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Buxton & Leek College

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Apprenticeship Operations Manager


Buxton & Leek College (Buxton/Leek Campus)


£28,756 to £39,739 per annum

Closing date

Thursday 26 May 2022

Contract type


Post type




About the role

We have an exciting opportunity for an individual to join our Engineering and manufacturing team in the specialist facility within our FE college of the University of Derby. You’ll have Industrial expertise in Mechanical Engineering, readily apply initiative, demonstrate a commitment to working as a team member and produce work of a high quality.

Buxton and Leek College has campuses based in Leek Staffordshire and Buxton Derbyshire. We offer apprenticeships at Level 2 and 3 and working on developing delivery materials for apprenticeships standards in Engineering.

This role will include visiting the apprentices at their employment and developing their skills, knowledge and behaviours. Assessing the candidates against EAL and City and Guilds qualifications. Planning the delivery of the standards and frameworks for the practical and associated learning.

You'll maintain records and e portfolios, plan off the job training, maintain good relationships with apprentices and external stake holders. You will also attend events and open days

On appointment, the job title for this position will be Engineering Apprenticeship Instructor/Mentor.

Principal accountabilities

  1. To plan and deliver practical, technical vocational and associated theoretical learning activities for apprentices including training, support for learning and assessment using a variety of methods both on and off the job.
  2. Prepare suitable learning materials for a range of activities to develop the students’ knowledge, skills and behaviours linked to relevant apprenticeship standards or frameworks.
  3. Demonstrate tasks and processes to individuals and groups.
  4. Provide instruction to the specified standards and provide feedback to students on progress through written and online methods, coaching for high expectations of progress and attainment.
  5. Provide individual and group mentoring for apprentices to ensure that apprenticeship candidates are selected appropriately and are matched to the needs of the employer.
  6. Supervise groups of apprentices undertaking knowledge and skill acquisition through scheduled off the job learning activities, project work or while on work placement.
  7. Assess knowledge and skills acquisition using a variety of assessment methods including individual coaching techniques to accelerate the learning of knowledge, skills and behaviours.
  8. Provide specific learning support to apprentices as required and ensure that learning support records are kept up to date.
  9. Work with groups of apprentices or individuals to prepare them for external qualification and end-point assessment according to the requirements of the relevant apprenticeship.
  10. Complete all associated internal, employer and external documentation and track the students’ progress, including recording apprentice data on attendance and achievement using prescribed records systems, both manual and online.
  11. Ensure that any assessment carried out is completed to the standards laid down by the awarding body and the College Quality Assurance systems.
  12. Integrate the development of English and Mathematics skills, including their integration into broader learning activities linked to both on and off the job activities.
  13. Monitor attendance of apprentices at prescribed off the job learning activities, ensuring that records systems are updated as required and employers are kept informed.
  14. Ensure that apprentices are coached to behave in a professional manner at all times to a high standard of safety in the workplace and during off the job activities.
  15. Work with liaison and business development teams and independently to develop new business opportunities to increase employer engagement and apprentice uptake and progression.
  16. To undertake any other duties which may, from time to time, reasonably be required within the general level of responsibility.

General Duties

  1. Achieve personal and team targets for recruitment, progress, completion and achievement or apprentices within designated durations.
  2. To take an active role in the mentoring and progress of apprentices, providing a liaison between the apprentice, their employer and the off the job training provider.
  3. Take an active part in the College and University’s Staff Development Programmes.
  4. Take an active role, when required, in all curriculum management activities, including open days, recruitment events and external moderation activities.
  5. To understand and comply with the University’s Equality and Diversity Policy.
  6. To comply with copyright, software licensing legislation and related University procedures.
  7. To ensure that the College’s quality assurance procedures are adhered to and additional action taken where necessary.
  8. To comply with the requirements of Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults, Health and Safety, Quality and other University policies including Risk Management.

Person specification

Essential Criteria



Skills, knowledge and abilities

Business requirements

Desirable Criteria



Skills, knowledge and abilities

Business requirements


As well as competitive pay scales, we offer generous holiday entitlement. We also offer opportunities for further salary progression based on performance, and the opportunity to join a contributory pension scheme.

Find out more about pay and benefits

How to apply

You can apply by submitting an online application. Once you have signed in or registered with us you will be able to begin your application. If you are creating an account for the first time, please ensure you provide an email address that you access regularly as this will be our main means of contacting you regarding your application.

If you require any assistance, including the provision of any documentation in an alternative format, please contact the Recruitment team at

Please note all applications must be submitted online by Midnight GMT on the closing date of the vacancy.

Important information

Please note that unfortunately, this role will not attract sufficient points to obtain a sponsored Skilled Worker visa under the UK Visas & Immigration points based immigration system; however, applications are welcome from candidates who do not currently have the right to work in the UK, but who would be eligible to obtain a valid visa via another route..

Please consult the Home office website for further information.

DBS check

Buxton and Leek College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. This post is subject is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. An enhanced DBS check will be required, depending on the nature of the role. Any information you provide will be treated in confidence and only used when considering your suitability for the post.

To enable us to process your DBS check please ensure you are able to supply the documentation listed on the DBS website at interview stage.


Our number one priority is to keep our staff, students and community safe as we continue to work through the pandemic. Upon appointment, full training will be given on the Health and Safety processes we follow.

Find out how we are ensuring the safety of our staff, students and community

Further details

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