Deputy Commissioner and Advisers for the Further Education Commissioner's Office

Body: Department for Education
Appointing Department: Department for Education
Sector: Education
Location: These posts involve significant travel and it is expected that the successful candidates shall use their home as a base.
Number of Vacancies: 1 Deputy Commissioner and 4 Advisers
Remuneration: The role of Deputy Education Commissioner will be remunerated at a rate of £700 per day. The role of FE Advisers will be remunerated at a rate of £600 per day.
Time Requirements: Maximum of 200 days per year for both roles


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

The Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, has appointed Martin Sim as Deputy Further Education Commissioner.

The appointment is for a 2 year fixed term from 1 September 2019, with an expected time commitment of up to 200 days’ work per annum. The post is based on remuneration of £700 a day.

Martin Sim has not declared any involvement in political activities. He has worked at the following colleges: Salford City, Carlisle, Gateway, Barnfield, Vision West Nottinghamshire.

Date: 27/08/2019

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    05/06/2019 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    28/06/2019 and 03/07/2019

  • Announcement


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

As part of the Government’s approach to support Further Education colleges and other FE institutions, intervention action may be deemed necessary to bring about improvement. Deputy FE Commissioners undertake assessments of underperforming colleges, advising ministers and the chief executive of the Education and Skills Funding Agency on any relevant course of action. Deputy FE Commissioners work with colleges and the ESFA to ensure the end to end process of assessment is managed effectively and that any necessary changes are delivered swiftly and communicated to those affected.

Deputy FE Commissioners and FE Advisers work across the following areas supporting the Further Education Commissioner:

Diagnostic assessments: supporting colleges that are at risk from a quality and/or financial perspective (but have not reached a trigger for formal intervention) by looking at their approach to managing the risks they face.

Intervention assessments: assessing the capacity of the existing governance and leadership of a college to deliver rapid and sustainable improvements where serious weaknesses and risk of failure have been identified. These may be followed up with stocktake visits to review the progress of the college against the recommendations made within the intervention report.

FE Commissioner local provision reviews: examining the options for achieving long term sustainable provision in a local area where the issues cannot be solved by looking at individual institutions in isolation.

FE Commissioner led Structure and Prospects Appraisals: a structured way of assessing options to change a college’s structure and/or provision in a clear, objective and evidence based way.

The FE Commissioner determines the allocation of activities between Deputy Commissioners and FE Advisors. Deputy Commissioners work with the FE Advisers and the ESFA to determine the best way in which further education can be delivered in any given area, having regard to the needs of learners, employers, national and local FE policies and value for money, the overall quality of work undertaken and the outputs. A key element of the Deputy FE Commissioner role will be the leadership and management of FE Advisers.



Person Specification

Successful candidates for both the role of Deputy FE Commissioner and FE Adviser are required to demonstrate the following essential criteria.

  • Ability to lead and influence complex organisational change within an educational context, delivering at pace.
  • Ability to develop and implement quality and improvement strategies.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills and the ability to influence, persuade and engage stakeholders at the highest levels, in addition to excellent management and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with Ministers, civil servants, college leaders and key stakeholders demonstrating resilience and the ability to maintain a positive approach in challenging circumstances.
  • Senior level academic experience of measuring success in education context.
  • An understanding of the regulatory framework within which FE institutions operate.


Additional Information

More information can be found in the applicant pack attached.


How to Apply

Please submit the following documents by email to:

  1. A covering letter not exceeding two sides of A4 paper
  2. A CV
  3. Candidate Application Form
  4. Diversity form
  5. Guaranteed Interview Scheme form (if applicable)

Please include the heading “FEC Deputy Commissioner Application” in the subject box. If submitting your application by email, please submit your application documents as separate attachments.

Alternatively, you can send your application via post to:

HR, Public Appointments

Ground Floor

Bishopsgate House





Please note the following.

  • We cannot accept applications submitted after the closing date.
  • Applications will be assessed on the documentation provided. Please refer to the advert and checklist to ensure you have provided the necessary documentation. We will assess it based solely on documentation provided.
  • Applications will be acknowledged upon receipt.
  • Feedback will only be given to candidates unsuccessful following interview.


Diversity Monitoring Form
Guaranteed Interview Scheme
Deputy Commissioner and Advisers - Applicant pack
Candidate Application Form
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