Working With Us

Working With Us

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Abingdon & Witney College is an award-winning general college of Further Education with specialist land-based status. Our strategic aim is to Change Lives and Communities by both offering high quality vocational, professional and technical education and training, as well as offering inclusive and responsive programmes for all.

Across three main campuses and in more than 20 community venues, we deliver a broad range of innovative and practical qualifications and ensure that all of our students thrive, from school leavers studying for their future careers to part-time adult learners looking to find a new hobby or gain a professional qualification.

We also recruit professionals to support, represent and lead the College's business operations, of which there are many.

Abingdon & Witney College's wider mission is to change the lives of our students and the communities we're a part of. If you would like to be a part of that, we'd love to hear from you.

An Employer of Choice

Working for us means benefiting from our culture of all-round support, a focus on development and progression, and celebrating staff success whenever we can.

Investing in the College and its people

We can offer you an innovative, fun working environment that allows you to make a real difference to people and their communities. In exchange for your investment in the College and the work we do, we invest in you and your own career development!

The Recruitment Process

Our recruitment process at the College ensures that all applicants have an equal opportunity to succeed and gain appointment.

Abingdon and Witney College strives to celebrate diversity and promote equality of opportunity for all who learn and work here; to create a culture and ethos where inclusion, equality and diversity are embraced; where employment and educational opportunities are open to all; and where everyone involved with the College is treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

Our commitment to equality and diversity is written into all job descriptions, and all members of staff are expected to support this commitment on a day-to-day basis.

We serve a diverse community and seek to develop a workforce that is representative of the community, at all levels and across all areas. No applicant will be treated less favourably than others on the grounds of age, gender, disability, family or marital/civil partnership status, race, nationality or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religious or other beliefs, or for any other reason which cannot be shown to be justified.

Our policy is to ensure that the recruitment and selection process is as fair and objective as possible. Applications are considered purely on the basis of merit. All candidates are assessed against the same criteria and asked the same set of questions when interviewed – you will not be asked questions about your domestic or personal circumstances that have no relevance to your ability to carry out the job. We appoint on the basis of the best candidate for the job, in line with Equality and Diversity Policy. The pages of our application form which hold personal details and equality and diversity monitoring information, will be removed by HR staff prior to the start of the shortlisting process. AWC values diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community. We are committed to safeguarding and expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment. We are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and all appointments are subject to satisfactory clearances including enhanced DBS checks.

You can read more about what to expect during the recruitment process below:

Read the guidance notes very carefully before completing your application form. We base our selection processes purely on the person specification for the job and you therefore need to make sure you have given us as many examples as possible of how you match every one of the criteria on the person specification. Use extra sheets if you can’t fit the information into the spaces provided.

Our Staff Services team pass submitted forms to the selection panel, which is usually made up of managers and supervisors who will have direct contact with the role. There are normally 2 people on the selection panel, all of whom have been trained in recruitment and selection. They will score every application form using a standard system.

You will be informed either by telephone or in writing, including email if you have one, of the interview date and if you have to do any tasks as part of the interview. Unsuccessful candidates are informed at this stage as well.

Interviews are conducted by the panel of staff who shortlisted the forms. They will ask candidates a series of questions based on the person specification and will use the same scoring method as above to score your answers. It is therefore essential that you give as many examples as possible to answer the questions asked of you.

All candidates will be asked the same questions in the same sequence. The panel may wish to query aspects of your application form at the end of the interview. You will have an opportunity to clarify any points or ask questions at the end. You are allowed to take notes into the interview with you and are allowed to refer to them throughout the interview process.

You may also be asked to do a task or a series of tasks which relate to the job:

  • For teaching positions, this may be some observed teaching
  • For administration roles, this may be tasks which test your ability to use IT
  • For management roles, this may be a series of tasks, such as a presentation and involvement with a group discussion.

You will be informed of what the tasks will be prior to interview to give yourself some time to prepare.

At the end of the interview process the panel will make an appointment based on your scores for the answers you gave at interview and the results of any tasks (if relevant).

We try and let candidates know as soon as possible after an interview whether they have been successful or unsuccessful.

If you are successful, we will negotiate a start date and starting salary with you. At the same time, we will request your references and conduct DBS and occupational health checks. Your offer of a post is dependent on satisfactory references and the outcomes of these checks.

We will send you a contract which you must sign and return to the College. We will also ask for copies of identification and your educational certificates.

Once we have completed all of these checks, you are ready to start with us!

