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.

If you would like further information, please contact Ruth Reavley at ruth.reavley@abingdon-witney.ac.uk

Closing date:

8th December 2020

College Governor

Abingdon & Witney Corporation Board is keen to hear from people interested in its work. At present, recruitment of an FE specialist is a priority. If that is you, please contact the Clerk to the Corporation Governors, Ruth Reavley, email ruth.reavley@abingdon-witney.ac.uk.

The Board meets typically four times a year (October, December, March, late June/early July). An FE specialist would join the Curriculum, Quality and Students Committee, which meets termly. Governors also have opportunities to engage with the College through a variety of other activities.

The Board is keen to recruit the best possible range of skills and experience, and a demographically and cognitively diverse membership, in order to fulfil its strategic role. The Board conforms to the College’s aim to be an Equal Opportunities Employer

£27,051 - £36,651 per annum, pro rata
29.6 hours per week
52 weeks per annum
Abingdon Campus
Permanent

Closing date:

27th January 2021 (midnight)

Interview date:

TBC

Lecturer in Counselling

Are you a qualified Counsellor looking for an opportunity to pass on your knowledge and skills to the next generation?

Are you also a qualified teacher, or keen to learn and develop your career into teaching?

As part of the growth and development of our Counselling provision, Abingdon & Witney College are looking for a highly motivated professional to join us in delivering our range of counselling courses.

The purpose of the Lecturer in Counselling role is to deliver high quality and effective teaching, learning and assessment to counselling students in the School of Health and Education. This is an outstanding curriculum area within the college and our Counselling Programmes range from Level 1 to the CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. You will also act as the Programme Coordinator for our Counselling provision, working with the team to ensure that the quality of our provision is maintained at a high standard. You will also have the opportunity to work with the Head of Faculty in planning and developing a new Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling

This is an exciting opportunity for the right person and to apply for this post you must be a qualified counsellor to at least level 4/5 standard and currently in practice with 2 years counselling experience. You will also have a supervision qualification or 1 years’ experience of offering counselling supervision and also a member of a UK professional counselling body (BACP), engaging in regular professional development in line with ethical guidelines of the professional organisation.

Although a teaching qualification is an advantage, training opportunities exist within the College and we can support you in gaining your Award in Education and Training Level 3 Qualification (AET), within your first year of joining the college.

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.

We are also looking for Hourly Paid Lecturers in Counselling, so if you are interested but you are unable to commit to the above opportunity, then please do get in touch with Danielle at danielle.gray@abingdon-witney.ac.uk for more information

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

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