Principal Policy Officer – Strategy, Policy and Stakeholder Relationships
(GLA) Grade 10 (£52,767)
Vacancy Description
Job reference no: GLA2017
Contract type: Permanent
Closing Date: Sunday 29 July 2018 at 23:59 GMT
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Salary: £52,767 per annum
Grade: 10

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 GLA’s Skills and Employment 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 and policy 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, through the Skills for Londoners taskforce.

·         Support the development of, and protect schemes which expand opportunities for people with disabilities to work and gain skills.

·         Be a champion for London’s neglected FE sector.

·         Seek a devolution deal over further education which recognises the strategic importance of a London-wide approach to FE, aligned with the needs of employers and students.

·         Promote the take-up of Adult Learning loans.


You will be responsible for policy development and realising the Mayor’s manifesto commitments in relation to skills and employment. You will also be required to support the team’s work in preparing for devolution of the 19+ Adult Education Budget (AEB) to the Mayor in 2019/20.  You will be responsible for inputting into 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 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.


An extensive knowledge of the DfE’s 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.

Please click here for Job Description and Person Specification.

This role is based at Union Street or City Hall.

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 GLA2017.


Application closing date:              Sunday 29 July 2018 at 23:59 GMT
Interviews will take place at:      City Hall or Union Street on a date to be confirmed


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