Number 10 is looking for a new senior delivery adviser to lead on skills and post-18 education.

The role is part of the “delivery unit”, which was re-established last year to deliver on the prime minister’s top priorities which include education, jobs, and skills.

The person selected will be responsible for ensuring the government hits their commitments to quadruple the number of skills bootcamps, improve adult numeracy, and deliver reform to student finance in 2025, the lifelong loan entitlement.

A job advert for the position states that it requires the selected candidate to build relationships with FE colleges and continuously monitor delivery performance and identify when Number 10 support is needed.

According to the Centre for Public Impact, the prime ministers delivery unit was set up in 2001 after Tony Blair was elected to a second term.

Michael Barber was instructed to set up the unit to implement the government’s domestic policy priorities.

The unit was resurrected by Boris Johnson following Sir Michael Barber’s review into the
how the government can be more “focussed, effective and efficient” at delivering its priorities, according to the Institute for Government.


Applications for the skills and post-18 education senior delivery adviser role close on February 28, 2023.

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