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Group Director of Apprenticeships

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

About the Role

Luminate Education Group are looking to recruit a new Group Director of Apprenticeships based currently in Eastgate Centre, which is located on the Headrow close to Leeds’ Cultural and Victoria Quarters.  Eastgate Centre is a short fifteen minute walk from Leeds Train Station. 

We are also one of the biggest providers of apprenticeships regionally.  We have strong industry links with local, regional and national employers, ensuring our range of apprenticeships are relevant and current.


What You Will Do

The successful postholder will provide visible and distinct strategic leadership for all aspects of the Apprenticeship provision across the group as well as playing a leading a role in employer engagement.  You will need to demonstrate considerable experience and a good understanding of apprenticeship provision in terms of funding, quality and registry aspects and have a good track record of improving quality outcomes.

You will be responsible for ensuring the Apprenticeship provision continues to grow and is aligned with regional and national skills and growth priorities. You will focus on the quality and continuous improvement of both the apprenticeship and subcontracting provision with the overarching aim of them becoming 'outstanding'.

As an experienced leader, you will lead and coach a team of professionals responsible for apprenticeship recruitment, training, and development and create a distinct and positive reputation and identity which is recognisable across the region and nationally.

You will ensure that all pre-requisites are met for the Register of Apprenticeship Providers and will have full responsibility for being the Apprenticeship income lead and Apprenticeship quality lead across the FE colleges.


About You

  •  An excellent understanding of Apprenticeship, MIS and Quality rules and requirements.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of key markets, policy and funding in education and the impact on the college and local partners.
  • Strong leadership skills and experience of creating a high performance team
  • Able to translate strategic planning into the delivery of a high quality provision
  • An excellent understanding of how to deliver exceptional apprenticeship provision in a range of environments and markets.
  • Recent, successful experience of operating at a senior level in a post-sixteen educational organisation
  • strong financial acumen and budget management


Vacancy closes on Wednesday 3rd July 2024

Interviews will be held on Friday 12th July 2024


We have a great range of staff benefits which include:

  • Annual leave entitlement - If you work full time, you'll get at least 27 days holiday plus bank holidays and up to 5 discretionary closure days at Christmas (pro rata for part time staff).
    • Support Staff 27 days (increasing to 32 days after 5 years service)
    • Academic 37 days
    • Senior Management 37 days
  • Generous Pension schemes
    • Teachers’ Pension Scheme 
    • Local Government Pension Scheme 
  • Memberships and discounts - employees can sign up to various membership cards and discount schemes such as TOTUM card (formerly NUS card) and Vivup. 
  • Travel and commuting - discounted travel available through Metro card, Northern Rail, First Bus, Arriva Bus and Cycle to work schemes.
  • Learning and development opportunities -  including staff development days
  • Employee wellbeing initiatives
  • Flexible and hybrid working opportunities - this will vary depending on role requirements

About Us

Luminate Education Group is a collective of education providers based in Yorkshire with one clear purpose: to make a positive difference to people’s lives through genuinely transformative education and training.

We offer a wide range of job vacancies across our business support functions - Apprenticeships, Finance, Human Resources, ITSS, Marketing, Communications, Executive Support, Estates and Food Services. Our large size and diverse range of member organisations means there are always exciting opportunities to progress.

As an education provider, we are committed to lifelong learning and investing in our workforce, and you’ll have access to a broad variety of training and professional development designed to help you continually develop and grow.

Join us on the journey to being the best that we can collectively be for our students, apprentices, staff and our stakeholders.

Luminate Education Group consists of; Harrogate College (HC), Keighley College (KC), Leeds City College (LCC), Leeds Conservatoire (LC), University Centre Leeds, Leeds Sixth Form College and Yorkshire Centre for Training & Development.


At Luminate Education Group we are committed to the safeguarding and welfare of all our students including children, young people, and vulnerable adults. We expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We follow the Safer Recruitment requirements and best practice as set out within Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance. All successful applicants will be required to complete mandatory pre-employment checks which include an enhanced DBS check, online checks and must have two satisfactory references. Please be aware that it is a criminal offence to apply for this post if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity in connection to children.


Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in recruitment is key to our Group’s values. We are dedicated to fostering a workplace that embraces equality, diversity and inclusion in all its forms, where every candidate is treated with fairness, respect, and equity. Our recruitment processes are designed to ensure equal opportunities, remove bias, and promote a diverse talent pool. We continually assess and improve our practices to ensure that every individual, regardless of background, has an equal chance to succeed. By championing EDI, we aim to create a workforce that reflects the richness of our communities and drives innovation through diverse perspectives.  To find out more about what our commitment to EDI means to us please Click here to learn more about our EDI objectives.

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