Careers Adviser

Oldham CollegeOldham

Oldham College is a great career choice for ambitious professionals. With a “good” Ofsted rating, a Silver “TEF” assessment for our higher education provision, one of the best apprenticeship programmes in the region, excellent 16-18 results and truly outstanding GCSE English results, we are already a high performer. 

But we want to deliver much more than this.  Our ambition is to be “The Best Place to Learn and Work” and we have a clear Strategic Plan which sets out what this means and what we will do to deliver it.  We will keep on improving and innovating, and we are investing in new provision, new facilities and new technology. 

We expect a lot from you, so we want ambitious, open minded candidates, who are ready to give their best.  But we give a lot in return, from training to pensions, our own benefits package, and one of the best and most helpful group of colleagues you could ever wish to meet.  That’s true, by the way – ask almost anyone who has been here. Or come and see for yourself. 

If you want to be outstanding, and want to help us achieve the same thing, then please apply.

We are looking for:

  • Careers Adviser – Full Time, Term Time (40 weeks)
  • Salary- £21,979- £23,433

This is a very important role.

Alun Francis, our Principal, says: “This is a very important appointment, the Student Services Department is central to our plans for the future, and we are looking for high calibre candidates.  We want people who love their profession, are committed to providing high quality support to students, colleagues and the wider college.  We are investing in the facilities, employer relationships and the skills and knowledge of our staff.  We are looking for people who will respond to this, love the learners and enjoy the challenges and benefits of working at Oldham College”.

Michelle Royle, Head of Student Services, says “Careers guidance is more crucial than ever in helping young people and adults make decisions about their future careers. This role is a critical one in ensuring careers is at the heart of all that we deliver in college so that our learners achieve their career ambitions”.

Oldham College is a medium sized general further education college, with a turnover of almost £25m. It has one main campus in the centre of town, and this in the third phases of a £40m redevelopment which began in 2012. Higher education is taught on a second, dedicated campus, a short walk away. The College delivers a full range of work related education and training, including 16-18 programmes of study, T levels, apprenticeships, adult learning and higher education. It has over 5000 full-time students and 600 undergraduates. 

The College is in the top quartile for 16-18 programmes of study and English GCSE resits, and in apprenticeship provision, but is the second highest performing provider Greater Manchester. The quality of its higher education provision is better than many established universities. 

Joining our Journey:

When you join our college, our colleagues have access to numerous benefits and facilities:  


  • Generous Pension Scheme  
  • Employee Assistance Scheme
  • Enhanced Maternity/Paternity provision
  • Staff Development days/week (Jan, July, Aug)
  • Free confidential counselling service
  • Staff recognition awards
  • Subsidised car parking
  • On-site Day Nursery
  • On-site hair and beauty salon and The Grange Theatre

 The Role:

You will be part of a friendly, highly driven team and will need to be passionate and enthusiastic when working with our learners, supporting them with their careers choices for the future. You should have, or be working towards, a level 6 qualification in careers guidance or equivalent.

You will need to be innovative and able to deliver inspirational presentations in person and online.  A future facing attitude and exemplary customer service standards are essential. 

You must be able to evidence a wide working knowledge of the education, training and career opportunities post 16 for all learner groups and have knowledge of sources of careers information and the ability to effectively utilise current LMI (Labour Market Information) to the benefit of our learners.  If you are already using the Occupational Maps that will be to your credit.   

Further details including a Person Specification are included within the attached Job Description.

The role will require you to embed and work to the college’s values; working with Integrity, having Ambition to help our learners succeed and being Inclusive to learners and colleagues alike.

The closing date for this vacancy 28th February 2021

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