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.

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.

Abingdon & Witney College offer excellent benefits to our employees including generous pension and holiday schemes (with potential Christmas closure days), continued professional development, flexible working options, corporate gym membership, cycle/tech scheme and much more.

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

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

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.

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

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.

£17,451 - £17,865 per annum, pro rata

20 hours per week

The working pattern is 4 hours per day Monday – Friday.

Split Shift 6am – 10am

52 weeks per annum

Common Leys Campus

Permanent

Closing date:

4th January 2022 (midnight)

Interview date:

TBC

Cleaner

Abingdon & Witney College are recruiting for 3 reliable and self-motivated cleaning staff to join our friendly Estates Teams as a Cleaner based at our Common Leys campus. 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 duties and be able to work as part of a team or on your own. You will be responsible for either opening or locking up the building and need the ability to work following instructions and using own initiative.

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

In return, Abingdon & Witney College offer excellent benefits to our employees including generous pension and holiday schemes (with potential Christmas closure days), continued professional development, flexible working options, corporate gym membership, cycle/tech scheme and much more.

A full job description can be found here.

Full duties and conditions for roles can be found 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

37 hours per week

52 weeks per annum

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

Permanent

Closing date:

4th January 2022 (midnight)

Interview date:

TBC

Plumbing Lecturer/Assessor

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Plumbing & Gas 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 3 Plumbing and Gas apprentices in the classroom and workshop and will also carry out assessments in the workplace. Teaching, training and assessment work will also be required in our ACS Gas Centre.

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. In return, you’ll get to focus on teaching small class sizes, and will receive fantastic support from our award-winning Teaching Skills Academy to develop your teaching skills,or can join our Leadership Development Academy if you are thinking about progressing to management in the future.

The post holder will be based at Bicester and must also be able to visit employer sites to carry out work-based assessment.

This is a full time, permanent role, although part time working could be considered. If you are an experienced and qualified Plumbing & Gas lecturer/ assessor looking to be part of a successful new venture, then this really is the opportunity for you!

This role may also be eligible for the ‘Taking Teaching Further (TTF)’ programme, which supports industry professionals coming to teach in further education. The support which could be provided through the TTF programme includes enrolment on to a 2 year, Level 5 Diploma in Education & Training (DET) and an initial reduction in teaching workload

In return, Abingdon & Witney College offer excellent benefits to our employees including generous pension and holiday schemes (with potential Christmas closure days), continued professional development, flexible working options, corporate gym membership, cycle/tech scheme and much more.


For a full job description, please click here

To view duties and conditions for academic staff, please click 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.

Estates Operative – Witney

£18,158 - £19,302 per annum

37 hours per week

The working pattern is 7.5 hours per day Monday – Thursday and 7 hours on Fridays

52 weeks per annum

Witney Campus

Permanent

Estates Operative – Common Leys

£18,158 - £19,302 per annum, pro rata

25 hours per week

The working pattern is 5 hours per day Monday – Friday

52 weeks per annum

Common Leys Campus

Permanent

Closing date:

6th December 2021 (midnight)

Interview date:

TBC (as soon as possible)

Estates Operatives

This is an opportunity for two hard-working, honest, flexible, dependable, self-motivated people to join a successful College’s Estates department as Estates Operatives for Abingdon & Witney College for the Common Leys Farm and Witney Campus. Reporting to the Estates Supervisor, the successful candidates will be responsible for maintaining the safety, cleanliness and security of the site and dealing with enquiries from staff, students, contractors, external customers and the general public as necessary.

Duties are likely to include but not restricted to cleaning, unlocking/ securing buildings, assisting with minor repairs and maintenance of buildings, responding to Helpdesk calls, monitoring car park usage, and providing a porterage service around the College site. You will have a good understanding of health and safety and provide efficient and effective support to the College and its users including ensuring that the security and that the general appearance of the buildings surrounding areas is maintained to the required standards.

It is essential that you are able to travel, as you may need to occasionally travel between sites. The ideal candidate will also have experience in a building trade, commercial cleaning and security of large sites.

Please make it clear in your application whether you would be interested in applying for the Witney vacancy, Common Leys vacancy or both.

In return, Abingdon & Witney College offer excellent benefits to our employees including generous pension and holiday schemes (with potential Christmas closure days), continued professional development, flexible working options, corporate gym membership, cycle/tech scheme and much 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.

Full duties and conditions for business support roles can be found here.

£22.51 to £30.50 per hour, dependant on level of teaching qualification

Hours per week: Tuesday: 9.00-12.30 Witney Campus & Thursday: 9.00-12.30 Abingdon Campus and 13.30-17.00 in Witney Campus

Various weeks per annum

Abingdon and Witney Campus

Fixed term 30th September 2022

Closing date:

30th November 2021 (midnight)

Interview date:

6th December 2021

Hourly Paid Lecturer - Computing

The Technology department at Abingdon and Witney College have a new and exciting opportunity to deliver Computer science, Coding, Web design, Multimedia and basic IT skills to our learners on a HP (Hourly paid) basis.

