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