Senior Policy Officer- Strategy, Policy & Relationships x2
(GLA 19) Grade 8 (£44,388)
Vacancy Description
Job reference number: GLA3630
Contract type: Permanent & Fixed Term Contract
Closing date: Sunday 13 October 2019 at 23:59 GMT
Interview date: Monday 28 October 2019
Salary: £44,388 per annum
Grade: 8

This is your opportunity to join the GLA’s Skills and Employment Unit to contribute to the Mayor’s strategy and policy development on skills and employment. The primary objective of the unit is to fulfil the Mayor’s role to promote and deliver skills and employment policy and deliver the manifesto commitments on these policy areas. The unit is also responsible for the management and delivery of the devolved Adult Education Budget (AEB) in London.


The GLA is looking for someone to join the strategy, policy and relationships team within this dynamic unit to help realise the Mayor’s manifesto commitments to:


        • Develop a city-wide, strategic approach to skills.
        • Map the skills gap and commission programmes to create a pipeline of skilled London workers to make     
          the most of the opportunities in London’s growth sectors.
        • Establish a tech talent pipeline.
        • Support the development and protect schemes which expand opportunities for people with disabilities to work     
            and gain skills
        • Be a champion for London’s Further Education sector
        • Seek a devolution deal over further education which recognises the strategic importance of a London-wide 
            approach to Further Education, aligned with the needs of employers and students.
        • Promote the take-up of Advanced Learner Loans.

You will contribute to policy development and lead research and analysis helping to realise the Mayor’s manifesto commitments and skills strategy objectives. This includes the Mayor’s objective to meet the skills needs of employers now and in the future, including through the promotion of quality apprenticeship opportunities, as well as other policy areas including digital skills, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), employment support, particularly for those people with disabilities, careers, and wider post-16 skills.


You will also be required to support the team’s work regarding the recently devolved 19+ Adult Education Budget (AEB).  This will include contributing to the strategic priorities of the AEB in London working in collaboration with London’s boroughs through London Councils and the sub-regional partnerships. You will also be responsible for providing policy input to ensure future delivery of AEB is meeting London’s needs. 


You will need to be confident in establishing relationships with a range of stakeholders, particularly at senior level including officers from government departments, the skills sector, business representative bodies, boroughs and the Mayor’s Office. A good knowledge of the low-carbon and digital sectors and/or knowledge of social integration and supporting communities is welcomed but not essential.


An extensive knowledge of the Department for Education and Education and Skills Funding Agency’s funding policy and programmes is preferred in addition to excellent knowledge of skills and employment policy in London, nationally and internationally, and a successful track record in policy development and delivery. 


London's diversity is its biggest asset and we strive to ensure our workforce reflects London's diversity at all levels. We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and we are happy to consider flexible working arrangements. We would welcome applications from candidates who are seeking part time work as this role is open to job share. 

In addition to a good salary package, we offer an attractive range of benefits including 30 days’ annual leave, interest free season ticket loan, interest free bicycle loan, childcare voucher scheme and a career average pension scheme.

If you have a question about the role or the recruitment process then please contact a member of the recruitment team via email on quoting reference GLA3630.


Application closing date:                 Sunday 13 October 2019 at 23:59 GMT
Interviews will take place at:            169 Union Street on
Monday 28 October 2019


If you are registering as a new user to the EngageATS recruitment system, please ensure you register with a personal email address.