Nelson and Colne College Group is an extraordinary place to work. Our people are our most valuable resource and are at the heart of delivering our vision and strategic aims. Our People Strategy sets out our commitments to ensure staff are engaged, motivated and able to realise their potential by focusing on 5 key principles:

  • Attract, Recruit and Retain
  • Reward and Recognise
  • Engage
  • Develop Talent
  • Health and Wellbeing

The People Strategy is aligned to the Group’s vision to ‘Create the Extraordinary’ and underpinned by our shared values:

  • We never stop at ‘Good Enough’
  • We own it
  • We push with love
  • We get off our backsides

Pay and Benefits

We offer competitive pay, often exceeding the sector average, and aim to provide opportunities for pay progression. We also have additional benefits and incentives for staff such as:

  • Access to join one of the College’s workplace pension schemes (Teachers’ Pension Scheme / Local Government Pension Scheme / The People’s Pension)
  • Supportive family friendly and flexible working policies
  • Enhanced occupational sick pay scheme
  • Generous annual leave (Teachers – 56 days / Support staff – up to 41 days – inc. Bank Holidays and Closure days)
  • Recognition and awards schemes including long service awards
  • Access to lifestyle and saving benefits, plus a Cycle to Work scheme
  • Free on-site parking
  • Discounted access to hair, beauty and holistic therapy treatments in our on-site Distinctions salons
  • Free breakfast for all staff and students

Professional Development

We have an extensive and varied professional development programme aimed at supporting all our staff to realise their potential. The opportunities available include:

  • Annual CPD discussion as part of the My Goals review process
  • ‘Be Phenomenal’ programmes for staff
  • Whole College development days
  • Leadership development and training
  • Coaching and mentoring support
  • Support for further training and qualifications

Health and Wellbeing

We are committed to maintaining a healthy workforce and protecting the health, safety and welfare of all our staff members. As part of our commitment to your health and wellbeing we offer the following to staff:

  • Access to wellbeing support – including a confidential counselling service and 24 hour confidential staff helpline
  • Access to free onsite gym facilities – as well as a range of staff fitness activities
  • Regular programme of health and wellbeing initiatives
  • Access to a wide range of health and wellbeing resources
  • End of year ‘Fun Day’ – our annual Health and Wellbeing Day
  • Free flu vaccination vouchers

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

In order to meet the Group vision to ‘Create the Extraordinary’ we are committed to building a culture which is inclusive, positive and fair and where opportunities are open to all, whether staff or students.

To achieve this, our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion steering group meet regularly to review our EDI action plan and we provide training and development opportunities linked to EDI to all staff.

Family Friendly Leave

An enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption package is available which is well above the statutory minimum.

Sick Pay

Staff who comply with the correct procedures receive a generous sick pay entitlement.

Hair and Beauty treatments

Staff can receive discounts on hair, beauty and holistic therapy treatments in our on-site Distinctions Hair and Beauty salons.