As an employer we will aim to provide you with an inspirational environment, support and guidance and help you develop towards the achievement of your career aspirations. We hope that in return you will enjoy a long and successful career with us. Our staff are hardworking, and we’ve all got an important job to do, but we ensure to take the time to celebrate and enjoy our successes.
2013 saw our new facilities grand opening which was attended by more than 6,000 people. The celebration day was arranged to showcase our new facilities and the education programs we offer plus to bring awareness of what we do with the local community, and was an amazing success thanks to the commitment, enthusiasm and creativity of our staff. Principal Anne Attwood said ‘the energy and enthusiasm of the staff has been absolutely amazing’. Our staff are our key resource and we want them to enjoy a rewarding and fulfilling career.
Our staff are always keen to work together to organise or take part in events, often raising money for charity. With over 300 staff onsite, we are never short of ideas or things to take part in. Many staff members are also keen bakers and so took part in a bake off, plus out staff also provided a wide range of food and craft items for our annual Christmas Fare.
For those looking to stay active whilst enjoying socialising with colleagues, we also have a team of keen cyclists who organise rides throughout the year, with one big charity ride every May and we have staff plus students representing the college each year in the Keswick to Barrow walk. Whether it be a 5 a side football tournament, or 1 to 1 decider over a game of table tennis you’re interested in, our 3G pitch, sports hall, gym and fitness suite provide endless opportunities to have some healthy competition between colleagues.
We continuously look to develop the Curriculum we offer to ensure we meet the needs of local businesses, and we are always keen to speak to anyone who is either a qualified Lecturer, or would be interested in developing to be one. It’s easy to assume you’d need a teaching qualification or experience to be a Lecturer, but at Furness College we can provide you with all the information, advice and support you need to become a Lecturer, it’s your industry skills and qualifications we value most. If you are new to teaching, we would require you to complete the Certificate in Education or PGCE within your first 2 years of appointment. The course is however run at the college, and we support your attendance by allowing you the time out of your working hours to attend the class which runs one evening per week. In ensuring that the quality of teaching, learning and assessment continues to develop, we have a number of Learning Coaches available, providing advice and support to Lecturers. All new Lecturers are appointed a Learning Coach in addition to a Mentor.
Full time Lecturers work 35 hours per week, a maximum of 24 of which are teaching hours. The remaining hours are for departmental duties, which include course preparation, marking and attendance at meetings etc. Lecturing staff have a holiday entitlement of 42 days per year, plus bank holidays and additional paid leave over the Christmas period.
Our Business and Employment Team focus their work around Employer Engagement and Apprenticeships, actively engaging with and supporting employers in the Furness area helping them to grow and develop their workforce. Whilst the team has support staff managing contracts and links with employers and funding streams, the team also includes our Business Development Coordinators and Assessors who are responsible for marketing to both employers and apprentices, whilst managing their caseload of current apprentices which includes work place visits, monitoring of progression and much more. In order to meet the needs of local businesses we also need to be unique in our offer of short courses, and often need staff to deliver training outside of our curriculum provision. This can range from Health and Safety at Work courses, to full Line Management or Project Management qualifications. We aim to provide training that employer’s need, and therefore the list is unlimited. If you feel you have a set of skills that could contribute to local employers and are interested in joining our register of delivery staff for the Business and Employment team, please contact Human Resources.
In order to ensure we are providing the best service to our students, their parents, employers and our commercial users alike, there is lots going on behind the scenes and we are committed across the college in recognising the importance and reliance we have on our support and administration staff. There are a number of support functions across the college, whether it be Technicians who work directly in the Curriculum Areas, customer facing functions such as Student Services, those with commercial responsibility or our administrative teams, there are endless opportunities across the organisation to play a key role in supporting our curriculum and commercial aims. At least every 2 years, the college aims to recruit our own apprentices. These positions are a great opportunity for anyone looking for a wide experience of the organisation, and looking to pursue a career in a support staff or management role. Our apprenticeship programme has been very successful and a number of our apprentices have secured roles across the college from administration to management.
We have a dedicated Learning Support team made up of Learning Mentors and Learning Support assistants whose primary role is to help our learners achieve, and support those with additional needs. Students can receive extra tuition or support which is delivered by our learning support staff as in-class support. Sound good? View our latest vacancies by clicking here.