Transport Skills Academy Adviser | 21 April, 2024 (2024)

Our newly established Transport Skills Academy (TSA) is dedicated to creating a one-stop destination for the existing and potential workforce in the West Midlands to build capacity and capability across the transport infrastructure. We will change perceptions of the sector, inspire people from diverse backgrounds to enter the sector and provide skills and training to bridge the skills gap.

The team is in search of an experienced and dynamic Transport Skills Academy Advisor to join them until the end of December. In this role, you will play a vital part in crafting an aspirational approach for young individuals to enter the sector through engagement with schools, colleges, universities, and communities, to meet the increasingly high demand for engineering and other essential skills.

The primary emphasis of this role is fostering connections with individuals to advocate for, enhance awareness of, and boost engagement with the Transport Skills Academy and its array of services. This is a crucial role for the organisation as you will inspire the next generation to explore opportunities within the transport sector and contribute to shaping the future of the West Midlands.

This role offers immense fulfilment for individuals who thrive on interacting with students, possess expertise in apprenticeships and career pathways, and are deeply passionate about guiding young people in making crucial decisions about their future careers. We’re looking for an extroverted, warm, enthusiastic, empathetic, and stimulating communicator, who has a persuasive “selling” style combined with a collaborative approach.

This is a highly rewarding role working with young people and introducing them to the world of transport.

What will you be doing?

  • Develop and maintain annual project plans that focus on engagement.
  • Deliver our Young Leaders work experience programme as well as activities with schools, colleges, and universities to encourage thinking about careers in the sector.
  • Support with the establishment of the Young Ambassador network.
  • Produce presentations for a range of different audiences which will help to communicate information about the TSA.
  • Work with internal colleagues, such as Communications, to deliver activities that will assist with promoting work activities.
  • Produce reports as required (usually monthly) to inform our internal groups and structure on performance and progress against project plans.

About you.

  • Evidence of working with young people to support the delivery of the work experience programme, to include presentations, leading and managing group activities and developing sessions.
  • Evidence of successfully managing projects, utilising effective project management methodologies to ensure projects are delivered to time and budget.
  • Evidence of successfully managing budgets, including forecasting and reporting
  • Knowledge of apprenticeships and career pathways to support young people and existing employees in making choices for training and development.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office tools including excel.

How to apply.

On clicking ‘apply for this job’, you will first be prompted to create an account. You will have the opportunity to upload a CV, which will be used to auto-populate your profile. Please note, we do not see your CV once you have applied. Our shortlisting decisions are based on what you tell us in your profile - and so it is important to format your profile so that it really stands out. Make sure to include your employment history and include any essential education and qualifications. You will be asked to provide a supporting statement. If you already have one that you have prepared earlier, you can simply copy and paste this into the application form.

Applicants will need to evidence that they have the legal right to work in the UK. If we make an offer of employment, we will need to check that you are eligible to work in the UK before you start work.

Salary and benefits.

We advertise salary ranges for job roles, with new appointments typically starting at the lowest salary point. In exceptional cases, where higher skill levels or experience are applicable, the salary point may be adjusted to secure the best candidate. This approach allows for potential year-on-year salary increases, offering progression and appropriate rewards to employees.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes a Local Government Pension Scheme, 28 days of paid annual leave, Cycle to Work Scheme, and discounted shopping with over 2,000 big-name retailers. For more details, please visit the benefits page on our careers site.

Hybrid working, location and working pattern.

We believe hybrid working is the best way for our organisation to fulfil our commitment to a modern, agile workplace while continuing to provide a great service to our customers. Hybrid working means having flexibility between working in the office and at home on agreed days, where a role allows. This is agreed between an employee and their line manager, considering the business, team, and employee needs.

The location for this role is 16 Summer Lane. It is expected that you can split your time between the office and working remotely, with at least 2 days a week spent in the office. Occasional site visits will also be required.

Creating an inclusive workplace.

Our vision is to create a better connected, more prosperous, fairer, greener, and healthier region. We aim to achieve this vision by living our values, which include being a partnership organisation, valuing and respecting our people, fostering a can-do attitude, and encouraging innovation. We are dedicated to creating a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace that reflects the communities of the West Midlands region. WMCA holds diversity accreditations, such as "Leaders in Diversity," and has been recognised as one of the Inclusive Top 50 Employers and The Times Top 50 Employers for Women. We are also a Disability Confident Employer, committed to interviewing all applicants with disabilities who meet the essential role criteria. WMCA believes that building a team with varied backgrounds and experiences will benefit us as an employer and enhance our work.

We recognise that certain groups, such as women and people of colour, may be less likely to apply for roles if they feel they do not meet all the requirements. However, we encourage individuals who are passionate about the role and want to make a difference to still apply. We value potential and encourage applicants to highlight their skills, including transferable ones, even if they don't fit the traditional "perfect candidate" mould.

We gladly consider part-time, flexible, and job share arrangements, so please don't let these factors deter you from applying. If your values align with ours and you are dedicated to working towards a future that we can all be proud of, we would love to hear from you.

Reasonable adjustments.

If you have an accessibility need, disability, or condition that means you might require changes to the recruitment process, please get in touch with our Recruitment Team ( We are here to assist and accommodate your needs.

Thank you for considering joining our team at WMCA. We look forward to receiving your application and the opportunity to work together towards our shared goals.

Transport Skills Academy Adviser  | 21 April, 2024 (2024)
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