Senior assessment and assurance manager (Temporary) Job in Bristol at Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education –

Reference number




National: £49,960 / London: £53,682


Grade 7

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

1 year

Business area

IFA – Business Services Team – Various.

Type of role

Operational Delivery

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts



Bristol, South West, BS1 6EH : Coventry, West Midlands, CV1 2WT : Darlington, North East, DL1 5QE : Manchester, North West, M1 2WD : Sheffield, Yorkshire and the Humber, S1 2FJ : City of Westminster, London, SW1P 3BT

About the job


The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education is working to transform the skills landscape by improving access to high quality apprenticeships and technical education. You will be part of an organisation that works to help people of all ages and backgrounds have the opportunity to maximise their potential, contribute to improving social mobility and the UK’s productivity.

We aim to create a great place to work by offering:

  • An environment with flexible working options
  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • An employer pension contribution of up to 27%
  • A generous annual leave allowance up to 30 days after 5 years of service
  • A wide variety of staff support networks including access to a Wellbeing Network, BAME Network, and a Diversity and Inclusion Network.

We are committed to expanding on our diverse workforce and would welcome applications from underrepresented groups and professionals with a range of backgrounds.

The Institute works with employers and other stakeholders to deliver high quality apprenticeships and technical education products for learners across 15 sectors (routes). The products are developed by a range of operational management specialists, working together to deliver the workforce needs of the sector and individual learner’s needs.

As a senior assessment and assurance manager, you will be part of a route group. You will be responsible for advising and ensuring the quality of assessment for apprenticeships and technical education products, leading the development of assessment elements in a timely manner.

You will be responsible for a range of assessment and assurance activities in relation to both apprenticeships and technical qualifications, including being responsible for influencing the prioritisation of product development in the route.

Job description

The core activities of the role will require a customer-centric and collaborative approach, working with employers, stakeholders, and colleagues during the development of apprenticeships and technical education products. You will make sure that assessment strategies and assessment products are both occupationally relevant and robust before they receive Institute approval.

Post-approval, you will monitor, input and report on performance in delivery through:

  • engaging in the findings of External Quality Assurance for apprenticeships
  • engaging in the Long Term Assurance Model for technical qualifications
  • advising and supporting route members in the updating of outputs
  • working with colleagues in the commercial team to provide post approval assessment advice for technical qualifications
  • assist with the development of assessment and delivery policy.

You will additionally be a proactive and collaborative member of an assessment and assurance community of practice that works across the Institute. Here you will support colleagues in the community of practice and in other route groups when the balance of work requires it.


The core activities of the role will relate to developing and maintaining high quality assessment products and strategies across the apprenticeship and technical education programmes in-line with current policy, which meets the needs of the current and future workforce.

You will build good relationships with key stakeholders internally and externally across sectors including employers, training providers, assessment organisations, awarding organisations and professional bodies. You will work with them to understand and support the sector’s training and technical education priorities.

Examples of the duties and potential responsibilities include:

  • taking accountability for recommendations and providing oversight on assessment products across apprenticeships and technical education in-line with current policy for your allocated route group.
  • working collaboratively with employers, stakeholders, and colleagues to help develop high quality assessment products and strategies where this is an Institute responsibility
  • ensuring assessment related products meet timelines for approval
  • providing high quality, credible and accurate advice to employers, stakeholders and colleagues on the assessment and assurance aspects by acquiring, analysing, and integrating a large amount of information from both internal and external sources
  • monitoring, inputting into and reporting on assessment performance in delivery by identifying trends and issues and providing innovative solutions to address problems
  • ensuring the route group meets its operational delivery targets relating to the timely review and approval of assessment strategies and assurance activities
  • leading and shaping policy matters affecting assessment products in your allocated route group, developing a solutions focussed approach which can be adapted and adopted by other internal teams
  • managing the relationship with key stakeholders across the sector and working closely with other government departments, agencies and regulators including, but not limited to, the Department for Education, the Education and Skills Funding Agency, Ofqual, the Office for Students, QAA, and Ofsted as necessary
  • leading and supporting focussed ad hoc projects to improve policies and processes both on apprenticeship and qualification development and potentially more widely within the Institute
  • coaching, and supporting assessment and assurance managers to own their parts of the route and oversee their development
  • participate in the community of practice, supporting and implementing its activities when required, disseminating learning through it

We are particularly interested in receiving applications from people who have recent experience of working in the FE sector, for awarding bodies or End-point assessment organisations. All applications will be considered on their own merits.

Essential skills and experience

  • good understanding of the principles and practices of assessment as applied to apprenticeships and/or technical education
  • analyse a large amount of complex information, from internal and external sources, to reach decisions and convey these clearly and concisely
  • developing solutions to policy issues overcoming barriers to assessment
  • good negotiating, influencing and networking skills
  • skilled communicator with good interpersonal and presentation skills
  • working flexibly under pressure and delivering high quality outcomes across pieces of work within given timescales

Desirable skills and experience

  • share experiences to develop knowledge and consistency across teams, aligning activities to contribute to wider organisational priorities
  • working in a customer focused environment to deliver excellent customer service
  • leading on projects to implement improvements

Working flexibly is important to the success of the Institute, and while you will have specific responsibilities as set out above, you will be part of a ‘one team’ approach and may be asked to be involved in a range of other activities. As new areas of work progress, you may be asked to move between teams to deliver the Institute’s key priorities.


Applicants currently holding a permanent post in the Civil Service should note that, if successful, their salary on appointment would be determined by the Institute’s transfer / promotion policies.

As a member of the Institute, you will be entitled to join the highly competitive Civil Service Pension Scheme, which many experts agree is one of the most generous in the UK.

About the Company

Company: Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education –

Company Location:  Bristol

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