Tech Trainer / Lecturer

Date listed
26 June, 2019
Application deadline
16 September, 2019

Nature of the Role: Full time and Part time roles available

Responsible to: Dean of the College

Responsible for: Becoming an effective lecturer & then leading learning for specific modules of degree apprenticeships

Salary: £30,000 - £50,000 dependent on experience.


Welcome to Ada!

We are specialist digital skills college training and developing diverse higher-level apprentices into fantastic roles in the tech sector and transforming their lives in the process. We work with over 30 of the most cutting-edge companies on the planet. They choose us because of the amazing quality of our teaching, learning and support.

We are growing rapidly. We have 155 apprentices on roll at present from a wide range of backgrounds: 70% are recent school leavers, though the oldest is 41. A third are young women and many come from tough backgrounds. They represent over 15 different nationalities. They are united by their passion and enthusiasm for tech! Apprentices enrol on one of three degree apprenticeships: software development, data analytics or a more generalist tech consultant programme all of which are validated by the Open University. All our apprenticeship training is currently delivered from our Whitechapel campus, just minutes from the tube and train station.

We are looking to recruit enthusiastic professionals who are keen to take on a new challenge and learn to be effective lecturers, sharing their expertise across a range of tech related topics with the next generation of digital pioneers. You will gain an internationally recognised teaching qualification that will allow you to teach in schools, colleges and universities, earn a good salary and change the lives of thousands of young people with a passion for tech desperate to break into the sector.

We will provide intensive tuition and a bespoke programme of support and development during your first 3 months to ensure you have all the teaching and lecturing basics in place for you to take your first steps in leading learning. After that we will gradually give you more and more exposure to teaching and assessment as well as on-going feedback and help you assemble a portfolio of evidence of your growing proficiency as a lecturer.

Your role will be integral in ensuring on-going high standards of teaching for our degree programmes. We will work with you to identify which modules you have expertise in and give you exposure to new modules in a supporting role. You will have a significant part in shaping a new type of education institution that is on track to have national impact.

Responsible for:

As a trainee lecturer your initial focus will be effective in-role and will follow a structured timetable to support you to achieve this.

After this initial training period, you will start to take on actual teaching and learning and assessment responsibilities harnessing your professional expertise with your technical knowledge.

Ultimately you will lead the delivery and assessment of a range of modules for our degree programmes, creating and adapting content to ensure it is up to date and fit for purpose, facilitating other industry professionals to support you and co-ordinating with teaching assistants and our apprenticeship support officers to ensure that the curriculum meets the apprentices’ needs.

As part of the wider teaching team at Ada, you will collaborate with your peers (including all our 6th form staff) and team members, giving and receiving feedback, planning ahead and supporting each other to ensure an ever-improving experience for our apprentices and a culture of continued professional development for all staff members.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Learn to be an effective lecturer for specific modules aligned to your experience and expertise
  • Lead the delivery of engaging course material to apprentices and ensure their educational progress
  • Differentiate your teaching style and learning materials for a diverse range of abilities and prior experience
  • Update and create new learning content for existing lectures and workshops preferably applying it to real world scenarios
  • Create and mark assignments and exams
  • Provide feedback to apprentices on their progress and provide additional support where necessary
  • Work collaboratively with the teaching team to ensure that individualised support programmes are in place for learners such as those with Special Educational Needs
  • Supporting the programme management team with reviewing work-based evidence

The Person

Ideal Experience

  • EITHER: At least 2 years of professional experience as a software development
  • OR Degree/Higher Apprenticeship in technical subject (Computer Science, Software Engineering, STEM with demonstrable use of technology) with some professional experience
  • At least basic proficiency in programming in Java, JavaScript or Python

Bonus Experience:

  • Teaching or teaching support experience
  • Experience of academic assessment

Personal Qualities, Aptitudes and Skills:

  • Strong collaborative working skills
  • A strong interest in learning to teach
  • A passion towards sharing your knowledge and supporting others to learn effectively
  • Ability to inspire people
  • Excellent time management, organisational and planning skills

Safeguarding

The successful candidate will be required to apply for a Basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check when appropriate to the post. Further information about the DBS be found at www.gov.uk.

Equal opportunities

Ada. National College for Digital Skills recognises that equality of opportunity and the recognition and promotion of diversity are integral to its strengths. The following principles apply in respect of the College’s commitment to equality and diversity:

  • To provide and promote equality of opportunity in all areas of its work and activity;
  • To recognise and develop the diversity of skills and talent within its current and potential community;
  • To ensure that all employees and prospective employees of the College are treated solely on the basis of their merits, abilities and potential without receiving any unjustified discrimination or unfavourable treatment on grounds such as age, disability, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender reassignment, trans status, socio-economic status or any other irrelevant distinction;
  • To provide and promote a positive working, learning, and social environment which is free from prejudice, discrimination and any forms of harassment, bullying or victimisation;
  • To promote good relations between individuals from different groups.

Applicants with disabilities

Ada. National College for Digital Skills is keen to increase the number of disabled people it employs. We therefore encourage applications from individuals with a disability who are able to carry out the duties of the post. If you have special needs in relation to your application please contact our Director of HR - Jayshree@ada.ac.uk .


All appointments are subject to satisfactory references.

Thank you for your interest and good luck with your application!

How to apply

Please email Tom@ada.ac.uk with a copy of your CV and a brief statement, no more than 500 words, stating why you wish to train to become a tech trainer at Ada.

In the subject field please write “Application to train as a Tech Trainer” followed by your name.