Academy Project Manager

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Job Ref.: 
Job Location: 
London SE1
Recruiting For: 
a part time job position
Job Duration: 
Fixed Term contract for 35 working days over 9 weeks
Exact Salary: 
£25,000 per annum pro rata
Number of vacancies: 
I would like to receive applications from residents in: 
Lambeth and Southwark
Job Description: 


The Bankside Skills Academy Project Manager will lead on the successful delivery of the Bankside Skills Academy programme and be able to lead the outreach and marketing activities to invite applications from a wide range of Southwark young people and deliver the interview process. The post-holder will be responsible for managing up to eight Bankside Skills Academy students aged 16-21 years as they participate in the programme, supporting them in every aspect of their professional and personal development throughout the programme. This will include liaising with the businesses to contribute to the project and support their involvement. They will also need to ensure the young people deliver a successful event on time, to budget and on brief. The Bankside Skills Academy Project Manager will act as both a professional role model for the young people and a project manager for the event.



  • Lead on the successful delivery of the Bankside Skills Academy programme
  • Assist the Corporate Responsibility Manager in recruiting Bankside Skills Academy students by providing guidance on outreach strategy, inputting into marketing materials and approaching young people’s organisations to recruit young people at schools and colleges, youth club sessions and other community events
  • Liaise with member businesses to manage the training programme and insight day work experience opportunities for the young people over the Bankside Skills Academy project timeframe, delivered by volunteers from Bankside businesses
  • Assist the CR Manager in designing the Bankside Skills Academy programme of business workshops and insight days, and developing help sheets/templates outlining best practice for working with young people, aiming to ensure relevant and useful content
  • Set the tone and support students to see Bankside Skills Academy as a work environment with associated behaviours e.g. smart casual dress, good timekeeping and attendance
  • Help students to identify their personal goals for the programme and guide them towards achieving and evaluating their performance against these
  • Supervise project expenditure and ensure the smooth running of the programme
  • Provide practical support and guidance to the Bankside Skills Academy students on administrative processes, project and event management and office protocol.
  • Facilitate evaluation of outcomes for students and businesses
  • Work with the CR Manager to put in place support for the Bankside Skills Academy students towards future career advancement opportunities post-programme
  • Provide an end of project evaluation
  • Assist Better Bankside staff with other relevant tasks as they arise.


What Better Bankside will offer:

The Corporate Responsibility Manager will support the Project Manager to liaise with businesses as follows:

  • Make initial contact with companies and introduce the Project Manager to them
  • Attend introductory meetings with businesses alongside the Project Manager 
  • Initiate contact with the businesses who will be providing training sessions and insight days and offer the Project Manager guidance on communication style and relationship management with the businesses thereafter
  • Help the Project Manager identify the key tasks and milestones of the project and map these out as a project timeline
  • Attend the training sessions at businesses’ premises with the students and the Project Manager, when available
  • The CR Manager will provide a programme brief, outlining the objectives for the Bankside Skills Academy, the key skills to be covered by the business workshops and other activities, event objectives and budget, checking in on progress with the project plan at regular 1-2-1 meetings
  • The CR Manager will assist the Project Manager in designing the evaluation framework and methods for the programme
  • Better Bankside will provide adequate equipment and space for the Bankside Skills Academy team to work in
  • The Better Bankside team will provide contact details for potential invitees to the event and assist the Project Manager in promoting the event using existing Better Bankside communication channels


Person specification

The ideal candidate will have solid experience of working with young people aged 16-21 and some experience of project and/or event management and planning. The post holder will have an understanding of key skills required for employment as well as the obstacles to advancement confronting young people in inner London and knowledge of recent trends and initiatives relating to young people, employment and skills development.


Required skills and competencies

  • Excellent project management skills (Essential)
  • Mentoring, coaching and/or teaching skills (Essential)
  • Confident, friendly and professional telephone, email and in-person communication skills (Essential)
  • Excellent written communication skills including writing, spelling and grammar (Essential)
  • Able to prioritise and manage own workload, working under own initiative (Essential)
  • Ability to lead and manage a team (Essential)
  • Thorough and accurate with excellent attention to detail (Essential)
  • Able to confidently develop positive and productive working relationships with Better Bankside members, partners and stakeholders (Essential)
  • Confident user of standard MS Office software packages (Essential)
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to diverse social, religious and cultural experiences (Essential)
  • Some understanding of participatory approaches to learning (Desirable)

Required experience and education:

  • Experience in working with young people aged 16-21 in either educational or informal settings (Essential)
  • Managing projects to time and budget in a business context (Essential)
  • Supporting young people through educational personal development (Essential)
  • Educated to degree level (or equivalent further education qualification) (Desirable)
  • Introducing young people to the workplace, and/or hosting them in the workplace (Desirable)
  • Knowledge of the National Curriculum and the role played by work experience and workplace visits and an understanding of out-of-school youth provision (Desirable)
  • A relationship with Southwark based schools, colleges or youth clubs (Desirable)
  • Interest in Bankside as an area to live, work and visit (Essential)
  • Understanding of Business Improvement Districts (Desirable)

How to apply

To apply, forward your CV describing your relevant educational, extra-curricular and employment experience in a Covering Letter (max. 2 sides) outlining:

  1. Why you want the role
  2. How your skills and experience match the person specification
  3. Completed Better Bankside equal opportunities monitoring form to Rahima Begum, Office Manager: 


Start: W/C Monday 1st July. Please note, the successful candidate needs to be available on Monday 24th
Tuesday 25th or Wednesday 26th June for a handover day with the current project manager.


Incomplete applications will not be considered. We regret that owing to the high level of response expected we will not be able to contact unsuccessful applicants. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the right to work in the UK.


Please visit Better Bankside for more information.

To apply for this job please email us a cover letter and your most up-to-date CV.

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