A strong and inclusive economy helps people achieve their ambitions; it provides the opportunities for local businesses to thrive and for residents from all walks of life, including young people just starting out, to gain skills and jobs that will help them progress and realise their potential.
The Council’s Economic Development Team are leading on the local partnership work to support good growth, where all residents can access opportunities and businesses prosper to sustain a vibrant local economy.
Kensington and Chelsea is one of London's most vibrant boroughs - and there's never been a more exciting time to join us. We are on a journey of transformation, changing our culture, better engaging with all our residents and firmly placing the needs of our communities first.
Cadogan is a dynamic property manager, investor and developer with a portfolio that is home to some of London’s most iconic spaces, from the Saatchi Gallery to Harvey Nichols. At the heart of Kensington and Chelsea, Cadogan is the landlord of choice, with stewardship and community playing a key part in their forward-looking strategy. In particular, Cadogan are looking to support the local economy in an inclusive way, through job provision and skills development.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a significant increase in unemployment and uncertainty in the job market. Availability of good quality local opportunities will be key in the recovery period. Our Economy Strategy and Cadogan’s community focus places a great emphasis on creating a range of local opportunities, outlining our ambitions to support the local economy and assist residents in gaining sustainable employment and progressing their aspirations.
This is a newly created post within our Economic Development Team, supported by Cadogan Estates. The main task will be to deliver activities which directly increase the range and number of opportunities available to local residents. The role is externally focused, working primarily with employers, schools, and employment and skills providers to develop a wide range of quality local sustainable opportunities.
The Council's Economic Development Team shapes and coordinates the contribution of the Council, partners and other agencies to delivering a strong local economy. The post-holder will join our busy Employment and Skills Team at this crucial time to help progress local ambitions to create and promote local opportunities, as well as contribute to wider economic development and pandemic recovery objectives. The post-holder will also work closely with Cadogan, their tenants and supply chain partners to maximise local opportunities.
You will possess experience of working in a business facing or business engagement role and establishing successful partnerships. This will be supported by a good understanding of the employment and skills landscape, ability to create sustainable opportunities and lead the delivery of workshops, briefings and contribute to events such as careers fairs.
To be successful in this role you will demonstrate excellent communication skills, including building and maintaining relationships across a range of partners and will be able to engage and support different audiences from local communities to employers and learning providers.
Please note that in order for your application to be considered, your personal statement will need to include a comprehensive response to the personal specification criteria, outlined in the Job Description, with particular focus on the Council core values.
- To provide leadership on an intelligence-based and responsive approach to employer engagement in Kensington and Chelsea, with a particular focus on employers within the Cadogan portfolio.
- To ensure that employers are actively engaged in the local employment and skills agenda, securing a broad range of good quality employment and skills opportunities for local residents, including key local target groups.
- In response to consultation with employers, shape, influence and develop appropriate training, skills and employment support (delivered directly, by partner agencies or commissioned) ensuring that Kensington and Chelsea residents are better placed to meet employers’ labour market needs.
- To lead with confidence, demonstrating flexibility and openness to change.
Closing date: 09 December 2020