Working With Us

Working With Us

We're a leading provider in education, for all ages and abilities. Join us and help make a difference.

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.

We are dedicated, as part of our equality, diversity and inclusion strategy, to work towards a staffing profile at the College that matches that of the local community. As such we would welcome applicants from Black and Minority Ethnic communities and from people with a disability.

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.

To apply for the below current vacancies, please click here to be directed to our recruitment webpage.

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:

We are continuing with recruitment during our current closure due to Coronavirus, so please do apply if you are interested in any of the following opportunities.

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

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 will 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

£9.07 - £9.29 per hour

Various hours per week

Between September - December 2020

Either our Abingdon or Witney Campus

The shifts are available Monday – Friday, between either 1pm-4pm and/or 4pm-7pm

Please email danielle.gray@abingdon-witney.ac.uk for an application form

Cleaners (casual contracts)

Are you looking for a short-term contract between September – December 2020?

Would you like flexible hours to suit your work or family life?

Abingdon & Witney College are recruiting for reliable and flexible cleaning staff to join our friendly Estates Teams, to assist in maintaining the cleanliness of our modern campuses. You will work at either our Abingdon or Witney campus.

Previous commercial cleaning experience is not essential as full training is provided. We’ll also provide a uniform and any PPE necessary.

If you are interested, please contact Danielle in Human Resources via email: humanresources@abingdon-witney.ac.uk providing details of the hours/days you would like to work.

£21.67 - £27.98 per hour

Various hours per week

Various weeks per annum

Various Campus

Fixed term

Closing date:

31st August 2020 (midnight)

Interview date:

TBC

Hourly Paid Lecturer in Counselling

As part of the growth and development of our Counselling provision, we are looking for a highly motivated tutor to join us in delivering our range of courses. You must be a qualified counsellor to at least level 4 and currently in practice with 2 years counselling experience. You will also have a supervision qualification or 1 years’ experience of offering counselling supervision.

You will be a Counselling Psychologist, therapist or supervisor, who is a member of a UK professional counselling body (BACP), engaging in regular professional development in line with ethical guidelines of the professional organisation.

The post holder will contribute in delivering teaching on professional counselling courses ranging from Levels 1 – 4 at both our Abingdon and Witney sites.

Although a teaching qualification is an advantage, training opportunities exist within the College to gain a recognised qualification.

£51,144 - £56,442 per annum

37 hours per week

52 weeks per annum

Abingdon Campus

Permanent

Closing date:

23rd September 2020 (midnight)

Interview date:

TBC

Head of Apprenticeships

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced, dynamic and proactive work-based learning professional to lead the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ apprenticeship team at Abingdon and Witney College. We are very proud of our tremendous successes to date, but we also know that there is always more to do. We are looking for the right person to help to lead the team on to the next stage of its development.

You will lead the apprenticeship delivery team effectively, ensuring that we deliver the very highest possible standards of teaching, learning and assessment, exceeding the needs of apprentices and employers alike. You will take the lead on compliance with apprenticeship funding rules and regulations, whilst being commercially astute and making certain that our programmes are financially viable and that we are able to grow the volume of our provision in the future.

You will have a strong track record in the leadership and management of apprenticeship provision. You will be able to successfully manage multiple and sometimes conflicting priorities, whilst being able to motivate and enthuse your team to achieve their targets. 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

A full job description is available here.

£37,575 - £39,074 per annum

37 hours per week

52 weeks per annum

Abingdon Campus

Permanent

Closing date:

23rd September 2020 (midnight)

Interview date:

TBC

Apprenticeship Manager

An exciting and challenging opportunity to join the OFSTED rated Outstanding Apprenticeship Team as an Apprenticeship Manager.

You will lead on the delivery of the work-based learning provision in a particular subject sector or sectors, by providing a positive, pro-active approach to work-based learning which delivers outstanding outcomes for apprentices and employers. You will manage a delivery team of Assessors, Internal Verifiers and Training Coordinators to provide effective and efficient training and assessment which meets the needs of employers and students and supports the ambition of the college to be the first choice provider of work based learning in Oxfordshire and the surrounding area. Integral to the role is the ability to design and manage innovative and flexible delivery models, ensuring funding compliance and helping us to complete our transition to the new apprenticeship standards. You will be responsible for monitoring and maintaining the delivery of outstanding timely achievement rates and progression opportunities for students, as well as helping us to continue to grow our offer.

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 is available here.

£19,642 – £20,985 per annum,

37 hours per week

52 weeks per annum,

Abingdon Campus

Permanent

Closing date:

25th September 2020 (midnight)

Interview date:

5th October 2020

Faculty Administrator

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 Service Industries.

The Faculty is made up of the following curriculum areas Hair and Beauty, the School of Health and Education, English and Maths 19+ and ESOL. 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 and provide administrative support where necessary.

£24,903 - £26,548 per annum, pro rata

30 hours per week

39 weeks per annum, paid for 44.26 weeks per annum

Witney Campus

Permanent

Closing date:

25th September 2020 (midnight)

Interview date:

TBC

Learner Support Team Leader

Abingdon & Witney College is an award-winning general college of Further Education with specialist land-based status and one of the highest proportion of high needs students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities of all the FE colleges in the UK.

This is an exciting opportunity to work within the college’s SEND Support Team as a senior member of the LSA team, supporting all of our students with SEND to achieve their full potential, and line managing a team of LSAs.

Successful candidates for this post will be experienced LSAs or Teaching Assistants, who have a broad range of experience supporting young people within an educational environment, and are looking for the next step in their career.

You may have some experience of line managing others, however this is not essential, but your knowledge and understanding of the SEND Code of Practice and the Preparation for Adulthood framework will be important to your success in this role. You will be highly self-motivated, an excellent team player and quick at building relationships with others and problem solving. Ideally, you will have some experience of the EHCP Annual Review process and understand its purpose in ensuring that students make progress towards their educational outcomes.

Closing date: 25th September 2020 (midnight)

Interview date: TBC

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.

A full Job Description is available here.

£17,451- £17,865 per annum

20 hours per week

52 weeks per annum

Witney Campus

Permanent

Closing date:

4th October 2020 (midnight)

Interview date:

TBC

Cleaner

We are looking to recruit a self-motivated, committed and responsible person 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 candidate 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.