Associate Trainers

We have begun our recruitment for our team of Associate Trainers to deliver training throughout academic year 2020-21, and are currently welcoming applications.

Associate Trainers are students and apprentices who are employed to train student representatives who are involved in commenting on their learning and teaching experience within their institutions of study, to enhance representative systems and ensure that the student voice is heard. sparqs has been training students to be Associate Trainers for 15 years.

Vacancy Summary

Post Title: Associate Trainer
Salary: £9.00 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.

ATs 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 or apprentice in the coming academic year 2020-21, and have had experience as an Apprentice/Course Representative. The role may appeal to students with existing training experience; it is not essential however. Extensive training is provided at a 4-day mandatory residential training course which runs from Tuesday 25th to Friday 28th August 2020. Please note that there is a possibility that this event may take place via an online format, in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic - this will depend on the government advice nearer the time. 

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 12noon on Friday 15th May 2020.

Interviews will take place via Skype during the week of 1st June 2020.

In order to fulfil the role you must be able to attend the residential training event in Stirling, starting on Tuesday 25th August and finishing Friday 28th August 2020. As noted above, this event may need to be adapted to an online format, but still will be mandatory nonetheless. 

If you require further information about sparqs, class/course rep training or the role of an Associate Trainer please contact Nicola McIntosh (Business Manager) or on 0131 622 6599.

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