Skills Adviser – Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership Ltd (SWLEP)

Fixed Term Contract to 31st March 2022 with an expectation to be extended subject to funding

Salary £32,000 per annum (pro rata for contract duration) non-negotiable           

Office base:   Corsham (covering Swindon and Wiltshire)

Do you want to be part of a team which supports our local business community to thrive? SWLEP is a private-sector led partnership which sets the economic priorities for Swindon and Wiltshire and facilitates projects to accelerate economic growth and job creation in the area.

Expansion of our Growth Hub service means we’re recruiting an experienced Skills Adviser professional to join our team.

The Skills Adviser will be proactive in supporting the SWLEP wider skills plan by promoting and raising the profile of Higher Education and other work-based learning to drive skills improvement in businesses within Swindon and Wiltshire and to provide support to local businesses and team members on learning, skills and workforce development related issues.  You will actively champion apprenticeships as a productive way to develop skills within the workforce. 

You will be providing support primarily by telephone and digitally. In addition to strong verbal communication and presentation skills for webinars, you will also have excellent written English in order to be able to provide succinct signposting by email and to write engaging and informative learning skills related content for our website. You will have a positive “can do” attitude and a passion for enabling businesses to thrive.

Your knowledge and experience of the UK Higher Education system and other work-based learning such as apprenticeships, vocational courses and short courses - perhaps gained through your own experience of working in a skills-based environment, combined with solid experience in a business support role - will help you to promote and provide access to higher level learning and other work-based learning for local businesses workforce.  You will be committed to your own professional development to learn new skills for the role.

Subject matter knowledge of UK funding models for HEIs and FE Colleges, apprenticeships , vocational and short courses would be advantageous in terms of being able to provide information and support to businesses on education and skills.

It is essential for the Skills Adviser to track every interaction with businesses using our CRM tool to enable us to claim funding and report on the impact of the support provided. Therefore, strong IT skills, familiarity with using databases and being able to follow repetitive processes with a high degree of accuracy will be key.

In the early stages of the role, you will be required to work from home due to the Covid-19 situation. As things start to get back to normal, you will be mainly based from the Digital Mansion in Corsham, with an element of homeworking and some occasional travel within Swindon and Wiltshire to attend meetings and events, the pattern of which is to be determined but expected to be minimal.

If this sounds like your ideal next career move, please submit a CV and covering letter explaining what attracts you to the role and why you would be an ideal candidate by email to [email protected] Closing date for applications is Monday 13th September 2021.

To comply with social distancing, interviews will be taking place by video call (Zoom or Teams). Interviews will take place week commencing 20th September 2021. We will notify short-listed candidates by no later than Friday 17th September 2021.


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Content and Engagement Manager

Business Cyber Centre, Chippenham £27,000 to £31,000 depending on experience

Exciting times for our region with public funding secured for a world-class Business Cyber Centre that will develop cyber security solutions for UK and international businesses from a new centre of excellence in Chippenham, Wiltshire.

This in turn creates an exciting career opportunity for an ambitious Content & Engagement Manager – picture yourself at the very heart of this significant project, developing our marketing strategy, driving our communications to build awareness and uptake of products and services.  

Firstly, a bit more about our plans. The Business Cyber Centre (BCC) will be delivered by Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership. A business-led centre of excellence bringing together a partnership of public sector, academia and industry, the BCC will have three distinct elements designed to support the growth of start-ups, to bring new security products to market and to narrow the cyber skills gap:

  • Cyber Skills Academy: an accessible knowledge base available to businesses on the campus. Skilled staff will offer ready assistance and training to employees and students.
  • Cyber Accelerator: This facility will help emerging firms develop by providing targeted business support alongside office space.
  • Cyber Emergency Response Team: a new, commercially run unit to advise on cyber related threat and risk assessments to UK companies, identifying gaps in security and operational resilience.

So how do we spread the word? That’s where you come in. Your focus as Content and Engagement Manager will be to:

  • Build a communications strategy and tactical marketing plans to shout about what the new BCC has to offer to local, national, and international audiences;
  • Working alongside the Cyber Resilience Manager and Business Development Manager to promote the launch of new products and services to deliver a strong uptake among target customers;
  • Using your strong copywriting skills and knowledge of content management systems to populate our new website with engaging and relevant information about the BCC’s offer and national cyber policy in general;
  • Establishing our social media presence and building and managing online communities;
  • Developing regular communications with the Cyber Cluster to enhance and increase membership, plus organising and hosting quarterly events.

Creative writing skills and social media expertise will be essential to create engaging content that make the right audiences sit up, take notice and get involved. You will also have experience in relevant IT systems, including CRM platforms (such as Hubspot or similar) and graphics packages. Commercially minded, you will be experienced in developing and delivering marketing plans to deliver results. You will also have experience in organising business meetings/events, including being comfortable with presenting in front of large audiences.

You will ideally hold a relevant qualification (such as marketing related degree or CIM), however we are open to considering strong candidates who chose a different path and can demonstrate their knowledge through their solid manager-level marketing experience.

Being a key player in establishing our vision for the BCC will be exciting, challenging and fast-paced – a positive attitude, adaptability and proactive approach are essential.

If you are up for the challenge, please apply with your CV, covering letter and a portfolio of published online/press copy and articles to be submitted with your application. Apply to [email protected]

This is a one-year full-time fixed term contract to start in September 2021 with a salary up to £31,000 depending on experience.

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Board Directors

The Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership is recruiting local business leaders for a role on its Board of Directors.  If you think you may be interested in such a role, please read below.

The Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) is looking for local business leaders to join its Board to increase its strategic leadership capacity and support its activities in growing the local economy. 

The SWLEP is keen for its board to reflect Swindon and Wiltshire’s diversity and so welcomes applications from everyone, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.  We are particularly keen to hear from women and people who are BAME.

We are embarking on an exciting period of change and opportunities and have recently incorporated as a Company limited by guarantee.  Working in partnership with local businesses and Government, we are developing our Local Industrial Strategy.  This will set out to Government how Swindon & Wiltshire can help the UK lead the global technology revolution by tackling the four Grand Challenges facing the country.  Our Local Industrial Strategy will focus on future-oriented, productive business sectors which are embracing technology and are offering the prospect of a growth in high-value jobs.

The SWLEP Board membership is voluntary; with claimable expenses and last for an initial period of three years. Successful candidates will need to make a commitment to dedicate approximately two working days per month to cover regular Board meetings and working groups. 

To arrange to have an informal conversation about the role with the SWLEP Director or Chairman, please email [email protected]

How To Apply

Please send your cv with a covering letter, or simply register your interest, by sending an email to [email protected] .

For a better understanding of the SWLEP and the responsibilities of the role a prospectus is available for download here.  

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