Benefits

Whatever level you’re at or whatever role you’re in, you’ll be supported by a hard-working and committed team who want you to excel in our successful college. Above all, we’ll always make sure your hard work is valued and recognised.

Holidays

- Lecturing staff – 40 days plus bank holidays and 3 days for Christmas shut down.
- Business support staff – 28 days plus bank holidays and 3 days for Christmas shut down, rising to 33 days plus bank holidays after 5 years’ service.
- Academic management staff – 35 days plus bank holidays and 3 days for Christmas shut down.

Pension scheme

Membership of a Defined Benefit Pension Scheme, either the Local Government Pension Scheme or the Teachers’ Pension Scheme, both with significant employer contributions and both with life cover and survivor pension.

Salary

Will be paid in accordance with the appropriate salary band where annual increments may be payable in addition to an annual pay award until the maximum of the banking is reached.

Travel Expenses

Reimbursement of the cost of travel expenses in line with expenses policy to the exclusion of travel expenses between home and normal work location.

Professional development

An organisational commitment to staff development, with an in-house Training & Development department responsible for arranging on-site training as well as booking external conferences and events.

Travel discounts

Discounted travel on local and regional bus and rail networks, with the Colchester campus being close to the mainline Colchester station on the London to Norwich intercity rail service and with access to a number of local rail lines.

Cycle to work scheme

Salaried employees can purchase a new bike and accessories and make savings on income tax and National Insurance. These savings can be equivalent of up to 40% of the retail price of the bike and equipment.

Discounted onsite hair and beauty facilities

Our onsite salons offer a wide range of hair, beauty and holistic services at very competitive prices. Treatments are carried out by students under the full guidance of experienced lecturers. Employees are entitled to a 15% discount.

Technology and fitness facilities

At our Colchester campus staff can join our state of the art Technogym with good value membership at only £10 per month by salary deduction. There is also the use of a sports hall available with staff using this for basketball and badminton.

On Site Food & Drink facilities

Colchester Campus has a takeaway food service operated by the Centre for Hospitality & Food students. Here you can taste foods prepared freshly by students at low prices. Also on site at Colchester Campus are the Balkerne and Colne Restaurants where you can enjoy a full dining experience at incredibly low prices

MOT and Servicing

All work will be carried out by a fully qualified and experienced mechanic assisted by students. This provides students with a ‘real world’ garage experience to help them flourish upon completion of their qualification. In addition, all this will be conducted in the fully accredited industry-standard workshops run by the college.

Staff Association

Run by staff on a voluntary basis. All employees joining automatically become members of the Staff Association. The aim of the Staff Association is to organise as many varied social events throughout the year to include all staff members and their close families. Recent events include a family Easter Egg Hunt and Christmas Grotto, trips to the Races, Christmas Shopping and the Pantomime.

Employee Assistance Programme

A 24/7 service available to employees and their immediate families providing free and confidential advice and support for personal issues including face to face or telephone counselling. The programme also allows access to a Savings Centre where savings of up to 50% can be made with a large number of retailers.

Wellbeing

A range of activities under our wellbeing programme including Wellbeing Days where a range of sporting, health and social activities take place for staff.

VDU Users

Contribution to eye tests and glasses if required for VDU users via our corporate partner, Vision Express; employees receive a free eye test and if glasses are required, a contribution of £45 towards these is covered.

Colchester Institute Course Discounts

35% discount off a number of courses including Higher Education courses, and a 10% discount off other courses, further details can be provided.

Discounted reprographic printing and PC software

Employees have access to reprographic printing and as an Education provider, staff can purchase PC software for home use such as Microsoft products at heavily discounted prices.

Purchase of TOTUM card

Employees can purchase a TOTUM card, which then allows for a range of savings including those from a wide range of retailers/services e.g. Amazon online, Topshop/Topman, Pizza Express, Zizzi and Odeon.
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