Course Manager - Arboriculture Apprenticeships

Askham Bryan College (York)

£27,696 (Annual)

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Askham Bryan College is a specialist land-based college based across the North of England with centres in York, Middlesbrough, Saltaire, Wakefield and Newcastle.

We offer a wide-ranging curriculum to our Further Education students, including Agriculture, Horticulture, Agriculture, Animal Management, Countryside and the Environment, Engineering, Equine, Floristry, Motorsport, Professional Tree Surgery, Outdoor Adventure Sport, Sports Development, Coaching and Fitness and Uniformed Public Services.

We have an exciting opportunity for an Arborist Apprenticeship Course Manager to join our Apprenticeships Department based here at our York campus. This role will be working 37 hours per week on a permanent basis.

We are seeking an individual who will be responsible for planning and deliver high quality training to an agreed teaching caseload, delivering a range of arboriculture skills. This role also involves visiting apprentices in their workplace to carry out checks on their progress, so a full UK driving licence is essential, as well as the physical ability to access workplaces.

The successful candidate will have relevant knowledge and skills alongside recent practical experience in the industry, most likely in a Arborist role.

Educated to level 3 or above in a relevant subject, candidates should be willing to work towards a teaching qualification. With excellent knowledge of industry, you will have current qualifications in most or all of the following:

L3 First aid
L2 Safe use of brushwood chipper
L2 Chainsaw maintenance
L2 Crosscutting timber using a chainsaw
L2 Felling and processing trees up to 380mm
L2 Accessing a tree using a rope and harness
L3 Aerial tree rescue operations
L3 Aerial cutting of trees using free fall techniques
L2 Safe use of mobile elevated work platform
L3 Safe use of a chainsaw from MEWP

We define the values and qualities that we require from our people using the Askham Bryan College DNA. Hardwired in to what we do, our DNA strands ensure that all colleagues are committed to delivering with purpose, taking ownership, building relationships through trust and always learning. We offer an inclusive, dynamic, challenging and rewarding place to work.

Safeguarding Statement

The College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff, volunteers and partners to share this commitment. The Governors and Staff at Askham Bryan College regard each learner as a unique individual and therefore seek to support learner development in ways, which will foster security, confidence and independence. We recognise that high self-esteem, peer support, a secure College environment and clear lines of communication with trusted adults helps all young people and adults particularly those at risk or suffering abuse. These are regarded as central to the wellbeing of the individual and are therefore seen to be an intrinsic part of all aspects of the curriculum and ethos.

Specific measures relating to pre-employment checks:

We may undertake online searches on internet activity as part of our pre-recruitment checks.
We ask applicants for details of any convictions and cautions, regardless of whether these have been deemed as “spent”. It is a condition of employment that applicants provide these details.
We undertake Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Checks for prospective employees. Please note that it is an offence to apply for a regulated role if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity involving children or vulnerable adults.

Note on “regulated activity”: You are engaging in a regulated activity if you:

Will be responsible, on a regular basis in a school or college, for teaching, training instructing, caring for or supervising children or vulnerable adults;
Will be working on a regular basis in a specified establishment, such as a school, or in connection with the purposes of the establishment, where the work gives opportunity for contact with children or vulnerable adults; or
Engage in intimate or personal care or healthcare or any overnight activity, even if this happens only once.

Job Description

Main Purpose of the role

To coordinate the training process for apprentices on programme, to ensure a high quality experience and timely achievement of the apprenticeship.
To carry out the responsibilities of a lecturer/trainer and assessor to an agreed caseload across a number of college sites
To provide regular and timely reports to the Head of Apprenticeships and comply with current funding and qualification requirement
Key Tasks / responsibilities:

All tasks to be carried out in a consistent manner with the corporation’s culture.

To interview and conduct Initial Assessment for all prosepctive apprentices.
To engage employers and assist applicants in finding suitable employment.
To undertake contract set-up visits to employers prior to the enrolment of apprentices.
To undertake health and safety reviews of employers premises and all related monitoring.
To plan and deliver induction programmes for all apprentices.
Ensure Individual Learning Plans/ Commitment Statements are in place for all apprentices on programme.
Prepare assessment plans in conjuction with the employer and learner
To co-ordinate the off-job training for apprentices, including Functional Skills.
Deliver high quality teaching to an agreed annual caseload.
To monitor, review and assess an appropriate caseload of apprentices on programme throughout the North of England.
Carry out the role of Internal Quality Assurance to an agreed caseload in line with programme requirements.
To identify support needs and arrange pastoral support for apprentices as required .
To ensure that all designated records/evidence is in place and maintained/ updated to comply with funding and qualification requirements, including the use of eportfolio and online learning platforms .
To liaise with the Head of Apprenticeships on all matters of curriculum development/ course evaluation and review
To monitor and report on the completion of all components of the Apprenticeship Programme
To chair and administer regular course team meetings and co-ordinate the delivery and assessment team to ensure timely apprenticeship completions.
To maintain a Course Team Rolling Action Plan and to complete the Annual Course Review
Manage and maintain learner morale and discipline working closely with college managers to assure an appropriate learning environment.
Carry out high quality Apprenticeship End Point Assessment for Land Based Assessments Limited to an agreed caseload.
Assist in the promotion of the College and recruitment for full and part-time courses
Contribute to a sensitive and supportive approach to equality and diversity.
Perform such other duties as reasonably correspond to the general character of the post and are commensurate with its level or responsibility

Personal Development Behaviour & Welfare Management

Manage student expectations by implementing the student disciplinary policy and procedure
Role Dimensions

Participate in professional development activities as required.
Support the department in the planning and preparation of cross-college events and other marketing activities.
Key Interfaces

Liaison with students employers and parents.
Head of Department, Apprenticeship managers
Other central College teams, e.g. Student records, Quality, MIS, Marketing, Student Services, Estates, HR, IT and Finance.
Partnerships – Local Enterprise Partnerships, local schools, Funding Agencies, Awarding Bodies
Supporting College Goals and Values – all roles

In addition to the particular requirements and characteristics of individual roles, all people employed by Askham Bryan College are expected to actively support the achievement of the College’s goals and, at all times, both internally and externally, to behave in a manner consistent with the College’s mission and values.

This means:

Performing your role and delivering your service in a way that helps the College achieve its strategic objectives and annual development and improvement plans - taking account of available resources and national developments.
Promoting the image of the College as one that is committed to the highest standards of delivery and service.
Sharing the College’s commitment to safeguarding and prioritising the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and demonstrating it in your day to day work.
Sharing and prioritising the effective implementation of the College’s Equality and Diversity Policy.
Promoting and implementing best practice in Health and Safety
Measurable Performance Standards for this role

In line with the College’s QIP and curriculum plan ‘sign off’:

Meet agreed recruitment and progressing apprenticeship target.
Meet and/or exceed funding and fee income.
Meet College ‘Key Performance Indicators’ in attendance, retention, pass and achievement rates.
Ensure all learners within the department develop their employability skills.


Askham Bryan College (York)

North Yorkshire

£27,696 (Annual)

Ends on 29 Dec 2023

4 months ago