Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership Skills Policy Manager (Fixed-term)

Bournemouth University - Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership

Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, a partnership between Dorset’s local authorities and businesses, determines local economic priorities for the region. Its key aim is to drive economic growth and job creation across Dorset.

LEPs have been in existence since 2010. There are 38 LEPs across the UK delivering £12 billion worth of Growth Deal Funding up to 2020. LEPs are funded on an annual basis and we currently have a funding letter up to end of March 2018.

Dorset is a great place to live and work and, as a partnership between business and local authorities, we are making it a better one. We are working together to deliver over £100m of investment to generate:

  • Up to £650m of additional local investment
  • Up to 26,000 new jobs
  • Up to 3,000 new homes
  • Growing the skills base

We are now looking to expand our small team to provide a step change to our work and delivery. We require a ‘can do’ attitude and in return will offer outstanding experience. In addition to pragmatic, lateral thinking, you’ll also need a gift for stakeholder management. Excellent collaborative working and communication skills will help you influence at the highest levels. You’ll be working in a fast-paced environment where your ability to think strategically will be thoroughly tested. 

As Skills Policy Manager you will have experience of national skills policy and local implementation. You will work effectively across a range of partners to help ensure Dorset businesses have access to people with the right skills sets to enable them to thrive. You will have an understanding and knowledge of the local Dorset economy, key policy and the political climate locally and nationally. You will also have an understanding of the key economic challenges facing the Dorset economy.

This post is available on a fixed-term basis until 31 March 2018.

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Lorna Carver, Director Dorset LEP on tel: 01202 965072 or email:

A detailed job description and person specification are available from our website together with an online application form.  Alternatively, please telephone 01202 961133 quoting the appropriate reference. 

Closing date: (Midnight) Wednesday 21 December 2016

Interview date: TBC

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