The curriculum manager would be keen to talk to anyone that has the above skill set and is able to deliver these sessions on a Tuesday and Thursday until the end of the academic year.

You will be joining a vibrant and successful team and play a vital role in inspiring and supporting the development of the next generation of computing learners. We offer a range of qualifications from Level 1 Level 3 and are starting to deliver T-levels as from September 2021.

The applicant must have appropriate means of travel to attend both campuses (Abingdon and Witney) as the morning and afternoon sessions are split across the two sites. Successful applicants would be required to provide a clean DBS.

Although no formal teaching qualification is necessary, this would be an advantage. However, this role would suit someone with a keen interest for the FE sector, or an IT specialist looking to pass on their experience to the next generation.

If you would like to find out more about this position, then please leave your details and a member of the team will be in touch.

In return, Abingdon & Witney College offer excellent benefits to our employees including generous pension and holiday schemes (with potential Christmas closure days), continued professional development, flexible working options, corporate gym membership, cycle/tech scheme and much more.


A full job description can be found here.

Full duties and conditions can be found 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

Applications are reviewed and shortlisted on a rolling basis and we reserve the right to interview, appoint and close adverts early due to the volume of applications we receive.

£37,575 - £39,074 per annum

37 hours per week

The working pattern is 7.5 hours Monday to Thursday and 7 hours on Fridays

52 weeks per annum

Abingdon Campus

Permanent

Start date: 3rd January 2022

Closing date:

8th December 2021 (midnight)

Interview date:

15th December 2021

Business Development Manager

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Business Development professional to manage the Business Development team within the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ apprenticeship team at Abingdon and Witney College. We are very proud of the partnerships that we create with businesses of all sizes across Oxfordshire, and this new post will increase our capacity to work effectively and innovatively with employers across the region.

You will manage a small business development team to deliver a number of employer engagement and apprenticeship recruitment targets, and to promote the whole college training offer to the employers we work with.

The college has a clear commitment to delivering the very highest quality of training we can, so you will need to be comfortable helping us to grow the volume of the work we do, whilst ensuring that every ‘sale’ is in keeping with the mission and purpose of the college.

You will have a strong track record in a sales role, ideally in a training and development environment. 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 a ‘sale’ made by you or your team will genuinely change lives!

In return, Abingdon & Witney College offer excellent benefits to our employees including generous pension and holiday schemes (with potential Christmas closure days), continued professional development, flexible working options, corporate gym membership, cycle/tech scheme and much 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

Applications are reviewed and shortlisted on a rolling basis and we reserve the right to interview, appoint and close adverts early due to the volume of applications we receive.

A full job description can be found here.

Full duties and conditions can be found here.

£18,158 to £19,302 per annum, pro rata

Various hours and working patterns are available

38 weeks per annum, paid for 43.13 weeks per annum

Abingdon & Witney Campuses

Permanent & fixed term contract

Closing date:

6th December 2021 (midnight)

Interview date:

TBC

Learning Support Assistant

Our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) ​support team at Abingdon & Witney College is expanding, we are therefore looking to appoint professional, energetic and enthusiastic people with excellent communication skills to support our students in a variety of learning environments. A good working knowledge of ​Education and Health Care Plans (EHCPs), ​Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC) would be an advantage, as well as strategies for other SEN supported needs, training will also be provided.

These are varied roles and require dedicated individuals who enjoy working with young people, some of which have complex needs.  You will possess the skills to support students studying from Entry Level to Level 3, enabling them to succeed and achieve their full potential ​academically.  The successful candidates will be responsible for working closely with teaching and cross college support staff in order to ensure that all students progress on to further programmes of study, or employment by achieving all parts of their study programme, as well as developing skills essential to life and independence.

The role involves working with students on a 1:1 basis, providing classroom and pastoral support and facilitating workshop activities in-group situations. We work with amazing young people who have a range of learning and support needs, every day is different and the support needs will vary, including supporting some students with personal care.  The college has a friendly, supportive culture focused on bringing out the best in every individual.

In return, Abingdon & Witney College offer excellent benefits to our employees including generous pension and holiday schemes (with potential Christmas closure days), continued professional development, flexible working options, corporate gym membership, cycle/tech scheme and much 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.

Applications are reviewed and shortlisted on a rolling basis and we reserve the right to interview, appoint and close adverts early due to the volume of applications we receive.

THIS IS A READVERTISEMENT – PREVIOUS APPLICANTS NEED NOT APPLY.

