Job Title: Coppicing & Greenwood Trades Tutor

Hours: Part-time – total hours will be approx. 615 across the year (with some potential for overtime). This includes 440 hours teaching (two full days per week, approx. 70 teaching days), with 2 hours prep per teaching day, and extra hours reserved for meetings, events, and any training required.

Reports to: Further Education Coordinator and COO

Salary: hourly rate £18.82 per hour inclusive of holiday pay

Contract: 12-month contract, rolled over each year

Location: Treherbert


Background of BMC:

Black Mountains College (BMC) is a unique rural college based in the Brecon Beacons National Park. BMC re-imagines what education is for and how it is delivered. Our approach connects the environment, society and the individual to produce rounded, resilient future leaders and change-makers.

We are now in our second academic year and have students of all ages and backgrounds participating in our Level 2 NVQs in Regenerative Horticulture, and Sustainable Coppicing and Greenwood Trades. We have a varied short course programme and have a degree – BA (Hons) Sustainable Futures: Arts, Ecology and Systems Change, which is accepting applicants for a September 2023 start.

In addition to our main Talgarth campus, our new Treherbert campus launches in Sept 2023, offering our NVQs in Regenerative Horticulture, and Sustainable Coppicing & Greenwood Trades.


Purpose of the Role:

We require a Coppicing & Greenwood Tutor to join us at our new site in Treherbert. We are looking for an inspirational teacher, passionate about their subject, with a focus on sustainability. The tutor will need relevant experience, a minimum of a Level 3 NVQ in a related subject, a chainsaw licence, and will need to be qualified to complete assessments.

This person will plan, deliver and assess Coppicing sessions, teaching two-days’ worth of lessons per week, with support from our current Coppicing tutors located in Talgarth.

There will be a requirement, as part of the role, to attend occasional student events, consultation evenings and to represent BMC in schools and at careers fairs outside of normal working hours.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prepare lesson plans (based on pre-selected units, teach and assess students on the Level 2 NVQ Coppicing course
  • Organise and prep the site ready for lessons, identifying any equipment required
  • Liaise with other tutors and College office staff in terms of any additional requirements
  • Organise and plan trips or visits to other sites, or arrange guest speakers to supplement sessions
  • Organise and outsource the Chainsaw Maintenance and Assessment training course students are required to complete
  • Ensure students are prepared for assessments, working with those who may need more support and adapt assessments accordingly
  • Assess students’ work in a variety of forms including verbal, practical, or written, providing constructive feedback
  • Ensure student assessment paperwork is compliant, as per NPTC Group of Colleges and IQA/EQA requirements
  • Take full responsibility for health and safety during your sessions (especially when using chainsaws)
  • Maintain regular communication with the FE Coordinator to ensure smooth running of the course
  • Liaise with internal and external assessors and auditors as required
  • Attend occasional recruitment and other promotional events to help market the course effectively
  • Communicate with prospective students in the lead-up to the course start, support in the admissions and selection process as required
  • Attend termly standardisation meetings and liaise closely with other subject-specific teaching staff to ensure smooth running of the programme
  • Work with the team to support the wellbeing of students and providing student support where required.
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory guidelines and contractual agreements, including any related administration.


Essential Skills and Qualifications 

  • TAQA Assessors Award L3
  • PGCE or Train the Trainer L2 or equivalent (or willing to complete this during first year)
  • L3 qualification (or higher) in relevant subject
  • Valid chainsaw licencse or willing to complete refresher course (paid for by BMC)
  • First Aid + Forestry qualified or willing to complete prior to course start date (paid for by BMC)
  • Prior teaching and/or assessing experience
  • Experience of working within a similar environment, i.e. woodland management, arboriculture, coppicing, woodworking etc.
  • Excellent organisational skills with an emphasis on attention to detail, record keeping, and learning outcomes
  • The ability to build positive relationships and inspire students with good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Current full driving licence



  • Training/experience in safeguarding desirable
  • Health and Safety/Risk Assessment training or qualification beneficial
  • Welsh language speaker
  • Experienced in the use of Microsoft Office
  • Category D1 Driving licence (to drive minibus) qualification



Please send a CV and covering letter via Indeed



Midnight on Thursday May 25th
Interviews week commencing 29th May


Inclusion and Diversity:

BMC is a firm believer in diversity and inclusion in the workplace. BMC is an equal opportunity employer that seeks to further diversify its staff in terms of gender, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, culture, economic background and nationality.

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