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West Lothian Council – Head of Corporate Services

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West Lothian Council is a nationally recognised leading local authority with a proven track record of achievement and a reputation for delivering top quality customer focused services.

West Lothian Council – Head of Corporate Services

Exterior of West Lothian Council
West Lothian Council is a nationally recognised leading local authority with a proven track record of achievement and a reputation for delivering top quality customer focused services.

Graduate Unemployment in Scotland – Are too many people going to University?

graduate caps being thrown in the air

(c) Jack Kent Foundation

Going to university used to be a big thing. At the turn of the last century only a small number of people ever made it to Scotland’s prestigious universities. For the majority of the Scottish public studying just wasn’t something you could afford to do.

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Make a difference every day in Perth and Kinross – Social Work Vacancies

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Perth & Kinross Council has created 9 additional social work posts and is looking for eager professionals to join the teams at the forefront of supporting people of all ages to achieve their potential. The social work landscape has changed significantly in recent years.  As the demographics of our communities change and the number of older adults being referred to services increase, so too has national legislation and guidance changed to reflect this.  We’re looking for social workers who are eager to embrace these changes without forgetting that at the heart of every case is an individual who needs support to enable them to achieve the best outcomes for their future.

About the roles

In recognition of the important role social work staff play in allowing us to Get It Right For Every Child, Reshape Care for Older People and increase choice and control for all individuals who receive care, Perth & Kinross Council has agreed to fund the additional social work posts spread throughout our specialist teams.  There are opportunities in children and families services, including child protection and fostering and permanence teams; as well as chances to work as part of the Locality Teams and the Access Team in local areas with people of all ages with long-term support needs.

Based locally throughout Perth and Kinross communities, the aim of these new posts is to help the Council develop a collaborative and engaging relationship with our residents/service users.

  • PKC005829 – Social Worker, Colonsay Resource Centre, Perth (36.25 hours)
  • PKC005860 – Social Worker, Pullar House, Perth (36.25 hours)
  • PKC005889 – Social Worker, Colonsay Resource Centre, Perth (36.25 hours)
  • PKC005890 – Social Worker, Blairgowrie Social Work Office (28.75 hours)
  • PKC005892 – Social Worker, Colonsay Resource Centre, Perth (18.12 hours)
  • PKC005893 – Social Worker, Pullar House, Perth (21.75 hours)
  • PKC005928 – Social Worker, Access Team, Perth (36 hours)
  • PKC005929 – Social Worker, Perth City, North (36 hours)
  • PKC005930 – Social Worker, South Locality (36 hours)

To apply for these posts please click on the link below:

 Perth and Kinross Council Jobs

About working for Perth & Kinross Council

Social workers are often the unsung heroes of local authorities, doing a difficult job in challenging circumstances.  In Perth and Kinross we want to give our social workers the chance to shine, offering staff across a range of specialist teams the opportunity to get involved in programmes of change which will further improve our ability to support the most vulnerable people in Perth and Kinross. In addition to regularly receiving positive reports from the Care Inspectorate, social work services in Perth and Kinross have been recognised in a number of ways:

  • The last joint Care Inspectorate/HMIE Child Protection inspection saw Perth & Kinross Council awarded the highest number of ‘Excellent’ and ‘Very Good’ gradings.  A fact which was recognised when Perth was chosen as the location to launch the findings of a major report into child protection last year.
  • Perth & Kinross Council was chosen as a test site for the first Joint Inspection of Older People’s Services carried out by the Care Inspectorate and Health Improvement Scotland.  This inspection highlighted the ways in which the Council is improving support for local people by working in close partnership with the NHS and voluntary/independent sector partners.
  • The positive relationship between the Council and NHS in delivering health and social care services locally was also recognised in Audit Scotland’s recent report on Reshaping Care for Older People.

