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.

£21.67 - £27.98 per hour, dependant on level of teaching qualification

Various hours per week

Various Campuses across Oxfordshire

Fixed term until September 2022

Closing date:

1st August 2021 (midnight)

Interview date:

26th August 2021

Hourly Paid Lecturers - Oxfordshire Adult Learning

Oxfordshire Adult Learning (OAL) is a large, award winning faculty of Abingdon and Witney College. We aim to maximise access to community learning for adults in Oxfordshire, widening participation and transforming the health, social and economic wellbeing of individuals, families and their communities.

Our provision is diverse and includes an extensive range of leisure learning courses, community learning courses, family learning courses and accredited courses which lead to recognised qualifications.

Courses are delivered at our College campuses in Abingdon, Witney, Kidlington and Cowley, as well as in community venues such as village halls and within local schools.

OAL tutors are experts in their fields who enjoy sharing their passion and skills with others. They relish seeing their learners gain confidence in a new discipline or rekindle the enjoyment of a past hobby.

Tutors are responsible for planning courses, delivering inspiring lessons, keeping records of their learners’ progress and participating in development activities to enhance their own teaching, learning and assessment skills. The College offers tutors new to teaching a comprehensive staff development programme to support their journey in their role. Opportunities also exist to gain a recognised teaching qualification.

OAL are inviting applications for the following hourly paid vacancies, starting in the 2021/2022 academic year:

Arts & Crafts:

• Floristry

• Upholstery

• Stained Glass

Languages:

• British Sign Language

• French

• Japanese

Digital:

• Basic Computer and Digital Skills

• Photoshop

For full details on the course dates, please see the full list of courses which confirms the dates and times, this can be found here:

If selected for interview, you will be required to deliver a short teaching session to a group of adult learners on a topic relevant to your subject area.

Join an inspiration team of tutors with this fantastic opportunity and make a difference in the lives of adult learners.

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

For a full job description, please click here:

£27,051-£29,472 per annum, pro rata

18.5 hours per week

The working pattern is Tuesday 6.5 hours, Thursday 6 hours, and Friday 6 hours per week

52 weeks per annum

Abingdon Campus

Permanent


Closing date:

3rd August 2021

Interview date:

16th August 2021

Student Adviser

Abingdon and Witney College is looking to recruit a Student Adviser to join our Student Engagement team and help us to provide the best possible wellbeing support for all our students.

Do you have

  • Experience of safeguarding principles
  • Experience of dealing with confidential information
  • Experience of supporting students with mental health
  • Experience of communicating effectively with multi agencies
  • Experience of initiating complex risk assessments
  • Ability to work independently and prioritise workloads

We are looking for a key person to join our cross-campus team although this role is based in Abingdon. You must be able to work under pressure and can make decisions swiftly. You will work closely with all internal stakeholders and various external agencies.

Duties also include responsibility for student wellbeing support, manage a caseload of students, safeguarding (including Prevent), and contributing to the reporting processes.

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 this role 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, dependant on level of teaching qualification

18.5 hours per week

The working pattern is TBC

52 weeks per annum

Abingdon Campus

Permanent

Closing date:

15th August 2021

Interview date:

31st August 2021

Performance and Production Lecturer

We have an exciting opportunity to recruit a new Theatre Production lecturer and course leader. The candidate will be required to plan, deliver and assess on our UAL qualifications, primarily at Levels 2 & 3. The ideal candidate will either have experience teaching and Theatre Production and/or relevant industry experience. They will have a passion to work with young people and care about their development and progression. They will also have good literacy and numeracy skills and an ability to embed them into their teaching. They will also work with the wider curriculum to collaborate and help develop the courses.

It is important that the ideal candidate has a sound knowledge of the workings of a theatre e.g. live sound, lighting, set, costume etc. They should also be willing to work flexibly at times e.g. when assisting with shows.

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 this role 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

£9.44 - £10.03 per hour

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:

8th August 2021 (midnight)

Interview date:

TBC

Learning Support Assistants

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

To view a full job description, please click here:
To view duties and conditions for business support staff, please click here:

£9.07-£9.29 per hour

20 hours per week

The working pattern is 06.00am - 10.00am Monday–Friday

52 weeks per annum

Abingdon Campus

Permanent

Closing date:

2nd August 2021

Interview date:

TBC

Cleaner

Abingdon & Witney College are recruiting for reliable and self-motivated cleaning staff to join our friendly Estates Teams as a Cleaner based at our Abingdon 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 have the ability to work following instructions and using own initiative. Previous commercial cleaning experience is not essential as full training will be 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.

