Associate Trainer Recruitment 2017-18

Recruitment for this post has now closed, this page is for reference only, until the recruitment process is complete.

sparqs has employed a team of Associate Trainers since 2005 to deliver Course Rep Training in colleges and universities across Scotland. In the past academic year, our team has trained in excess of 1500 Course Reps, contributing to the overall effectiveness and enhancement of student engagement in colleges and universities throughout Scotland.

Vacancy Summary


Post Title: Associate Trainer

Salary: £8.25 an hour

Hours: Flexible

As an Associate Trainer (AT) you will be expected to deliver a minimum of 8 training sessions in each semester where demand exists; with up to two sessions being delivered in any one day. You will be offered available training sessions and if your timetable allows then you sign up to those which suit you. Making it a completely flexible and unique opportunity.

Associate Trainers also have responsibility for completing administrative duties for all training sessions that they deliver and forwarding relevant information to sparqs, including the tallying of student evaluation sheets and the completion of attendance sheets, time sheet and claiming expenses. This is a key element of the role as this data directly feeds into our Outcome Agreement.

You are paid (based on time sheets submitted) for the work that you undertake on the 21st of each month. You are paid for your delivery time and time taken to complete your admin work. Expenses are also fully reimbursed to cover travel to different locations and an expenses travel supplement is also paid.

To be eligible, applicants need to be a student in the coming academic year, 2017-18, and have had experience as a Course Representative. The role may appeal to students with existing training experience; it is not essential however. Extensive training is provided at a 3-day mandatory residential training course which runs from the 23rd to the 25th August 2017.

This is a truly unique and exciting opportunity which will develop you personally and your skills. Previous Associate Trainers have commented on the positive influence that the role has had on them, here are just some of their comments:

“what started as a part time job when I was studying for my course has led on to so much more".

"Working as an AT for sparqs for over 3 years enabled me to really develop my skills as a trainer; performing this role led directly on to me becoming a college lecturer".

"The AT role is a great job for students as you can fit it round your studies, there are lots of amazing personal development from sparqs and you get paid to meet lots of lovely students".

Application process


Applications closed at 12 noon on Wednesday 10th May 2017. 

Applicants will be notified as to whether they have been invited for interview in due course.  Interviews will take place in Edinburgh on Monday 22nd May 2017.

In order to fulfil the role you must be able to attend the residential training event in Dundee, starting on Wednesday 23rd August and finishing on Friday 25th August 2017.

Application documentation is available below for reference.

Job Description and Person Specification

Application Form

Background Information

Application Form Guidance Notes

If you require further information about sparqs, class/course rep training or the role of an Associate Trainer please contact David Scott (Institutional Support and Development Manager) david.scott@sparqs.ac.uk or on 0131 622 6599.

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