FE Engineering Teacher

University of Derby


Job details


Buxton & Leek College

Responsible to

Apprenticeship Operations Manager


Nuclear Skills Academy, Infinity Park, Derby DE24 9FU


£30,619 to £41,931 per annum

Closing date

Tuesday 6 June 2023

Contract type


Post type




About the role

This role is employed by University of Derby but works in partnership with Rolls-Royce Submarines Ltd, therefore in order to undertake this position an individual must hold a Security Check (SC) clearance without any caveats to that clearance. Rolls-Royce will support the application for Security Clearance if the individual does not currently already have this in place.

Due to the nature of work that Rolls-Royce Submarines Ltd conducts and the protection of certain assets a person must be a UK national or in MoD approved cases a Dual National from a non-ITAR country.

About the role

We are looking to recruit engineering teachers (Instructor Mentors) to join the apprenticeship team at Buxton & Leek College part of the University of Derby. We welcome applications from candidates with engineering industry experience looking to start a career in teaching. You will be expected to teach on the EAL Level 3 courses and there are several different pathways which we offer as part of the Engineering Technicians Apprenticeship at Nuclear Skills Academy based in Derby.

We are looking for the following:

  • Mechatronics pathway 
  • Machining pathway
  • Maintenance pathway 
  • Electrical
  • Welding

The role of an Instructor/Mentor is to teach the Rolls Royce apprentices the practical skills needed, visit them onsite at the Ihub based in Derby and complete workplace reviews. They must also mentor their apprentices to succeed and review their performance with them.

The successful candidate will need to hold a relevant teaching qualification or be willing to work towards one. We can offer support to those looking to start their careers in teaching, together with a minimum level 4 qualification in a Mechanical or Engineering subject area. You should have demonstrable experience of the Mechanical Engineering industry. If you have an assessor and/or verifier award this would also be considered.

For informal enquiries please contact Stephanie Traynor on [email protected].

About Nuclear Skills Academy

The University of Derby in partnership with Rolls-Royce Submarines Ltd operates the award-winning Nuclear Skills Academy, delivering exclusive apprenticeship programmes to nurture a dedicated pipeline of talent at the start of their careers.

Renowned for our expertise in engineering in further and higher education at the University of Derby, we are setting new standards in the UK for our collaboration with industry and leading the way in global research in future fuels and sustainability.

You can be part of shaping talent for the future of industry in the UK, by developing the skills and capabilities of our apprentices at the start of their career.

Why Join the Team

The apprenticeship team at the Buxton & Leek College is part of the University of Derby which works with SME and global companies to provide apprenticeships. The Nuclear Skills Academy offer an innovative environment with bespoke modern workshops. The role is well supported by University of Derby advanced technicians and hugely welcoming team with others with a similar experience and background in engineering.

As well as competitive salaries, we appreciate the importance of a healthy work/life balance and are therefore able to offer a benefits package that includes generous holiday entitlements and fantastic retirement provisions. (downloadable document for full details)

As an education institution, we have numerous training and development opportunities available to all staff to support their continuing professional development. We hold regular in-house training sessions to help our staff develop skills in role.

You can also study whilst you work and gain the technical knowledge, practical experience, and wider skills you need for your future career through our Staff Apprenticeship Scheme. We also offer discounted tuition fees for our degree and postgraduate programmes of study for employee and family.

Additional Information  

This role is a full-time position of 37 hours a week, however we would welcome applications from candidates who wish to be considered for a job share. The role is required on a full -time basis therefore a job share could only be offered should a suitable arrangement be available with the days and/or hours of work to be agreed on appointment. Please indicate in your application your preference of days and/or hours you would be available to work.

Upon appointment this role will be known as Engineering Apprenticeship Instructor/Mentor