Current Vacancies

Thank you for your interest in working for Abingdon & Witney College.

Abingdon & Witney College offer excellent benefits including generous pension and holiday schemes, flexible working options, corporate gym membership, and a cycle/tech scheme.

To apply for the below current vacancies, please click here to be directed to our recruitment webpage. Please do not enter information in to the search fields on the next page, simply click search at the bottom of the page which will take you to a full list of opportunities. You will then be able to click apply to complete your online application.

Please highlight in your application, how you meet the criteria as this is how applications are shortlisted for the next stage of our recruitment process.

Got a question about the application process or any of the roles advertised? Get in touch with our Human Resources department today:

humanresources@abingdon-witney.ac.uk

Recruitment during Coronavirus:

As we are sure you will understand, there may be a delay to the process given current circumstances and for interviews, but we will keep in touch with you as much as possible throughout the process.

If you are shortlisted for interview, we are continuing with our interviews either on campus after a thorough risk assessment has been completed or through Microsoft Teams. If you are invited to interview then we can provide assistance before your interview date, to get you set up on Microsoft Teams.

Please contact Human Resources if you have any questions on our current recruitment process: humanresources@abingdon-witney.ac.uk

AWC values diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community. We are committed to safeguarding and expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment. We are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and all appointments are subject to satisfactory clearances including enhanced DBS checks

To apply for the below current vacancies, please click here to be directed to our recruitment webpage. Please do not enter information in to the search fields on the next page, simply click search at the bottom of the page which will take you to a full list of opportunities. You will then be able to click apply to complete your online application.

£27,051 - £36,651 per annum

dependant on level of teaching qualification

37 hours per week

The working pattern is Monday 7.5 hours, Tuesday 7.5 hours, Wednesday 7.5 hours, Thursday 7.5 & Friday 7 hours

52 weeks per annum

Witney Campus

Permanent

Closing date:

20th May 2021

Interview date:

28th May 2021

Business Lecturer

Teaching will be at Abingdon and Witney campuses.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and energetic person to join our team of lecturers in The Oxfordshire Business & Enterprise School (TOBES) at Abingdon & Witney College.

Applications are invited from qualified, experienced, innovative, and flexible Lecturers. There will be opportunities to teach on a range of programmes, but it will predominantly be Business modules (Levels 2 and 3) to students 16-18 years of age. Experience of teaching in Further Education to this age group is essential.

The successful candidate will join an experienced and collaborative team of staff in a large faculty which also includes Accounting, Sport and Public Services. Experience of being a course leader is desirable. If selected for interview, you will be required to deliver a short teaching session to students on “An introduction to personal and business finance”.

This is a fantastic chance to work with young people and make a difference for them and their career choices. We work in partnership with employers and charities to provide our students with the best opportunities to develop their employability skills alongside their vocational studies. TOBES is an award-winning faculty, home to hundreds of bright and enthusiastic students, and talented and experienced staff. We are passionate about providing the qualifications and training that local employers and communities need.

We offer excellent benefits including a comprehensive continuous professional development programme, 37 days annual leave plus bank holidays, onsite fitness facilities at the Abingdon campus, free onsite parking and lots more.

A full job description is available here.

AWC values diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community. We are committed to safeguarding and expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment. We are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and all appointments are subject to satisfactory clearances including enhanced DBS checks

£21.67 - £27.98 per hour, dependant on level of teaching qualification

Various hours per week

Various weeks per annum

Abingdon Campus

Fixed term until 30th September 2022

Closing date:

3rd June 2021

Interview date:

17th June 2021

Hourly Paid Public Services Lecturer

We are looking for an enthusiastic and energetic person to join our team of lecturers in The Oxfordshire Business & Enterprise School (TOBES) at Abingdon & Witney College.

Applications are invited from innovative and flexible Lecturers. There will be opportunities to teach on a range of programmes, but it will predominantly be Public Services modules (Levels 1, 2 and 3) to students 16-18 years of age. Experience of teaching in Further Education to this age group is preferable but applications are welcome from people working in Uniformed Public Services and looking to get into teaching. Appropriate training and support will be available.

The successful candidate will join an experienced and collaborative team of staff in a large faculty which also includes Accounting, Business and Sport. If selected for interview, you will be required to deliver a short teaching session to students on “An introduction to Criminology”.

This is a fantastic chance to work with young people and make a difference for them and their career choices. We work in partnership with employers and charities to provide our students with the best opportunities to develop their employability skills alongside their vocational studies. TOBES is an award-winning faculty, home to hundreds of bright and enthusiastic students, and talented and experienced staff. We are passionate about providing the qualifications and training that local employers and communities need.

