Work for us - job vacancies

Work for us - job vacancies


Thank you for your interest in working at Northumberland College, we offer a diverse range of employment opportunities across the curriculum and in our support functions. 

Northumberland College is fully committed to improving the quality of service and provision to our students and in order to achieve this we encourage continuing professional development and improvement at all levels.  We offer in-house courses for staff, staff development days and also encourage attendance at external training events and courses.

Northumberland College is part of the Healthy Business Awards and we are committed to promoting health and wellbeing within the organisation and also within the wider community and to families of our workforce.

If you have a passion for learning and taking on new challenges then we are looking for people like you to join us and we wish you good luck with your application.

All vacancies at Northumberland College can be found on our website.  You can apply for vacancies by completing the online application form and emailing it to
Alternatively you can complete the form and post a hard copy to the HR Department at our Ashington campus.  Applications in other formats (including CVs) will not be accepted.

If you are shortlisted for interview a member of the HR team will contact you with details of your interview.  If you have not heard anything within 6 weeks of the closing date, assume you have not been selected for interview.

For advice on the recruitment process please contact the HR Department on 01670 841 223. 


Northumberland College works hard to provide its employees with attractive and useful benefits, some of which include:

  • Competitive salary
  • Generous holiday entitlements (between 25 and 35 days holiday, depending on your type of role), 42 days for lecturing positions
  • Membership of Teachers' Pension Scheme or Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Free parking at most sites
  • Commitment to supporting training and development opportunities, including staff training days
  • A range of flexible working arrangements, where possible and appropriate to the role
  • Hair and beauty salon discounts
  • Reimbursement for eye test and corrective appliances for VDU operators
  • Salary sacrifice scheme for childcare vouchers
  • NHS health trainers providing health MOTs on regular basis
  • Annual programme of health and wellbeing events
  • Access to advice and support from NHS Health trainers
  • Access to counselling service
  • Discounted gym membership at Ashington Campus


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Applying to work at Northumberland College – Frequently Asked Questions 

Please find below some frequently asked questions about applying to work here at Northumberland College.


Unfortunately we only accept our online application form.  CVs don't always provide us with all of the information we require to ensure we follow Safer Recruitment Practices.


We require separate application forms for each vacancy this way you can tell us all about your experience you have specifically in relation to the role that you are applying for.


To make sure you find out about the latest vacancies you can register your details so that you receive job alerts by email when a new vacancy is advertised.  Please ensure you complete your job search criteria to make sure you are notified of the jobs you are interested in.  

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There are a large number of part time positions here at Northumberland College.  We give details of the hours of the role within the job description and advert.


We have a generous holiday entitlement which is dependent on the role which you've applied for.

If you are applying to be a Business Support member of staff you will be entitled to 25 days annual leave and this increases to 30 days once you have been here for 5 years.  This is excluding bank holidays and is pro rata for part time staff.

If you are applying to be a member of our teaching staff team, you will be entitled to 42 days annual leave excluding bank holidays (pro rata for part time staff).

If you've applied to be on our Management Team, your annual leave entitlement will be 35 days, excluding bank holidays (pro rata if you are part time).


The College already employs and proactively welcomes people who have spent time working in commercial industries who do not have teaching experience.   Clearly state your aspirations, skills and the experience you can bring to the role within the "Personal Statement" section of the Application Form.  However, for a Teaching role you will be required to work towards a teaching qualification with the aim of completing it within two years of employment.


Yes, we offer in house teacher training and all new staff undertake our "Licence to Teach" which covers all aspects of Teaching Learning and Assessment within their first year of employment.


All staff receive a full induction and receive mandatory training in Safeguarding, Health and Safety, Equality and Diversity and e-Safety.  Other training is available across the College to support staff in their role at a Departmental Level.



Staff need to ensure that a professional appearance is reflected at all times.


We treat all applications fairly and ensure all applications have access to the same opportunities.

Should you require reasonable adjustments to be made for the selection process or for the position please make us aware on the equal opportunities monitoring form.  The Equal Opportunities Monitoring information is not made available to the staff undertaking shortlisting during the shortlisting process.


Apprenticeships are on offer from the College and a number of previous successful apprentices have gone on to forge successful careers here.


We run our provision across four main sites, where you will be based depends on the requirement of the role - but this will be indicated on the Job Description.


All staff are paid on the second last working day of the month.  We sometimes pay staff early in December but you will be advised of this so that you can budget effectively.


It is a legal requirement that all our employees have the right to live and work in the UK.


Our recruitment system will send you an automatic email to confirm that your application has been submitted.


Never!  We really do not like to leave people hanging on with that "don't call us we'll call you" nonsense. We promise you a personal approach and will always let you know how successful you've been.  If you didn't do as well as you had hoped but would like some friendly feedback, we are happy to give you some (hopefully) helpful pointers.

