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.

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 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.

£27,051 - £36,651 per annum

37 hours per week

52 weeks per annum

Bicester Campus

Permanent

Closing date:

1st December 2020 (midnight)

Interview date:

11th December 2020

Multi-trades/Property Maintenance Lecturer

Abingdon and Witney College’s new apprenticeship training centre, specialising in the construction industry, will open in Bicester early next year. The state-of-the-art facility will provide exciting opportunities for apprentices to train in plumbing, electrical installation, carpentry and joinery, and property maintenance. The first cohort of apprentices will start in February 2021. The centre will house the type of industry-standard equipment that apprentices will find in the workplace, including a gas assessment centre, electrical training bays, property maintenance workshop and a large carpentry workshop.

We are looking for an inspirational individual with excellent interpersonal skills to deliver inspirational teaching and learning as part of our team at the Bicester Construction Skills Centre. You will use your multi-trades/ property maintenance background to teach and assess on the Property Maintenance Apprenticeship, as well as supporting lecturers teaching specialist trade skills where appropriate. You will maintain the highest standards of health and safety and use innovative teaching methods to deliver both practical and theory sessions to apprentices and adult learners.

You should be a skilled communicator, have excellent organisational skills and practical experience, ideally from a general construction or property maintenance background. You will have experience of teaching and assessing and will ideally hold or be working towards a teaching qualification and an assessor qualification.

This is a fantastic opportunity to pass on your specialist skills to the next generation of industry professionals.

For a full job description, please click here:

£27,051 - £36,651 per annum

With the potential of a market supplement, if appropriate

37 hours per week

52 weeks per annum

Witney Campus

Permanent

Closing date:

29th November 2020 (midnight)

Interview date:

7th December 2020

Carpentry & Joinery Lecturer

Are you looking for a fantastic opportunity to pass on your specialist skills to the next generation of construction industry professionals?

Are you an experienced Carpentry and Joinery Lecturer looking for their next opportunity at an excellent College?

Or, are you a skilled Carpenter looking to take their career in a different direction?

Abingdon & Witney College are looking for a conscientious individual with excellent interpersonal skills to deliver inspirational teaching and learning as part of our successful Construction team.

This is an expanding curriculum area and you will be teaching across a range of City and Guilds Carpentry and Joinery courses including apprenticeship work, demonstrating a wide range of both academic and practical skills. The role will be based at our outstanding Construction Skills Centre at our Witney campus but you may be asked to travel to other sites in Oxfordshire where we offer a range of Carpentry and Joinery programmes.

You will be a skilled communicator, have excellent organisational skills and practical experience of working within the construction industry. You should have a Level 3 qualification or equivalent in a Wood Trade and hold recognised teaching and assessing qualifications. However, we are also looking for experienced candidates direct from industry, who are motivated to gain their teaching qualifications as we can offer excellent training and support you in gaining your AET Level 3 Qualification (Education & Training Qualification), within your first year of joining the College.

You will maintain the highest standards of health and safety, using innovation within your teaching and assessing to deliver both practical and theory sessions to 14 - 19 year old students.

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 option or advertised position, then please contact Danielle on danielle.gray@abingdon-witney.ac.uk if you have any questions about this position.

A full job description 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

£24,903 -£26,548 per annum

37 hours per week

52 weeks per annum

Abingdon Campus

Permanent

Closing date:

29th November 2020 (midnight)

Interview date:

8th December 2020

PA to the Principal

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a PA to the Principal, working as part of the senior management team at the College.

You will be responsible for co-ordinating the Principal’s diary, and filtering mail, telephone calls and other communications, including responding to unannounced or unscheduled visitors. You will arrange, co-ordinate and minute meetings, including the College Senior Management Team meeting. Other duties include drafting correspondence and carrying out research tasks on behalf of the Principal. The post holder will also support other members of the senior management team as required and will work as part of a small PA support team.

Exceptional levels of customer service and the ability to work in a highly confidential fashion are of utmost importance. You will have first rate administrative skills, outstanding organisational skills and will have excellent literacy and communication skills. You will enjoy taking ownership of problems and delivering solutions, working independently where possible. The ideal candidate will be resilient, enthusiastic, positive and cheerful, even under pressure! In return, we can offer a lively and inclusive environment where no day is ever quite the same.

