Programme Officer - Fixed Term until 31/03/2023

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Birmingham, ENGLAND
Deadline: 17 Jan 2021

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Institute Creative Innovation Team
Location:  University House
Salary:  £32,669 to £35,510
Closing Date:  Sunday 17 January 2021
Interview Date:  Tuesday 16 February 2021
Reference:  122020-497

Are you passionate about supporting Under-graduates, Graduates, Masters and Postgraduate students to identify and strengthen their transferable skills; secure or refresh the soft skills; and develop the critical thinking and problem solving skills employers value so highly?

Are you an experienced professional with a proven track record of delivering project coordination activity to successful completion? 

The role would suit an individual experienced in project coordination, contributing to overall programme outcomes. 

We are looking for a STEM-Up Programme Officer to join STEAMhouse, one of a consortium of partners across the GBSLEP to support the delivery of STEM-Up, a balanced programme of ‘Soft’, ‘STEAM’(Critical Thinking) and STEM-skills ‘tasters’, which offer local employed, under-employed, inactive (student) residents as well as unemployed graduates the opportunity to develop the skills required to secure a career in the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering and Creative and Digital sectors, and/or achieve progression in work.  

In greater detail to the job description, among your responsibilities you will:

  • Manage and co-ordinate the delivery of short vocational courses and a range of bespoke workshops and on line learning opportunities themed around STEAM practices and prototyping and other similar activity to help Under-graduates, Graduates, Masters and Postgraduate students to identify and strengthen their transferable skills.
  • Work with colleagues to finalise the portfolio of workshops, and co-ordinate all workshops. Manage events from concept to delivery, with some marketing support but this will also include booking rooms, catering and AV equipment. 
  • Work with team members to support the development of online learning materials. 
  • Monitor the quality of the workshops, obtaining evaluation feedback, and continuously improve the offer. 
  • Work with the marketing team to promote the activities to include the production of marketing collateral, web presence and the use of social media where appropriate. 
  • Develop a pipeline of new learners for STEAM based learning, actively targeting employed learners, inactive students and graduates, under-employed learners, and unemployed graduates. 
  • Liaise with and respond to external contacts, enquirers or organisations relevant to the project, and to present talks, awareness raising sessions, presentations, etc.,  where required to promote the workshops and recruit learners. 
  • Signpost participants to relevant provision available via STEM-Up, the Institute of Technology (IoT) and the wider local employment and skills eco-system, including HE conversion courses.
  • Work with companies in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering and Creative and Digital sectors to support skills provision for employees.
  • Undertake eligibility checks for new applicants.
  • Undertake a STEM-Up Skills Needs Assessment (SSNA) to identify the individual’s priority STEM-focused skills gaps and agree a plan to help the individual access appropriate provision, which can bridge those skills gaps.
  • Take day-to-day responsibility for the project coordination as a project partner.
  • Support the management of STEAMhouse element of the project’s financial and management controls, reporting systems; and risk and compliance.
  • Contribute to providing evidence documentation and records for quarterly claims and audit trail.  These will include beneficiary documentation, timesheets working closing with the finance team so these are produced within the required timescales.
  • Monitor progress of the project against the stated targets and outputs, and update as required by producing reports and attend meetings. 
  • Support the project evaluation and project closure.
  • Provide update reports in advance of the project board consisting of the three HE/FE Delivery Partners, alongside representatives from the following organisations and strategic partners: the GBS LEP, Birmingham City Council, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, and Jobcentre Plus.

You will have:

  • A degree (or able to demonstrate a combination of skills, knowledge, qualifications and experience at an equivalent level). 
  • A project management qualification 
  • Experience of providing project support for complex projects 
  • Experience with the management of large, complex projects with external stakeholders.. 
  • Experience of running financial systems / monitoring / administering project records (either financial or non-financial) 
  • Experience of supervising staff 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to collate and present information to others. 
  • IT skills including familiarity with Microsoft Office, Project Management software and SharePoint. 

