What should you look for when choosing an Education Recruitment Agency?

October 29, 2019
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In January 2019 there was a reported increase of 46% in the number of recruitment agencies in the UK. With agencies employing 115,000 people within the sector, we are all aware it is a booming industry. However, with all of the choice out there, how do you know which agency is the right one for you?

A great education recruitment company will:

  1. Take the time to get to know you

With such a vast array of agencies it is important that you take the time to research what is being offered as part of the employment process when choosing the right agency. To receive the best possible outcomes for your next role, or from your next employee, it is vital that the agency you are dealing with gets to know you and understands exactly what it is you are looking for. This will include the type of role you want, the location, salary, your ethos as a school / college / university and your career aspirations. To know you are being listened to and to have someone searching for a role / employee that aligns with your expectations is pivotal to being successful.

  1. Be trustworthy, open and honest

Education recruitment companies have an important role to fill. They are responsible for ensuring that the right candidates are placed within schools that will enhance and help shape education for our next generation. Therefore, you need to choose an agency that will take the job seriously and understand what a privileged position they are in. With the lives of young children and young adults in the hands of the candidates being placed; an agency who offers a transparent, trustworthy and honest process is crucial. Ensuring that stringent vetting is of the utmost importance is essential to keeping children / students safe. Ask questions about the vetting process and do not be afraid to question if an agency seems to be cutting corners to recruit quickly.

  1. Provide guidance, advice and ongoing support

Rather than just concentrating on getting your vacancy filled or getting you into employment and off of the ‘books’ as quickly as possible, a good agency will be on hand during the entire process to offer support, advice and guidance during the initial registration meeting, prior to interviews or trial days and will always have your best interests at heart. Choosing an agency who was founded by or employs former teachers ensures that they have an in depth knowledge of the industry and can provide first hand advice and guidance. Once in a new role / or a position has been filled, the agency should keep in contact with you and ensure everything is going well.

  1. Will offer a fair payment structure

Choose an agency that values your commitment experience and years dedicated to teaching. It is a highly rewarding career choice, but also a stressful one at times and your knowledge and expertise should be valued. Higher rates of pay, depending on experience should be offered as standard. Likewise, to ensure that schools are getting good value for their (over stretched) budgets, a fair and honest pricing structure should be in place. Candidates should never be charged at any point in the process. Fees should only be introduced after a successful placement is made.

  1. Be personable, approachable and will care

Building a good rapport with candidates and schools and maintaining strong, positive partnerships is key to a successful education recruitment agency. An agency that is approachable, friendly and takes the time to support you whenever needed is a sign that you have found an agency worth holding on to. With honesty, a high level of communication, a high calibre of candidates and school partnerships you can rest assured that you are in safe hands.

Enhance Education was created with all of the above listed attributes in mind. Created by teachers for teachers; we strive to enhance individual careers and the quality of teaching staff in schools which ultimately shape the future of education. We take this seriously and are passionate about connecting the right candidate at the right time, every time.

If you are seeking employment, looking to recruit or just want to understand how Enhance Education can help you, please contact us today.

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