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Operations Director Lifetime Training

Lifetime Training, the largest apprenticeship provider in the UK, are recruiting for a commercially driven Operations Director to lead their new Digital and IT provision following the recent acquisition of Intequal, growing the offering and creating a sustainable and diversified business.

  • Location: Remote working with travel and time in the field required
  • Salary: £80,000- £95,000 + bonus of 30% of annual salary

About the Role

As Operations Director for the new digital and IT provision at Lifetime Training, following the acquisition of Intequal, you will be responsible for the leading this business unit through significant periods of growth, creating a sustainable and diversified business.

Delivering the agreed business targets, through our ways of working and behaviours, the role’s purpose is to drive the performance measures of the business unit resulting in the accomplishment of agreed targets and objectives.

Managing a team of around 40 employees, with two direct reports, you will drive the commercial growth through hands on involvement in the growth ambitions as well as ensuring a collaborative working style to further integrate the team into the wider Lifetime Training family,

Currently operating with 400 starters a year, the aim is to grow the provision to reach the level of our other successful business areas which currently have up to 8000 starts a year. Working closely with the Operations Directors of these other business areas, you will receive their full support and including access to Lifetime Training’s extensive employer partner network to assist in the provision’s growth and over the first 12months be expected to look at how best to grow the digital and IT offering for larger employers as well as continue to service Intequal’s historic SME network.

As Operations Director for this exciting new digital and IT offering at Lifetime Training, you will ensure that quality and standards remain a priority to ensure they enhance both our brand and market position and be involved in senior level decisions around strategy in this key market and skills area.

Who we are looking for

As Operations Director for this new provision, we require someone with expertise within the Digital and IT industry, with an understanding of apprenticeships to lead this exciting new business area following our acquisition of Intequal.

Having held a senior leadership role previously, you will bring an entrepreneurial approach to achieving sustainable commercial growth and have excellent networking and relationship building skills to extend the reach of the digital and IT offering to both large employers and SMEs.

As the Operations Director for this new team, you will have a track record in building and motivating high performing teams, delivering first class customer service and delivery whilst maintaining the values and standards of Lifetime Training and associated regulators within apprenticeships.

You will have a strategic approach to growth, and be motivated by the opportunity to take this new business area from a solid foundation to a market leading provider in digital and IT apprenticeships, whilst also being prepared when required to roll your sleeves up to work in the business as well as on the business.

This is an incredible opportunity for someone to join the largest apprenticeship provider in the UK at this exciting time and have full ownership over a new business area to take it to and beyond it’s potential.

If you are someone with a commercial approach and background, and a real interest and passion in the opportunities that apprenticeships in digital and IT can have on individuals and industry then the Operations Director role will be an exciting position to help transform tomorrow’s workplaces by unlocking opportunities for everyonemaking sure businesses across all sectors can find and develop the skilled employees they need.

Closing date: Wednesday 10th November 2021

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Kristina Preston | kristina@peridotpartners.co.uk

Polly Mortimer | polly@peridotpartners.co.uk


If you would like to know more about this role please contact Kristina Preston

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Dear Candidate

Thank you for your interest in joining Lifetime Training where changing lives is in our DNA. Lifetime is dedicated on transforming tomorrow’s workplaces by unlocking opportunities for everyone, ensuring businesses across all sectors can find and develop the skilled employees they need to thrive.

Why Lifetime?

Lifetime Training delivers training courses and apprenticeships to people across the UK every day. We are an innovative, energetic company that places real emphasis on providing a great service to our partners and learners through our life-changing people and have been recognised as the number 1 training provider as voted by apprentices (RateMyApprenticeship)


What makes a life-changing person? It’s all in our DNA. In the simplest terms, Lifetime DNA is a blueprint of who we are. It’s at the heart of our culture and defines how we want do things: how we engage with one another, and our employers, learners and stakeholders.

It’s what sets our expert people apart from the competition: five core molecules (with a sixth for our Leaders and Managers) made of a unique structure that encompasses the skills, behaviours and attitudes that will help our team succeed. It’s about bringing together the best of all our individuals to make a powerful, successful and talented team.

The Role

Lifetime recently acquired Intequal, who specialise in Digital & IT apprenticeships.

A quality-centric training business, Intequal delivers exceptional outcomes for learners and employers via their team of 45. Established in 2009, Intequal utilises a remote delivery model to offer national coverage across England.

Intequal is a trusted partner to several blue-chip employers including Vodafone, Virgin Media and Telent. In addition, Intequal has extensive experience working with employers across various sectors to source and develop their future digital workforce. Intequal are a Microsoft Silver Learning Partner and part of the Microsoft Apprenticeship Connector network.

