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Telford and Wrekin is a great place to live, work, visit and do business.

We, at Telford & Wrekin Council, are shaping the borough and its future, leading and working with communities, residents and businesses by protecting, caring and investing to create a better borough and foster a real sense of pride in our community.

We took enormous pride in our children’s services being rated outstanding by Ofsted earlier this year – the first council in the Midlands to achieve this.

To build on this success, we are currently strengthening our Senior Management Team and looking to recruit an exceptional candidate, ready to drive our Council forward in the challenging and changing nature of local government, while ensuring residents and communities are at the heart of what we do every day.

This is a highly influential role where you can make a huge difference, leading dedicated teams and driving partnership working.

In return, we offer a salary of up to £98,000, excellent employment conditions and benefits including local government pension scheme, flexible working and an employee discount scheme.

The post we are recruiting to is our Director: Education & Skills.

We’ve transformed our children’s services from “requires improvement” to “outstanding” in just four years.

We’re now looking for a new director to continue to innovate, develop and improve to keep children and young people safe and give them the best possible start in life.

As a director, you’ll lead dedicated teams, inspire, influence and drive partnership working with new approaches to help achieve our plans to protect care and invest to create a better borough.

You will be exploring new models of service delivery, generating new income streams to limit cuts to our front-line services, while helping to push the borough as a place to visit, invest and do business in.

You will be part of a team delivering our ambitious vision for the future and taking the Borough forward through the significantly changing times and challenges to ensure that we are fit for the future, punching well above our weight, both regionally and nationally.

It goes without saying that the successful applicant will have a real opportunity to lead and drive change.

You will also have the support of a passionate, hard working group of members and colleagues.

The work will be challenging, varied, exciting and above all, rewarding, and knowing our staff and management teams, with some fun along the way too.

I look forward to receiving your application.

David Sidaway
Chief Executive

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About the borough

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Telford & Wrekin is a unitary council located in Shropshire, which borders North Wales and is surrounded by Cheshire, Staffordshire, Herefordshire & Worcestershire. Telford is located beside the M54, giving access to the M6 within 15 minutes and connectivity to the M5, M42 and M1. Telford is approximately 3 hours from London, 1 hour 45 minutes from Manchester and only 40 minutes from Birmingham.

Telford and Wrekin is rightly described as a place of contrasts - the rural and historic sitting alongside ‘new town’ housing and modern industrial estates. Given new town status in the 1960’s, Telford has grown rapidly over the past 50 years around existing Borough towns including Madeley, Wellington, Oakengates, Hadley and Dawley. Two thirds of the Borough surrounding Telford is classified as rural, and includes the historic Ironbridge Gorge UNESCO World Heritage Site, the symbol of the Industrial Revolution.

Our population is forecast to grow from around 178,000 to 196,500 by 2031 and is also ageing and becoming more diverse. The Borough’s population is ‘younger’ than the national position, although with the fastest growth being in the 65+ age group the age profile of the Borough is now much closer to the national age profile. It is estimated that 10.5% of the population are from an ethnic minority. Telford and Wrekin is a place of socio-economic contrasts with parts amongst the most deprived, comparable with inner cities, and the least deprived nationally.

The Borough has a diverse manufacturing sector, a burgeoning tourism sector and research and development facilities. It has a strong focus on manufacturing - important sectors of the local economy include polymers and advanced engineering- as well as food and drink, construction and retail.

Telford is a regional and national focus point for both housing and job growth. Despite challenging conditions faced by the housing market, the Borough has seen year on year growth in housing since 2007 and is ranked as one of the fastest growing areas by Centre for Cities report for the past 3 years. 2014 saw the opening of Southwater; a £250m town centre development including a range of cultural, leisure, retail and event facilities, which has since been expanded with the addition of a new hotel and additional retail outlets.

There are lots of ways to get around the Borough. There is an extensive public transport network, including buses and trains. There are also numerous cycle tracks, bridleways and footpaths. Telford is a great place to bring up a family, alongside the extensive range of leisure and cultural activities.

Our values

Openness and Honesty, Ownership, Fairness and Respect and Involvement

Telford & Wrekin Council is a Co-operative Council which means we are working together with our residents, partners and local organisations to collectively deliver the best we can for Telford and Wrekin with the combined resources we have.

We are working to:

  • bring more public services together so that people get what they need at the right place and the right time
  • involve local people and our staff more in planning and running services
  • support our communities better and encourage people to do more to help their own communities.

Elections in 2019 returned a strong administration whose four year plan, which the Senior Management Team is now responsible for delivering, includes these commitments:

  • continuing to fight the closure of our 24/7 A&E and Consultant-led Women and Children’s Centre
  • continuing to keep Council Tax amongst the lowest in the Midlands
  • continuing to invest £80m per year in protecting the most vulnerable adults and children in our community including those who are victims and survivors of sexual exploitation and domestic abuse
  • investing £50m in roads and footpaths and infrastructure across Telford and Wrekin and continue to invest in creating new jobs for residents
  • continuing to fight any proposed merger with Shropshire Council or other authorities as we believe that the Borough is best served by its own council that puts residents first

Despite financial pressures, the Council and its partners continue to invest in their neighbourhoods which face the greatest social, economic and health challenges.

How to apply and recruitment timetable

To apply for this role, please visit the Penna website (recruitment partner).

For further information or confidential discussion, please contact David Slatter on 07500 828610, or Carol Coyle on 07500 887 849,

The closing date for applications is 28 September 2020.

The selection process will be held week commencing 5 October 2020 and final interviews will take place on 9 October 2020.

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