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29th Jun, 2023

Bharvi Patel
Bharvi Patel
Job Title
Regional Manager

In today's rapidly evolving educational landscape, colleges face an array of complex challenges that require dynamic leadership and innovative strategies.

To effectively navigate these hurdles, educational institutions are increasingly turning to interim managers, who bring a unique set of skills and expertise to the table. An interim manager is a highly experienced professional with a proven track record within further and/or higher education in curriculum and operational delivery, who assumes a temporary leadership position to steer institutions through times of change.

Whether your college is going through a transformation or merger, navigating a project, preparing for an Ofsted inspection, or you just need an experienced professional while you are searching for a permanent manager, engaging with interim managers can prove instrumental in driving success and overcoming obstacles, making them invaluable assets to colleges.

Here are some of the key benefits of hiring interim managers in your college:

Rapid response to change

Interim managers can step in quickly and their experience and expertise enable them to hit the ground running and adapt to the organisation fast, ensuring a seamless continuation of operations.

Specialist knowledge and experience

Nearly all FE interim professionals will have previously had a successful career and can bring a wealth of specialised knowledge and experience to the table. This makes them highly equipped to handle the unique challenges faced by colleges. Their expertise can span areas such as curriculum development, quality assurance, financial management, student support services, human resources, and strategic planning.

Provide objective perspective and fresh insights

Hiring an external interim manager means you get a fresh pair of eyes and an unbiased approach, unencumbered by internal politics or historical biases. This often means they are more efficient and can make an immediate impact.

They also bring a fresh perspective to solutions and challenges by providing valuable insight, using the knowledge obtained from their previous successes.

Change management and transformation

Colleges often undergo periods of significant change, such as mergers, restructuring, or adapting to new government policies. Interim managers excel in change management, guiding colleges through these transitions with minimal disruption. They possess the skills to engage stakeholders effectively, align teams, and build consensus, fostering a supportive environment conducive to successful change initiatives.

Develop internal employees

Through their expertise, interim managers can mentor existing staff, transfer their knowledge, and develop internal talent. They can help identify skill gaps and provide training and support to enhance the college's capabilities. Their presence often leaves a lasting positive impact, strengthening the institution's overall performance and resilience.

Provide stability

Having the right interim manager can increase a college’s stability and productivity during what can be a difficult time. With the current challenges in recruitment, a stable workforce is imperative. Interim professionals have the necessary management skills to ensure the workforce is not overstretched with admin duties and can instead focus on delivery and students.

Cost-effective solution

Hiring interim managers can be a valuable and cost-effective solution compared to permanent appointments, particularly for short-term or project work. Colleges can avoid the expenses associated with long recruitment processes, permanent contracts, and extensive onboarding procedures. Interims are usually engaged on a fixed-term basis or on a short temporary basis, providing flexibility and a transparent cost structure. They can deliver significant value within a defined timeframe while optimising resources and budget allocation.

Access to talent

By choosing to engage with an interim manager, colleges will have access to talent which otherwise would be out of their reach, as most interim professionals are willing to travel anywhere for the assignment, and this will be agreed as part of their remuneration package.

By harnessing the benefits of interim management, colleges can continue their day-to-day operations and provide continuity for students and staff alike.

If you are looking for an interim manager, or a permanent employee to join your college, our specialist further education consultants are on hand to support all your recruitment needs. Get in touch today.