Intequal delivers Level 3 and 4 apprenticeships in IT infrastructure, digital marketing, data analytics, software development and testing, network engineering and technical sales.

Lifetime’s scale and Intequal’s expertise in the sector, will provide a huge opportunity to bridge the skills gap and offer essential digital training to more people and businesses and we are looking for an inspiring leader to spearhead this opportunity.

Lifetime are particularly interested in individuals who have worked within the Digital and IT industry, with an understanding of apprenticeships and with a proven track record of broad operational leadership roles on a national level.

If you think this describes you and you want to put your skills and experience to work in a new way, this could be your life-changing opportunity.  So, click apply and we can start this journey together.

Kind Regards

Sean Cosgrove

Chief Commercial Officer


Established in 1995, Lifetime Training’s founding principle was to support individuals and businesses to perform better through the delivery of outstanding training programmes.

Today this principle remains core to our business and has enabled Lifetime Training to become one of the UK’s market leading training providers, offering apprenticeship programmes, recruitment services and training courses. We have developed the skills and careers of thousands of individuals and have improved the performance and staff retention of some of the biggest, and smallest, employers in the UK across a wide range of business sectors:

  • Active Leisure
  • Hospitality
  • Health & Social Care
  • Retail
  • Customer Service & Business Admin
  • Early Years
  • Leadership & Management
  • Professional Services

Lifetime Training offers a wide choice of training solutions to customers ranging from the assessment of training and development needs for large organisations, to course advice and industry recognised qualifications for individual learners.

Quality is central to our business ethos and we work hard to achieve great results for our customers, whether this is through our classroom or workplace delivery, central administration and support services or through the development of technology to constantly improve the service we deliver. These efforts are acknowledged through our Ofsted Grade II (2016 inspection) and Training Quality Standard awards. In addition, our above national-average learner completion and success rates have led to the development of long-standing relationships with employers and learners alike.

We have our own awarding organisation, Innovate Awarding, who deliver end point assessment to the majority of Lifetime learners and also meet the growing need for ‘fit for purpose’ qualifications and work-ready recruits.

Skilltech Solutions also make up the Group, who are an education technology business, who built and develop the end point assessment software, EPAPro

Lifetime Training acquired Intequal in 2021, and are currently integrating the company into our overarching brand.

This timely acquisition will provide us with the essential expertise to grow our digital and IT provision across the private and public sector.

Intequal specialise in the management and provision of high-quality Digital and IT apprenticeship and training programmes.

Intequal’s employer base spans a variety of industry sectors and customers range from both large corporate levy paying businesses to SME’s. Their strength is understanding and building strong relationships with all kinds of companies from global corporates to SME’s and start-ups operating throughout a variety of sectors including technology, healthcare, telecoms, recruitment, Civil Service and many more.

Intequal deliver standards in: Data Analyst, Digital Marketer, Infrastructure Technician, Technical Sales, Network Engineer, Software Developer and Software Tester.

Lifetime Training’s scale and Intequal’s expertise in the sector will provide a huge opportunity to bridge the skills gap and offer essential digital training to more people and businesses.

Lifetime Training has been renowned for championing new initiatives to drive skills development in the UK. This acquisition furthers our dedication to transforming tomorrow’s workplaces by unlocking opportunities for everyonemaking sure businesses across all sectors can find and develop the skilled employees they need.

In short, supporting our learners throughout their careers and providing them with the right opportunities for a lifetime of achievement

At Lifetime we are dedicated to being an inclusive and diverse employer, making sure people from all different walks of life have equal opportunities, are treated fairly, with dignity and respect. These are supported by our nine commitments in our Inclusion and Diversity strategy.

We offer the following amenities:

  • Our buildings and facilities have step-free access
  • Accessibility dogs are always welcome on our premises
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats if needed
  • We provide a flexible working environment, as well as work patterns including locations

Disability Confident accredited, Investors in People accredited, BAME Apprenticeship Alliance Patron Member.


Thank you for your interest in this role.

Please download the Job Description and Person Specification and complete this Equality Monitoring Survey.

To formally apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (maximum 2 sides of A4) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification, including your interest and motivation in applying for this position.

Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Operations Director- Lifetime Training” into the subject field.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Kristina Preston | kristina@peridotpartners.co.uk

Polly Mortimer | polly@peridotpartners.co.uk

We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief.

All applications will be considered solely on merit.

Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the job, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.


Closing date: Wednesday 10th November 2021

Candidates informed of outcome: Tuesday 16th November 2021

First Stage Interviews: Wednesday 24th November 2021 between 10 am and 3:30 pm

Second Stage Interviews: Wednesday 1st December 2021 between 10 am-2 pm

Equal Opportunities Monitoring  

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