Trainer/ Community Tutor (Adult and Community Learning)

We are currently seeking a Trainer/ Community Tutor to join The Bedford College Group at our Dunstable Campus.

In this dynamic role, you’ll be at the heart of both our college facilities and the local community. As an Employability trainer, you’ll empower learners with essential skills for the workforce. Your mission? Forge strong connections with external partners like JCP, ensuring top-notch teaching and learning experiences. Plus, you’ll directly link students to employment opportunities once they’ve completed their programs.

As a Trainer you play an important role in the success of our students through:

  • Coordinating and Teaching Employability Skills and Community Programs - You’ll be responsible for organizing and delivering employability skills training and community programs to students.
  • Recruitment and Selection - You’ll use initial assessments to identify suitable students and use effective recruitment strategies to help build a diverse and engaged student base.
  • Course Delivery and Targets - Throughout the year, you’ll teach employability and other relevant courses aligning with targets set by the Head of Department.
  • Stakeholder Engagement - Building and maintaining relationships with external stakeholders (e.g. Job Centre Plus, employers, local authorities) to help recruit students and create opportunities for work experience.
  • Student Support and Assessment - You’ll provide both academic and pastoral support to students, helping them reach their full potential.

Ideal candidates will have experience of:

  • Training others in non-traditional teaching environments
  • Working within the employability sector

Key Skills - Essential

  • Effective, confident communicator
  • Effective time management skills
  • Sound administration and organisation skills
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision

Qualifications - Essential

  • Maths and English qualifications to GCSE grade C or equivalent or ability to achieve.

Successful candidates must also be able to demonstrate alignment to our organisational VISION values:

  • Valuing Teamwork - We are one team who by working together can achieve great things, respecting the opinion and valuing the contribution each of us makes.
  • Improving Continuously - We challenge ourselves to always do better by trying new things, sharing knowledge, reflecting on practice and learning from others.
  • Student Centred - At our heart is always doing what is best for our students. We consider students in all of our decision making to create positive outcomes and memorable experiences for every student.
  • Inclusive - We celebrate differences and diversity, recognising that we can learn from each other.
  • Open and Caring - We care about the wellbeing of our staff, our students, our community and wider society, creating an environment built on trust where we listen, engage with and support each other.
  • Nurturing Education Excellence - We promote educational excellence by delivering programmes that challenge our students to achieve their ambitions.

About The Bedford College Group
The Bedford College Group was formed in 2017 following the merger of Bedford College and Tresham College and is now the largest provider of education in the South East Midlands, with over 15,000 students passing through our doors each year.

Today, the Group is made up of a family of colleges across Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire: Bedford College, Central Bedfordshire College and Tresham College in the towns of Bedford, Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard, Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough; Shuttleworth College, a specialist land-based college; The Bedford Sixth Form, (the only dedicated sixth form in Bedford); The Corby Sixth Form, (opened in September 2023); and the National College for Motorsport alongside Silverstone race circuit. To widen accessibility to education and training, the Group also has community-based Learning Centres in Bedford, Corby and Kettering which offer IT training.

Safeguarding our Students
The Bedford College Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to thorough vetting process which includes, an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the Exceptions Order 1975, provides information about which convictions must be declared during job applications and related exceptions and further information about filtering offences can be found in the DBS filtering guide. The Bedford College Group's policy on Employment of Ex-Offenders is attached to this vacancy.

Candidates who are barred from working with children are reminded it is a criminal offence to apply for this post.

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Terms and Conditions - BCPS

  • 37 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
  • 27 days annual leave per annum, plus bank holidays
  • Peoples Pension
  • Free on-site parking (subject to availability)
  • Retail and leisure discounts

For further information please visit the vacancies section of our website via the apply link.