We offer excellent benefits including a comprehensive continuous professional development programme, onsite fitness facilities at the Abingdon campus, free onsite parking and lots more.

A full job description is available here.

AWC values diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community. We are committed to safeguarding and expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment. We are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and all appointments are subject to satisfactory clearances including enhanced DBS checks

£27,051 - £36,651 per annum, pro rata

Full (37 hours) or part time hours available

The working pattern is TBC, depending on candidate preference on total hours

52 weeks per annum

Bicester Campus, with some teaching at our Witney Campus

Permanent or Fixed term basis

Closing date:

Thursday 6th May 2021 (midnight)

Interview date:

TBC

Carpentry & Joinery Lecturer/Assessor - Bicester

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Carpentry and Joinery lecturer/ assessor to join the brand new Construction Skills Centre in Bicester. Working as part of small, enthusiastic and highly-committed team you will be responsible for delivering teaching and assessment to level 2 and level 3 Carpentry and Joinery apprentices in the classroom and workshop and will also carry out assessments in the workplace.

Our new centre is focussed on delivering practical skills training of the very highest quality through close partnership working with employers. You will need to have the confidence and credibility to deliver first class customer service, as well as outstanding teaching and assessment.

The post holder will be based at Bicester but will be required to deliver some teaching at our Witney campus each week in the first instance and must also be able to visit employer sites to carry out work-based assessment.

For the right candidate, this post could be available on a fixed term or permanent basis, with full or part-time hours. If you are an experienced and qualified C&J lecturer/ assessor looking to be part of a successful new venture, then this really is the opportunity for you!

In return, Abingdon & Witney College offer excellent benefits including generous pension and holiday schemes, flexible working options, corporate gym membership, and a cycle/tech scheme.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity in more detail, please contact Danielle Gray (Recruitment Adviser) at danielle.gray@abingdon-witney.ac.uk

For a full job description, please click here:

£40,285 - £40,540 per annum, dependant on level of teaching qualification

37 hours per week

Working pattern: Monday 7.5 hours, Tuesday 7.5 hours, Wednesday 7.5 hours Thursday 7.5 & Friday 7 hours.

52 weeks per annum

Common Leys Campus

Fixed term 12th September 2022

This is a maternity cover and is fixed term until approximately September 2022

Closing date:

23rd May 2021

Interview date:

9th June 2021

Curriculum Manager - Land Based Industries - Maternity Cover

We are looking for an enthusiastic, flexible and forward-thinking individual who can function effectively under pressure and would relish the challenge of leading and managing the Land Based Industries curriculum area based at Common Leys Farm Campus whilst the current post holder is on maternity leave.

This is a very successful curriculum area with excellent achievement rates and we are looking for someone with a strong vocational and academic background who can continue to develop the area and lead a dynamic group of staff. The successful candidate will be an inspiring teacher, relish problem solving and enjoy working in an environment where every day is different. You must be able to support the team to continue to deliver outstanding learner progression and results. You will have responsibility for ensuring a high-quality learning environment and support continuous quality improvement.

The provision includes a range of animal and equine Further and Higher Education courses plus level 1 and 2 courses in countryside management, horticulture, floristry and agriculture.

It would be desirable that you have good experience of teaching technical qualifications and an understanding of the new T levels due to come on stream in 2023 for Land Based Industries. You should thrive in a fast-paced environment and be able to work effectively with students, staff, employers and partners including our HE partner Oxford Brookes University.

This could be an ideal position for an experienced lecturer wishing a first taste of curriculum management responsibilities.

Role to start early September 2021


A full job description is available here.

AWC values diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community. We are committed to safeguarding and expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment. We are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and all appointments are subject to satisfactory clearances including enhanced DBS checks

£17,451 - £17,865 per annum, pro rata

15 hours per week (3 hours per day)

52 weeks per annum

Common Leys Farm

Fixed term until 30th June 2021

Closing date:

13th May 2021 (midnight)

Interview date:

TBC

Cleaner – Common Leys

We are looking to recruit three self-motivated, committed and responsible people with good oral and spoken communication skills to join our Estates and Capital Development team as a Cleaner.

Working as part of the Cleaning team, you will assist in maintaining the cleanliness, safety and security of the site. Duties are likely to include cleaning of all internal areas of the college to a high standard following the college’s cleaning specification and procedures. You will have a flexible approach to time and duties and be able to work as part of a team or on your own.

