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 - ABDO College

Vacancy: ABDO College Lecturer

About us

ABDO College (Association of British Dispensing Opticians), established in 2001, is a sector leader in delivering blended learning education. Our mission is to advance the optical profession through the provision of high quality, innovative education and training. Our vision is to deliver sector-leading education as the specialist training provider of choice for all aspects of optical education.

Our values of respect, collaboration and commitment to our learners and colleagues are at the heart of everything we do. We are widely recognised as a centre of educational excellence and have raised the standards in optical education across the whole profession. We teach a range of programmes from optical assistant access courses through to degree level and beyond. Having recently been approved as an apprenticeship provider, we are looking forward to launching our higher-level apprenticeship route to the FBDO diploma.

Our in-person teaching primarily takes place at our first-class training facility in Kent, which also has accommodation facilities for students and staff, if needed. The College, which is the centrepiece of the Godmersham Park estate, lies within 1,000 acres of beautiful Kent countryside situated between Ashford and Canterbury.

About the role

We are looking for two lecturers to join our growing teaching team and welcome applications from those looking for both full-time and part-time (minimum 3 days per week) roles. These roles would suit those with a strong sector knowledge who have a passion for training and supporting others.

About you

The successful applicants will be enthusiastic about all aspects of ophthalmic dispensing. You will be able to effectively use your knowledge, skills and experience of best practice to contribute to the theoretical and practical skills teaching of our programmes. These will include designing high quality teaching materials for delivery in small and large group teaching sessions, marking work and carrying out auditing processes. An ability to communicate complex information, meet deadlines and IT literacy are essential for this role.

We value lifelong learning and will invest in you through the provision of both formal and informal training. You will have a personal mentor from the College academic team who will support you throughout the academic year, as well as your programme leader and line manager. If you don’t already have a teaching qualification then we will support you to gain this, with the fees paid by ABDO College.

A full job description can be found here.

Salary & Benefits

A competitive salary package of between £30,000-£40,000, dependent on relevant teaching and discipline experience.

30 days holiday per annum, plus bank holidays.

A generous pension scheme.

Subsidised staff accommodation on site if required.

5 days per year allocated to CPD training and regular staff training.

Free onsite parking.

Support with ABDO and GOC fees.

Working Pattern

The role is predominantly on site at our Godmersham College, with some travel to ABDO’s National Resource Centre as required. Hybrid working is available during non-teaching times. Teaching is typically timetabled during 8.30-5.30pm, Monday-Friday, although there may also be some occasional evening work.

Equal Opportunities

ABDO College promotes equality and diversity in all aspects of its work. We aim to ensure, through our staff recruitment and selection processes that we encourage applications from all groups represented in the wider community at a local, national and international level.

Applicants should email a CV and covering letter detailing their suitability for the role, with details of two referees to recruitment@abdocollege.org.uk.

Closing date Friday 19 July.