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Practical Instructor and Resource Technician (Arboriculture)

Peripatetic – Crystal Palace and Horsenden Farm (Perivale)

£7,196.00 to £9,063.60 plus £695.00 LW


Our client is looking to recruit a Peripatetic Practical Instructor and Resource Technician to be based between Crystal Palace and Horsenden Farm in Perivale. It is a part time post for 2 days per week. The days of the week to be worked are currently Monday & Tuesday.


The candidate we are looking for will technically instruct students and demonstrate a wide range of arboriculture practical tasks. We are looking for someone who can inspire students to become fully trained tree surgeons.


The candidate will have the opportunity to work at other sites at Capel Manor College as required.

The post-holder will be required to drive a College Minibus. It is therefore desirable that applicants have category D1 on their current driving licence. Support will be given to applicants to undertake the appropriate test if they do not currently possess this.


About the College


Capel Manor College in Greater London, is a vocational college delivering courses in Arboriculture and Countryside, Animal Care and Saddlery, Floristry and Balloon Artistry, Garden Design and Horticulture.


Key Duties:


• Undertaking demonstration and technical instruction of students attending Capel Manor on a range of full-time, part-time and short courses at the direction of the Head of School in arboriculture and on occasion’s countryside management. This would include instructing to LANTRA/NPTC standards.

• Undertaking the assessment of students’ practical abilities according to criteria laid down by BTEC, City & Guilds and the National Vocational Qualifications standards. Liaising with Arboricultural and Countryside Lecturers as to student progress and with regard to schemes of work and assessment criteria.

• Liaising with members of the teaching staff to co-ordinate demonstration sessions and ensure the smooth transition between classroom studies and practical sessions.

• Assisting with the supervision of students allocated to projects and provision of technical assistance and advice as required.

• Ensuring that all requirements and regulations relating to health and safety are adhered to at all times. Responsible for ensuring that the health and safety of students is maintained whilst undertaking practical sessions.

• Assisting the Course Managers/Lecturers in visiting and assessing students’ work on work placement and assessing the workplace offered to the student for work experience.


For a comprehensive list of duties, please refer to the College Job Description.


Essential Criteria:


• Experience of supporting arboriculture/countryside resources.

• A relevant arboriculture qualification to NVQ Level 2 or equivalent.

• A current clean driving licence.

• NPTC Certificate of Competence CS 30, CS31, CS32, CS38 and CS39.

• A certificate of competence in the safe handling and use of pesticides (PA1 and PA6).

• Working successfully as a team member.

• Good communication skills with all levels of staff and students.

• Successful time management, including punctuality.


Start date: ASAP

Closing date: 18.09.14

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure and barring list check as it is within regulated activity due to Capel Manor College being defined as a ‘specified place’.


Capel Manor College aims to employ a workforce which reflects the community it serves. Therefore applications from minority groups are welcomed. The College is a Two Ticks Employer (Positive About Disabled People) and therefore where applicants indicate they have a disability and meet the essential criteria in the person specification, they will be short-listed for interview.


Capel Manor College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.


It is anticipated that candidates who progress from the application stage will be asked to attend the College for an interview within three weeks of the closing date. Therefore, if you do not hear from the College within that time you may assume that your application has been unsuccessful.


If you are interested in this vacancy, please send an e-mail to Capel@r21education.co.uk. You will then be sent the full Job Description, Person Specification and College application form, to be completed and returned before the advertised close date. Please note that the College will not accept CV's in place of completed applications.

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