Degree Apprenticeship Partnership Manager

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 17th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £31,406 -£33,309 (with progression to £40,927) per annum
  • REF: 14062
  • Closes: 08th December 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

Salary: £31,406 -£33,309 (with progression to £40,927) per annum

Closing Date: 8 December 2021

The Role

To support the newly created University’s Lifelong Learning and Apprenticeship Hub (LLAH) in the ongoing development of partnerships with business, government and academia through developing new and leveraging existing University Client networks. To work with wider university teams to develop engagement with external partners in co-creation of courses. To identify opportunities for the LLAH including marketing its CPD and Degree Apprenticeships offering.

Key Accountabilities

• To ensure appropriate systems and arrangements are in place to grow, maintain and strengthen the LLAH’s relationships with business, government and academia.

• To support the coordination of co-creation workshops for Apprenticeships and CPD.

• To work alongside the University Strategic Corporate Partnerships and Faculty Enterprise Teams as necessary to create a pipeline of engagement opportunities for the LLAH and the University’s external partners.

• To continuously stay abreast of and feed ideas into the University’s apprenticeship and CPD portfolio of relevant skills related activities and ensure that there is up-to- date information to support engagement, and to match

partner contacts with opportunities across the University.

• To maintain an ongoing awareness of any deliverables and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) of importance to the funders, inspectorate and LLAH and provide periodic reports as required on these with updates on the status

and progress on key interactions

• To maintain information covering the status of partner relationships and use this for periodically reporting to the LLAH Director and the Degree Apprenticeship Industry Engagement Advisory Group (and others as required) on

progress on interactions, including new and existing relationships and new opportunities.

• To develop and maintain effective relationships with partners’ key staff to ensure effective feedback in supporting the LLAH and the relevant academic units in meeting their objectives

• To maintain regular liaison with academic staff and Business development & Enterprise (BDE) teams on matters related to LLAH activities and opportunities for growth.

• Provide a first point of contact for partner enquiries related to the University’s LLAH activities, in particular Apprenticeships. Responsibilities may include formulating responses to partner enquiries, arranging and co-ordinatinginward and outward visits and engagement events as required.

• To provide initial Information, advice and guidance to employers and their apprentices on the suitability of Apprenticeship programmes. Explain and discuss the requirements of the Apprenticeship standard and requirements of

the End Point Assessment.

• To maintain awareness of NU offer to business, with the ability to signpost and cross-sell the portfolio of activity supported by the wider BDE team, with a focus on successful conversion of enquiries.

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

• Demonstrable experience of successfully achieving KPIs/financial targets in a business development/sales environment
• Experience of working at the interface between industrial and academic institutions
• Be a credible representative for the University in external engagement and negotiations
• Excellent communication skills in English, both oral and written, with an ability to present material clearly to a variety of audiences.
• Ability to work effectively in a variety of teams including building working relationships with colleagues and external contacts.
• Resilient, reliable and ethical team player with an ability to work well under pressure
• Experience of planning and progressing own work within guidelines, using initiative and judgement without recourse to senior staff.
• Experience of contract negotiations
• Knowledge of the portfolio of higher Education activity related to skills development.

Attributes and Behaviour

• Flexible approach with the ability to adapt and respond positively to change whilst being open with ideas to actively promote and implement beneficial change
• Understands and makes sense of complex or conflicting data and different perspectives of shareholders and University areas/faculties/etc
• Clear, concise and accurate communication, tailoring the approach accordingly using appropriate media and encouraging an overall effective communication process
• Encourages and supports free flow of communications and relevant, useful information internally and externally where appropriate
• Works collaboratively with others, playing a positive role in teams and establishing and growing relationships internally and externally across organisations and functions where different skills, expertise and opinions are valued
• Effective at organising and managing heavy, diverse and complex workloads
• Sets own priorities in conjunction with team and area objectives


• University Degree or equivalent occupational experience in a similar role

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all. You can learn more about what is available here on ourBenefitsWebsite page.

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