Social work teams in Perth & Kinross Council are managed through Education & Children’s Services (for children and families) and Housing & Community Care (for adults).  There is a great deal of partnership between the services, particularly around professional development, and the role of the Chief Social Work Officer further encourages joint planning and working at a strategic level. The Council is fully committed to investing in its staff, providing inductions, ongoing training and support with a view to retaining talented staff through succession planning.  We encourage staff to widen their horizons and make connections across the organisation, supporting their own and the Council’s development.

Living in Perth and Kinross

Perth and Kinross encompasses some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland, while still being accessible and well serviced with local facilities.  Perth, Scotland’s newest city, is the area’s hub, providing culture, shopping, leisure and nightlife. In the surrounding area there’s world class fishing, walking routes ranging from way marked forest trails to lofty treks in the mountains, great cycling routes both on and off road, numerous adventure sports facilities and an unsurpassed range of golf courses to satisfy all abilities, including 2014 Ryder Cup host Gleneagles. Perth and Kinross receives a consistently high ranking in quality of life surveys.  The area is renowned for its thriving cultural scene, which includes venues such as the fantastic Perth Concert Hall, Perth Theatre and Pitlochry Festival Theatre.  The area boasts one of Scotland’s, and the UK’s strongest events portfolios.  Major sporting events such as the Johnnie Walker Golf Championships, Blair Castle International Horse Trials and the Etape Caledonia sit alongside high profile cultural events like the Rewind and T in the Park music festivals to ensure there is always an exciting annual events calendar on offer.

The area’s property market is very diverse, offering a mix of old and new and, increasingly, a combination of the two as seen in imaginative conversions of old mills, steadings, churches and farm buildings.  All of these different property types can be found in and around popular towns and villages such as Blairgowrie, Crieff, Kinross, Scone, Auchterarder and Pitlochry.  In outlying areas there’s an abundance of one-off properties, many with land.  At the other end of the scale, the City of Perth offers urban die-hards everything from quaint stone built cottages to impressive period mansions, listed conversions, townhouses, modern apartments and executive developments.

Teaching Jobs in Fife


Fife – packed with potential

Great education, superb transport links, a growing economy, excellent leisure and housing choices: Fife has it all. Located on Scotland’s east coast, the “Kingdom”, of Fife is just a hop over a bridge to Edinburgh or Dundee. One of Scotland’s largest and most ambitious education authorities, Fife is perfect for putting down roots and growing your teaching skills and career. Join us in realising our ambition of excellence for every Fife learner and teacher, helping them aspire, attain, and achieve.

Realise our learners’ potential: realise yours.

Primary opportunities:

(Various locations):
FIF010241 – Primary
FIF010242 – Primary RC Schools

Secondary opportunities

(Various locations):

FIF010243 – Art & Design
FIF010244 – Biology
FIF010245 – Chemistry
FIF010246 – Physics
FIF010247 – Business Education
FIF010248 – Computing
FIF010249 – Drama
FIF010250 – English
FIF010251 – French
FIF010252 – German
FIF010253 – Spanish
FIF010254 – Geography
FIF010255 – History
FIF010256 – Modern Studies
FIF010257 – Home Economics
FIF010258 – Mathematics
FIF010259 – Music
FIF010260 – Physical Education
FIF010261 – Religious and Moral Education
FIF010262 – Technical Education

For further details and to apply online please visit

Closing date: 7 March 2014.

Teaching isn’t just a job it’s a way of life and there are as many different types of teaching jobs as there are different teachers.

From small, traditional, rural schools to state-of-the-art, purpose built secondary schools in urban areas and everything else in between – Fife is a diverse mix. As Scotland’s second largest education authority we provide over 55,000 children and young people with a broad and balanced education every year.

We require a wide range of different teachers for a wide range of different posts, whether you prefer the very personal, intimate experience of a small two-class school or the vibrancy and bustle of one of our new, urban secondaries.

This is an exciting time for Fife, with a new Executive Director heading up the Education and Children’s Services Directorate. We want to make Fife a great place for all our children to grow up and develop, with a desire to keep improving the educational outcomes and life chances for the children and young people of Fife.

