Charity registered in Scotland SC039239
WEA has an exciting opportunity for an experienced community based learning practitioner to co-ordinate ESOL and other community based provision in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire, ensuring effective support to part-time tutors and learners.
The Workers’ Educational Association is a charity and the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education. We have a strong sense of social purpose, dedicated to bringing great teaching into the heart of local communities. All our educational provision is developed with this in mind and our courses can be set up almost anywhere – for example in clubs, community centres, village halls, schools or where people work.
Our ESOL provision NE Scotland aims to support language learning for migrant workers and refugees through classes, family learning and language cafés in line with the Social Practice model. It is delivered through a partnership approach. Our on-going programme of other types of community based courses aims to provide confidence-building, ‘first step’ courses for those seeking to return to learn, or to help tackle social isolation in older people. The post-holder will promote the Association through creation and maintenance of relevant networks and partnerships. Courses are taught by a team of part time tutors, usually working remotely and flexibly. This requires close and co-operative working relationships with tutors, staff, partners and volunteers for the benefit of current and future learners.
“A better world - equal, democratic and just; through adult education the WEA challenges and inspires individuals, communities and society”
The WEA is a unique adult education provider that works with hundreds of organisations at local, regional and national levels in Scotland to meet individual and collective learning requirements. It is also a strong and effective campaigner on the important role of adult education in today’s society. In carrying out its roles, the WEA looks to develop an equal, democratic and just world, inspiring individuals, communities and society.
The adult education sector is going through unprecedented change and the WEA must change with it, demonstrating the value of our offer, why it is special and different and that the organisation is fit for purpose. These are big challenges for the WEA Scotland management team, trustees and governance, and we are delighted to have made good progress to date.
Working in close co-operation with the Chair of the WEA Scotland Board, fellow WEA Scotland Board Members and the Director for WEA Scotland, you will have a key part to play in representing the WEA and WEA Scotland with key stakeholders and as such we are looking for individuals with the personal credibility and gravitas to perform this role influentially. We want to hear from individuals who have a passion for education, an understanding and appreciation of the education and skills agenda, and an empathy with education’s ability to be transformative.
Through this recruitment process, WEA Scotland is trying to fill some gaps that have been identified in a recent skills audit of the WEA Scotland Board. We would therefore be particularly interested to hear from candidates with experience in one or more of the following areas: business development and income growth, recruiting and retaining members and volunteers, adult education.
The position is unremunerated, but the WEA will reimburse your expenses.
The Workers’ Educational Association is a unique charity and the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education. With a clear vision and a strong social purpose, we bring great teaching to local communities, with life-changing courses held in clubs, pubs, workplaces, schools and almost anywhere else you can think of. Since 1903, we have been giving disadvantaged people the opportunity to return to learning – inspiring them to realise their full potential and become active, engaged citizens. We see education as a tool for social justice, not just self-improvement, and we pride ourselves on making learning egalitarian and accessible. Volunteers play a central role in everything we do, from governance through to classroom support, helping us deliver courses to 50,000 people in 2,300 locations – and enabling us to reach 80% of the population.
About the role
Developing, delivering and maintaining a key employability programme, you will ensure that our students enjoy an outstanding experience. This successful project has been supporting Syrian refugees in their integration and employability journey, helping them to build their CV, apply for jobs and access employability services in the area. You will engage with employers and voluntary organisations to facilitate volunteering opportunities and work experience and support students into college. At the heart of our closely-knit area team, you will support and manage tutors and identify business development opportunities. You could also find yourself involved in specialist aspects of regional educational provision, communications, quality and teaching, whilst actively promoting our crucial work – so every day will bring different challenges.
Empowering people from all walks of life is what we’re all about, so we’re keen to hear from people in disadvantaged or underrepresented groups. Whatever your background, you will need experience of employability work. Equally importantly, you should be exceptionally organised and methodical, with great leadership and coaching skills – and you will be ready to make your mark from day one.