Local Digital Skills Partnership: Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Manager

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Closing date: 18 Jul 2018

Reference number



£32,152 - £37,877


Higher Executive Officer
Senior Executive Officer
Band B

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

2 Years

Business area

DCMS - Digital & Technology Policy

Type of role

Communications / Marketing

Working pattern

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



Number of posts




About the job

Job description

About the team and role:

The Digital Skills and Inclusion team is part of the Digital and Tech Policy Directorate. Its objective is to deliver the ambitions set out in the Digital Strategy (2017):“For the UK to be a world-leading digital economy that works for everyone, it is crucial that everyone has the digital capabilities they need to fully participate in society.”

The team considers the digital capability of individuals and organisations across the skills spectrum, from the basic digital skills which support digital inclusion, to the general digital skills needed for the workforce, to the advanced digital skills required for specialist roles.

The team's priorities are to:

Implement the Digital Skills and Inclusion Chapter of the Digital Strategy. This includes developing a new Digital Skills Partnership, a flagship initiative to encourage the public, private and third sector to work collaboratively to tackle the digital skills gap, and supporting local level partnerships to increase the digital capability needed to build inclusive, thriving local economies; ensuring delivery of the 4 million free digital skills training opportunities pledged to support the Digital Strategy; increasing diversity in tech; and tackling digital inclusion.

Work collaboratively with the Department for Education to ensure that the education and training system is designed to provide the skills needed for the digital economy. This includes policies such as apprenticeships; the new digital skills entitlement; technical education reform; the National Retraining Scheme; and how to better support computing science teaching.

Overview of the role:

This is an exciting opportunity to work with central government, local government and business stakeholders to tackle local digital skills gaps and support the growth of local economies. The Government recently supported the launch of Local Digital Skills Partnerships in Lancashire and Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas. We are planning to establish four more of these local partnerships by March 2019, before scaling up more widely across the country.

Your main role will be to support the roll-out of Local Digital Skills Partnerships. This will involve working at both a regional and national level. Your line manager will be the Head of Local Engagement for the Digital Skills Partnership. You will be working closely with this person and be jointly responsible for developing and helping to implement a stakeholder engagement strategy. This will involve developing strong relationships with key local stakeholders, particularly in the Local Digital Skills Partnerships that the government is working with.

You will also be required from time to time to provide marketing and communications support to the Digital Skills Partnership Board and four delivery groups that report into the Board.

Key elements of the role will include:

Developing a stakeholder engagement strategy, working closely with the Head of Engagement for the Local Digital Skills Partnerships,

Helping to build strong regional stakeholder relationships liaising with regional Local LEPs and the Local Digital Skills Partnership regional coordinators.

Taking the lead in communicating with regional coordinators from the various Local Digital Skills Partnerships regions. Attend and report on all regional events linked to the Local Digital Skills Partnerships.

Responsibility for maintaining and updating the Government’s project plan for the Local Digital Skills Partnerships workstream.

Providing strategic input into future development of the Digital Skills Partnership including Local Digital Skills Partnerships

Work closely with the co chairs of the Local Digital Skills Partnership delivery group and help contribute to and support the “Playbook” development.

Liaising with DCMS central Comms team on a regular basis on all aspects of marketing and communications.

Arrange and coordinate Digital Skills Partnership events both regionally and in London

Liaising with the Ministerial Private Offices to organise meetings, regional visits and speaking opportunities. Contributing to submissions and briefing for Ministers and Senior Civil Servants.


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

  • Leading and communicating
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Making effective decisions
  • Delivering at pace
  • Managing a quality service
  • Building capability for all

Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

An initial sift based on competency 1 may be held if a large number of applications are received. If your application progresses to a full sift, all competences will then be considered.

As part of the recruitment process we reserve the right to ask shortlisted candidates to complete a supplementary assessment. If applicable, further details will be provided following the shortlist. Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Gary Coyle, Head of Local Engagement, Digital Skills Partnership - gary.coyle@culture.gov.uk

Sift/interview dates and location

Shortlisting: w/c Monday 23rd July 2018

Interviews: w/c Monday 30th July 2018

Interviews will be taking place at 100 Parliament Street, Westminster, London SW1A 2NH

Further information

To reflect the lead the department takes on digital policy, the Prime Minister has recently agreed a departmental name change and DCMS is now the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
We are working to update CS Jobs to reflect this change, but candidates should note that correspondence from the department, including employment contracts for instance, will be issued in our new name

Reasonable adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

• Contact Government Recruitment Service via DCMSRecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs

• Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you have a hearing impairment, a Language Service Professional


If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact the Head of Resourcing, Kate Taylor (kate.taylor@culture.gov.uk), in the first instance

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