Director of Employment Services at Colleges Scotland

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Thank you for your interest in this exciting opportunity to join the Colleges Scotland team.

The college sector in Scotland enables people from all walks of life, all backgrounds, and all ages, to attain qualifications and skills that they use to improve their lives, further their careers, and helps businesses find the skilled workers they need.

Colleges have an intrinsic role in helping the Scottish Government deliver its Programme for Government and increase inclusive and sustainable economic growth in Scotland.

Scotland’s colleges have a long and proud history and are situated right across the length and breadth of our country, providing training, learning, and skills for all our communities.

With an increasing depth of choice and greater diversity among the student population, the face of the sector is evolving.

Collaboration is essential if Scotland is to continue building a world-class education system, and the college sector is committed to working with partners across the public, private, third sector, and trade unions to capitalise on societal transformations, digital innovations, technological developments, and all of the opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Colleges must be agile and capable of adapting to this transforming environment while continuing to provide first-rate technical, professional, and vocational skills for a changing labour market. Colleges also assist those requiring a more supportive learning environment, including those who want to study part-time to fit around home life and people who are benefitting from work-based learning.

There are over 235,000 students studying in Scotland’s colleges each year from all backgrounds with over 95% who achieve their qualifications moving onto positive destinations of further study, training, or employment.

The Director of Employment Services is a critical and senior role in the sector and the successful applicant will have a leading role in all aspects of National Bargaining and interactions with support staff and teaching staff trade unions.

We are delighted that you have taken the time to consider this exciting role within Colleges Scotland and wish you well in your application.

Alex Linkston, Chair of the Colleges Scotland Employers’ Association, and Shona Struthers, Chief Executive

Colleges Scotland is the collective voice for the college sector, and as the membership body, represents three strategic regional bodies and all 26 colleges in Scotland, which deliver both further education and around 26% of the provision of all higher education in Scotland.

The 26 colleges operate in 13 regions across Scotland, allowing them to plan nationally and regionally, as well as deliver locally, while three regional strategic bodies co-ordinate approaches for colleges in the Highlands and Islands, Glasgow, and Lanarkshire regions.

Our board is made up of the 13 regional college chairs, four nominated college principals, and the CEO of Colleges Scotland.

Our primary role is to support colleges and regional strategic bodies in achieving their aims and objectives, and to cultivate the strength of the college sector in Scotland.  This is achieved through policy development, advocating and campaigning on behalf of the college sector, co-ordinating sector-wide engagement on major issues, and maintaining strong and proactive relationships with government, sector agencies, and industry bodies.

It is an exciting time for the sector and over the coming years the sector will continue to evolve as our institutions have challenges to overcome and opportunities to capitalise on.

Colleges Scotland supports its members by ensuring their views are heard and interests represented. We do this by:

  • Campaigning for colleges, their staff and learners to policy makers and influencers
  • Informing the public policy debate
  • Influencing decision-makers to secure the best possible financial settlement for the sector
  • Securing strong parliamentary and media representation
  • Building future governance and leadership capacity
  • Providing professional advice to college sector institutions
  • Supporting National Bargaining.

Our vision is that Colleges Scotland will be at the heart of a world-class college sector that is recognised, valued, and available to all.

Colleges Scotland has four core values that underpin its work:

  • Respect– we will act with respect, integrity, openness, and honesty.
  • Support– we will strive for excellence, provide effective leadership, understand and respond to the needs of colleges and regional strategic bodies.
  • Trust– we will use truthfulness as the guiding principle for everything we do and it is essential to our success.
  • Inclusivity– we will advocate diversity and equality

The College Sector Statement of Ambition,  published in December 2018, sets out a five-year vision for “a dynamic, collaborative, and innovative sector delivering high-quality lifelong learning, widening access to education, and promoting social inclusion that enables people to thrive in life, in their communities, and in work”.  As the college sector’s representative body, Colleges Scotland has a crucial responsibility in helping the sector achieve its vision and deliver on its ambitions.

Ensuring Colleges Scotland’s Employer’s Association effectively supports members to achieve their collective ambitions, the Director of Employment Services will operate at a national level and lead of the National Bargaining agenda.

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Interested candidates should provide a tailored CV and covering letter to Douglas Adam at [email protected]

Should you have questions prior to submitting an application please contact Douglas Adam, Head of Public and Not for Profit Practice, at Livingston James on 0131 220 2209.

Recruitment Timetable

Closing Date for Applications:  Monday 27thMay

Shortlist Meeting:  Monday 17thJune

Panel Interview:  Tuesday 25thJune

The recruitment of this position is managed by Livingston James