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Lead Lecturer- Manchester

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Nature of the role: Full time and/ or part time roles are available (we will consider job-share arrangements for the right candidate).

Responsible for: Leading on the delivery of our degree apprenticeship courses in Manchester (Tech Consultant, Software Developer initially)

Salary: £40,000 - £50,000 pro-rata dependent on relevant experience.

Location and travel: the post holder will be required to lead face-to-face delivery in central Manchester on a regular basis, and will be based in our Manchester office. Some overnight travel to London will be required, for which travel and accommodation will be covered.

Start date: Flexible

Closing date for applications:  We are accepting applications on a rolling basis and happy to have conversations about the role with interested parties who submit a CV and cover letter.

Welcome to Ada!

We are a specialist digital skills college training and developing diverse higher-level apprentices into fantastic roles in the tech sector and transforming their lives in the process. We work with over 35 of the most cutting-edge companies who choose us because of the amazing quality of our teaching, learning and support.

In London we have nearly 250 apprentices on roll from a wide range of backgrounds: 75% are recent school leavers, a third are young women, one third third ethnic minority backgrounds and many come from tough backgrounds. They represent over 15 different nationalities. They are united by their passion and enthusiasm for tech.

We are at an exciting time in the development of Ada. We have recently launched a hub for Ada activity in Manchester, with our first cohort of apprentices starting in February this year.

We are now building our team in preparation for further growth this Autumn. We are looking to recruit someone inspired by Ada’s mission and energised by the chance to play a key role in establishing Ada in Manchester from the ground up.

Your role will be integral in adopting and adapting Ada’s current apprenticeship programme to a regional specific context, and you will work closely with our academic team in London on the development and delivery of course material.

You will have experience of teaching or skills development in the tech sector, and an understanding of what good teaching and learning looks like. The ideal candidate will also have either direct industry experience or recent knowledge of a range of the skills and tools needed to be successful in entry-level roles such as Software Engineer, Developer or Data Analyst. While you won't be expected to have expertise in every topic, you will have a strong grasp of how a range of areas in the teaching of advanced digital skills fit together.

You will be an enthusiastic professional who is keen to take on a new challenge and share your expertise with the next generation of digital pioneers. We will invest in your development so that you can build your skills and change the lives of thousands of young people.

Longer-term, the appointed candidate will have the opportunity to play a significant part in shaping a new education institution for the North West that has a unique model designed to support a young person with an interest in technology all the way through to a good quality entry-level job in the tech sector whilst equipping them to lead a successful career and life.

Main Responsibilities:

●        Act as the course delivery lead our apprenticeship delivery in Manchester

●        Directly deliver substantial portions of the curriculum, deploying both face to face and remote delivery, and ensuring teaching style and learning materials are differentiated for a range of abilities and prior experience

●        Work closely with consultants and colleagues to ensure effective delivery of the full curriculum

●        Adapt and develop existing and new course materials in collaboration with consultants and colleagues in London

●        Create and mark assignments and exams

●        Provide feedback to apprentices on their progress and provide additional support where necessary

●        Work collaboratively to ensure that individualised support programmes are in place for learners from diverse backgrounds

●        Support the programme management team to review work-based evidence and ensure that apprentices have the best possible chance of success in all aspects of their course

Other Responsibilities:

●      Get involved in the design and delivery of other Ada projects in Manchester as required

●      Contribute to the delivery of modules to our London cohorts (initially to become familiar with Ada apprenticeships and occasionally after that as needed)

●      As part of the wider teaching team at Ada, you will collaborate with your peers (including all our 6th form staff) and team members, giving and receiving feedback, planning ahead and supporting each other to ensure an ever-improving experience for our apprentices and a culture of continued professional development for all staff members

The Person


●        EITHER: Professional experience in software development

●        AND/OR Degree or equivalent in a technical subject (Computer Science, Software Engineering, STEM with demonstrable use of technology)

●        Teaching or skills development experience

●        Proficiency in at least one programming language (JavaScript or Python would be an advantage) and familiarity with others.


●        Experience of course design and delivery

●        Experience of academic assessment

●        Experience using remote learning tools would be an advantage

●        Post-graduate qualification in a technical subject or equivalent experience

Personal Qualities, Aptitudes and Skills:

●      A commitment to Ada’s mission and values and a passion for enabling everyone, regardless of background, to flourish and reach their full potential

●      An inspiring communicator and facilitator with a strong interest in what good teaching looks like

●      A passion for sharing your knowledge and supporting others to learn effectively

●      Strong collaborative working skills

●      Excellent time management, organisational and planning skills


Ada, the National College for Digital Skill is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. The successful candidate will be required to have an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and references will be sought from previous employers prior to commencing employment. Other related pre-employment checks appropriate to the post will also be carried out.

Equal opportunities

Ada, the National College for Digital Skills recognises that equality of opportunity and the recognition and promotion of diversity are integral to its strengths. The following principles apply in respect of the College’s commitment to equality and diversity:

●        To provide and promote equality of opportunity in all areas of its work and activity;

●        To recognise and develop the diversity of skills and talent within its current and potential community;

●        To ensure that all employees and prospective employees of the College are treated solely on the basis of their merits, abilities and potential without receiving any unjustified discrimination or unfavourable treatment on grounds such as age, disability, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender reassignment, trans status, socio-economic status or any other irrelevant distinction;

●        To provide and promote a positive working, learning, and social environment which is free from prejudice, discrimination and any forms of harassment, bullying or victimisation;

●        To promote good relations between individuals from different groups.

Applicants with disabilities

Ada, the National College for Digital Skills is keen to increase the number of disabled people it employs. We therefore encourage applications from individuals with a disability who are able to carry out the duties of the post. If you have special needs in relation to your application please contact our HR Department via

Variations to this Job Description

This is a description of the job as it is at present, and is current at date of issue. The job description will be reviewed and updated as necessary to ensure that appropriate revisions are incorporated, and that it relates to the job to be performed.


Sadly, we are unable to offer sponsorship for this role so can only accept applications from candidates who will have the legal right to work and remain in the United Kingdom after 1 July 2021.

How to apply

To apply please send a CV and cover letter to, outlining why you are excited by the opportunity to take on this role at Ada and how your previous experience and skill set will enable you to fulfil the role.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an initial phone conversation about the role followed by a three-part assessment process involving teaching observation, a technical interview and competency based interview. In the subject field please write “Application to Course Lead, Manchester” followed by your name.

All appointments are subject to satisfactory references and where required overseas police checks.

Thank you for your interest and good luck with your application!