Education Support Officer – Time to Shine Leader

Reporting to Education Coordinator
Location Project Trust Office, Isle of Coll, Scotland
Number of hours per week 35 hours per week
Closing Date Extended to 9am, Monday 5 November
First Interviews 7 November 2018, Glasgow
Second Interviews 12 November 2018, Dundee

Project Trust are looking to hire an Education Support Officer as part of the Rank Foundation’s Time to Shine Leader programme. The successful candidate will be able to assist in the achievement of Project Trust’s strategic aim that Returned Volunteers can become Global Citizens in their communities, raise awareness of Project Trust’s Global Citizenship programme, work alongside the Education Team and more. 

About Project Trust

Project Trust is an educational charity based on the Hebridean Isle of Coll. Since 1967 Project Trust has sent over 7,000 Volunteers to Africa, Asia and the Americas to a wide range of long-term volunteering projects including teaching, social care work, outward bound instructing and community development.

All Project Trust’s Volunteers are 17-19 year-old school leavers, with around 260 Volunteers from across the UK and Europe going overseas annually. The projects are carefully selected, and rigorously vetted, to ensure the Volunteers’ existing skills can be put to good use in their host communities and that our Volunteers do not take work away from local people.

Extensive training and support before, during and after their time overseas is provided to all Volunteers, to maximise both the educational value of their experience and the positive impact they have in their projects. Staff on Coll, project Hosts and Overseas Representatives support the Volunteers during their placements, and Volunteers return to Coll for a Debriefing course at the end of their year.

Project Trust is widely regarded as the leader in the field of international volunteering and is highly respected.

Purpose of Job

  • Assist in the achievement of Project Trust’s strategic aim that Returned Volunteers are supported to be active Global Citizens in their communities, sharing their knowledge and making a valuable contribution to global learning and understanding in the UK.
  • To raise awareness of Project Trust’s Global Citizenship education programme across primary and secondary schools across the UK, increasing the number of global citizenship sessions and workshops.
  • To work alongside the Education Team to support with resource development for the schools programme as well as supporting Project Trust Volunteers through their qualification in International Volunteering.

Summary of Main Responsibilities

  • To provide support to the Education Team by researching, engaging and developing partnerships with new primary and secondary schools and youth organisations, with particular focus across North East England, West Midlands and North East Scotland.
  • To organise Global Citizenship sessions, assemblies and workshops across schools and youth organisations to be delivered by Project Trust’s Global Citizenship Ambassadors.
  • To assist in the development of Global Citizenship resources which can be accessed by teachers and education professionals which are in line with both the Scottish and English curriculum.
  • To assist with administration in supporting Project Trust Volunteers through the successful completion of their International Volunteering Qualification.
  • To work with young people at all stages of the Project Trust Volunteer journey, including Selection, Training and Debriefing Courses as detailed below:
    • Selection: To assume the role of Group Leader, working with groups of up to six young people at a time, throughout the Selection course. The Group Leader gathers evidence and presents this at a Selection Review meeting.
    • Training: To support with the delivery and facilitation of Global Citizenship sessions for Volunteers about to go overseas.
    • Debriefing: To engage newly Returned Volunteers to support with Global Citizenship Schools programme.

Other Duties

  • Other reasonable duties as may be requested by the Chief Executive Officer.

Conditions of Service

The appointment will be made subject to Project Trust’s detailed terms and conditions of employment.  Candidates should be aware that:

  • The post holder will be expected to obtain an enhanced Disclosure Scotland check (PVG).
  • This post is for a 12 month period and is subject to continued funding of the post.
  • Project Trust will provide partially-subsidised staff accommodation.


Please register your interest to download the application forms and more information.