To view a full job description, please click here.

To view duties and conditions for business support 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

£27,051 - £36,651 per annum

37 hours per week

52 weeks per annum

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

Permanent

Closing date:

1st August 2021 (midnight)

Interview date:

13th August 2021

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.

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. 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.

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

For a full job description, please click here

£22,849 - £24,291 per annum

37 hours per week

The working pattern is Monday-Thursday 8:30am-5:00pm, Friday 8:30pm-4:30pm

52 weeks per annum

Abingdon Campus

Permanent

Start date: 1st September 2021

Closing date:

9th August 2021 (midnight)

Interview date:

18th August 2021

Apprentice Recruitment Officer

We are looking for an enthusiastic and proactive individual to join the College’s Business Development Team.

A significant part of this team’s work is supporting local businesses in the recruitment and selection of apprentices to fill their vacancies. This role will involve overseeing the whole candidate assessment and selection side of the process, working very closely with the Business Development Team to ensure that any candidates put forward to businesses are appropriate for the role. You will also oversee the work for the recruitment coordinator and administrator to ensure applications are processed and assessed in a timely manner.

As the BDEs are field-based for the majority of the time, it will be essential that the post-holder is able to work independently and proactively, being able to communicate effectively by telephone and email will be essential for this role. Organisation and IT literacy skills will also be a must for this role.

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 the role can be found here.

Full-time Witney role:

£27,051 - £36,651 per annum

37 hours per week

52 weeks per annum

Witney Campus

Permanent

Start date: 23rd August 2021

Part-time Abingdon role:

£27,051 - £36,651 per annum, pro rata

29.6 hours per week

52 weeks per annum

Abingdon Campus

Fixed term until 8th July 2022

Start date: 23rd August 2021

Closing date:

29th July 2021 (midnight)

Interview date:

10th August 2021

English Lecturers x2

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a full-time and part-time lecturer to join the successful English team within the 16-18 Study Programme faculty. The roles require teaching GCSE and Functional Skills L2 English to students who are either re-taking their GCSE or are further developing their skills by studying for their FS L2 qualification. The roles require a motivated and passionate teacher who is able to build positive relationships with their students from the outset. Many students start the programme of study feeling deflated because they feel that they haven’t been successful in their English studies thus far. You could be the teacher that helps to change that!

The full time Witney role is currently timetabled to be full time on the Witney campus with 2 hours teaching at Common Leys Farm. The part-time Abingdon role is currently timetabled to be on the Abingdon campus for four full days with Wednesday scheduled as the day you will not be required. For both roles, the days begin at 8.30am and finish at 17.00pm. There are breaks between lessons and lunch is between 12.30 and 13.30pm.

The English Team are a skilled team of practitioners with high expectations for student outcomes and are looking for someone who will strive to maintain outstanding success rates using innovation within teaching and assessing, utilising e-learning opportunities where appropriate. The team are highly organised, work collaboratively to plan, create engaging lesson resources and share best practice. Regular assessment of student work and accurate feedback is an expected element to support students in their progress.

 Support for aspiring lecturers would be through our license to teach programme and our award-winning Teaching Skills Academy. The successful candidate would ideally have a teaching qualification, relevant experience and a passion for inclusivity but if you think you have what it takes but you do not have a teaching qualification for an exceptional candidate we can offer excellent teacher training and support you in achieving your Level 3 Award in Education & Training (AET).

 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.

Please make it clear in your application whether you would be interested in the full time or part time vacancy.

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 this role can be found here.

£9.07 - £9.29 per hour

15 hours per week

The working pattern is 3 hours per day Monday –Friday (16:30pm – 19:30pm)

52 weeks per annum

Common Leys Campus

Permanent

Closing date:

1st August 2021 (midnight)

Interview date:

TBC

Cleaner

Abingdon & Witney College are recruiting for 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 locking up the building.

You will have 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.

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A full job description can be found here.

Full duties and conditions for this role 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