Associate Trainer

We have begun our recruitment for our team of Associate Trainers to deliver Course Rep Training throughout academic year 2018-19, and are currently welcoming applications.

sparqs has employed a team of Associate Trainers since 2005 to deliver course representative training in colleges and universities across Scotland. So far this academic year, our team has trained over 1,000 Course Reps, contributing to the overall effectiveness and enhancement of student engagement in FE and HE Institutions throughout Scotland.

Vacancy Summary

Post Title: Associate Trainer

Salary: £8.75 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 expense forms. 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, an applicant needs to be a student in the coming academic year 2018-19, 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 Wednesday 29th to Friday 31st August 2018.

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".

How to apply

You can find a full job description and guidance notes on completing an application form by clicking on the links below. There is also further background information which you may also find useful. Completed application forms should be emailed to  Please note that we are unable to accept CV’s.

Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Tuesday 8th May 2018.

Interviews will take place during the week of 21st May 2018.

In order to fulfil the role you must be able to attend the residential training event in Dundee, starting on Wednesday 29th August and finishing Friday 31st August 2018.

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) or on 0131 622 6599.

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