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Female Teachers Needed in Al Jouf, Saudi Arabia

Posted By: The Oxford Partnership <karen.vrettos@gemseducation.com>
Date: Sunday, 24 August 2014, at 9:37 a.m.

PLEASE NOTE: ONLY FEMALES SHOULD APPLY

English Teachers

All students will be studying the Cambridge English programme in the first year of their vocational course, integrated with ICT skills and vocational taster sessions. We will also continue to integrate English into the curriculum in years two and three. We expect to students achieve at least B1 on the European scale and preferably B2 and above.

We are looking for teaching staff with a degree (this does not necessarily have to be in English), 3 or more years’ experience of delivering English as a Foreign Language and have at least a CELTA or preferably DELTA qualification or equivalent.

For candidates where English is not your native language a recent IELTS 7.5 certificate is required.

ICT Teachers

To support the foundation ICT, broadly equivalent to QCF level 2, we are also looking for ICT teachers for have a degree in computing or ICT or with a very significant emphasis on this discipline area, a relevant teaching or instructor qualification and 3 or more years’ experience of delivering ICT. Preference will be given to candidates who can also teach ICT to certificate and Diploma levels in years 2 and 3 respectively.

For candidates where English is not your native language a recent IELTS 6.5 certificate is required.

Mathematics/Numeracy Teachers

We are also looking for a small number of mathematics or numeracy teachers, who can work alongside the English and ICT teaching staff to support essential vocational learning skills. They require a degree in mathematics or statistics, a relevant teaching or instructor qualification and 3 or more years’ experience of delivering mathematics or numeracy.

For candidates where English is not your native language a recent IELTS 6.5 certificate is required.

Vocational Teachers

We will be phasing in vocational teaching and instructor staff over the next 18 months. Over this period we will require curriculum heads and/or teachers/instructors in the following disciplines:

- Business and finance including business administration, accountancy, HR, sales and marketing
- ICT, including web design programming, IT user, CAD/CAM
- Beauty and fashion, including beauty therapy, hairdressing, textiles, jewellery design, interior design, graphics
- Health care, including medical secretaries, childcare, laboratory technician, geriatric care, nutrition
- Agriculture, including agricultural management, food processing, poultry management, horticulture

Vocational teachers should have a degree or equivalent professional qualification in a relevant discipline, a teaching or instructor qualification plus 3 years’ teaching experience OR

A Diploma (e.g. HND) in a relevant discipline, a teaching or instructor qualification plus 6 years’ teaching experience OR

At least 11 years relevant experience in industry, plus a teaching or instructor qualification, or be working towards this.

For candidates where English is not your native language a recent IELTS 6.5 certificate is required.

A very competitive tax free salary and substantial benefits package is available to attract the best candidates and includes:

• Rent free fully furnished accommodation
• Healthcare Insurance
• 35 days annual leave
• Visa, work and residency permits (applicant only)
• 1 annual economy return flight home
• Relocation allowance
• Transport to and from your place of work
• Arabic language training
• Potential for an annual bonus subject to the performance of The Oxford Partnership

To find out more about these exciting opportunities please send a copy of your CV and a short covering letter (no more than two sides of A4) focusing on your relevant experience and why these roles are of interest to you to karen.vrettos@gemseducation.com

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Welcome from THE OXFORD PARTNERSHIP (‘TOP’)

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has ambitions to be one of the most innovative and successful countries for technical and vocational training (TVET) globally. TVET has been identified as essential for improving human resources capital in the country and in helping Saudi youth, both male and female, to play a productive role in the local labour market.

The Kingdom is currently embarking on one of the largest and most exciting TVET upgrades in the world. Called ‘Colleges of Excellence (COE)’, the upgrade programme commenced in 2013. Through COE, the Kingdom is rapidly expanding the capacity of the system from around 110,000 students today to approximately 400,000 students over the next 10 years. It is intending to achieve this by bringing together learning and employment delivered through the best international providers in brand new, purpose built colleges, upgrading the quality of the system to meet the highest international standards.

The Oxford Partnership (TOP) brings together three exceptional education and training providers in Activate Learning, Moulton College and GEMS Education Solutions. This powerful partnership has been successful in securing the contract to run three women’s colleges in the north of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - in Al Jouf, Arar and Qurayyat - as part of the ‘Colleges of Excellence’ programme. This ambitious plan will see 27 new technical colleges built and handed over in readiness to welcome their first students in September 2014. Each college will house around 2000 students when they have reached full capacity. It should be noted that education in Saudi Arabia is strictly segregated and for the majority of posts we are currently looking for female staff only.

High quality teaching, learning and assessment are at the heart of The Oxford Partnership. Attracting the best and most talented staff is crucial to our success both as individual organisations and as a partnership for this project.

The curriculum is partly prescribed by Colleges of Excellence and will comprise in year one foundation ICT and Cambridge English, contextualised into vocational and employability learning. In years two and three students will receive further English but the emphasis will be on vocational training in one of five broad curriculum areas: business and finance, beauty and fashion, ICT, healthcare and agriculture. Each student will be expected to do the equivalent of one day a week “On The Job” or simulated employer-focused training, with the emphasis on learning for employment. Successful students will reach Certificate level at the end of year two and Diploma level at the end of year three. There is an expectation that students will then progress into employment, and the funding model emphasises this as a successful outcome. Curricula are based on Saudi Skills Standards, which are currently being prepared in conjunction with employers.

We are now beginning to build our leadership and staff teams and invite applications from a wide range of qualified and experienced staff, preferably with international experience, who wish to build their careers and develop their skills and expertise to benefit young women in Saudi Arabia.

Although appropriate qualifications and experience are crucial for these roles, interested candidates must be enterprising, resilient, culturally aware and above all excellent team players. They must be able to work collaboratively and collegiately across a multinational staff team and be prepared to openly share their knowledge to add value to our programmes and benefit our students.

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