Wanted: Northern Ireland Commissioner for Employment and Skills

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The Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) invites expressions of interest from individuals who wish to apply for the post of the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Employment and Skills (Northern Ireland Commissioner), to sit on the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES).

Work of the Commissioner
The UKCES was established in April 2008, to advise government on how improved employment and skills systems can help the UK become a world-class leader in productivity and employment. It supports the government’s drive for growth in the economy and for rebalancing the scale of investment in adult skills, working with employers, unions and others to raise employer ambition and to develop employer-led initiatives. UKCES Commissioners represent the interests of large, small and medium sized enterprises and the public, private and voluntary sectors.

The Northern Ireland Commissioner will represent Northern Ireland’s interests on the Commission and will have a significant opportunity to influence the UK’s future employment and skills strategy, policies and delivery. The Commissioner will also report on the work of the UKCES and provide views on this to the Minister for Employment and Learning. The successful applicant will be appointed for a period of three years.

Remuneration and criteria
The appointee will be required to take up their posting from 1 May 2015. Remuneration is £300 a day, to a maximum of 30 days, plus travel and subsistence costs at rates set centrally. Meetings will mainly be held in London.

The successful candidate will have an outstanding record of achievement from within the business sector, at Board level or equivalent, a strong knowledge of the Northern Ireland economy, and a track record of success in building effective relationships with a range of stakeholders.

Expressions of Interest
Those who feel they have the relevant skills and experience should request a candidate information pack. Candidate information packs are available in other formats, including Braille, large print and audio upon request. These can be obtained as follows:

e-mail: pau@delni.gov.uk external link
telephone: 028 9025 7839 or 028 9025 7981
textphone: 18001 028 90 257 981
write to:

Public Appointments Unit
Department for Employment and Learning
Room 1.01 Clarence Court
10-18 Adelaide Street
Belfast
BT2 8GB

Closing Date:

Application forms should be completed and returned to the above address by 12 noon on 19 February 2015. Late applications will not be accepted.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held in week commencing 23 March 2015.

Equality of Opportunity

The Department for Employment and Learning is committed to the principles of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. The Department is committed to providing equality of opportunity for all individuals