Key to this improvement is the investment we make in our staff. As a teacher in Fife you’ll join a team of highly–motivated professionals who are valued and respected for the work they do. We believe in a collegiate way of working where best practice is shared, celebrated and encouraged. You’ll be supported in your role by colleagues and management who want you to succeed and be the best you can be.

Educational attainment and achievement have been rising year on year, with all our schools achieving good or very good Education Scotland reports in recent years. This is a trend we want to continue with your help.

We are ambitious for all our children and we need the right staff to help us achieve those ambitions. If you feel you’ve got what it takes to join the 134 primary teachers and 74 secondary teachers appointed to permanent full-time and part-time posts this school year already, we’d like to hear from you.

Click here for a list of Teaching jobs in Fife.

Head of Education – Delivering Education Excellence in Argyll and Bute

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Salary: £69,270 (rising to £69,963 wef 01/04/14)

Location: Argyll & Bute (Negotiable – Dunoon or Oban)

The Council’s Education Service is on a well-planned improvement journey through a programme of modernisation and transformational change. This critical service is integral to the Council reaching its aim of “Realising our Potential Together” and it is seeking to attract an exceptional candidate for the post of Head of Education Services.

The Role

This is an outstanding leadership opportunity for an experienced education professional whose drive and ambition matches that of Argyll and Bute Council. The role will be demanding and will attract candidates that can demonstrate a wide range of management competences, is visionary and capable of driving change and performance improvement throughout the service in conjunction with partners.

The Person

You will have a proven track record in leadership at a senior management level and be able to demonstrate excellent strategic and operational management skills. You will be committed and accountable for raising attainment and continuous improvement, have strong customer focus and be able to demonstrate an ability to drive change in a complex environment.

For an informal and confidential discussion, please contact Cleland Sneddon, Executive Director of Community Services on 01546 604112.

Closing date for applications: 21st February 2014

The interview and assessment centre will take place over 2 days to be held on 18th and 19th March 2014.

How to Apply

For further information on the role and requirements of this post please visit or please contact a member of the HR Recruitment Team at or on 01546 604334, quoting the post reference ARB002358 / CME02032.

Head Teacher – Foula Primary School

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Do you want an adventure?

Foula is one of the most remote islands in the UK, 2 ½ miles by 3 ½ miles and 16 miles west of mainland Shetland. We are a lively, family friendly community of 32 and crofting is a way of life. Foula is unique and very special to everybody here; there is rich variety of wildlife with an abundance of birds and wildflowers through the summer. Traditional skills of peat casting, great music and working with native sheep breed are carried on. The dramatic hills, home to sheep and ponies, provide wonderful walks, creative inspiration and plenty of space to explore. Stunning scenery and a beautiful coastline attract islanders, visitors, tourists and cruise ships in the summer months.

Living here, you must be flexible, organised and determined. Foula experiences dramatic extremes of weather, especially wind, so transport links, the weekday plane (one flight Monday and two flights on Tuesday , Wednesday and Friday) and twice weekly ferry service (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays in summer), are weather dependant. However, the children enjoy the freedom and pleasure of a safe, active outdoor lifestyle and there are plenty of opportunities to learn and participate in a crofting way of life. We are supported by a resident island nurse, doctors’ visits, a post office and community hall. Electricity is provided by the mainly renewable (wind, solar, hydro) based Community Electricity Scheme and water is provided within the isle by Scottish Water. There are phone and internet services, and groceries can be brought in by yourself from the mainland by the plane or boat, or ordered weekly from mainland grocers or wholesalers to send in.

The head teacher accommodation is a detached family house, ‘The Manse’, situated a 10-15 minute walk south of the school and within view of the airstrip. There are three good sized bedrooms, a kitchen /dining room, bathroom, utility space, living room and separate shed. The property is rented, semi-furnished and has oil-fired central heating throughout, with a back-up generator. The house is set in a plot of un-worked grassland, a blank canvas for any green fingered folk! There is private, off road, parking and a car is a must for moving around in bad weather.