Principal accountabilities

  •  To plan and deliver practical, technical vocational and associated theoretical learning activities for apprentices including training, support for learning and assessment using a variety of methods both on and off the job.
  • Prepare suitable learning materials for a range of activities to develop the students’ knowledge, skills and behaviours linked to relevant apprenticeship standards or frameworks.
  • Demonstrate tasks and processes to individuals and groups.
  • Provide instruction to the specified standards and provide feedback to students on progress through written and online methods, coaching for high expectations of progress and attainment.
  • Provide individual and group mentoring for apprentices to ensure that apprenticeship candidates are selected appropriately and are matched to the needs of the employer.
  • Supervise groups of apprentices undertaking knowledge and skill acquisition through scheduled off the job learning activities, project work or while on work placement.
  • Assess knowledge and skills acquisition using a variety of assessment methods including individual coaching techniques to accelerate the learning of knowledge, skills and behaviours.
  • Provide specific learning support to apprentices as required and ensure that learning support records are kept up to date.
  • Work with groups of apprentices or individuals to prepare them for external qualification and end-point assessment according to the requirements of the relevant apprenticeship.
  • Complete all associated internal, employer and external documentation and track the students’ progress, including recording apprentice data on attendance and achievement using prescribed records systems, both manual and online.
  • Ensure that any assessment carried out is completed to the standards laid down by the awarding body and the College Quality Assurance systems.
  • Integrate the development of English and Mathematics skills, including their integration into broader learning activities linked to both on and off the job activities.
  • Monitor attendance of apprentices at prescribed off the job learning activities, ensuring that records systems are updated as required and employers are kept informed.
  • Ensure that apprentices are coached to behave in a professional manner at all times to a high standard of safety in the workplace and during off the job activities.
  • Work with liaison and business development teams and independently to develop new business opportunities to increase employer engagement and apprentice uptake and progression.
  • To undertake any other duties which may, from time to time, reasonably be required within the general level of responsibility.
  • General Duties

  • Achieve personal and team targets for recruitment, progress, completion and achievement or apprentices within designated durations.
  • To take an active role in the mentoring and progress of apprentices, providing a liaison between the apprentice, their employer and the off the job training provider.
  • Take an active part in the College and University’s Staff Development Programmes.
  • Take an active role, when required, in all curriculum management activities, including open days, recruitment events and external moderation activities.
  • To understand and comply with the University’s Equality and Diversity Policy.
  • To comply with copyright, software licensing legislation and related University procedures.
  • To ensure that the College’s quality assurance procedures are adhered to and additional action taken where necessary.
  • To comply with the requirements of Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults, Health and Safety, Quality and other University policies including Risk Management.
  • Person specification

    Essential Criteria


    • Hold or be willing to undertake a Level 5 teaching qualification
    • Level 2 Qualifications (either in Functional Skills or GCSE A-C/4-9) in both English and maths or a willingness to achieve within an agreed timescale
    • Relevant Mechanical Engineering vocational qualification at Level 3 and level 4 or higher


    • Demonstrable industrial or commercial experience within an engineering trade or business sector
    • Experience of Internal and External Verification processes

    Skills, knowledge and abilities

    • Demonstrable evidence of ability to engage with learners to support high quality learning outcomes
    • Highly developed communication skills
    • Ability to use own initiative
    • Ability to work effectively on your own and with a small team
    • Well-developed administrative and organisational skills
    • Ability to work flexibly within a team
    • Good time management skills

    Business requirements

    • UK national or in MoD approved cases a Dual National from a non ITAR country.
    • Security Clearance required
    • DBS enhanced check required
    • A commitment to the principle of widening participation
    • A commitment to continued professional development
    • A commitment to College and University values and behaviours
    • A willingness to work across College sites and externally
    • Willingness and flexibility to travel and work between University and external sites in a cost effective and timely manner
    • Ability to attend open days

    Desirable Criteria


    • Technical qualification at level 5 or higher
    • Welding qualifications


    • Practical experience of promoting equality and diversity
    • Practical experience of promoting Behaviours and attitudes
    • Practical experience of promoting Personal development

    Skills, knowledge and abilities

    • Time-served apprentice


    As well as competitive pay scales, we offer generous holiday entitlement. We also offer opportunities for further salary progression based on performance, and the opportunity to join a contributory pension scheme.

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    How to apply

    You can apply by submitting an online application. Once you have signed in or registered with us you will be able to begin your application. If you are creating an account for the first time, please ensure you provide an email address that you access regularly as this will be our main means of contacting you regarding your application.

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    If you require any assistance, including the provision of any documentation in an alternative format, please contact the Recruitment team at [email protected] .

    Please note all applications must be submitted online by Midnight GMT on the closing date of the vacancy.

    Important information

    Please note that unfortunately, this role will not attract sufficient points to obtain a sponsored Skilled Worker visa under the UK Visas & Immigration points based immigration system; however, applications are welcome from candidates who do not currently have the right to work in the UK, but who would be eligible to obtain a valid visa via another route..

    Please consult the Home office website for further information.

    DBS check

    If you are successful, you will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The post for which you are applying is exempt from Section 4(2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 requiring any spent convictions to be declared. Any information you provide will be treated in confidence and only used when considering your suitability for the post.

    To enable us to process your DBS check please ensure you are able to supply the documentation listed on the DBS website at interview stage.

    Equality, diversity, inclusion and wellbeing

    The University of Derby is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion. However you identify, we actively celebrate the knowledge, experience and talents each person brings.

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    Further details

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