Economy & Skills Manager (WLA)

  • Location
    London, Greater London
  • Salary
    £ 29.48 - £ 38.67 / Hourly
  • Job type
  • Industry
    Public Sector and Government
  • External Reference
  • Category
    Public Sector - Public Sector Projects & Programmes

  • Economy and Skills Manager (West London Alliance)

  • Public Sector - Local Authority

  • Full time - Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week

  • Temporary role - 9 months

  • £29.48 per hour PAYE / £38.67 per hour Umbrella

  • Paid Annual Leave entitlement (PAYE route only)

  • IT equipment provided

  • Hybrid working


This is a pivotal role leading the development and implementation of significant elements of the West London boroughs' collective approach to economic recovery, with a particular focus on skills and on 'green recovery'. The postholder will work to complement and supplement work underway at the borough level through sub-regional interventions to contribute to an inclusive recovery from the economic impact of the pandemic. The post-holder will be knowledgeable about the skills and employment agendas, with a track record working effectively and credibly to deliver excellent measurable outcomes, with an understanding of both policy development and programme delivery. Given the partial focus in supporting delivery of the boroughs' 'green recovery' an understanding of the broader economic development landscape is also desirable


  1. Lead the delivery of discrete, skills-related elements of the West London Build & Recover plan, the economic recovery strategy for West London agreed by Leaders of the West London Alliance boroughs, working with the Head of Economy & Skills and with lead officers in West London Alliance boroughs and partners organisations.

  1. Provide expert support to make the case to senior stakeholders for additional resource to address skills needs in West London, including reskilling and upskilling programmes required as a result of the economic impact of the pandemic.

  1. Use expertise to develop and maintain an evidence base on labour market and skills issues across West London to enable decision-making and better understand how to address these issues, building on recent research to improve our understanding of demand for and supply of skills to help skills providers to better respond to economic recovery and growth

4. Lead and develop a sub-regional strategy and programme to identify and implement ways of increasing the use of the Apprenticeship Levy to drive numbers of high-quality apprentices in West London and enable upskilling in work.

5. Lead collaboration across seven boroughs to develop a shared approach to a 'no wrong door' to the employment and skills system, complementing London-wide approaches.

6. Lead work with senior borough stakeholders to scope how best to make best use of cross-borough collaboration on planning (principally through levers such as Section 106 agreements) to secure skills and employment benefits.

7. Work with the Head of Economy & Skills and senior external stakeholders to develop strategies and approaches to addressing the skills needs in West London's key sectors, green skills and film/screen industries, including working to engage with and shape the emerging skills academy hubs as part of the Mayor's Academies Programme,

8. Develop and articulate the case for West London's specific skills needs to feed into skills policy developed at the London level, particularly relating to the devolved £300m+ p.a. Adult Educatioin Budget.

9. Act as lead officer sub-regionally supporting the West London Environment Directors' Board, specifically in its oversight of the 'green recovery' elements of the West London Build and Recover plan and in embedding the cross-cutting theme of green recovery into delivery of other elements of the plan.

10. Work with the West London Climate Emergency Officers' Group to track progress on delivery of activity supporting the 'green recovery' element of the West London Build and Recover plan.

  1. Support internal and external communications for the WLA's skills programme

  1. Represent West London Alliance at external meetings with senior stakeholders and partners, deputising for the Head of Economy & Skills when required.

  1. Represent and undertake work on behalf of the West London sub-region at regional and national forums (including London Councils, North West London NHS, GLA etC

Person Specification


1) Experience of successfully leading and managing the delivery of complex, high value and multi-stakeholder skills and employment projects.

2) Extensive and up-to date knowledge of the employment and skills system, including major issues and agendas, and ideally also funding mechanisms.

3) Experience of using research, data and evidence - ideally in a skills and employment context - to develop, inform and/or influence policy or programme delivery.

4) Experience working credibly and successfully with senior officers in local government and external partners to deliver measurable results

5) Practical understanding of how local authorities and public sector agencies operate and make decisions, and their strategic and policy environment

8) Understanding of the broader economic development landscape beyond employment and skills.


1) Relevant degree, professional qualification or equivalent experience

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