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Unusual job filled by, the online recruitment service, was developed by in association with the AoC to help colleges reduce the costs and improve the efficiency of staff recruitment.

One particularly happy member is Anne Matthews, HR administration officer at Bournemouth and Poole College.

“We placed a vacancy advert in the newspapers for a Fabrication and Welding Instructor” says Anne. ‘’There was no response. This is a skill shortage area and it is often very hard to find candidates with the right experience and ability. We then placed the same post online at We are really pleased that we found not one but two suitable candidates very quickly. Both candidates were short listed from the site and interviewed. Nigel Cooper was offered the job and accepted the position’’.

But even more delighted is Nigel Cooper who had been told that his working life as a toolmaker and workshop manager was over due to a back problem.

I am 54 years old and a precision engineer with lots of skills and experience to offer but cannot get involved in heavy lifting any more. I always enjoyed training apprentices and in my own time I coach kids in football and have helped two youngsters reach the Premiership. Getting a job in FE looked like an ideal option. I found through a search engine and from the front page of I was able to search for vacancies in Engineering on the south coast.

The post at Bournemouth and Poole College came up straight away. It contained all the vacancy details and job and person specifications that I needed to see.

The online application form meant I could apply directly to the college there and then. I received an instant confirmation that my application had been sent, and received a telephone call a day or so later inviting me to attend for interview.

I am very happy. My new role is fantastic and I love the culture of the college. People keep asking me why I’m always smiling. The college has also offered me training to become an Assessor.

As a result of my experience, I would have no hesitation in recommending others to the FEJobs website. In fact, I have already been in contact with engineering colleagues in London’’.