Associate Opportunities

At College Development Network (CDN) we are seeking to extend our network of experienced and valued Associates to meet the increasing demand for the delivery of training and development for college staff.

As a CDN Associate you will be a specialist in your field with up to date and relevant learning, teaching and assessment experience gained in a college setting.  You may be currently working in a college and seeking a secondment opportunity, either full time or part time, or you may have recently left a college and be working on a consultancy basis.

The benefits to you as a CDN Associate include ongoing professional development, the opportunity to work with an inspirational team of experts, to work on a national basis, to share best practice and experience, to expand your network and to develop new skills.

Associates work on a flexible basis, the role could be part time, term time or full time for a fixed term. CDN will offer full induction training and ongoing support.

Areas of Interest

Areas that CDN are interested in include:

PDA – we also have a specific requirement for mentors and assessors with experience of delivery and support in TQFE and PDA.  In particular, we are looking for the following skills and experience:



  • Strong interpersonal skills – to communicate strengths and development needs to participants undertaking teaching qualifications
  • Ability to write concise, relevant, actionable and appropriate reports
  • Ability to communicate with staff development managers in colleges
  • Knowledge of PDA and TQFE content, academic demands and skills requirements.
  • Experience of delivering staff development
  • Experience of delivering online learning
  • Strong working knowledge of professional standards for teachers and lecturers
  • Working knowledge of current drivers in education and implications for college lecturers
  • Ability to develop reflection and evaluation skills in participants undertaking teaching qualifications
  • Ability to develop academic writing skills in participants undertaking teaching qualifications
  • Flexibility to attend meetings in colleges and TQFE provider institutions
  • Ability to develop confidence of colleagues undertaking teaching qualifications.

Expressions of Interest

We are seeking expressions of interest in the first instance.  To note your interest, please submit your CV and a covering letter outlining why you are interested in joining CDN as an Associate, what you could bring to the role and your areas of expertise. You should also, where possible, give an indication of how much time you have available.

Expressions of interest should be e-mailed to or posted to:

Jon Watson (confidential)
HR Manager
College Development Network
Argyll Court
Castle Business Park
Stirling, FK9 4TY

The closing date for expressions of interest is Sunday 11 June 2017.

Please do not hesitate to contact Jon Watson, HR Manager, on 01786 892 000 or at should you require further information.