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Practical Instructor (Land Based)

The Bedford College Group

Location: Bedford
Salary: From £26,000 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 16th February 2024
Closes: 1st March 2024
Job Ref: TBCG165732

We have a great opportunity based at our Shuttleworth campus for a Practical Instructor to become a key member of our Land & Environment department.

As a Practical Instructor, you will play a pivotal role in the success of our students through:

  • To prepare and deliver practical learning materials to learners across a range of courses.
  • To assess practical competence to learners across a range of courses.
  • To participate in the care of animals, to include the college farm, monitoring health, behaviour and welfare of all animals and provide high standards of animal care and management.
  • To participate in the care of horticultural and agricultural crops and demonstration areas.
  • To provide support for technical areas including machinery, horticulture, land and wildlife.
  • To oversee all practical areas across the programme area with responsibility for Health and Safety.

Our ideal candidates will have recent successful practical experience in the land based sector and experience of working with a range of farm animals, horticultural crops and arable crops, alongside the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 qualification in Agriculture or related land based subject area
  • English and Maths or similar at GCSE grade A-C or equivalent
  • Willingness to work towards assessor trainer qualifications

Successful candidates must also be able to demonstrate alignment to our organisational values:

  • Student centred - At our heart is always doing what is best for our students. We consider students in all of our decision making to create positive outcomes and memorable experiences for every student.
  • Educational excellence - We promote educational excellence by delivering programmes that challenge our students to achieve their ambitions.
  • Teamwork - We are one team who by working together can achieve great things, respecting the opinion and valuing the contribution each of us makes.
  • Continuous improvement - We challenge ourselves to always do better by trying new things, sharing knowledge, reflecting on best practice and learning from others.
  • Caring - We care about the wellbeing of our staff, our students, our community and wider society, creating an environment built on trust where we listen, engage and support each other.
  • Inclusive - We celebrate differences and diversity, recognising that we can learn from each other.

The Bedford College Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to thorough vetting process which includes, an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the Exceptions Order 1975, provides information about which convictions must be declared during job applications and related exceptions and further information about filtering offences can be found in the DBS filtering guide.  The Bedford College Group's policy on Employment of Ex-Offenders is attached to this vacancy.

Candidates who are barred from working with children are reminded it is a criminal offence to apply for this post.

About Us

The Bedford College Group aims to deliver world-class skills and education to the communities we serve. The Bedford College Group is comprised of Bedford College, Shuttleworth College, The Bedford Sixth Form, Tresham College and the National College of Motorsport.

Contract Type – Bedford College Professional Services

  • 37 hours per week (1.0 FTE) / 52 weeks per year
  • 27 days per annum (plus public holidays), pro rata for part-time
  • Peoples Pension
  • Free on-site parking during weekdays and weekends (subject to availability)
  • Retail and leisure discounts

Interviews will be held on a date to be confirmed. 

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