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Freelance Bookbug Trainer x 2

Application Deadline: Monday 4 August 2014, 5.00pm



Freelance Bookbug Trainer x 2

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Appendix 1 - Freelance Bookbug Trainer 
Scottish Book Trust Application Form
Equal Opportunity & Diversity Monitoring Form


Job Title: Freelance Bookbug Trainer x2

Reporting to: Early Years Outreach Manager

Responsible for: The delivery of Early Years (birth to 5) Bookbug training packages on a freelance basis

Salary: £250 per half day training session + travel expenses

Job Purpose: To support Scottish Book Trust’s Bookbug programme by delivering training to various groups of professionals and volunteers across Scotland.

While we work across all of Scotland we have some specific areas where training is a priority. We would like to recruit two freelance trainers able to easily travel within:

  • Perth and Kinross
  • Fife
  • Edinburgh

Applicants based throughout Scotland will also be considered.


Scottish Book Trust is the leading agency for the promotion of literature, reading and writing in Scotland. We develop innovative projects to encourage adults and children to read, write and be inspired by books. Libraries are a key partner in the Bookbug programme.

Scottish Book Trust’s Early Years programme delivers Bookbug, Scotland’s national book gifting programme, providing free, high quality books for every baby, toddler, three and five-year-old in Scotland.

To support the book-gifting programme Bookbug runs a national outreach programme, providing training for local authority staff across Scotland to run Bookbug Sessions. These are free sessions of stories, songs and rhymes for birth to 4-year-olds which encourage parents to sing, cuddle and read with their children. Every local authority in Scotland has participated in this training. More than 500,000 parents and children currently attend Bookbug Sessions in library and community settings across Scotland every year.

Bookbug Training Programme

The Bookbug Outreach programme was developed in order to support every family – regardless of location or personal circumstance - to be able to participate in Bookbug Sessions and to effectively use their Bookbug packs. Although the Bookbug Sessions are very successful and well attended, we are also aware that not every family is able to attend a public session for a variety of reasons.

The Outreach programme has been funded by the Scottish Government to provide free training to staff from local authorities, health boards and third sector organisations, as well as volunteers, to be able to take Bookbug Sessions into the homes of vulnerable families and expand Bookbug provision within the community.

Our training programme is growing and we are currently looking to expand the number of freelance trainers providing Bookbug training on behalf of Scottish Book Trust.

Trainers will be employed on a freelance basis. There is no guarantee of the number of days involved which will be subject to each area’s training need.

Key Responsibilities

  • To deliver training (as detailed in Appendix 1) to a variety of different audiences (including library, third sector and health professionals) 
  • To act as an advocate for the Bookbug programme as a whole.


Freelance Bookbug Trainers will receive a comprehensive induction from Scottish Book Trust. This will include:

  • Training in how to deliver each of our training programmes
  • Training in other aspects of the Bookbug programme as required
  • Overview of how the Bookbug programme fits into national Early Years policies and strategies
  • Freelance Bookbug trainers will be accompanied by a member of Scottish Book Trust staff when delivering their first external training days.


Freelance Bookbug Trainers will be paid a fee of £500 per full day and £250 per half day plus travel expenses to and from training venues.

Person Specification – Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Knowledge and understanding of child development
  • Experience of delivering training to others 
  • Confidence to deliver practical training courses which include singing and rhyming 
  • Experience of working with groups of early years children and parents 
  • Ability to work with people at many levels and from different professional backgrounds including libraries, health, early years settings and third sector organisations
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision
  • Interest in literature, music and the early years
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills

Additional Skills/Abilities

  • Knowledge of national early years policies and strategies
  • Good singing voice
  • A calm, objective and respectful delivery style when working both with groups and individuals
  • Ability to provide constructive feedback and work in consultation with Scottish Book Trust to aid the development of the training programme
  • Ability to empower and instil confidence in others

Personal Attributes

  • Excellent timekeeping and attendance record
  • Flexible availability
  • Commitment to continuing professional development

To Apply

To apply, please fill out the Scottish Book Trust Application Form in full, along with the optional Equal Opportunity form, and return them by email to by no later than Monday 4 August 2014 at 5.00pm. Interviews will be held on 21 & 22 August 2014 at our Edinburgh office.

Equal Opportunities

Scottish Book Trust is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from disabled people. We will interview all applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job.
This information is available in large print format on request. If you need assistance with making your application or arrangements made for interview, please contact us for advice.

Disclosure Scotland

The post may involve working with young people and vulnerable adults, therefore appointment will be conditional upon securing clearance through the PVG scheme administered by Disclosure Scotland.




Scottish Book Trust strives to ensure equality of opportunity in recruitment.

This information is available in alternative formats on request. If you need assistance with making your application, please contact us for advice. Unfortunately, Sandeman House is not wheelchair accessible at this time, though there may be something we can do to accommodate persons with certain mobility impairments or other disabilities.