Charity registered in Scotland SC039239
WEA has an exciting opportunity for an experienced community based learning practitioner to co-ordinate ESOL and other community based provision in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire, ensuring effective support to part-time tutors and learners.
The Workers’ Educational Association is a charity and the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education. We have a strong sense of social purpose, dedicated to bringing great teaching into the heart of local communities. All our educational provision is developed with this in mind and our courses can be set up almost anywhere – for example in clubs, community centres, village halls, schools or where people work.
Our ESOL provision NE Scotland aims to support language learning for migrant workers and refugees through classes, family learning and language cafés in line with the Social Practice model. It is delivered through a partnership approach. Our on-going programme of other types of community based courses aims to provide confidence-building, ‘first step’ courses for those seeking to return to learn, or to help tackle social isolation in older people. The post-holder will promote the Association through creation and maintenance of relevant networks and partnerships. Courses are taught by a team of part time tutors, usually working remotely and flexibly. This requires close and co-operative working relationships with tutors, staff, partners and volunteers for the benefit of current and future learners.
Are you a great organiser and communicator with the drive to make things happen? Then you can release people’s potential with an essential and exciting charity.
Who we are
The Workers’ Educational Association is a unique charity and the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education. With a clear vision and a strong social purpose, we bring great teaching to local communities, with life-changing courses held in clubs, pubs, workplaces, schools and almost anywhere else you can think of. Since 1903, we have been giving disadvantaged people the opportunity to return to learning – inspiring them to realise their full potential and become active, engaged citizens. We see education as a tool for social justice, not just self-improvement, and we pride ourselves on making learning egalitarian and accessible. Volunteers play a central role in everything we do, from governance through to classroom support, helping us deliver courses to 50,000 people in 2,300 locations – and enabling us to reach 80% of the population.
About the role
Partnering our Regional Education Manager, students, tutors and volunteers, you will support the delivery of our educational activities. We will look to you to balance conflicting priorities, organise and minute management meetings, and communicate effectively with our nationwide team – so you’ll need great relationship building skills and an organised, methodical approach, plus real passion for our crucial work.
We’re keen to expand the diversity of our team, so you could come from almost any walk of life. Ideally you will be experienced within the charity or educational sector, and you will certainly be able to demonstrate great organisational skills and meticulous attention to detail. A high level of IT literacy is a must and you’ll need a good understanding of Marketing, Purchasing, Health & Safety and Safeguarding principles. Above all, you’ll be ready to go the extra mile every day to make things happen and help us transform people and their communities.