You will have the ability to work following instructions and using own initiative.

The ideal candidates will have experience in cleaning, although full training will be provided. You should have an eye for detail and have a hands-on approach to duties.


A full job description is available here.

AWC values diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community. We are committed to safeguarding and expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment. We are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and all appointments are subject to satisfactory clearances including enhanced DBS checks

THIS IS A READVERTISEMENT – PREVIOUS APPLICANTS NEED NOT APPLY.

£51,144 - £56,442 per annum

37 hours per week

52 weeks per annum

Abingdon Campus

Permanent

Closing date:

Monday 24th May 2021 (midnight)

Interview date:

Monday 7th June 2021

Head of Faculty - Creative Industries

Are you passionate about inspiring the next generation of creative professionals through harnessing the power of learning and creativity? An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced, dynamic and proactive professional to lead the Faculty of Creative Industries at Abingdon and Witney College. The faculty provides excellent teaching and learning experiences to students across Art and Design, Media and Games Development, Performance and Production and Music Technology curriculum areas. Courses range from introductory entry level to level 4 and prepare students to progress to high-ranking universities and conservatoires and/or to work in many different creative fields.

The Head of Faculty will provide strategic direction and leadership across the Faculty ensuring that we further develop the highest quality standards of teaching, learning and assessment to ensure that students exceed their own and our expectations in all aspects of their programmes. You will develop and implement highly effective innovative curriculum design and delivery models incorporating skills and practice to meet the ever-changing demands within this fast-paced sector.

You will be an innovative leader with proven experience of leading and motivating curriculum teams, working with internal and external stakeholders to improve quality and develop provision. You will be an advocate for the arts and demonstrate a clear vision for how learning through creativity ensures that all our students leave college fully prepared for their next steps. In return, we’ll offer you a fun working environment, where no day is the same and where the work carried out by your team genuinely changes lives!

AWC values diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community. We are committed to safeguarding and expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment. We are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and all appointments are subject to satisfactory clearances including enhanced DBS checks

For a full job description, please click here:

£24,903 - £26,548 per annum

37 hours per week

52 weeks per annum

Positions available at both Abingdon and Bicester Campuses

Permanent

Closing date:

Sunday 23rd May 2021 (midnight)

Interview date:

Tuesday 1st June 2021

Training Coordinators

We have exciting opportunities for Training Co-ordinators within the OFSTED graded Outstanding apprenticeship department at Abingdon and Witney College. You will be responsible for managing a cohort of apprentices and workplace learning students from enrolment to timely completion.

You will be required to liaise regularly between employers and delivery staff and, under the guidance of the Apprenticeship Managers, co-ordinate the delivery of training.

A key part of this role will be to carry out effective progress reviews with learners and employers. You will be responsible for learners working within a group of subject/ sector areas. The role will require you to keep up to date with qualification, training and skills needs within those sectors and to use this knowledge to inform innovative delivery models that genuinely meet the needs of employers. The Training Co-ordinator will also support the sales staff and build effective relationships with key employers. working in your sectors.

Roles are currently available at our Bicester and Abingdon campuses.

AWC values diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community. We are committed to safeguarding and expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment. We are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and all appointments are subject to satisfactory clearances including enhanced DBS checks

For a full job description, please click here

£21,692 - £22,220 per annum

37 hours per week

52 weeks per annum

Witney Campus

Permanent

Start date: 9th August 2021

Closing date:

30th May 2021 (midnight)

Interview date:

14th June 2021

Student Performance Manager

We are seeking to appoint an energetic and enthusiastic person to work with students in the Faculty of Service Industries, to track and monitor their progress on our full time Futures programme. From September we will also be launching the new T-Levels, so an exciting time to join us. The post will be based at the Witney campus.

This is a varied role and requires a dedicated individual, keen to help young people studying at Levels 1 to 3 to succeed and achieve their full potential. Subject areas are Health and Social Care, Early Years, Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy and Make-Up Artistry. The successful candidate will be responsible for working closely with teaching staff to ensure that all students progress either into Higher Education or employment by achieving relevant qualifications as part of their study programme, as well as developing skills essential to life after education.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential.

Service Industries is an innovative faculty, home to hundreds of creative and enthusiastic students, and many talented and experienced staff. We are passionate about providing the highest quality teaching, learning and assessment, enriching our students though a wide variety of activities, industry placements and visits.