The Foula community is very supportive of the school, which has an active parent council, and most community events are based there (e.g. parties, visiting musicians / bands). Foula School is a modern, airy, very well resourced building situated in the middle of the isle in community grounds that house the community poly-tunnel (in which there is a small designated plot for a teacher and their family), play park, vegetable beds, developing woodland and solar panel bank, part of the electricity scheme. The school is a lovely learning environment with two light, bright classrooms, an office and the community hall and kitchen. The school has long established and immensely valued educational and social links with Sound Primary School, Lerwick and the other outer-isle schools (particularly Fair Isle and Fetlar). Exchanges are held between schools and Foula pupils visit their classes at Sound School and Nursery, if possible, once a term.

The school and community hall have hosted a whole number of events this year (from the Royal National Scottish Orchestra, Shetland bands, traditional dancing, Foula Heritage cruise ship open days to art and drama projects e.g. The Ignition Project and acting as a hostel for visiting schools!) There are currently two pupils in the Primary School and one in the nursery; set to increase in the coming year.


For further details relating to this post, please contact: Jerry Edwards, Quality Improvement Officer on (01595) 744099 or email

Please follow the links below for further information on location and Shetland Islands Council.

Closing Date: 17th January 2014

Position Reference: SIC002719 or go to

Director of Community Services

Snowy scene - Loch Droma An Teallach

The Highland Council is recruiting for a Director of Community Services.

Location: Headquarters, Inverness
Salary: £106,503 p.a.

This is an exciting new senior position within the Council to provide more customer-focused delivery of frontline services, such as housing, roads and winter maintenance, waste management community works and street lighting.
We are looking for a high performing leader with a proven record of managing change and effective partnership working. Key priorities will be to secure continuous improvement in the performance of this new Service in order to provide improved service delivery and customer care to local communities.

You will need to have senior management experience in a large organisation, with a strong commitment to community participation and decentralised service delivery.

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Steve Barron, Chief Executive on 01463 702837.

For more information on The Highland Council and how to apply for this post, please visit

Completed applications should be returned to Head of HR, The Highland Council, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, IV3 5NX or email

Closing Date: Monday 16 December 2013 at 12 noon

Position Reference: HGH005381

Opportunities For Teachers Of English


South Ayrshire is situated in a beautiful location in Scotland with easy access to road and rail networks. Our diverse area includes the towns of Ayr, Girvan, Maybole, Prestwick and Troon as well as small rural villages, coastline and farmland. As a Council, we are committed to raising standards, delivering excellent services and ensuring every child and young person achieves success. Our schools had a very successful year in national examinations. We want to build on that success and we’re looking for people who inspire, encourage, motivate and support young people and parents.

Opportunities have arisen for English Teachers within Prestwick Academy, Prestwick; Marr College, Troon; Peripatetic throughout South Ayrshire, and Queen Margaret Academy, Ayr.

For further information and to apply, please visit:

SOA002912 – Prestwick Academy, Prestwick
SOA002949 – Marr College, Troon
SOA002951 – Peripatetic, throughout South Ayrshire
SOA002955 – Queen Margaret Academy, Ayr

Closing Date: 22 November 2013

Independent Chair of the South Ayrshire Child and Adult Protection Committees


Remuneration circa £250-£300 per day. Anticipated commitment around six days per month.

Keeping South Ayrshire’s children, young people and vulnerable adults safe and protected from harm and abuse is everyone’s responsibility. But, this important task cannot be left to chance and agencies and services in South Ayrshire work together and with the community to help prevent abuse and neglect and also to identify and respond to situations where children, young people or vulnerable adults are at risk of harm.

This work is directed and driven by the South Ayrshire’s Chief Officers Group for Public Protection and the multi-agency protection agenda is taken forward through the work of the Child and Adult Protection Committees. As part of our continuous improvement agenda we are seeking to recruit an experienced, skilled and dynamic individual, acting as an Independent Contractor, to undertake the role of Independent Chair of our Child and Adult Protection Committees.

For further information and to apply, please visit:
Job Ref: SOA002856

Closing Date: 25th October 2013