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.

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.

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:

Recruitment during Coronavirus:

We are still 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 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:

£21,692 – £22,220 per annum,

37 hours per week

52 weeks per annum,

Common Leys Campus


Closing date:

19th July (midnight)

Interview date:

4th August 2020

Equine Technician Instructor

We are seeking to recruit an experienced equine instructor/technician to be part of the equine team at Common leys Farm campus to cover maternity leave.

You should be qualified to a minimum of level 3 in equine management and preferably hold a recognised equine instructor or coaching qualification.

The yard comprises of a range of riding horses, brood mares and youngstock so you must be able to demonstrate high standards of stable management, horse welfare and husbandry and have extensive experience of working within the industry.

You must enjoy working with young people and have proven ability to develop students’ practical skills in stable management and equitation.

Good organisation, team working and communication skills are vital for this role.

It is essential that you are able to live on site as this post includes evening yard checks. A large mobile home is provided rent free on site.

This is a full time post with weekends and bank holidays worked on a rota system for which time off in lieu is given.

A full job description can be found here.

£21,692 - £22,220 per annum

37 hours per week

52 weeks per annum

Abingdon Campus


Closing date:

12th July 2020 (midnight)

Interview date:

3rd August 2020

Motor Vehicle Technician/Instructor

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the fantastic Motor Vehicle Department at Abingdon and Witney College in the position of Technician/Instructor.

You will play an integral role in directly supporting the future generation of automotive industry employees to develop industry standard knowledge, skills and behaviours. This combined role incorporates the maintenance and standard of vehicles and workshops, as well as instructing learners in the workshop and developing their knowledge and awareness of vehicle maintenance.

There will be an opportunity to work with a diverse range of learners including Entry Level 3 to Level 3 Apprentices, teaching across an array of elements including suspension and brakes, engine components, chassis and exhaust and many more.

You will already have relevant experience of the automotive industry, perhaps as a mechanic or technician and may have previous experience in instructing or training.

If you are someone that is passionate about developing and directing the next generation of learners and supporting their growth in the automotive sector, then this could be the job for you.

A full job description is available here.

£51,144 - £56,442 per annum

37 hours per week

52 weeks per annum

Abingdon Campus


Closing date:

12th July 2020 (midnight)

Interview date:

21st July 2020

Head of Finance

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 offering high quality vocational, professional and technical education and training, as well as offering inclusive and responsive programmes for all.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a qualified Accountant to lead the finance team at Abingdon and Witney College, ensuring financial services are provided efficiently and effectively across all sites in line with College policies and financial regulations.

The role reports into the Finance Director and will be part of the College Leadership Team. You will be based in Abingdon but need to travel to other campuses as and when required.

The key to this role is being able to maintain and develop the integrity of all management and statutory accounting, whilst streamlining and improving the financial processes to ensure value for money.

The successful candidate will have experience of leading a finance team and have exceptional knowledge about the key financial processes (purchase, sales and nominal ledgers), including using third party electronic payment and receipt software.

You will possess excellent management skills to lead the finance team and also a collaborative style to work with budget holders throughout the organisation to ensure they are aware of their responsibilities in the management and oversight of the College’s finances, and understand their area’s financial performance.

This opportunity requires a highly proficient excel user who is able to develop financial management reporting throughout the organisation.

Ideally you will have previous experience of working in Further Education, or a sound understanding of education funding.

You will be able to demonstrate previous experience of working with key external stakeholders (external and internal auditors, banks, tax and VAT bodies) and also be comfortable presenting to internal stakeholders (Senior Management Team, Governing Bodies).

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

If you would like to discuss this opportunity before you apply, please contact Danielle Gray on

To see a full job description, please click here:

Industry Placement Coordinator

£24,903 - £26,548

37 hours per week

52 weeks per annum

Common Leys Campus

Fixed term until 31st July 2021

Closing date:

11th August 2020 (midnight)

Interview date:

Tuesday 25th August 2020

Industry Placement Coordinator - LICT

We are looking to recruit a forward thinking, organized and enthusiastic Industry Placement Coordinator for the Landbased Industries curriculum area starting in the new academic year, September 2020.

The successful candidate should have experience of working within the animal care or equine industries and will be required to have the ability to network, develop and maintain strong and sustainable relationships with employers. You will be based at the Common leys Farm Campus which is located 3 miles from Witney.

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 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 Faculty of Landbased Industries and Construction Skills (LICT) LICT is a great faculty, home to bright and enthusiastic students, and many talented and experienced staff. We are passionate about providing the qualifications and training that local and regional employers within Land Based industries need.

