The College of West Anglia is one of the largest colleges in the Eastern region and has an excellent record for student achievement and success. We are always seeking continuous improvement and to recruit the best staff to help us continue to raise our standards.
The college is one of the largest employers in West Norfolk with around 800 staff and 8000 students across our campuses. We are committed to ensuring equality of opportunity to all learners, clients and employees. The college is also committed to acknowledging the diversity of society in which it works. No applicant, employee, student or client with the following protected characteristics (defined in the Equality Act 2010) will receive less favourable treatment; race, sex, religion, age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership, religion or belief, sexual orientation or because of Trade Union activity or irrelevant previous criminal convictions. We take a positive approach to the provision of opportunities for disabled students and staff, with facilities being constantly reviewed and improved. The college is part of the Disability Confident Scheme which is annually reviewed.
Please read our guidance notes for help with applying for a vacancy at CWA; please note that the college is unable to employ current students and applicants from outside the EEA.
Working for CWA
The College of West Anglia is one of the largest colleges in the Eastern region, with a vision of ‘changing lives through learning’. Currently there are around 800 full-time and part-time staff and a student cohort of over 8000. The college turnover is around £35million.
The college serves a mainly rural catchment area covering Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and south Lincolnshire. The main campus is in King’s Lynn – a historic market town with a population of around 40,000. There are two other main campuses located in Milton and Wisbech in Cambridgeshire, the former specialising in a landbased curriculum. We also provide specialist facilities to our sports students, who are based at our sports campus at Alive Lynnsport in King’s Lynn and we have a specialist centre for students with learning difficulties and disabilities on Providence Street in Kings Lynn.
The college has completed several major building projects to improve all of our campuses, including refurbishment of the landmark ‘tower block’ and a new creative industries facility at the King’s Lynn campus, two new technology buildings at our King’s Lynn and Wisbech campuses, a new build and refurbishment of the main building at the Wisbech campus and an overhaul of buildings at our Cambridge campus. A £6.5million centre for higher education opened at our King’s Lynn campus in September 2016.
The college is overseen by a board of governors, which comprises members from local industry, public bodies, councils and staff who serve on various committees with no remuneration and determine the college’s direction in terms of its strategy, mission and finances. An executive (senior management team) consisting of the principal, and 3 executive directors leads the college.
Curriculum is organised into 7 teaching faculties/departments, each with a head with responsibility for courses, student recruitment and teams of teaching staff in designated areas. There are 5 faculties in which the Head is supported by programme managers:
- Business, Humanities, Science and Computing
- Care & Public Services
- Creative Arts & Foundation
There are 2 teaching departments:
The college has strong working partnerships with local schools with a healthy number of 14-16 students attending each year.
CWA is employer-responsive, with activities including work-based learning provision and all offsite employer training delivery. There are two managers, one responsible for employer liaison, partnerships and commercial training and one for apprenticeships and work-based learning. The large employer training offer includes apprenticeship programmes, short bespoke courses and work based assessment.
In partnership with Anglia Ruskin University, CWA offers a range of higher education programme, delivered in curriculum areas but co-ordinated through the manager at King’s Lynn. This provides opportunities for HE courses from HNC and Access up to degree level. The college also delivers teaching qualifications through its Learning Practice team.
Our teams of support staff, who are responsible for cross-college activities, are:
- Funding and exams
- Human resources
- The Learning Practice
- Student services and marketing
- Property services
Staff in all departments and units are considered vital to the smooth and efficient operation of the college and essential to continuous improvement.
Our strategic ambitions are to:
- Inspire all learners to achieve their full potential
- Provide inspiring and relevant programmes
- Develop excellence through partnerships
- Invest in staff, buildings, facilities and systems
- Embed a culture of equality and safety
- Ensure our long term future
The College of West Anglia is a great place to work with an exciting future – why not come and join us?
The College of West Anglia is great place to work and has a wide range of benefits for its employees, including:
Our annual leave entitlement is currently 30 days for support staff*, 37 days for academic staff* and 35 days for management*. All staff also receive an additional 5 days per year, when the college is closed, and nationally observed bank holidays. *All entitlements are pro-rata for part-time positions.
We are part of the Teachers Pension Scheme for academic staff, with an employee contribution of 7.4-11.7% (depending on full-time equivalent annual salary) and an employer contribution of 20.5%.
We are also part of the Norfolk Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) for support staff and non-teaching managers, with an employee contribution of 5.5-12.5% (depending on full-time equivalent salary) and an employer contribution of 20.5%.
We actively encourage the personal development of all our staff. Staff can apply for funding to attend events and courses and also can have fees waived for some college courses. We have 2 dedicated training days per year for all staff, and lecturing staff can apply for up to 5 days study leave per year (pro-rata for part-time staff).
The College works closely with our recognised Trade Unions (UNISON for support staff, UCU for academic staff and AMiE for managers) in order to maintain good communication links with staff.
CWA operates a flexible working policy for all staff, allowing you to request flexible working opportunities at any point. This policy and procedure is available on the college intranet or from the HR Department.
We offer all staff access to a free, 24/7 confidential counselling telephone helpline, provided by DAS.
We have negotiated preferential staff rates for access to gyms including the Bodyworks fitness suites at Alive Leisure in King’s Lynn, Downham Market and Hunstanton, as well as Sports Direct Fitness in King’s Lynn.
Our King’s Lynn campus houses an on-site childcare centre, Applewood Nursery, offering a safe, friendly environment for your children.
We also operate a childcare voucher scheme through Busy Bees Benefits, where staff can acquire vouchers through salary sacrifice. Vouchers are widely accepted by Ofsted registered nurseries, childminders, etc.
We are committed to ensuring a healthy workforce at CWA and run various initiatives to promote and assist staff, including health fairs and cycle-to-work schemes.
CWA have arranged discounts with many local companies from leisure centres to shed retailers, and we aim to expand this further.
Staff have access to our industry-standard salons at King’s Lynn and Wisbech, for hair and beauty treatments during term time in both the day and evening.
Meals, snacks and refreshments are also available at our Novus Restaurant in King’s Lynn, during term-time, including lunchtimes and selected evenings.
This is an employee benefits system that gives staff access to over 200 perks. It includes hundreds of big brand discounts, a wellness hub with expert lifestyle and fitness classes, and some free rewards.
Some examples of what is included are:
- Free mobile phone insurance
- A free Café Nero hot drink each month
- Big brand discounts on major high street and supermarket shopping including current discounts of 4% and 5% on Tesco and Sainsbury’s shopping respectively
- Discounted cinema tickets
- Exclusive pricing from Apple
- Loads of lifestyle perks from gym discounts, massages, insurance, spas, beauty, travel and more