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30-week professional course tutor

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Professional course tutor (9-month contract)

As a professional course tutor at Chippendale School, you will provide tuition to a small group of international students on the school’s most sough-after intensive 30-week furniture making course over a period of 9 months. You will teach from October 2024 to June 2025 with an unpaid summer break.

You will be responsible for guiding and inspiring students with a range of abilities, from complete novices to hobbyists and those with some level of experience, in a range of woodworking techniques and fine furniture making.

The school is undergoing an exciting period of growth and expansion and we are looking for an ambitious and skilled craftsperson who will become a passionate member of the team to join in our legacy of fine furniture making.

Skills & experience

We’re in search of an individual who is deeply immersed in the world of woodworking, with years of hands-on experience in the craft. Crucially, we need someone who can not only master their own skills but also nurture and guide others along their woodworking journey, particularly those taking their first steps into this captivating world.

While prior teaching experience is advantageous, what truly matters is a strong ability to effectively communicate with woodworking novices, demonstrating your prowess as both a designer and craftsman.

In this role, you’ll find yourself articulating complex woodworking techniques to small groups with ease. The position, therefore, calls for someone adaptable, patient, and above all, committed to bringing out the best in others. You will be both proactive and forward thinking, in your approach to teaching and within the workshop as part of a strong team.

Although traditional woodworking skills are fundamental to this position, proficiency in CAD and CNC/laser cutting techniques would be advantageous.

We’re looking for someone who is both tidy and organised with great time-keeping, demonstrating exemplary behaviour.

If you possess these qualities, you may just be the ideal candidate to inspire the next generation of woodworking enthusiasts.


As a tutor, you will be responsible for:

  • Instructing students on the correct use of materials, machinery and tools
  • Explaining and demonstrating to students the various techniques and methods of woodworking
  • Assisting students with designing their own projects
  • Guiding students in the making of their projects
  • Holding daily meetings with your tutor group throughout the course to provide leadership to students
  • Cooperating with fellow tutors to ensure a consistent learning experience is delivered to all students
  • Maintaining workshop machine shops
  • Purchasing necessary items for delivering the course on the school’s behalf (all reimbursable).
Benefits of working at Chippendale School
  • Competitive salary
  • Support with professional development
  • Collaborative and supportive School community
  • Sustainably minded work environment
  • Your place of work is one of the most beautiful natural environments in the East of Scotland
  • Opportunity to work alongside at team of talented fine furniture makers, craftspeople and tutors.


  • Company events
  • On-site parking

Language requirement:

  • English is essential
  • Other foreign languages are a bonus


  • Monday to Friday
  • 08:30 am – 4:30 pm (1 hour lunch)
  • Overtime

Salary bracket:

  • Dependent on experience

Work Location: On-site at Chippendale School East Lothian

Closing Date: 15/07/2024

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