FAQs

Here's a list of the key questions we're asked about working at the College. If you can't find the answer to your question here, then call us on 0117 312 5391 or contact us - we'll be happy to help.

How can I become a teacher in further education?

If you're a subject specialist but you don't have a teaching qualification, we'll support you to obtain teaching status through qualifications (Certificate in Education/PGCE), membership of the Professional Institute and continuous professional development (CPD). This process takes up to five years from the date you start working with us. Throughout this time you'll have ongoing help and support from one of our learning mentors.

How can I become an assessor?

If you're a subject specialist and you feel you have the skills and experience to assess competence in the workplace, we'll support you to obtain the necessary A1 qualification you need to become a qualified workplace assessor. You'll be supported by one of our learning mentors and you'll gain your awards by working with candidates to achieve their awards.

How will you help me settle into my new role?

When you start work with us, you'll be invited to attend an induction programme. This will be invaluable for learning about the College, its structure, the facilities available to staff, where to go for help and above all, getting to know people. You'll meet the Principal and have the opportunity to talk to senior managers about what we expect from you and what you can expect from us.

What opportunities exist for other development in my role?

We need the best possible people to provide excellent services and learning opportunities to our students. Therefore, once appointed, we want you to be able to realise your potential. We'll provide a supportive and encouraging environment for you to develop your skills and abilities.

Whether you work in teaching or a business support role, we have a training plan in place to help you reach your potential. We'll provide you with support to keep your subject specialist knowledge up-to-date and your skills current. We'll also support you to network internally and externally to share best practice in your field of expertise.

What opportunities exist for personal development?

We regularly run skills training events in a range of areas such as time management, communication, coaching and assertiveness. We'll also support you to attend external events that will enhance your personal effectiveness.

How will my performance and development be monitored?

Your first six to 12 months of employment form a probationary period. During this time your performance is monitored closely by your manager. Formal review meetings take place at three months and six months, giving you the opportunity to discuss your progress and any development needs. After your induction period you'll have an annual review each year, to help you identify any training or support you may need.

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