Vacancy -- Deputy Director Digital Learning

Recruitment Principles

The Welsh Government's recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles.

Vacancy Details

Education and Public Services
Senior Civil Service 1
Full time (applications are welcome from people who work part time, as part of a job share or who work full time)
Pan Wales
The post holder may work from any of the Welsh Government Offices. However, there is an expectation that due to the nature of the work and, the need to meet with Ministers the successful applicant will work from Cardiff 2-3 days a week.

Closing Date

15/12/2019, 23:55

Purpose of Post

The Digital Learning Division is part of the Operations Directorate, within the Education and Public Services (EPS) Group. 

The Digital Learning agenda for Wales forms a critical element of Education in Wales: Our national mission agenda and will form a key element of future policy development. The post holder will have strategic responsibility for developing, and delivering on digital learning policy and will direct a number of high-level projects relating to Ministerial priorities which they will be expected to drive these forward to specification, within budget and on time. The post holder will also provide policy and professional advice to Ministers on best practice, future trends and value for money within the rapidly changing digital learning agenda, aligning work to any other relevant digital initiatives across the Welsh Government.  This will include responsibility for submissions, reports, detailed costed plans, business cases and risk assessments.

The Division comprises 41 staff currently grouped in two branches with responsibility for a revenue budget of £5.3 million and a capital budget of £50 million in 2019-20 reflecting current delivery priorities.  Budgets will vary year on year in line with current delivery priorities and the post holder will need to lead on optimising the Welsh Government’s investments in digital learning through collaboration and co-creation with stakeholders including suppliers.  As such a high degree of commercial acumen, excellent engagement skills and a high degree of credibility with the sector are required.

As an integral part of the Welsh Government’s strategy, the Digital Learning team has responsibility for supporting and further developing the Welsh Government’s own Hwb digital learning platform as a direct, leading edge, service to teachers and learners in the schools sector.

Disability Confident

Welsh Government accepts the social definition of disability, in which it is recognised that barriers in society act to disable people who have impairments or health conditions or who use British Sign Language. We are committed to removing barriers so that all (or potential new staff) can perform at their best. The Equality Act 2010 uses the medical definition of disability (“a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term impact on a person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities”).

We guarantee to interview anyone who is disabled whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must provide us with evidence in your application which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence for the role and any qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential. We are committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.

If you have an impairment or health condition, or use British Sign Language and need to discuss reasonable adjustments for any part of this recruitment process, or wish to discuss how we will support you if you were to be successful, please email as soon as possible and a member of the team will contact you to discuss your requirements and any questions you may have.

Welsh Language Requirements

The Welsh Government is a bilingual organisation and Welsh language skills are considered an asset to the organisation. We encourage and support staff to learn, develop and use their Welsh language skills in the workplace. 

The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the line manager on behalf of the Welsh Government of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.

Not necessary to undertake the duties of this post

Assessment Process

How to apply

Completed application form, an up to date CV, together with a personal statement of suitability for the post should be submitted by the closing date.  All applications for this vacancy should be made online via the Welsh Government's online application system.  If you have a disability which would prevent you from applying on-line, please e-mail to request an application pack in an alternative format or if you need to request a reasonable adjustment related to a disability in order to submit your application.

To apply, you'll need to have an account on our online application system.  Click the 'Apply' button below, and you'll be asked to 'Log in' if you already have an account, or 'Register' if you don't yet have an account.  Registration takes just a few minutes to complete.  You'll need an e-mail address to be able to register.  Once you've registered for an account and logged in, you'll be taken to the online application form, which you'll need to fully complete and submit before the deadline on the closing date.  

If you’d like to apply for this vacancy in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

For further information regarding the Senior Civil Service recruitment process within the Welsh Government, please see the SCS Recruitment Guidance for External Candidates (link). Further guidance on Preparing Your Personal Statement (link) is also available.

When evidencing your suitability for the post, it is recommended that you refer to the Civil Service Competency Framework (link)

Other information about the vacancy

The Recruitment Team will acknowledge your application via the Welsh Government system and when appropriate you will be advised about the outcome of the shortlisting meeting.  Candidates who proceed to the next stage of selection will be required to complete online psychometric tests and attend a Staff Engagement Exercise. These methods of assessment will form part of the overall assessment required for this recruitment exercise and, will be in addition to the selection panel interview.

All applications for this vacancy will be anonymised at the sift stage.

Shortlisted candidates will be undergo online psychometric tests that will include numerical and verbal reasoning and a discussion with a psychologist. You will receive a link to these on-line tests within 10 working days from the shortlisting meeting. The shortlisting meeting will take place on 18 December 2019.

Please note that if you are a Civil Servant and applying for this vacancy on a lateral basis you will not be required to undergo on line psychometric tests.

If you have completed the online psychometric tests in the last 2 years it will not be necessary for you to take these tests again for this particular recruitment.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to take part in an engagement exercise with a small panel of staff on 22 January 2020. Further details will follow.

Interviews are scheduled for 31 January 2020. They will be held in Welsh Government offices, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NQ.  Interviews will last around 45 minutes.  The panel will receive feedback following your psychometric tests and Staff Engagement Exercise before you are interviewed. Your interview will be a competency based interview that will consider how your skills and experience as outlined in your CV and personal statement meet the requirements for this post. 

If candidates are asked to prepare a presentation for their interview, they will normally be given at least one week’s notice of the topic.

Please note that if you are requested to give a presentation, they are to be delivered without the use of hand-outs or electronic devices, however, you are welcome to use prompt cards. 

31 January 2020
Carla Lyne, Director of Operations on 0300 025 0096 or email