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Programme Manager: Scotland

  • Full time
  • £30,000 – £35,000
  • Home-based in Scotland, able to travel to Glasgow & Edinburgh regularly as lockdown lifts.
  • Closing 20th August 2021

  • Advertised from 23rd July 2021
  • £30,000 - £35,000 (dependent on experience)


Generation will be starting operations in Scotland in early 2022.

This is a new country and region of operation for us and we are looking for a Programme Manager to launch programmes initially across Glasgow & Edinburgh. This is a high-impact and hands-on role, and would suit someone who is entrepreneurial and very comfortable working under their own steam.

You’ll be raising awareness of Generation in Scotland, forging our first relationships with local partners, engaging with young people and learners, and will be responsible for ensuring that our first cohorts launch successfully, on time at full capacity. Working under the Director of Admissions as part of an international Admissions team, this is a great opportunity to develop a wide range of skills in a meaningful way. You will draw on the expertise and support of colleagues in other regions, but will only be one other staff member in Scotland.

This is a full time role, home-based in Scotland, able to travel to Glasgow & Edinburgh regularly as lockdown lifts.


Generation's mission is to train, coach and support people into life-changing careers that would otherwise be inaccessible.

We are a UK registered charity, founded by McKinsey & Company, delivering tailored programmes to recruit, train and place unemployed people into work. Through our unique approach we also solve a wide range of employer challenges—skilled talent shortages, poor job performance, lack of diversity, and high turnover.

Generation launched globally in 2015 and has grown quickly to become the world’s largest demand-led employment initiative. We have placed over 40,000 people into roles (many of whom have suffered some form of adversity), working with over 2,000 employer partners to date across 14 countries and 26 professions.

Generation UK&I is currently running training to employment programmes in the West Midlands, London, Manchester, Dublin and Leeds and will be launching our first bootcamps in Scotland in 2022. We run a range of tech bootcamps with partners including The Prince’s Trust, Amazon Web Services, Multiverse and Infinity Works, as well as programmes supporting people into healthcare and customer service roles. In addition we provide lighter touch career support for people looking to find work but who don't have a specific profession in mind.

In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic transformed the employment landscape beyond recognition, with young people (the majority of the people we help) being the hardest hit. At the same time, the Black Lives Matter movement has rightfully brought issues of social injustice and racism to the top of every agenda.

By joining Generation UK&I now, you will become part of an organisation which is determined to play its part in addressing both of these challenges for people in the UK and Ireland over the coming months and years.


You're highly organised and self-motivated. You love a fast paced environment and challenging targets.

You work independently, and when faced with issues react calmly and logically, using sound judgement to make decisions.

You are an ambitious future leader. You recognise the importance of what we are trying to achieve, long term, and see your role in that.

You’re resourceful, you know how to find things, solve things, answer questions, reach people.

You are passionate about the cause. You have a demonstrated interest and motivation to support those from a disadvantaged background.

You’re an emotionally intelligent communicator. You engage well with beneficiaries, colleagues, partners, employers.

Application notes

For further information and to apply please visit our website

Closing date: 20 August 2021

Expected start date: October 2021


As part of our application process we require candidates to complete a short test. Only candidates who have completed this assessment will be considered for the next stage. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email with a link to the test.

Instead of a cover letter, there are 2 questions included in the application which ask for longer answers. These form a fundamental part of our candidate screening, so do please take the time to answer fully.

All employees are required to pass a basic DBS check.


At Generation, we're changing the lives of many young adults, and that in itself gets us out of bed! Here are a few other benefits you'll experience working with the UK team:

  • Work alongside some of the best minds to tackle one of the most pressing issues of our time - youth unemployment.
  • Opportunity to make your mark - you'll have a lot of autonomy to bring the Generation blueprint to life in a way that makes sense for your region.
  • Opportunity to get involved with a range of activities and projects - we're a small team, so there's lots of opportunities to get involved!
  • Flexible working - we try and accommodate everyone's preferred working pattern / preferences.


Every role at Generation is open to applications from all sections of society. We believe in the potential of everyone; regardless of race, religion or belief, ethnic origin, different physical ability, family structure, socio-economics, age, nationality or citizenship, marital, domestic or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other aspect that makes you, well,you.

We believe that the more diverse we are the better we become. More than just encouraging your application, we're committed to conscious inclusion that (we hope) cultivates an ethos of belonging, connection and shared purpose. We go further together. It’s this philosophy that drives us towards our mission. We open our doors to those who share this mindset.

We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates from marginalised groups. We will assess applications on a rolling basis and close this posting as soon as we have found the right candidate. We look forward to hearing from you.