Director of the Employer’s Association at Colleges Scotland

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Thank you for your interest in this exciting opportunity to join the Colleges Scotland team in the business-critical role of Director of the Employers’ Association.

Scotland’s colleges have a long and proud history; they are situated right across the length and breadth of our country, providing training, learning, and skills for all our communities. We have over 239,000 students studying in Scotland’s colleges each year from all backgrounds with over 95% achieving their qualifications and moving on to positive destinations of further study, training, or employment.

The college sector in Scotland enables people from all walks of life, all backgrounds, and all ages, to obtain qualifications and skills that can improve their lives, and further their careers.  It also plays an intrinsic role in helping the Scottish Government deliver its ambitions for increased inclusivity and sustainable economic growth in Scotland.

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, and changing demands in education.

Enabling the effective delivery of the National Bargaining Agenda, the College Scotland Employers’ Association:

  • Supports its members to achieve their collective ambitions whilst also ensuring they have the workforce and resources to deliver excellence for their students.
  • Delivers progress and sustainable outcomes for college staff in partnership with the recognised staff trade unions. This takes place through the effective national collective bargaining forum of the National Joint Negotiating Committee.

As the Director, you will ensure the Employers’ Association has a clear strategy, direction, identity, and voice. You will develop and maintain effective relationships with a range of external stakeholders to deliver true partnership working.  You will have ownership of, and a proactive approach to, National Bargaining. The role of the Director includes representing the sector at a national level on key areas of National Bargaining, and also ensure the Employers Association’s contribution to the national agenda is valued and impactful.

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 Colleges Scotland Employers’ Association, and Shona Struthers, Chief Executive of Colleges Scotland

Colleges Scotland is the collective voice for the college sector, and as the membership body, represents all 26 colleges in Scotland and the three strategic regional bodies, delivering further education provision and around a quarter 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.

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

Colleges Scotland’s primary role is to su