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Activate Learning is a pioneering education group with a global reach, committed to transforming lives through our approach to learning.
We see our employees as individuals, empowering them to make the right choices for their ambitions and careers. We value our people as vital to our continued success and aspire to a diverse, open and inclusive environment that provides the motivation for everyone to pursue their career goals and flourish.
When you work for Activate Learning, you’re working for an organisation that provides you with the advantages of a large employer, a trusted partner in your career development, and a transformational way of working whilst also investing in building a community environment for everyone.
Together, we will bring out the best version of yourself.
About the role: Arboriculture Vocational Trainer
Merrist Wood College are looking for an arborist/tree surgeon professional who is keen to pass on their knowledge and give something back by instructing others in their area of expertise.
As an Arboriculture Vocational Trainer, you will deliver short course provision and practical modules for full time students. You will work side-by-side with our arboriculture teaching staff and support in delivering purposeful, yet exciting practical and theory lessons. You will be responsible for guiding learners and candidates as they build a wide range of practical skills across vocational pathways in Arboriculture.
Merrist Wood College has a national and international reputation amongst employers and industry specialists and a long history of providing unrivalled education in the land-based sectors.You will get to work within a beautiful 420-acre estate of woodlands, wetlands, livestock, gardens and grasslands.
The role can be full or part time, please note on your application form your preference and working hours, if part time.
What do you need to be a successful Arboriculture Vocational Trainer?
You will have an appropriate arboriculture qualification, with extensive industry experience and excellent knowledge of Health & Safety regulations, along with the following NPTC qualifications:
- Chainsaw Maintenance
- Tree Climbing and Aerial rescue
- Tree felling up to 380mm
- Chainsaw use from rope and harness
Other relevant NPTC (or similar certification) in the use of machinery, equipment or pesticides would be a distinct advantage.
Whilst previous training or instructing experience and qualifications would be an beneficial, it is not a requirement. As long as you have the qualifications and experience to deliver arboriculture training and demonstrate the attributes to be an inspirational trainer, we can provide you with the necessary training, development and support to equip you to teach in the FE sector.
You will also have strong organisation skills coupled with the ability to prioritise workloads and will benefit from being part of a supportive team, working in a varied and interesting role with a variety of opportunities for career development.
Why work with the Activate Learning Group?
As an employee of Activate Learning you will not be short of professional development opportunities for your vocational context or as an educator, we will work with you to ensure you have a development plan in place to ensure that you have the skills, knowledge, qualifications and experience to excel within the role.
If you do not already hold a teaching or assessing qualification, we can support you in obtaining a nationally recognised assessor qualification, such as becoming a City & Guilds NPTC Certificate of Competence Assessor, as well as a Level 3 Award in Education Training or Level 5 Apprenticeship in Education. You will also be given the opportunity to continually develop your arboriculture knowledge and practical skills by participating in training courses, visits and other relevant CPD.
Here are some of our benefits:
- Enrolment into generous pensions schemes
- Generous annual leave entitlement
- Excellent on-site facilities including free onsite parking, refectory facilities, Hair and Beauty salons
- An extensive Learning and Development programme with a range of CPD opportunities
- Specialised support and development for teaching staff
- Access to qualified coaches for all staff
- Leadership and Management development programmes
- Flexible working opportunities, where appropriate
- A comprehensive wellbeing programme including access to the Fika and Everymind app
- Mental Health support including access to Mental Health First Aiders
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Employee resource groups
- Access to student discount programmes
Applications are reviewed and shortlisted on a rolling basis and we reserve the right to interview, appoint and close adverts early due to the volume of applications we receive.
Activate Learning is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all its staff to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be required to undergo a DBS check at the appropriate level.
Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK as we do not sponsor work permits and work permits from other organisations are unacceptable as proof of right to work in the UK.
Applications are encouraged from all candidates meeting or exceeding the minimum criteria for the role regardless of age, disability, gender, orientation, race, religion or ethnicity.
Activate Learning are committed to employing people with disabilities and will ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible. If you require any reasonable adjustments either at application or interview stage please contact the talent team directly.
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