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Warrington & Vale Royal College is based in the north of Cheshire, and operates on two campuses – Warrington and Winsford. The college was formerly Warrington Collegiate and Mid Cheshire College who merged on 1 August 2017 to become Warrington & Vale Royal College. We employ over 400 staff and currently have over 7,000 students on a range of vocational, technical and apprenticeship courses.
We provide our students with a quality learning environment in which to develop their skills, and our highly qualified tutors have vast industry experience in their chosen profession.
We provide a high standard of teaching and learning, and have exceptional links with local industries.
At Warrington & Vale Royal College we believe that people are our greatest asset.
We want to recruit, retain and engage the right people, who are able to move the organisation forward.
When we asked our current staff to describe the college as an employer in three words their top answers were friendly, supportive and fair.
What they liked most about working at the college was their team, colleagues and staff.
We are committed to health and well-being, good communication, staff development and staff engagement. Our employees are proud to work for an organisation that has a positive impact on the local communities and transforms people’s lives for the better.
- Competitive rates of pay
- Generous annual leave entitlement (32-42 days plus bank holidays & Christmas closure days. pro-rata for part-time staff)
- Occupational pension scheme
- Free flu jab
- Ample free parking on-campus
- Employee discounts package
- Childcare vouchers
- 24/7 Counselling Advice Service
- Staff development days
- Induction programme and buddy scheme
- Career development & career planning
- Focus on sustainability.
Our work environment and culture:
- Friendly and supportive working environment
- Thank you scheme, acknowledging colleagues’ efforts and dedication
- Buddy scheme, assisting in the welcome and induction of new members of staff
- Health and Wellbeing Committee, committed to the health and well-being of staff and students, promoting a culture of open communication, trust, respect, encouragement and understanding
- Trained Mental Health First Aid Champions
- Annual staff enrichment day
- Staff forums, with representatives from each department, giving an opportunity for staff to engage with the management team through discussion and feedback
- Bi-annual Performance Management Review, including review of CPD plan and adjustments for health and well-being
- Cross college activities.
Our commitment to health and well-being
The college has signed up to the Association of Colleges’ Mental Health Charter, and we are committed to having a well-being and mental health policy, creating an open and inclusive college ethos, promoting equality of opportunity, and providing training and support.
We have a shared goal of positive well-being and a productive workplace, and initiatives at the college have included Mental Health Awareness training sessions, mental health drop-in sessions, networking coffees, well-being breakfasts, guest speakers, mindfulness and yoga sessions and well-being bulletins and resources and information.
Investors in People
Warrington & Vale Royal College is proud to hold the Gold accreditation in the Investors in People framework.
The college has been assessed against the criteria of Leading, Supporting and Improving. The Gold award means that the college has the right principles in place, and our people and leaders demonstrate a commitment to best practice, people management and personal development. Only 16% of IIP accredited organisations achieve the gold standard.
‘A sophisticated and highly proactive organisation which consistently demonstrates passion for navigating the complexities of FE and being the best that it can be’ with ‘an exceptionally effective communications infrastructure which keeps people in the loop at every level, making them feel like an integral part of the college’
(IIP report March 2022)
Armed Forces Covenant
Warrington & Vale Royal College is committed to the Armed Forces Covenant, and holds the bronze award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS).
The college demonstrates this commitment by:
- Promoting that we are an Armed Forces-friendly organisation
- Supporting the employment of veterans and working with the Career Transition Partnership to support the employment of Service leavers
- Supporting our employees who are members of the Reserve Forces
- Supporting and promoting national events
- Supporting Armed Forces charities.
Disability Confident Employer
Warrington & Vale Royal College is signed up to the government’s Disability Confident employer scheme, and as a Disability Confident Employer we are committed to:
- Inclusive and accessible recruitment
- Communicating vacancies
- Offering an interview to disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria
- Providing reasonable adjustments
- Supporting existing employees.
The college is a member of the ManchesterAbility Employer Network. This is a cross organisational forum which brings government, companies and other organisations together to talk about the important issues surrounding disability and long-term health conditions in the workplace.
Equality & Diversity
In line with our Equality & Diversity Policy, it is essential for the college to achieve excellence through inclusion.
Staff and students must be able to flourish at the college and feel that any unfair disadvantage is eradicated.
Staff are encouraged to make us aware if they consider themselves to be disabled, or have difficulties at work, due to a physical or mental impairment. This enables us to assist and help staff, if necessary, in their work, and make any necessary reasonable adjustments.
Our Performance Management Reviews, which are conducted bi-annually, include a discussion with line managers on health and well-being, and any adjustments which need to be made for a disability.
The college has a Health and Well-being Committee, accompanied by a Health and Well-being Action Plan, and we work together to support and encourage the shared goal of positive well-being and a productive workplace.