EngineeringUK is a not-for-profit organisation, which works in partnership with the engineering community to inform and inspire young people and grow the number and diversity of tomorrow’s engineers. We work locally, regionally and nationally with a wide range of organisations across business and industry, education, professional institutions and the third sector to develop and promote effective initiatives and programmes to inspire young people to consider a career in engineering. Everyone who works at EngineeringUK is committed to inspiring and informing young people about engineering. We are looking for someone who has similar levels of commitment to join our organisation at such an exciting time.
We are guided by a series of values that we apply to all our activity.
We are insightful and open and honest with our insight so that everything we to inspire young people into engineering is based on clear and up-to-date evidence, gained by listening to and learning from our community.
We are courageous and dynamic in the development, piloting and promotion of ideas and activities which can help us all to inspire tomorrow’s engineers and increase the talent pipeline for engineering.
We are passionate about inspiring a new generation on engineers and a positive difference to young people’s lives.
We are inclusive, with partnership and collaboration at the heart of what we do. We are determined to reach those people who are under-represented in modern engineering.
About the role
The Engagement Projects Co-ordinator will primarily focus on supporting the delivery of the Robotics Challenge, an in-schools programme that teaches robotics and coding skills to students aged 11-14 years. The programme aims to increase students’ knowledge of engineering and the jobs that exist in this sector through hands-on coding challenges linked to the environment and sustainability. Schools receive everything they need to take part in the programme for free, including SPIKE Prime robotics kits and we have a bursary system to support schools that meet our EDI criteria to attend competition heats and finals. Through the challenge we aim for a minimum of 50% of participating schools to be those that meet our EDI criteria. Currently the programme is delivered in schools by teachers with face-to-face competition heats and finals, however, we will need to remain flexible with our approach to delivery as the pandemic continues. During the next 10 months, the team will be conducting research to determine how best to adapt the programme for September 2022 and beyond to increase our impact on girls and other under-represented groups.
The role will work closely with the Head of Engagement projects, internal teams including Communications and Research, as well as external delivery partners who directly with schools taking part in the challenge and funders of the challenge to ensure the successful delivery of the Robotics Challenge programme. The role will report into the Head of Engagement Projects.
The role will be based at the EngineeringUK offices at 10 Lower Thames Street, London EC3R 6EN with occasional travel in the UK. We are currently adopting a hybrid approach, with a blend of home and office-based work.
- Lead on project co-ordination of the challenge to ensure successful implementation including being responsible for tracking timelines, writing monthly reports and identifying and mitigating potential risks
- Build trusting and fruitful relationships with the delivery partners
- Lead communications with project delivery partners to ensure they have all resources they need to deliver the programme and they provide timely monthly updates
- Co-ordinate with delivery partners to support their recruitment and retention of schools
- Manage replacement of kit for schools
- Work closely with project delivery partners to ensure schools have all equipment needed to engage in the programme
- Work closely with the Head of EDI to administer the bursary scheme for EDI criteria meeting schools.
- Co-ordinate meetings and provide meeting support including creation of agendas and minutes
- Work closely with the project delivery partners and internal evaluation team to ensure adequate evaluation surveys are submitted
- Manage the delivery of a primary pilot scheme, including the recruitment of 20 schools to take part in the programme, ensuring they receive all the information and equipment needed to take part, and managing our relationship with the IET who manage the First Lego League Explore programme which our pilot scheme schools will be participating in.
- Support the delivery of the Robotics Challenge finals to be held at The Big Bang Fair (a STEM engagement event for 11-14 year olds, ran by EngineeringUK) in June 2022.
- Co-ordinate prizes and certificates for schools who take part in competition heats and finals, including supporting logistics of prize days co-ordinated with our funders.
This job description sets out the requirements of the role at the time it was drawn up and may change over time. The Engagement Projects Co-ordinator will be expected to undertake other tasks or duties as required.
Essential experience and attributes
- Proven experience of co-ordinating projects from start to finish
- Experience of working with multiple stakeholders and monitoring their progress against deliverables
- Experience of collecting, monitoring and basic analysis of data
- Strong IT skills, including all office suite programmes
- Good communicator at all levels
- Ability to work independently and flexibly within a rapidly changing environment
- Ability to think creatively and innovatively
- Willingness to learn and develop new skills and knowledge
Desirable experiences and attributes
- Experience of working on programmes designed for schools
- Experience/knowledge of the engineering and tech sector
- Experience/knowledge of coding or robotics at a secondary school level
Education / level of experience
·1-2 years proven experience within a similar role
Applying for this role
Please send a CV and cover letter (no longer than 2 sides) in support of your application explaining how you fulfil the key criteria for the role. Please also tell us where you saw the job advertised in your email as we are currently tracking our applications.
The deadline for applications is before 12:00 noon on Wednesday 15 December
Applications will be assessed against the requirements for the post as set out in the Role Profile and Person Specification.
EngineeringUK are working hard to be a disability confident employer. Please let us know if there are any reasonable adjustments we can make for you during this recruitment process and beyond.
We aim to notify candidates who have been shortlisted on Friday 17 December. If you have not heard from us after this date, please assume that you have not been successful.
First interviews will be held virtually between Monday 20 – Wednesday 22 December.
EngineeringUK is an inclusive organisation; we welcome everyone with all skills, experiences, and backgrounds.
Each applicant will be individually assed regardless of gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity, marital or civil partner status, gender reassignment, ethnicity, colour, or national origin, religion or belief, disability or age.
We are an equal opportunities employer and are open to flexible working, including job share.
Benefits / Perks
- 28 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays and 3 days at Christmas) (pro rata)
- Competitive pension
- Flexible working
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Life Assurance
- Permanent Health Insurance
- Access to office gym with employee discount
- Yearly flu jabs
Please send a CV and cover letter (no longer than 2 sides) in support of your application explaining how you fulfil the key criteria for the role.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.