We offer excellent benefits including a comprehensive continuous professional development programme, free onsite parking and lots more.

A full job description is available here

£27,051 - £36,651 per annum, pro rata

18.5 hours per week

52 weeks per annum,

1 x Abingdon Campus
1 x Witney Campus

Closing date:

23rd July 2020 (midnight)

Interview date:

6th August 2020

2 X 0.5 Special Educational Needs Lecturer

We are looking to recruit two innovative and skilled lecturers to join our Pathways provisions in both Abingdon and Witney. You would work alongside our curriculum specialists to plan and deliver RARPA based learning programmes for learners with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND). You would be part of a larger Pathways team who are committed to providing excellence in education.

If you have experience in teaching SEND learners with EHCP’s and want to be an integral part of supporting young people to be the best they can be, to achieve their goals and aspirations for life and work; then this is the job for you. Learners will have a range of communication and learning support needs, therefore experience of a total communication curriculum would be an advantage, as would delivery of Functional Skills maths and English.

1x 0.5 post required for Witney Campus

1 x 0.5 post required for Abingdon Campus

£27,051 - £36,651 per annum

With the potential of a market supplement, if appropriate

37 hours per week

52 weeks per annum

Abingdon Campus


Closing date:

26th July 2020 (midnight)

Interview date:

4th August 2020

Lecturer in Engineering (Mechanical)

Are you an experienced manual machinist, toolmaker or Mechanical Engineer with experience on centre lathes, milling machines and hand fitting techniques who is looking to pass on their skills to the next generation?

Or are you an experienced Mechanical Engineering Lecturer looking for a new opportunity at an exceptional College?

Abingdon & Witney College has an exciting new opportunity for an outstanding and enthusiastic lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, to join our highly successful team. The team works closely with our industry partners and the apprenticeship team to train the engineers of the future.

This is an ideal position for a skilled machinist or toolmaker who is passionate about passing on their technical and specialist skills to the next generation of engineering industry professionals. The successful applicant will spend a significant proportion of time developing students and apprentices from leading Oxfordshire engineering firms to develop their engineering machining skills in our well-equipped workshops.

You may already have a recognised teaching qualification and be experienced at delivering L3 engineering apprenticeships including Performing Engineering Operations (PEO or equivalent). Ideally you will have an Assessor qualification or be willing to train.

The Technology department at Abingdon & Witney College strives to deliver a current and up to date curriculum and are very keen for individuals from industry to apply, as for an exceptional candidate we will support you to gain your teacher training and assessor qualifications. Our award-winning Teaching Skills Academy coaches are always on hand to provide support and encouragement to ensure that teachers are well prepared and continue to develop their practice; they are especially adept at supporting industry professionals who are new to teaching.

The Engineering Team is looking for someone who will share their commitment to student success using innovation within teaching and assessing, harnessing digital learning opportunities where appropriate. The successful candidate will be a skilled communicator and have excellent organisational skills, with the ability to demonstrate a wide range of both academic and practical skills.

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

If you are interested in moving in to teaching however would not like to commit to this permanent opportunity, we are also looking for Engineering Lecturers on an Hourly Paid basis.

If you would like to discuss either of these opportunities further before you apply, please contact Danielle Gray on

To view the full job description, please click here:

£51,144 - £56,442 per annum,

37 hours per week

52 weeks per annum,

Abingdon Campus


Closing date:

16th August 2020 (midnight)

Interview date:

27th August 2020

Head of SEND Support

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 lead the college’s Special Educational Needs and Disability support services across the college, ensuring that students with additional needs receive the best possible support and achieve their full potential, and that the college upholds its duties under the SEND Code of Practice 2015.

The role reports into the Vice Principal Student Engagement and will be part of the College Leadership Team. You will be based in Abingdon but will need to travel to other campuses as and when required, or to external meetings with our partners.

The successful candidate will be an experienced manager with significant experience of working with young people with a range of SEND in an educational environment, developing provision to meet their needs and working within the SEND Code of Practice.

A highly effective communicator, emotionally intelligent and resilient they will be competent to lead a large team of staff supporting students across all areas of the college. They will be a confident and passionate in the subject of SEND, and able to quickly take on new information and build relationships with colleagues which enable them to effect change.

The key to making this role a success will be the ability of the successful candidate to communicate their vision and lead the development of support for learners across the organisation, developing support and training to ensure that all of our provision is truly inclusive.

A full job description can be found here.