A full job description 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 pro rata

22.5 hours per week

52 weeks per annum

Common leys Farm Campus

Permanent

Closing date:

29th November 2020 (midnight)

Interview date:

10th December 2020

Countryside Management Lecturer

Are you an experienced Countryside or Environmental Conservation Lecturer looking for their next opportunity at an excellent College? Or, are you currently working within the countryside management/conservation sector looking to take your career in a different direction?

Abingdon & Witney College are looking for a conscientious individual with excellent interpersonal skills to deliver inspirational and innovative teaching and learning as part of our successful Land Based Industries team based at Common Leys Farm Campus.

You will be course leading and teaching on our City and Guilds Level 1 Land Based and Level 2 Diploma in Countryside and Environment. The role will also involve supporting the development of level 3 provision in this specialism.

You will be a skilled communicator, have excellent organisational skills and practical experience of working within the land-based industry. Confidence and experience with land-based machinery and tractors is essential.

You should preferably be qualified to degree level or at least to level 4 and hold some NPTC Certificates of Competence – preferably Chainsaw Operation.

It is highly desirable that you hold recognised teaching and assessing qualifications.

However, we are also looking for experienced candidates direct from industry, who are motivated to gain their teaching qualifications as we can offer excellent training and support you in gaining your AET Level 3 Qualification (Education & Training Qualification), within your first year of joining the College. Experience and a passion in wildlife conservation/habitat improvement would also be an advantage for this position.

You will maintain the highest standards of health and safety, using innovation within your teaching and assessing to deliver both practical and theory sessions to 14 - 19 year old students. The ability to be flexible and teach across a range of topics and levels is a must.

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 option or advertised position, then please contact human recourses at: humanresources@abingdon-witney.ac.uk

A full job description 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

£21,692 - £22,220 per annum, pro rata

7 hours per week

30 weeks per annum,

Common Leys Campus

Fixed term until 11th June 2021

Closing date:

6th December 2020 (midnight)

Interview date:

16th December 2020

Animal Centre Technician Instructor

We are seeking to recruit an experienced animal care instructor/technician to be part of the animal centre unit team at Common leys Farm campus based 3 miles outside of Witney to cover one day per week until July 2021.

You should be qualified to a minimum of level 3 in animal management and have sound experience of working in industry with a wide range of animal species.

The centre comprises of a range of domestic, exotic and farm animals so the successful applicant should be able to demonstrate high standards of animal welfare and husbandry.

You must enjoy working with young people and have proven ability to develop students’ practical skills working on the animal unit.

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

A full job description 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

THIS IS A READVERTISEMENT – PREVIOUS APPLICANTS NEED NOT APPLY.

£19,642 - £20,985 per annum, pro rata

27 hours per week

52 weeks per annum

Abingdon Campus

Fixed term until 9th July 2021

Closing date:

6th December 2020 (midnight)

Interview date:

15th December 2020

HR Assistant

We are looking for a HR Assistant to support the friendly HR Team at Abingdon & Witney College, on a fixed term contract basis until July 2021.

The role involves providing administrative support for HR processes around recruitment, new starters, staff development and following up on records and updating the HR database (iTrent).

The successful candidate will have strong administrative skills, attention to detail, the ability to prioritise tasks and have confidence in working independently. You will also be competent in the use of IT.

Ideally, you will hold a level 3 CIPD qualification, have experience working within a busy HR Department and be confident to hit the ground running in the role. However, we will are also interested in someone who has exceptional administrative experience.

For more information, please contact Danielle Gray, Recruitment Adviser at danielle.gray@abingdon-witney.ac.uk

For a full job description, please click here

£21,692 - £22,220 per annum

37 hours per week

52 weeks per annum,

Bicester Campus

Permanent

Closing date:

6th December 2020 (midnight)

Interview date:

16th December 2020

Bicester Construction Technician Instructor

Abingdon and Witney College’s new apprenticeship training centre, specialising in the construction industry, will open in Bicester early next year. The state-of-the-art facility will provide exciting opportunities for apprentices to train in plumbing, electrical installation, carpentry and joinery, and property maintenance.

The first cohort of apprentices will start in February 2021. The centre will house the type of industry-standard equipment that apprentices will find in the workplace, including a gas assessment centre, electrical training bays, property maintenance workshop and a large carpentry workshop.

