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Senior Policy Officer (Skills Strategy, Policy and Relationships)

Greater London Authority
Central London SE1
£45,808 per annum
Closing date
19 May 2022

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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 unit aims to fulfil the Mayor’s role to promote and deliver skills and employment policy and programmes to help Londoners get the skills they need to progress into good work and lead happier, healthier lives. The unit is also responsible for the management and delivery of the devolved c. £320m annual 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 and deliver a city-wide, strategic approach to skills and employment. Including realising the ambitions of the Skills Roadmap for London
  • 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 and support a skills led-recovery from COVID-19.
  • Ensure that London’s communities are engaged with and contribute to the development of skills policy and programmes.
  • Support the development of, and protect schemes which expand opportunities for people with disabilities and those with English language needs to work and gain skills.
  • Be a champion for London’s Further Education sector.
  • Seek a devolution deal over skills which recognises the strategic importance of a London-wide approach to Further Education, aligned with the needs of employers and students.

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.

You will also be required to support the team’s work regarding the devolved AEB and other skills and employment programmes.  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 adult education, working with communities is welcomed but not essential.

Good 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.

This role will be based at London Fire Brigade’s Head Office (Union Street SE1 0LL).   GLA staff are hybrid working up to 3 days a week in our offices and remotely depending on their role. As part of this, you will need to split your time between home working and coming into the office.

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 and a career average pension scheme.

If you have a question about the role, please contact, or the recruitment process please email quoting reference GLA3630.

To apply, please visit our website.

Closing date: Thursday 19 May 2022 at 23:59 GMT.

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, gender identity, gender expression, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability. We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority ethnic candidates and disabled candidates who are currently underrepresented in our workforce.

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