Welcome from Aileen McKechnie, Principal and Chief Executive
Thank you for your interest in the position of Associate Principal – Construction and the Built Environment at South Lanarkshire College.
I was delighted to be appointed as Principal early last year, and after almost a year in the role, I can say that I am immensely proud of my colleagues, students and partners for the significant effort and energy invested in teaching and learning over the unprecedented challenges we’ve faced.
As the best performing college in Scotland for overall student achievement and one of the top performing colleges in the UK, our College is an anchor of our local and regional community. Our reputation as a high-performing provider of further and higher education is recognised right across Scotland. Our Construction Faculty is very proud of student successes at local, national and international level. External organisations, including awarding bodies, Education Scotland and industry-led organisations, such as the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), have also praised the outstanding successes of our students and our approach to sustainable construction.
We have a student population of 5,500 and a staffing complement of around 360. Our College delivers 50,000 credits, a third of which are at advanced HN level. We are located in the sixth largest conurbation in Scotland, and we have grown by 40% over the last 6 years and continue to expand. We have a state-of-the-art campus in which we have recently invested a further £1.5 million, and an outstanding Board of Management which supports us greatly.
The last year has been challenging for us all, but it is during times like these that the skills, experience, enthusiasm and commitment which colleagues have for their roles come to the fore. I am proud that the full College team has continued to demonstrate real passion to do their best for our students and to secure positive outcomes for them.
If you’re excited by the challenge of thriving in an ambitious, educational environment, want to share in our journey towards excellence and have a demonstrable track-record of delivery, I very much welcome your application.
Principal and Chief Executive
Message from Stella McManus, Depute Principal
As a very recent member of the leadership team at the College, I have been struck by the welcome I have received (particularly valuable when joining an organisation during these strange times).
I feel that the warm welcome I have received from the staff, my colleagues and the Board, says a great deal about the culture of the College. Everyone I have spoken with is completely committed to delivering high-quality learning and support for our students and the information you can read in this Information Pack on our website very much reflects who we are and what we do.
As Associate Principal – Construction and the Built Environment, you will lead the activity and planning of the faculty and develop and bring to life the 2020-2025 Strategic Framework. You will be ambitious for your team and for the College and be innovative and creative in your way of working. With fresh thinking and working within our values, you will work with a dedicated and experienced team who are focused on delivering the best. Our Faculty of Construction is one of the largest training providers in Scotland and is considered a flagship centre of excellence. This is a reputation which we strive to maintain and build upon.
We are always looking to future possibilities, partnerships, collaboration, economic development and funding opportunities. Therefore, I am looking for an ambitious, enthusiastic individual to work with me as we deliver for now and for the future; someone who is dedicated to securing success for the College.
Our ambition is to create the best possible learning environment and to help all our learners achieve their full potential. We have an enviable track record in ensuring that our students grow and develop, and progress positively to the next stage of their lives.
I am delighted you are taking the time to find out more about the role and the College, and I look forward to reading your application.