 Able to demonstrate: 

  • A systematic, structured and thorough approach and attention to detail with a well organised self-managing workstyle. 
  • Pragmatic approach to problem solving using own initiative 
  • Ability to identify, assess and understand potential risk to project delivery and propose solutions. 

STEM-Up is funded by the European Social Fund with a focus area within the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP.  It is led by BCU  (internally ADM, CEBE & STEAMhouse delivering) in partnership with Aston University, Solihull College and University Centre.

STEAMhouse is set up to support our community to learn, to innovate, to co-locate, to network and to collaborate; creating the conditions in which new ideas can be explored, tested and allowed to grow.  We are there to encourage experimentation, to create an environment in which people and their ideas can flourish and ultimately, to allow each member of our community to grow as an individual, as a business and as a wider community.

Within a 15,000sq foot of space located in Digbeth, Birmingham, STEAMhouse supports entrepreneurs, sole traders, companies and citizens to build their businesses, develop new products and services and collaborate.  It provides access to free business support, maker space workshops and co-working space, as well as a programme of STEAMlabs and events. 

Recently STEAMhouse was awarded additional ERDF funding for the period between October 2019 to September 2022 to extend its service offer to Digitally Enabling Technologies, or Immersive tech.  This includes the provision of VR, AR, and XR for new members to incorporate into their creative and business development needs.  Alongside this new service offer there will be additional facilities with the establishment of a new CAD suite, extended opening hours, and new staff members.

Beyond this phase we have secured funding, and the go-ahead, for the construction of the larger and final phase of STEAMhouse which will located on the main city centre BCU campus to support teaching, research, innovation, and enterprise.  The £60m plan will see Birmingham’s derelict Belmont Works, originally built in 1899, restored to its former glory as part of a major overhaul. £14million of funding has been provided by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with £1million Local Growth Funding from GBSLEP. It is anticipated STEAMhouse will help create up to 10,000 jobs across the West Midlands region and help support the growth of the Midlands Engine.  Once complete, Phase Two will boast a range of state-of-the-art equipment for businesses, artists and academics to take advantage of and help cement Birmingham’s reputation as one of the country’s leading start-up hotspots.

Birmingham City University offers excellent benefits which include up to 32 days annual holiday (pro rata), an index linked contributory pension scheme and an employee medical scheme.

Birmingham City University is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Please note; on occasions where we receive a large number of applications, we may close the advert ahead of the publicised closing date. If this does happen, we will contact all candidates via email who have started but not yet completed their application, giving 48 hours’ notice.   We would therefore advise that you submit your completed application as soon as possible.

Alternatively if you require the application in a different format please contact the Resourcing Team on RTinbox@bcu.ac.uk .

Birmingham City University holds an Athena Swan Bronze Award and promotes the advancement of gender equality through Representation, Progression and Success for All. We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Further details:

The University is committed to internationalism and diversity and welcomes applications from all countries, faiths and backgrounds.

It is each individual successful applicants responsibility to ensure that they have permission to work in the UK. Some applicants may require sponsorship from the University and a visa from UKVI to take up the role if successful. More information on this can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

Some roles are not capable of sponsorship because they do not meet the UKVI criteria relating to skill and salary level. If you are unsure as to whether you would require sponsorship if successful, or whether the role is capable of sponsorship, please contact us: RTinbox@bcu.ac.uk


Please note on occasions where we receive a large number of applications, we may close the advert ahead of the publicised closing date. If this does happen, we will contact all candidates via email who have started but not yet completed their application, giving 48 hours’ notice.  We would therefore advise that you submit your completed application as soon as possible.

At Birmingham City University we are proud to be an equal opportunities employer.  All staff are expected to understand and enact the University’s commitment to ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion in our employment practice and in all that we do . This commitment is enshrined in our Core Values and is detailed in our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Employment Policy. The University values and celebrates the diversity of our staff and students; we welcome people from the many  different backgrounds and life experiences that reflect the students and the citizens we serve.  We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and actively encourage unique contributions, in particular from under-represented groups in respect of age, disability, sex, gender or gender identity, ethnicity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender status

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