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Skills and qualifications you need

The skills and qualifications you need will depend on which role you apply for.

Production instructor (Band 3)

You will need to have experience in the specialism that the workshop you will be assigned to focuses on. The job vacancy will give you more information on this. You will need a Vocational Qualification at Level 3 or be willing to work towards gaining one.  

As well as being familiar with workshop health and safety practices, you will need to be able to give clear work instructions based on detailed drawings and project plans.

To be a production instructor you need good coaching and mentoring skills. Plus you will need supervisory experience and be able to motivate an untrained workforce.

Vocational instructional officers (Band 4)

You must be able to able to demonstrate that you have at least 2 years’ vocational experience, plus a good working knowledge of the specialist workshop you will be working in (see job description for details). 

To be a vocational instructor, you need supervisory experience and the ability to coach and motivate an untrained workforce. This will require strong communication and influencing skills, a can-do attitude and team working skills.

If your application is successful, you will need to commit to gaining an Awarding Body approved assessor award within one year of starting in post. 

Specialist production instructors (Band 4)

As well as Basic English, Maths and IT skills, you will need a Vocational Qualification in the area you will be working in (see job description for details), at Level 3 or be willing to work towards gaining one.

You will also need relevant work experience in a production environment and experienced of using industrial standard machinery and equipment.

A can-do attitude, strong communication, influencing, coaching and mentoring skills are key. Plus you will need the ability to both supervise a team and work alongside an untrained workforce.

Learning and skills manager (Band 6)

You will need: 
– experience of working in an educational setting 
– excellent relationship management skills 
– great communication and influencing skills 
If your application is successful, you will need to complete the Civil Service New Manager Programme within 3 years of your start date. 

Head of education, skills and work (Band 7 or 8)

To be a head of education, skills and work, will need a QTS, PGCE, Cert Ed or Level 5 in Education and Training.

You will need to have previously worked at a middle or senior level in a primary, secondary, or post-16/adult education setting, including community and voluntary sectors education. Plus, you will need detailed knowledge of OFSTED/Estyn’s Education Inspection Framework and further education and skills criteria 
You will need experience of working with a range of stakeholders including senior leaders, external organisations, staff and students. This will include experience of developing and delivering effective and engaging curricula for a wide range of learners, using data to set clear education outcomes and monitor progress. 

You will also need experience of implementing change within an educational context and strategies to support learners to secure meaningful next steps such as further training or employment.

ID and banking administrator (Band 3)

You will need: 
– good communication skills  
– strong IT skills 
– to be delivery focused 
– a willingness to share learning and best practice 
You will need to complete specialist administrative training once in post.  

Neurodiversity support manager

You will need to have one of the following:  
A PGCE, Cert Ed or a Level 5 in Education and Training. 

A Level 4 Certificate in Supporting the Learning of Learners with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)/Additional Learning Needs (ALN). 

Extensive relevant work experience of working with neurodivergent learners in a custodial setting. 
They key skills you will need are: a good understanding of neurodiversity and an ability to design and implement support for these needs; good relationship management and listening skills; to think creatively and innovatively to improve neurodiversity services.