We are looking for a Technician/ Instructor to support the centre. Ideally from a general construction, or multi-trade background, but with an understanding of more specialist trades, you will be integral to the successful operation of the Centre.

The main part of your role will be to prepare materials and equipment for lecturers to use with their students and to demonstrate how to use tools and equipment to students. You will maintain stock levels to appropriate levels and will also maintain (or arrange for the maintenance) of machinery within the centre.

You will enjoy working with students and may like to develop into a lecturer in the future. You will have a good understanding of health and safety and be fully committed to working in a safe and professional fashion at all times.

A full job description 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

£21,692 - £22,220 per annum

37 hours per week

52 weeks per annum,

Bicester Campus

Permanent

Closing date:

6th December 2020 (midnight)

Interview date:

15th December 2020

Bicester Office Manager

Abingdon and Witney College’s new apprenticeship training centre, specialising in the construction industry, will open in Bicester early next year. The state-of-the-art facility will provide exciting opportunities for apprentices to train in plumbing, electrical installation, carpentry and joinery, and property maintenance.

The first cohort of apprentices will start in February 2021. The centre will house the type of industry-standard equipment that apprentices will find in the workplace, including a gas assessment centre, electrical training bays, property maintenance workshop and a large carpentry workshop.

We are looking for a customer-focussed individual with excellent interpersonal skills to join us as Office Manager. You will be involved in setting up the centre from the start and will be integral to its efficient and successful operation.

You will be an excellent administrator and organiser, able to pay close attention to detail and deliver exceptional customer service, even under pressure. You will be used to working in a busy environment and will enjoy using your initiative to solve problems in the interests of customers, students and our employer partners.

In return, we can offer a fun and interesting environment where you can really make a job role your own.

A full job description 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

£21,692 - £22,220 per annum

37 hours per week

52 weeks per annum

Abingdon Campus

Permanent

Closing date:

3rd January 2021 (midnight)

Interview date:

TBC

Motor Vehicle Technician/Instructor

Do you have an interest and experience in working in the motor trade?

Fancy a new challenge where you can have a direct impact on young people's lives?

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

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, instructing 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.

It is desirable for you to have a teaching or coaching qualification, however if you don’t have this qualification then Abingdon & Witney College will support you to achieve your Award in Education & Training (AET) within your first year of employment.

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

Please contact Hollie at hollie.hardiman@abingdon-witney.ac.uk for more information or if you have any questions about this opportunity.

THIS IS A READVERTISEMENT – PREVIOUS APPLICANTS NEED NOT APPLY.

A full job description is available here.

£18,158 -£19,302 per annum, pro rata

22.5 hours per week – Abingdon Campus

37 hours per week – Witney Campus

52 weeks per annum,

Permanent

Closing date:

6th December (midnight)

Interview date:

15th December 2020

Student Engagement Administrator x 2

Do you want to work in a fast-paced awarding winning college setting?

Are you a focused and organised person?

Can you prioritise work, manage multiple tasks and problem solve in a calm manner?

Do you have a record of demonstrating outstanding customer service and have an upbeat and positive attitude?

Can you help us continue to put the student at the heart of our provision?

Does this sound like you? This could be the job for you!

We currently have two great opportunities for self-motivated and driven individuals who wants to work as part of the Student Engagement team, the role is key and often the first point of contact that stakeholders have with the college.

We are currently looking for 2 individuals to undertake administrative support for the Student Engagement Team whilst also supporting the wide range of services for students that we offer and delivering the college reception function.

The Student Engagement team provide a range of services within the college including reception, careers, and pastoral support services to potential students and those enrolled to courses delivered by the college.

Duties include:

  • Ensure the delivery of outstanding customer service, across the Student Engagement area, to provide all students and stakeholders with a consistent and positive impression of the college.
  • Provide a welcoming, courteous, and efficient service for students, visitors, and all other stakeholders
  • Ensure that the reception area is welcoming, attractive and comfortable for visitors at all times and that, when appropriate, arrangements are made to meet individual needs
  • Take a proactive approach to find new and innovative ways to promote the services available to students and improve communications with the wider college population.
  • Carry out a range of administrative tasks to support the Student Engagement team, including administration related to student bursaries.

A full job description 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