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Apply for your new job with City of Bristol College
We are one of the city’s largest employers with more than 800 staff based at six Centres across Bristol. We want to help every one of our students to reach their goals, and we are always looking for fresh talent and new ideas to achieve our mission.
We live by our values of honesty, ambition, inclusivity and respect. We work collaboratively to achieve the best outcomes for our students, with a focus on their educational and career progression.
For further information about what to expect from our recruitment process, you can view our applicant guidance.
Our staff all have an essential role in ensuring our students’ success, and we will recognise your hard work with a generous benefits package. This includes:
- Generous holiday entitlement plus an additional 8 bank holidays and 10 closure days over the Christmas period and throughout the year
- Pension with generous employer contributions (either Teachers’ Pension or Local Government pension scheme)
- Discounts on hair and beauty treatments at our City Salons and local gym membership discount
- Cycle to work scheme and access to an employee benefits portal with shopping discounts
- Family-friendly policies including flexible and hybrid working, compassionate leave, enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave, menopause policy, parental leave and job share
It’s vitally important to us that our staff take the time to focus on their physical, financial and mental wellbeing. We provide a range of resources and activities to help our staff prioritise their wellbeing including:
- Applications for flexible working
- Hybrid working where the role allows
- Mental Health First Aid Training
- Access to Employee Assistance support
- Access to You at Work benefits portal which contains links to wellness health checks, financial wellbeing and life skills
Further information about our benefits can be found in our Staff Benefits booklet (pdf).
City of Bristol College is committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, and all new employees to the college are required to obtain an enhanced DBS disclosure. Further information will be sent as part of the application process.
Your questions answered
What happens after I receive an offer?
Upon verbal acceptance of your offer, we will send you your contract, offer letter and associated pre-employment documents via email that you will then need to return to the HR department prior to your start date to ensure the relevant checks can be completed in time. You will then be contacted to arrange your first day.
How will you help me settle into my new role?
When you start your new role with us, you will be invited to take part in one of the College’s Welcome events where we cover the College structure, departments and where to go for help. You will also get to know other new staff and have the opportunity to meet the Principal.
I need help with the recruitment system
Here is a list of common problems experienced with the system and resolutions.
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How do I view my past applications?
When you access the recruitment system, there is a link on the left-hand side for ‘My Applications’. You will be able to see all applications submitted and any ones you currently have in progress.
I’m an existing member of staff, how do I log in?
Use your existing network account to log in (the same details you’d use to get onto the college computers).
How do I reset my password?
If you are a current member of staff, please speak to the IT helpdesk to reset your password. If you are an external candidate, you can reset your password using the link provided on the login page. This will email you a link to reset your password and get back into the system.
Do I need a teaching or assessing qualification to work in FE?
Not necessarily! We welcome your industry and subject specialist knowledge, and we will support and fully fund you to achieve a teaching or assessing qualification.
What opportunities will there be for personal development?
We value our staff and their development, and have a programme of staff development opportunities that includes:
- Whole college development and team days
- Access to qualification courses and online course content
- Regular appraisals
- Access to funding for external courses/conferences
- Informal training, mentoring and management coaching
If you have found a vacancy you are interested in and you meet the criteria for the post, we look forward to hearing from you.
The College is committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion as an education provider and employer, and to support this has taken a number of steps linked to internal policies and procedures. In addition, the College has formed an internal EDI steering group to ensure we attract, retain and promote staff from all groups across Bristol and beyond. Furthermore, we are a signatory of the ‘Bristol Women in Business Charter’ and have been awarded the status of ‘Disability Confident’ employer.
City of Bristol College is committed to becoming a Trauma Informed setting. We recognise that some of our students have experienced adversity and trauma and that for some, these experiences may be an ongoing part of everyday life. With this awareness, a trauma informed approach is embedded in how we work in all departments, and this is enhanced by regular staff training and support.
We welcome applications from people with disabilities and we will seek to make reasonable adjustments to our interview process and to your workplace so that disabled applicants and colleagues aren’t put at a disadvantage. We also have links to the access to work scheme, which can be especially helpful in supporting people with disabilities to remove any barriers during employment with us.
We are proud to support applications from care leavers, having committed to the Care Leavers Covenant. If for any reason you require additional support to apply for one of our vacancies online, including access to IT systems, or an amended application form to make your application, we can help. We can also offer mentoring support to care leavers. Please contact us via the enquiry form or by calling 0117 312 5018.
In addition, we are proud to have been awarded College of Sanctuary status. This means that we are committed to being a safe and inclusive place for people whose lives were in danger in their own country, and we help students, staff and the wider community to understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary.
Get in touch
If you can’t find the answer to your question here, then call the recruitment team on 0117 312 5018 or use our contact form. We’ll be happy to help.