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Instructor Technician

Posted 11/11/2021
£23,000 - £29,000 per annum
Leamington Spa
Full time


As one of the largest further and higher education colleges in the UK, with unique colleges across two counties, we aim to deliver learning experiences which lead to the development of wider skill bases and improved destinations for all our students. We are currently recruiting for a Lecturer/Instructor Technician Agriculture.

The main objective of the role is to enable a group(s) of students to develop learning in the specified subject and to fulfilling the curriculum. The role will be primarily planning, delivering and assessment of Countryside management and wider land-based subjects both theory and practical on site at Moreton Morrell College in Warwickshire. You will also be responsible for the preparation of materials and maintenance of resources for practical tasks.

Offers of appointment will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly CRB), a certificate of good conduct if applicable, plus receipt of satisfactory references, Occupational Health clearance, an understanding of safeguarding and qualifications verification. An Enhanced DBS check is required for this position as you will be working within 'Regulated Activity' within a specific place (ie the College). 

There may be flexibility to suit applicant subject specialisms. A background in Woodland/Habitat management and Estate would be particularly welcome.

WCG will train non-qualified teachers through our Trainee Lecturer programme. The successful post holder will move on to the Trainee Lecturer programme to achieve the required DET qualification (for posts of greater than a 0.5 fraction).

Main Tasks

The appointee will contribute to the subject teaching programme for 2 days per week in 21-22 

Preparation and Assessment 

The appointee will:

Develop and produce teaching materials as required for class use.  
Undertake assessment as required by the relevant scheme and keep accurate and up to date records. 
Produce schemes of work and lesson plans as appropriate. 
To maintain records of student achievement.
To maintain resources and prepare and set up physical materials and equipment for horticultural related activities  
To carry out any such maintenance on all tools and workshop equipment.
Order workshop equipment and materials in conjunction with the team.
Maintain the unit and equipment to current Health & Safety standards.
Carry out quality assurance and standardisation as required by the awarding body  
Administration - The appointee will undertake administrative tasks relating to the programme(s) that they teach on and College requirements, under the guidance of the Head of Department. 

Quality Systems - The postholder will undertake Internal Verification as required by the line manager. The College has a lesson observation process and all lecturers will have an observed lesson each academic year.

Hours of Work 

The postholder will normally be expected to work between 14.8 and 29.6 hours per week.

Place of work 

The principal place of work will be either Moreton Morrell or Pershore College. However, the post holder may be required to work on either a temporary or an indefinite basis at any premises at which we may provide services. 

Essential Attainments

A Degree or equivalent qualification in a subject relevant to the area being taught
Relevant practical background in UK Countryside/ Land Based management
A thorough understanding of contemporary issues in the Land Based sector
GCSE grade A-C or equivalent qualification in Maths and English or a willingness to achieve literacy and numeracy qualifications within the first 12 months of employment
A willingness to undertake CPD
Teacher Training Qualification or the willingness to undertake the courses required to gain this.
Relevant Agriculture or land based qualification and experience
Evidence of formal structured training in a relevant vocation

Desirable Attainments:

A masters or equivalent qualification in a subject relevant to the area being taught
A background in business management

Experience/Attributes

Experience of delivery and course management of post 16 qualifications
Previous experience within a field relevant to the subject being taught (either commercial, industrial and / or teaching)
Theoretical and practical knowledge to teach a range of topics in the specified subject e.g. Plant propagation, growth and development and garden planning
Demonstrable experience of teaching to a high standard
Availability to teach on days and times of the course
The vision, drive and enthusiasm to achieve targets
Excellent organisational skills with an adaptable and flexible approach
Good time keeping and time management skills with ability to work to deadlines and targets
Excellent interpersonal skills to work as a team member and to communicate effectively with students and industry organisations
Self-motivated with an ability to motivate others
Ability to work effectively under pressure
Enthusiasm and ambition for personal and College development
A commitment to equal opportunities, inclusive learning, widening participation, and lifelong learning
Ability to demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults
Ability to demonstrate behaviours which support the Core Values of the College
Ability to demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of Equality & Diversity

TEACHER TRAINING QUALIFICATIONS 

Teacher training qualifications are mandatory for all teachers or trainers who teach on publicly funded provision. Teacher training qualifications should be completed within the first three years of your Contract of Employment. The continuation of your Contract of Employment is therefore subject to you acquiring these qualifications within the specified time frame.

Salary Range

£24,272 - £34,591 pro rata, per annum (Lecturer Salary Scale Points 1-7)
£9,708.80 - £13,836.40 Salary estimation based on 14.8 hours per week, 52 weeks per year 

£20,747 - £22,738 pro rata, per annum (Support Scale 5, Points 13-16) £13,725.50 – £15,042.67 per annum - Salary estimation based on 29.6 hours per week, Term Time Only: 37 weeks per year



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