Staff working at the college have a generous annual leave entitlement – i.e. fifty days for lecturing staff, thirty-five days for management graded posts and up to twenty-eight days for support staff. This entitlement is in addition to eight annual bank holidays, with an extra five days or more allocated for Christmas closure*.
The College Group recognises that on occasion staff may need to work flexibly to ensure a good work life balance, and in support of their wellbeing.
There are a range of family friendly policies that may be available to staff, which include occupational maternity and paternity pay; dependent’s leave; flexible working; adoption leave; compassionate/bereavement leave; and a career break scheme.
A car sharing scheme puts people travelling in the same direction in contact with each other. This not only allows them to arrange travel and share costs but also helps to reduce congestion and pollution on our roads. The programme also offers greater personal security in the event of a breakdown and helps to build social networks across the Group by putting you in contact with staff outside your immediate work area.
The College has secured a preferential rate with Secure Parking for staff wishing to purchase a monthly parking permit. The car park is located in Heathfield Street L1 4AT (access gained via Renshaw Street).
The car park offers 24/7 secure parking at a discounted monthly rate of £80. The scheme operates on a rolling monthly basis with a minimum term of 3 months. 1 months’ notice is required to end the arrangement.
The College Group offers a Ride-to-Work scheme through Evans Cycles. This promotes cycling through tax incentives to give you great savings across a range of bikes, clothing and accessories. As well as savings of up to 42%, Ride-to-Work also offers up to £60 worth of free clothing or accessories, and free servicing for the first 12 months.
A Long Service Award recognises staff who have been employed at the College for 25 years. This is presented in the form of a £300 gift voucher.
There are currently four occupational pension schemes administered by the College Group. These include the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS); the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS); Nest Pensions; and the Aviva Pension Scheme.
Your pension provider will depend upon the role undertaken within the College. Pension contributions will be paid by The College Group, in addition you will also get tax relief on your own contributions.
Further information about College Group pension schemes along with the benefits of being a member, is available at:
The College has teamed up with Arriva to offer staff great savings on a bus travel. Benefits include unlimited monthly bus travel where two children travel free on weekends and bank holidays.
The College Group offers an interest free loan to enable staff to purchase annual travel tickets from both Merseytravel and Merseyrail. Purchasing annual tickets can often realise a financial benefit (up to two months free travel) compared to the purchase of monthly tickets. This scheme allows staff to access the financial benefit without having to personally fund the cost of the ticket up front.
The College provides access to a free, independent and confidential twenty-four hour telephone counselling service to support employees through crisis or persistent work or personal issues.
Staff can also access this service through our employee assistance programme where there are highly experienced and professionally trained counsellors on hand offering debt, health and legal advice.
The College’s Academy Restaurant, located on the Duke Street campus, provides a range of special deals throughout the academic year for staff.
The Academy Restaurant is run by a team of dedicated staff, and highly motivated students developing professional skills ready for employment in the catering and hospitality industry.
Discounts are available for staff on a wide range of hair and beauty services and treatments. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, manicures, facials, electrolysis and both traditional and homeopathic massage.
All styling and treatments are performed to the highest standard, under the guidance of fully qualified industry specialists and at a fraction of high street prices.
Regular sight tests are vital and Visual Display Unit users are entitled to a free eye test through a voucher scheme run with Specsavers Opticians. This entitles staff to a full eye examination up to the value of £25 and a £45 pair of glasses – or contribution towards glasses.
Each year the flu virus varies slightly and its severity is unpredictable. To help prevent the spread of flu at work, we offer staff a free flu vaccination providing good seasonal protection (70-80% reliability) against all strains of flu.
The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus, which can be used by staff free of charge at various times throughout the week (staff supervision required).
The College is committed to developing its workforce. New recruits undertake a series of training programmes, including a full induction to the College, that covers important aspects such as Safeguarding; Equality & Diversity; Health & Safety.
We continue to improve teaching and support for all our students and regularly hold planned, targeted training and development programmes to ensure we are up to speed with the latest industry practices that our training programmes are designed around. This ensures a modern approach to style and balance in curriculum delivery, as well as positive development of support for management of staff.
A Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff network was setup in June 2021 and we are eager to expand our membership so that we can be representative of BAME staff voices from across the College. Our aim is to support staff that identify as BAME by raising awareness of race equality across the College, and to promote the creation of a working and learning environment in which all staff, students and stakeholders feel welcome, comfortable, respected and valued.
Membership is open to all BAME staff including bank and agency workers, and anybody wishing to join can do so at any time.