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Area Programme Manager - Foundation Skills and Learner Support

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 and currently shortlisted for Large Team of the Year at the LGC Awards. Ofsted judge the service as ‘Good’ overall and the quality of Information, Advice and Guidance is independently checked and endorsed by Matrix. Learner satisfaction survey results are excellent; most learners achieve and would recommend Skills & Learning to others. 

We are seeking an Area Programme Manager who is passionate about people, their communities and the positive impact that learning can have, to join our Foundation Skills and Learner Support team. This is a permanent, full time management position.

Role Purpose

Skills & Learning currently offers over 600 courses, across Dorset in over 30 locations. You will join a team consisting of a Curriculum Manager, other Area Programme Managers and Learning Support Managers. Key objectives of the post holder are to:

  • plan, design, programme, manage and quality assure the ICT and Digital skills curriculum 
  • line manage, support and develop tutors
  • provide additional management resource for the growing ESOL programme alongside another Area Programme Manager
  • work collaboratively with other teams and referral partners to promote and recruit to the programme

The portfolio of programme areas to manage is subject to change.   

The role also requires attending meetings and regular visits to learning activity 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 Cathy Atkinson on


Main Responsibilities


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. This will involve a range of quality assurance activities such as visits to lessons and performance review meetings with awarding organisations. The programme will include courses developed for adults, in response to ESFA, community and local skills improvement plan priorities. 


The Ideal Candidate

This is a managerial role within an education setting and management skills and teaching experience are essential. You will performance manage a team of tutors as well as manage the quality of the programme so our ideal candidate will be someone with a background in adult education, with excellent communication skills, who has experience in managing teams and can support the quality of education provided in the curriculum area.  You will have a flexible approach to working hours as our programmes run during the day, evenings and some weekends so there will be times when you are required to work outside of usual working hours. You will also be able to travel across Dorset for meetings and quality assurance activities.

You will have a recognised level 5 teaching qualification. 

The role will involve hybrid working. You can work from our learning centres, other BCP Council touch down spaces and home.

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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