employs more than 5,000 people.  Our area includes over 15 miles of beautiful world-renowned coastline.  We can offer career defining roles to transform and improve services.  By working with us, you can help deliver a vision of a thriving, word-class, prosperous and inclusive place for generations to come.

Our Benefits

We offer an excellent benefits package for further details see here

As a result of the creation of BCP Council in 2019, we are working on simplifying our terms and conditions of service and will be creating a single pay structure which is to be applicable for all employees. It is important to us that we offer benefits that our colleagues value as part of their total employment package and we are reviewing these to make sure we have it right. We are in the process of establishing a timescale for implementation and colleagues joining us will be included in these changes. Expected to be in place 2024.


BCP Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the community and expects all staff and volunteers to share the same commitment. Applicants to this post will be required to complete the appropriate level of Disclosure & Barring Service Check. Please refer to the Job Description or Role Profile for more details.


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