In general we try really hard to get back to everyone within three weeks of the closing date.  It is always nice to get emails though, so if you are unsure, please get in touch so we can put your mind at rest.


We will normally arrange to interview you at the location you will be based.  Once you have arrived you will be asked to sign in at the Campus Reception area.  Don't worry - we will come and collect you from there.


Tips for Applicants 

Here's a quick guide to help you complete our application form.


All applications must be made using the College Application Form.  This ensures that you provide us with all the information that we need.  It also ensures that we collect consistent information about our applicants.  Please make sure you complete all sections as accurately as possible.


You should make sure that the information you provide is clear, concise, well presented, well written and detailed.  We recommend you proof read your application form before you submit it so that you can check for spelling and grammatical mistakes.


Before submitting your application, please make sure you have read the relevant job description and person specification through carefully.  This document outlines the main purpose of the role, the key tasks and responsibilities involved as well as the qualifications, experience, knowledge and expertise required to fulfil the role effectively.

Your application will be assessed according to how well you meet the essential and desirable criteria detailed within the Person Specification and if your application demonstrates a match to this criteria, you will be shortlisted for interview.

Please be advised that if there are any gaps in your employment history we will ask you about this - this is to ensure that we follow the statutory guidance on Keeping Children Safe in Education.

All employees are required to have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Certificate.  If you do not use the Update Service then we would require sight of a new form prior to your employment commencing.  If you are to work in regulated activity, for example a teacher or support worker, this will include a barred list check as well as an enhanced disclosure.  If you are not working in regulated activity, for example, in an administrative capacity, then you will be required to have an enhanced disclosure which will not include a barred list check.

Please note that the sections in relation to Health/Attendance Record, Rehabilitation of Offenders and Equal Opportunities monitoring will not be made available to the panel until shortlisting has been completed.


Please provide details of your sickness absence over the last two years.  This information is not used in the shortlisting process, but will be verified during our reference checking process.  We need to ensure that you are fit to teach, if you are applying to be a member of teaching staff, and that we can help support you in your role if we can make adaptations to help you.


As a College we are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 because our work involves access to children or vulnerable adults.  You are therefore required to provide details of all convictions or cautions, even if they are classified as "spent".

If you are successful in your application, all employees are required to have a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate.  If you do not use the Update Service, then we would require sight of a new form prior to your employment commencing.  If you are to work in regulated activity, for example as a teacher or support worker, we would also include a barred list check as well as an enhanced disclosure.  We will also re-check your certificate every three years.  If you are not working in regulated activity, for example in an administrative capacity, you will be required to have an enhanced disclosure which will not include a barred list check.


This part of the application form provides the HR team with monitoring data to ensure that our recruitment processes are robust.  The selection panel does not see this information during the shortlisting process.  It will be disclosed during the Interview Process to enable any reasonable adjustments to be made to support you in your interview.


Please provide information of your current employment, giving the name and address of the employer, your job title, date appointed, salary, notice period (if applicable), date of leaving (if applicable), and your reason for leaving/wishing to leave.  You are also asked to provide a brief description of your duties and responsibilities within this section.


You are asked to give details of all your previous employment within this section.  You will need the Name, Address, Job Titles, Dates of Employment, Salary, reason for Leaving and a brief description of your role and responsibilities.

You will also be asked to give details of any gaps in employment within this section.


Please provide details of your qualifications within this section.  Remember that if the qualification is a requirement of the role within the person specification, you will be required bring in the original certificate so that we can keep a copy. 

You are asked if you have a level 2 qualification in literacy and numeracy.  This means, for example, a GCSE grade A* to C in Maths and English, or another Level 2 qualification, such as a NVQ 2 in Literacy or Numeracy.

Within this section please also provide us with information of any relevant training that you have undertaken that is relevant to the post that you are applying.


We follow the statutory guidance for "Keeping Children Safe in Education".  We request 2 references from you, one of which must be your current or most recent employer.  Whilst we understand that you may not wish your referee to be contacted prior to an offer of employment, we do take up references prior to interview where we can so, where it is appropriate, they can be discussed during the interview process. 

On receipt of references we check them to see if all of the questions have been answered satisfactorily.   The referee will be contacted if any of the answers are vague.  We also compare the reference to the information you provide within the application form and if there are any inconsistencies we will discuss them with you.


Please answer yes or no.  If you do not have a driving licence and/or access to a means of mobility support we may not be able to offer you certain roles.  We are a multiple site College and there may be a requirement to work from a number of sites as part of some job roles.


Please use this section to describe how your skills, knowledge and experience meet the post requirements (within the Person Specification).  You can use experience from your work experience, voluntary or community activity.

