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COLLECTIVE AMBITION, PRIDE AND PASSION

Thank you for your interest in the role of Principal and Chief Executive of West College Scotland.

It is a position which is amongst the most important in the educational landscape of the west of Scotland.  The Principal of this College is the heart of a busy network of individuals and organisations, shaping and helping deliver a strategic vision of future employability in the region. It is a vision in which we deepen and strengthen our many links with employers in order to assist business innovation. In return, we want employers to help shape the vocational, technical and professional training we are able to offer our students.

The successful candidate, therefore, will be an exceptional leader, able to develop the College so that it continues to meet the needs of a modern regional economy, while remaining financially sustainable.  Our aim is to become Scotland’s leading digital college, a college which has innovation at its heart. We also have exciting and ambitious plans for our estate.

Since merger, and led by our staff, we have developed a distinct set of values and behaviours.  These describe a College where people are respected at their work, which has a “can-do” approach to everything it does but which, above all, is student-focused.  The successful candidate will reflect these values and be committed to further embedding them into the College’s wider culture.

Looking outward, the new Principal will use the strong foundations the College has put in place, ensuring that we strengthen our leadership role with our local authority partners, schools, businesses and the many other agencies we work with.  The terrain is challenging: for example, nearly 50% of College activity is delivered to students living in some of Scotland’s 20% most deprived postcodes. And although we are a single-region College, our region is made up of four local authority areas. 

An early piece of work will be the completion of our refashioned Strategic Aims and Objectives. The Senior Management Team and the Board of Management are working jointly to streamline them and ensure they reflect the needs of West College Scotland and our region.

This is a complex and challenging role, one which requires a dynamic leader.  You will have the support of an excellent management team and, of course, the College Board of Management.

If you think you are a fit for this role, please take a look through these pages and consider an application.

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