A full job description can be found here.

Full duties and conditions for the role can be found here.

£18,158 - £19,302 per annum, pro rata

18.5 hours per week

The working pattern is Monday 5 hours, Wednesday 4 hours, Thursday 5 hours, Friday 4.5 hours.

38 weeks per annum, paid for 43.13 weeks per annum

Witney Campus

Permanent

Closing date:

6th December 2021 (midnight)

Interview date:

TBC

English and Maths Learning Support Assistant

We are seeking to appoint an energetic and enthusiastic person with excellent communication and IT skills to support our learners in the English and Maths department, this could be 1:1 or as group support in class.

The ideal candidate will be a dedicated individual who enjoys working with young people and who is keen to support students studying GCSE English and Maths to enable them to achieve their full potential.  The successful candidate will be responsible for working closely with teaching and cross college support staff and co-ordinate the resources supplied to enable the students to access education fully as well as developing skills essential to life and independence.

The English and Maths staff work with students across all the faculties and, with a wide range of vulnerable and challenging students. Staff are passionate about providing the training and qualifications that local employers and communities need.  It would be helpful but not essential (as training and support will be available) if you have previous experience or knowledge of working with students with special educational needs.

In return, Abingdon & Witney College offer excellent benefits to our employees including generous pension and holiday schemes (with potential Christmas closure days), continued professional development, flexible working options, corporate gym membership, cycle/tech scheme and much 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

Applications are reviewed and shortlisted on a rolling basis and we reserve the right to interview, appoint and close adverts early due to the volume of applications we receive.

A full job description can be found here.

Full duties and conditions for the role can be found here.

£21,692 to £22,220 per annum, pro rata

25 hours per week

38 weeks per annum, paid for 43.13 weeks per annum

Abingdon and Witney Campus

Permanent

Closing date:

7th December 2021 (midnight)

Interview date:

15th December 2021

Progression and Workskills Coach

Fast Forward are seeking a Progressions and Workskills Coach to offer support and guidance to students so that they develop, not only employability skills, but skills that enable them to move into sustained employment or a higher course within the main curriculum areas.

The post holder will also facilitate learning and oversee the smooth running of the Community/Social Action projects for students who face barriers to learning and work. You will support young people to ensure they understand the world of employment and the behaviours expected of them as an employee and help them develop these skills in the classroom settings.

Fast Forward students can have a range of complex support needs and therefore, good communication skills and experience of working with young people, including those with disabilities, who face a range of barriers to learning and employment, is essentials.

You do not need to have previous experience in this role but have a clear passion for providing outstanding support to ensure learners get what they need to achieve. The role will require you to keep up to date with the training and skills needed within those sectors and to use this knowledge to inform innovative delivery models that genuinely meet the needs of the students.



This role may be eligible for the ‘Taking Teaching Further (TTF)’ programme, which supports industry professionals coming to teach in further education. The support which could be provided through the TTF programme includes enrolment on to a 2 year, Level 5 Diploma in Education & Training (DET) and an initial reduction in teaching workload

In return, Abingdon & Witney College offer excellent benefits to our employees including generous pension and holiday schemes (with potential Christmas closure days), continued professional development, flexible working options, corporate gym membership, cycle/tech scheme and much 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

THIS IS A READVERTISEMENT – PREVIOUS APPLICANTS NEED NOT APPLY.

A full job description can be found here.

Full duties and conditions for the role can be found here.


Faculty Administrator - Technology

£19,642 to £20,985 per annum,

37 hours per week

52 weeks per annum,

Abingdon Campus

Permanent

Closing date:

3rd January 2022 (midnight)

Interview date:

10th January 2022

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 Technology at Abingdon & Witney College.

The faculty is made up of the following curriculum areas: Engineering, Motor Vehicle, Science, Computing / Digital Technologies, Construction. The courses we offer range from Level 1 to 4 and prepare students to prepare for the next step of their journey. The work of the faculty is extremely rich and 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 and email management, organising trips and events, helping to co-ordinate interviews and open days, placing orders, communicating with stakeholders such as parents, students and employers.

Successful applicants may be required to travel between campuses and provide administrative support where necessary.

The successful candidate will complete a degree level apprenticeship with Oxford Brookes University on a day release program, gaining a qualification in CMDA (Chartered Management Degree).


In return, Abingdon & Witney College offer excellent benefits to our employees including generous pension and holiday schemes (with potential Christmas closure days), continued professional development, flexible working options, corporate gym membership, cycle/tech scheme and much 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

Applications are reviewed and shortlisted on a rolling basis and we reserve the right to interview, appoint and close adverts early due to the volume of applications we receive.

A full job description can be found here.

Full duties and conditions for the role can be found here.