If the Person Specification asks for being a "good team player" then do not simply write "I am a good team player" as we will not score this through shortlisting - you need to tell us why and give examples.


You will need to check the box within this section to confirm that you understand that the College will hold and process personal information about you in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.  We use the information you provide only for the purposes stated in the relevant section of the application form, or for anonymised statistical monitoring.  We retain information about job applicants for a period of 6 months if the candidates are unsuccessful. 

For successful candidates Application Forms are retained on the personal file and information from all parts of the application form is held electronically for contractual and statistical monitoring purposes.


Tips for Applicants – Interview Techniques 

This is a quick guide to interview techniques and some handy interview tips.


It is important that you think about how you might answer certain types of question:

  • How will you provide evidence of the qualities listed in the Person Specification?
  • If you were asked about being a team player - what evidence would you use to show this?

It is important to remind yourself of the messages you have conveyed through your application form and be prepared to discuss anything you have included in more detail.  Read through your application and imagine what the interview panel are looking for.

What questions would you ask in their position?  Make sure you can give at least one positive example (preferably more) for each of the skills and attributes that we are looking for in the Person Specification.  You might also ask yourself the following questions:

  • Why do I want to work for the College?
  • Why should the College employ me?
  • What have I done well or achieved?
  • What have I gained from my qualifications?
  • What skills have I gained from my work related and extracurricular activities?

As we are required to follow the Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges "Keeping Children Safe in Education" if there are any gaps in your employment you will be asked to give us details of this before you can be appointed to any position within the College.


It is important that you know as much as possible about the job you are applying for - ask yourself:

  • What are the key areas of responsibility for the role?How can I demonstrate previous experience?
  • What skills will I need and how will I be able to provide evidence of them?
  • What examples can I give from work, academic study or outside interests to show that I have the skills that the College is looking for?

This will demonstrate your interest and enthusiasm for working at Northumberland College and will help you to prepare some questions to ask the interview panel.  We will expect you to display some understanding of our business, our size and the sector.  Some questions you can ask yourself are:

  • What do I know about Northumberland College?
  • What attracts me to the role and the College?
  • What kind of Training or additional skills would I like to gain?

It is absolutely normal to feel nervous before an interview.  At the College our interview panel members are all trained and are aware that applicants can be nervous.  Above all try to stay positive and remember this is an opportunity for you to promote yourself and your experience.  If you tend to get anxious, you may want to investigate ways to relax before your interview.

  • Try visualisation exercises as part of your preparation.  Relax and visualise yourself being enthusiastic and successful at the interview.  Preparing yourself for success can make success a more likely option.
  • Avoid stimulants such as tea and coffee immediately before an interview, try to drink plenty of water.  We would normally have water available for candidates during the interview process.
  • Think positively by focusing on your strengths and achievements.
  • If you have prepared in advance this is likely to make your ability to respond to questions easier.

We do allow candidates to bring notes in with them into the interview which may help you prepare and feel less nervous.  All is not lost if you are very nervous at the outset - but try to create the best impression you can - a warm smile and a firm handshake will help.


  • Be prepared to provide a detailed response - try to avoid yes/no answers and expand on them as often as possible.  Don't however, over communicate - it can be tempting to talk too much.  Take your cue from the interview panel and, if you are not sure that they have heard enough ask them if they would like you to continue or if you should provide further examples.
  • Actively listen to what is being asked and ask for clarification if you need it.  This not only helps you to answer the question asked, but also demonstrates confidence and control.
  • If you need a moments' thinking time - take it.  This will provide you an opportunity to think about your answer.
  • Use examples from several different experiences rather than concentrating on just one aspect of your life/career.
  • Be positive.  Try to use positive examples to support your experience, for example, instead of "yes I worked as part of a team, but it was only in a bar on the weekend" a more positive summary would be "I worked in a busy bar on weekends with three other staff and we needed to work well as a team in order to keep the queues down, provide good customer service and keep our motivation up".
  • Be yourself - if you adopt a new persona for the interview the result is likely to be insincere and transparent.  Even if you are offered the job you may find later that it's not right for the real you.
  • Remember - honesty is the best policy.  If it is discovered that you have been dishonest in your application/during your interview - you may be dismissed.  Admitting to a period of poor motivation during your A-Levels shows more integrity than blaming someone else for your grades.  Don't feel that you should cover up incidents like this, rather present them as a positive learning experience.

This is the chance to ask those questions that you have prepared earlier.  If the opportunity is not offered, then assert yourself politely and say that you have some questions that you would like to ask if there is an appropriate time to do so.

It is important to close the interview and if it feels right for you to thank the interview panel and reiterate your enthusiasm for the job for which you have applied.  Always try to end the interview on a positive note.


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