You will see the terms “well organised” and “good attention to detail” crop up time and time again for the further education (FE) education operations coordinator role, which gives you some idea of what is expected in this position. An ability to work cooperatively is desired in this role.
The role will usually encompass being responsible for the delivery of educational operations. Coordinating them if you will. The clue is in the title! Within this, you’ll be expected to direct the smooth running of internal finances, relations and providing executive support.
The operations manager role at London South East Colleges explains that the successful candidate “will be responsible for our facilities management service at a designated number of education sites in all respects”, underlining the obligations that the position entails.
The same role stresses that key talents required include good motivation skills, an understanding of compliance, as well as the fundamentals of building and building services, and finally, the ability to be resilient and receptive to change.
At some colleges, the education operations coordinator position will fall under the remit of the Business Development Department. The department tends to be responsible for the management and delivery of an array of provisions which, at the City of Westminster College involves “Apprenticeships, Employment and Skills Provision including English for Work, Short Training courses and adult education programmes”.
An FE estates and facilities manager is primarily responsible for the property and land that belongs to public bodies, as well as local councils. Among their chief responsibilities are repairs and maintenance, tenancy applications and agreements, and ensuring that “properties are being used for their intended purpose”.
Communication skills will be among the top skills laid out by employers for the FE estates and facilities manager role. UCAS explains that “most estates officers have qualifications and experience in relevant areas, for example surveying, building services engineering or construction management”.
Example areas where candidates would have an HNC, HND or degree that would appeal to employers include:
· building services engineering
· construction management
· facilities/estate management
Aside from this, if you have a relevant higher-level health and safety qualification (e.g. National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health a.k.a. NEBOSH), this would be advantageous. This is because plenty of colleges may be looking to modernise their approach to health & safety, including their policies and risk assessments.
In addition, you will be expected to pay a regular visit to evaluate safety management and 5S performance, which will entail conducting audits as required and implementing any actions arising from the audits.
Relevant work experience may sway a prospective employer when weighing up a candidate for the position. Health and safety, property or contract management are all jobs that would likely provide you with an advantage when applying.