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Overview

West Thames College is one of the most exciting and successful colleges of further and higher education in London and our vibrant campuses in Isleworth and Feltham have some of the best facilities in the country.

 

We have a reputation for giving excellent support to our diverse student population. Staff are well supported within a culture of continuous professional development and are encouraged to take on new and more senior roles within the college. Facilities across our campuses in Isleworth and Feltham are state-of-the art with good public transport links and free staff parking.

 

We are a values-based and highly inclusive college, serving a vibrant and diverse area, and making a positive contribution to wider social and economic agendas. We offer courses from pre-entry through to Higher Education, Apprenticeship and Traineeship programmes to meet the skills needs of our students aged 14 upwards.

 

Our vision is clear, we want to be outstanding in everything we do. It’s a great place to work and a great time to join us!

About Us

Located on an attractive campus, West Thames College is committed to meeting the aspirations of its multi-cultural community. We are a dynamic, diverse college with a track record of vocational and academic excellence and flourishing HE links. We offer a friendly, challenging work environment that puts students first.

Facilities for Staff

Fitness suite and sports activities

Staff can use the college’s brand new fitness suite and changing rooms. There are special morning and evening sessions for staff including yoga, pilates, weights and kung fu.

Library

You can access the college’s library resources including books, CDs, DVDs, videos, journals and daily newspapers.

Staff dining facilities

There is a large staff dining room at the Isleworth campus and a cafeteria at the Feltham Skills Centre offering a full range of hot meals, drinks and snacks throughout the day, including vegetarian options. Catering students help to provide the food at the Feltham Skills Centre.

Social events

West Thames College is a fun place to work. The Staff Association organises a range of events throughout the year including trips to concerts, theatre, bowling and other activities, a Christmas party and a summer barbecue.

Hair and Beauty salons

The college’s Hair and Beauty salons have an excellent reputation. Staff discounts and special offers are available if you fancy a new hairdo or a pampering beauty treatment. Professional hair and beauty products are also available at discounted prices.

Free parking

There are car parks at both the Isleworth campus and the Feltham Skills Centre.

Staff news

All staff receive a weekly staff bulletin communicating the latest news, important information and success stories from around the college. There is also a staff intranet called The Bank.

Benefits for Staff

Benefits for Staff

Competitive pension

You will be eligible to participate in the occupational pension scheme offered by the college – the Teachers’ Superannuation Scheme for teaching staff and the Local Government Pension Scheme for support staff.

The college will make a contribution into the fund every month on your behalf. We will give you full details of the relevant pension scheme and benefits at your induction if you are appointed. If you do not wish to participate in the scheme you may elect to opt out.

Interest free loans

Staff can apply for an interest-free loan from the college up to the value of £1,500. Repayments will usually be made over 12 monthly instalments directly from your salary.

Season ticket loans

These are available to staff on an annual basis, interest-free.

Bike scheme

The college is part of a scheme which enables employees to purchase a new bike tax free. The cost of the bike is deducted via monthly payments from the employee’s pre-tax salary.

Childcare vouchers

The college offers childcare vouchers via Computershare Voucher Services. These vouchers are a flexible way to meet the costs of your childcare and can be exchanged in whole or in part for the childcare services you use. Within specified limits, vouchers are non-taxable and exempt from National Insurance contributions. If you're already a member, find out about changes to the Voucher Scheme.

Eye tests

The college contributes a maximum of £20 for staff to have an eye test where this has been discussed and agreed with the line manager. If the optician recommends that you require glasses for VDU work, the college will contribute £45 towards the cost (in addition to the cost of the eye test).

Counselling

Where appropriate, the college is able to offer staff a completely confidential counselling service of six free sessions.

Occupational health

Should you have any health-related issues or difficulties that affect you or your ability to work, we may refer you to see our occupational health specialist. Staff may also request a referral.

Private health care

There is an opportunity for staff to join a private health care scheme with different types of cover. The premiums for this can be deducted from your monthly salary.

Annual leave

We offer a generous annual leave entitlement to our staff. Your entitlement to leave will be highlighted on your job description. This will vary depending on your contract, your grade and whether you are in a teaching or business support staff role. The leave year runs from 1 September to 31 August.

The college closes on bank holidays and between Christmas and the New Year period for efficiency reasons. Support staff are awarded up to 3 days additional leave between the Christmas and New Year period, but are expected to take any remaining closure days from their leave entitlement.

Term time only staff are required to take their leave during college vacation periods and receive payment for annual leave as part of their annual salary.

Sickness benefits

Our occupational sickness scheme offers full pay and half pay (incorporating statutory sick pay) for specified periods. The maximum entitlement is six months’ full pay followed by six months’ half pay for employees with more than four years’ service. Staff can be referred to our occupational health physician.

Flexible working hours

Some support areas in the college offer flexible working hours. This is dependent on service delivery needs and is agreed on an individual basis with your manager.

Maternity or paternity leave

In addition to statutory maternity and paternity pay and leave, we offer occupational materity and paternity leave schemes.

Adoption leave

Adoption leave and pay are available in accordance with statutory and occupational regulations.

Leave of absence

Our policy enables you to apply for paid or unpaid leave for a wide range of domestic or civil responsibilities.

Trade Union membership

You have the right to join a trade union – the college recognises UCU for teaching staff, Unison for support staff, and ACM for college managers.

Our school awards and prices

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