There will also be an opportunity to undertake the AET- Award in Education and Training to further personal development.

We offer excellent benefits including a comprehensive continuous professional development programme, 24 days annual leave plus bank holidays, onsite fitness facilities at the Abingdon campus, hair and beauty salons on both the Abingdon and Witney sites, free onsite parking and lots more.

AWC values diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community. We are committed to safeguarding and expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment. We are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and all appointments are subject to satisfactory clearances including enhanced DBS checks.


A full job description can be found here.

£24,903 - £26,548 per annum

37 hours per week

52 weeks per annum

Abingdon Campus

Start date: 1st August 2021

This is a maternity cover and is fixed term until approximately 31st July 2022

Closing date:

31st May 2021 (midnight)

Interview date:

Wednesday 9th June 2021

Recruitment Adviser (maternity cover)

We are looking for a Recruitment Adviser to join the friendly HR team at Abingdon and Witney College. The role involves working with managers at all levels to take a lead on recruitment across the College, from researching the most cost-effective places to advertise specific roles, to promoting the College as an employer through social media, LinkedIn and jobs fairs. The role involves monitoring and reviewing the recruitment process from start to finish as well as helping the HRIS team develop processes and systems.

The successful candidate will line manage a small team to support with all aspects of HR administration and processes including the recruitment process, for new starters and ongoing staff development. You will also be required to ensure accurate records are kept and will be required to manage the recruitment process through iTrent HR software, as well as work within Safer Recruitment guidelines.

This role requires professional communication skills, attention to detail and a pro-active approach. Previous experience would be highly desirable.

In return, Abingdon & Witney College offer excellent benefits to our employees including generous pension and holiday schemes, flexible working options, corporate gym membership, cycle/tech scheme and more.

AWC values diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community. We are committed to safeguarding and expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment. We are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and all appointments are subject to satisfactory clearances including enhanced DBS checks

For a full job description, please click here:

£19,642 - £20,985 per annum

37 hours per week

52 weeks per annum

Abingdon Campus

Fixed term until 9th July 2021

Start date: 1st June 2021

Closing date:

23rd May 2021 (midnight)

Interview date:

1st June 2021

Faculty Administrator - Technology

We are seeking to appoint a highly motivated, well organised, professional administrator with excellent communication, literacy, numeracy and IT skills to support the Faculty of Technology.

The Faculty is made up of the following curriculum areas: Engineering, Motor Vehicle, Sciences and Computing / Digital Technologies. The work of the faculty is extremely varied, and you must have a flexible approach to work whilst maintaining the ability to prioritise and meet challenging deadlines.

The successful applicant will be able to thrive in a very busy environment and provide a high level of administrative support including diary management, minute taking, organisation of faculty interviews and open days, various marketing events and a range of other secretarial functions.

The successful candidate would be required to travel between campuses (Abingdon and Witney) and provide administrative support where necessary.

AWC values diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community. We are committed to safeguarding and expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment. We are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and all appointments are subject to satisfactory clearances including enhanced DBS checks.

For a full job description, please click here.

£24,903 - £26,548 per annum

37 hours per week

40 weeks per annum, paid for 45.40 weeks per annum

Abingdon Campus

Permanent

Start date: 23rd August 2021

Closing date:

1st June 2021 (midnight)

Interview date:

15th June 2021

Industry Placement Coordinator

We are looking to recruit a forward thinking, organised and enthusiastic Industry Placement Coordinator for the School of Health and Education.

The successful candidate will be required to have the ability to network, develop and maintain strong and sustainable relationships with employers with a particular focus on the new T-Level in Healthcare.

Key elements of the role include developing, maintaining, reviewing, and enhancing our portfolio of industry placement opportunities for our students, aged 16-19 years. The successful candidate will support students at both the Abingdon and Witney sites, to secure an industry placement and assist them to put into practice the knowledge and skills they have learnt in the classroom.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join an outstanding team in the School of Health and Education.

Service Industries is a diverse faculty, home to hundreds of bright and enthusiastic students, and many talented and experienced staff. We are passionate about providing the qualifications and training that local employers and communities need.

We offer excellent benefits including a comprehensive continuous professional development programme, onsite fitness facilities at the Abingdon site and hair and beauty salons at both the Abingdon and Witney sites, free onsite parking and lots more.

AWC values diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community. We are committed to safeguarding and expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment. We are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and all appointments are subject to satisfactory clearances including enhanced DBS checks.

A full job description can be found here.